The effect of cold on the nerves has been reported in medical literature for 200 years: ice therapy or denervation enable specific nerves to be disabled - preventing them from sending pain signals for a certain period of time. This method alleviates symptoms, however it does not eliminate the actual cause of the pain.
We recommend this therapy in cases of chronic pain or conditions such as spondylitis, facet joint syndrome or Bechterew's disease, where direct treatment of the cause is not possible, or if symptoms continue to be present after surgery, such as in post-nucleotomy syndrome - or if the patient's poor general health prevents surgical intervention.
The pain-inhibiting effect lasts for about a year and means that no further medications need to be taken. The success rate is around 70 per cent.
After a local anaesthetic, we introduce a fine needle into the affected area. Electronic stimulation allows the irritated nerve to be reliably determined. For ice therapy, the cold probe creates a drop of ice at the tip of the needle which cools the tissue to between -50 and -60 Celsius.
Ice therapy is often applied in several locations in order to definitively eliminate the source of the pain. We are able to achieve the same denervation effect using heat (lasers, radio frequency, thermo-coagulation).