Severe OA Hip Pain Treated by Femoral and Obturator nerve Pulse RF and Injection

Patent was a lady in her early 60’s with advanced OA of the hip considered too young for surgery and advised to seek conservative treatment.  I employed a combination of injections of a small volume of steroid and hyaluronan joint injections along with Pulse RFR modulation of the sensory nerves to the hip (i.e. all 3 available treatments).  The results were a dramatic and in my experience exceptional relief of pain.  A very notable feature was the restoration of hip function. Prior to treatment the patient felt her hip was weak and she had great difficulty flexing it – for example she had to lift her leg up to get it out of the car. It had been like this for many years. After treatment she could move it normally and apparently with normal power.  I think this reflects a combination of a bit of joint lubrication but importantly loss of inhibition of muscle function by pain.  she is currently almost completely pain free and delighted to be so.

This is entirely new treatment, neither I nor the patient knows how long it will last but responses to Pulse RF treatments are usually quite long-lived, up to 24 months in dic treatments. I will update as and when the patient returns.

The image (from Kimberley Clarke) shows electrodes in position to treat the obturator and femoral nerve branches which supply pain sensation to the hip.

The image (from Kimberley Clarke) shows electrodes in position to treat the obturator and femoral nerve branches which supply pain sensation to the hip.