Who doesn’t love lists? Especially lists detailing the best of the best, the most popular, the most in-demand. To that end, we’ve compiled a list of our top three Directory reports for the first three months of the year, in order of retrievals from our Knowledge Center. These three represent a mix of information important to both payers and providers.
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Let’s get to the top three!
Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation of the Knee
Autologous chondrocyte implantation or transplantation is a form of tissue engineering that creates a graft from a patient’s own cartilage cells to repair defects in the articular cartilage. The procedure involves the collection and in vitro expansion of articular cartilage cells, which are then implanted into the defect with the goal of improving the quality of cartilage repair.
Due to newly emerging evidence for this technology, this report is currently being updated and scheduled for publication in the third quarter of 2017.
Radiofrequency Ablation for Sacroiliac Joint Denervation for Chronic Low Back Pain
Mechanical low back pain (LBP) is a leading reason for physician visits and work-related disability in the United States, with a lifetime prevalence of 60% to 80%. In most cases, LBP is temporary and can be relieved through rest and conservative therapies. The sacroiliac joint has been implicated as the primary source of pain in 10% to 30% of patients with chronic LBP. Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a percutaneous treatment for chronic LBP, including pain originating in the sacroiliac joint, using radiowave-induced heat to create a lesion in a spinal sensory nerve. Following a diagnostic blockade to target the affected nerve(s), radiofrequency (RF) current is applied for several minutes via a needle electrode to denervate the targeted nerve(s) under image guidance. The goal of RFA is to relieve pain by interrupting the transmission of pain signals from the sensory nerves to the brain.
Mechanical Stretching Devices for the Treatment of Joint Contractures of the Extremities
Mechanical stretching devices are used for the prevention and treatment of joint contractures of the extremities, with the goal to maintain or restore range of motion (ROM) to the joint. These devices are intended to replace or complement physical therapist–directed sessions by providing frequent and consistent joint mobilization under controlled conditions in a hospital setting or in the patient’s home.