Knock Out Knee Pain
Dr. Erin Lawson knows that knee pain can be debilitating
By Jennifer Wilson
“Knee pain can limit your ability to perform daily activities and have meaningful interaction with your family and friends. You may not be going to work or church, and you can’t exercise.”
Dr. Lawson is a physician at Lexington Interventional Pain Management, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, where she’s using a new, state-of-the-art treatment for knee pain.
Dr. Lawson is the first doctor in the Midlands to use cooled radiofrequency, a non-surgical, non-narcotic procedure for chronic knee pain that safely provides minimally invasive, effective pain relief in an outpatient setting with quick recovery time.
“It’s a whole new approach to knee pain,” Dr. Lawson said.
Radiofrequency refers to pulses of electricity, or radio waves. During the cooled radiofrequency procedure, clinicians use guided instruments to target the sensory nerves that cause knee pain, leading to pain relief. There is no general anesthesia, and patients can return home shortly after the treatment. The treatment can also help relieve hip pain.
FDA approved and covered by many types of insurance, cooled radiofrequency for knee pain is designed for someone who has had knee replacement surgery, but still experiences pain, or someone who is not a candidate for surgery.
“It’s an entirely new option for patients who have exhausted all other options,” Dr. Lawson said.
Radiofrequency treatments have been used for back and neck pain for years, but new advances in technology now allow it for the knee and hip, too.
Located at Lexington Medical Center’s community medical center in Lexington, Lexington Interventional Pain Management treats a wide variety of conditions with a goal of keeping pain at bay and helping patients maintain their normal daily lives.
Typically, interventional pain management alleviates chronic pain with injection techniques including epidural steroid injections and nerve blocks. These treatments can provide significant benefits to patients with spine pain, residual pain after surgery, cancer pain, complex regional pain syndrome, fibromyalgia or joint pain.
Importantly, Dr. Lawson also provides Botox® for migraines. Statistics show that about 36 million Americans, or 10 percent of the population, suffer from these incapacitating headaches.
“With Botox, we’ve seen patients who suffered from daily migraines reduce their headaches to one per month that is easily treated with medicine. It works so well.”
Most of the interventions provided at Lexington Interventional Pain Management are temporary, but can be safely repeated on an outpatient basis.
Dr. Lawson has advanced training in interventional pain management. After earning her medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, she completed an internal medicine internship, anesthesiology residency and pain medicine fellowship there. Before joining Lexington Medical Center, Dr. Lawson was an assistant professor for the Department of Anesthesiology and director of the Pain Medicine Fellowship Program at the University of California - San Diego.
Interventional pain management can help you be without day-to-day pain, making life more livable.
For more information about Dr. Erin Lawson and Lexington Interventional Pain Management, visit LexingtonInterventional.com
Lexington Interventional Pain Management
811 W. Main St., Suite 201
Lexington, SC 29072