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Studies Published In Pain Medicine Demonstrate Effectiveness Of Minimally-Invasive Cooled Radiofrequency Treatment For Low Back Pain

These results echo published study findings from Dr. Nilesh Patel of Advanced Pain Management in Green Bay, Wis., in which patients treated with the SInergy Cooled RF System showed significant improvements in pain, disability and quality-of-life outcomes at the three-month mark. Durability of relief was maintained at the nine-month follow-up and 59 percent achieved treatment success[i].

Low back pain is the second most common cause of disability in U.S. adults[ii] and a common reason for lost work days[iii] , [iv]. Cooled RF is a minimally-invasive non-pharmacological treatment option for those suffering from low back pain. RF energy heats the nerve tissue while circulating water moderates the temperature in close proximity to the electrode. This combination creates large volume lesions without excessive heating at the electrode. Patients are typically placed under little-to-no sedation and are released the same day.

"The promising results from these two studies further validate the effectiveness and role of cooled radiofrequency as a minimally-invasive treatment option for low back pain," said Lisa Kudlacz, General Manager, Global Interventional Pain Management, Kimberly-Clark Health Care. "Patients with difficult-to-treat, chronic low back pain have an option that has demonstrable benefits — reduction in medication usage, significant improvement in quality of life and improved functionality — to get back to their active lifestyles."

Kimberly- Clark in the Healthcare Environment

Around the world, medical professionals turn to Kimberly- Clark for a wide portfolio of solutions that improve the health, hygiene and well-being of their patients and staff. As part of their healing mission, caregivers rely on Kimberly- Clark to deliver clinical solutions, hygiene & cleaning offerings, and educational resources that they can depend on to prevent, diagnose and manage a wide variety of healthcare-associated infections. This more than $1 billion global enterprise of Kimberly-Clark Corporation holds the No. 1 or No. 2 market share position in several categories, including infection control solutions, surgical solutions, pain management, hygiene solutions and digestive health. And throughout the care continuum, patients and staff alike trust Kimberly- Clark medical supplies and devices, KLEENEX tissues, KLEENEX & SCOTT skin care products and SCOTT towels for day-to-day needs. For more information, visit http://www.kchealthcare.com and http://www.kcprofessional.com

About Kimberly- Clark Kimberly- Clark and its well-known global brands are an indispensable part of life for people in more than 175 countries. Every day, nearly a quarter of the world's population trust K-C's brands and the solutions they provide to enhance their health, hygiene and well-being. With brands such as Kleenex, Scott, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex and Depend, Kimberly- Clark holds the No. 1 or No. 2 share position in more than 80 countries. To keep up with the latest K-C news and to learn more about the company's 141-year history of innovation, visit www.kimberly-clark.com.                                                                                      

[i] Patel, N., A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Study to Assess the Efficacy of Lateral Branch Neurotomy for Chronic Sacroiliac Joint Pain., Pain Medicine, March 2012, V. 13, Issue 3, pages 383–398. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1526-4637.2012.01328.x/abstract 

[ii] From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Prevalence of disabilities and associated health conditions among adults—United States, 1999. JAMA 2001;285 (12) 1571- 1572

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