Dr. Felix M. Gonzalez from Emory University (USA) has developed and successfully applied a new method of long-term pain relief based on the use of low-frequency radio waves. His first patients were people with chronic forms of arthritis, who constantly need to reduce joint pain. But in the future, Gonzalez hopes that his development could become a universal anesthetic.
Gonzalez has found a way to overcome the two major problems of current opioid pain relievers and anesthetic / corticosteroid combinations. The former are inherently a drug and are dangerous addictive. The latter very quickly lose their effectiveness and the patient's body becomes less susceptible to them. A typical picture - the first dose relieves pain for six months, the second only for three, and the effect of the third does not last even a month, after which the anesthesia stops working.
Felix M. Gonzalez
Dr. Gonzalez proposed replacing the injection of an active substance with an energetic effect, which is called "radiofrequency ablation using cooling." Needle electrodes are inserted into the problem area of the body, through which low-frequency vibrations are transmitted. They "stun" the nerves by blocking the transmission of pain signals to the brain. Yes, this does not fix the problem itself, but the pain reliever is not intended for this.
In a study with 23 patients whose organisms have already ceased to perceive standard painkillers, impressive results were achieved in three months. In patients with arthritic shoulder pain, discomfort decreased by 85%, joints restored functionality by 74%. Similar figures for cases with pain in the hip 70% and 66%. At the moment, no addiction or decrease in the effectiveness of radiofrequency anesthesia has been identified, although Gonzalez himself admits that he is at the very beginning of a long journey. Now he is looking for an opportunity to apply his method to help cancer patients.