The Importance of Patient Function When Treating Chronic Pain

How Opioids Could Be Impacting Your Patients

The problem with opioids is not just the medications themselves, but also the impact they can have on patient function. Researchers note, for instance, that conditions like osteoarthritis of the knee can be a significant cause of both pain and disability, and that neither problem can always be adequately addressed by medication management.1

The article, Fighting the Opioid Epidemic: Balancing Function and Pain by Dr. Howard Rosner, highlights opioid alternatives for chronic pain, including cooled radiofrequency- a non-narcotic pain management alternative to consider to both alleviate chronic pain and to improve patient function. Dr. Rosner further explores:

  • The rise of the opioid epidemic
  • Long-term effects of opioid use
  • Opioid alternatives to pain management


1. Pineda MMS, Vanlinthout LF, Moreno AM, et. al. Analgesic effect and functional improvement caused by radiofrequency treatment of the genicular nerve in patients with advanced osteoarthritis of the knee 1 year following treatment. Chronic and Inter. Pain. 2017; 42:1 62-69

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Howard L. Rosner, MD

Dr. Rosner is a board certified anesthesiologist in Los Angeles, California. He has been awarded more than 4 times for outstanding work in the Anesthesiology field. Dr. Rosner's specialties include Pain Management and Anesthesiology.

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