Unlocking Pain Relief: The Benefits and Uses of Iovera

Iovera is a medical device used for cryoneurolysis, a procedure that involves the use of extreme cold to temporarily disrupt nerves responsible for transmitting pain signals. 

Iovera utilizes the application of cold temperatures (-70°C or -94°F) to create a temporary lesion on peripheral nerves. This is achieved through a handheld device that delivers controlled cold therapy.

Extreme cold temporarily interrupts the function of the targeted nerves, thereby reducing pain signals transmitted to the brain. This effect is reversible, as the nerves regenerate over time.

Iovera is primarily used for managing acute and chronic pain in various conditions, including:

  • Musculoskeletal Pain:  Such as knee osteoarthritis, shoulder pain, and lower back pain.
  • Neuropathic Pain:  Conditions like peripheral neuropathy and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).
  • Surgical Applications:  It can be used to manage post-operative pain after joint replacement surgeries.

Compared to other pain management techniques, Iovera offers a non-systemic, non-opioid option with potentially fewer side effects. It provides targeted pain relief without the need for medications.

The effectiveness and suitability of Iovera may vary depending on the specific condition and individual patient factors. It’s typically used as part of a comprehensive pain management plan determined by healthcare professionals.

As with any medical procedure, it’s essential to consult with healthcare providers to determine if Iovera is appropriate and beneficial for specific pain management needs. Contact us at Total Orthopedics & Sports Medicine for information about this type of pain management treatment.

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