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Iovera

Comprehensive Musculoskeletal Care located in Scottsdale, AZ and servicing the greater Phoenix area
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Iovera services offered in Scottsdale, AZ


Joint pain caused by conditions like arthritis is incurable and worsens over time. To help you manage arthritis and other forms of chronic joint pain, board-certified orthopedic surgeon Timothy Kavanaugh, MD, and the team at AZ Ortho in Scottsdale, Arizona, offer iovera°® cryoanalgesia treatment. This non-invasive therapy freezes the pain nerves temporarily, providing effective relief from joint pain. To learn more about iovera°’s benefits, call AZ Ortho or book an appointment online today.

What is iovera°?

The iovera° system targets pain by applying freezing energy to the skin with a handheld device. This creates a cold zone under your skin that prevents the treated nerves from delivering pain signals to your brain.

Treatment with iovera° doesn’t damage the surrounding tissues and has immediate effects. These last until the nerve regenerates and starts functioning again. After iovera° treatment, patients could experience temporary relief from pain lasting up to 90 days*. 

What conditions can iovera° treat?

The AZ Ortho team uses iovera° to treat chronic pain affecting the joints, including the:

  • Hand
  • Wrist
  • Shoulder
  • Knee
  • Hip
  • Foot
  • Ankle

Osteoarthritis is the primary cause of chronic joint pain. It develops over the years as the cartilage protecting your bones wears down. The raw bones underneath rub together, creating friction and inflammation, leading to pain, stiffness, and weakness.

These symptoms steadily worsen over time. Arthritis pain that began as dull aching flares into excruciating attacks of throbbing pain deep in the joints.

Few effective treatments are available for osteoarthritis. Anti-inflammatory medications and physical therapy can be helpful, and joint injections can ease pain in later stages. The iovera° system provides a safe alternative method of reducing pain.

The AZ Ortho team can also use iovera° to destroy tissue during orthopedic surgeries.

What happens when I have iovera° treatment? 

The iovera° system is non-invasive, requires no special preparation, and you can go home after your treatment. Your provider at AZ Ortho asks you to lie down, then passes the handheld iovera° device over the treatment area.

The procedure takes about 45 minutes. You may experience a little discomfort from the freezing sensation during your treatment. When the session is over, you can go about your day as normal.

After iovera° treatment, you may develop some bruising and swelling, which is perfectly normal. However, the treatment shouldn’t cause any pain. When the initial after-effects wear off, you should find your chronic pain improves significantly. Because iovera° is drug-free and non-invasive, you can have repeated treatments if you find them beneficial.

To learn more about iovera° and how it can help relieve your chronic musculoskeletal pain, reach out to the AZ Ortho team. Call the office or book an appointment online today.

*Individual results may vary 

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