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Posted by Mar on 4/09/03 at 20:05 (115800)

Does anyone know anyone personally who has had RFL done for PF? Mar

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Mar on 4/10/03 at 05:29 (115824)

Radio Frequency Lesioning -- here is the description from Dr Cozz's website -- http://drfoot.tv/html/technology-2.html#srftl Mar

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SteveG on 4/10/03 at 11:21 (115845)

Since this is a pods web site, it would be interesting to know how much experience he has had with this treatment. A 92% success rate is pretty high. If there are not long terms problems, more chronic case might want to line up for this treatment

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john h on 4/10/03 at 11:39 (115847)

Mar: I have had Radio Frequency Lesioning on my low back. It is done under a local using a flouroscope to help the Doctor guide the needle to the proper area in the disc and then the power is applied. Other than the local no pain involved. It did not help my low back problem. Pain Specialist normally use this procedure and you sure want someone with experience as they are working very near the spinal chord.

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john h on 4/10/03 at 11:41 (115848)

See my post above Mar. I have had the procedure along with 3 epidurals, facet injections and the dreaded discogram. These are sort of the standard protocols for treating low back problems. A lot of needles going on here but not to bad.

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SteveG on 4/10/03 at 12:04 (115851)

In addition to my feet falling apart, I, too, have lower back problems. I have benefited quite a bit by some exercises outlined by the Texas Back Institute (Back in Shape). The following article outlines an even more aggressive exercise program that I might try at some point

http://www.pnbconline.com/research/PNBC+WSJ+Article.pdf

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Mar on 4/10/03 at 12:53 (115857)

The RFL that Dr Cozz does is done on the feet not on the back. He has done it over 300 times and says that most people had total relief and the rest some relief of pain. No one had no relief and there were no negative outcomes. That is his personal experience. He also gave me the journal article with the study done that had the 92% success rate. Mar

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SteveG on 4/10/03 at 13:51 (115868)

Mar - 300 is an impressive number - he is right across the lake from me here in Seattle. Might be worth looking into. If I were you, I would definitely give this a try.

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Mar on 4/10/03 at 15:18 (115881)

Steve -

Dr Cozz is in NJ. Mar

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SteveG on 4/10/03 at 16:28 (115889)

Oops - ya I miss read that one. When do you think you would receive this treatment?

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Mar on 4/10/03 at 18:09 (115894)

Steve -

I don;t know yet. I want to think about it a little more before I jump into it. Burning nerves is a big thing to me. I also have to convince myself that it will help me -- I don;t have those classic PF symptoms, even though I have PF. My pain is quite widespread. I guess I just need time to be sure that this is what i want to do. The doc said 2 weeks notice to set it up when i decide. Mar

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john h on 4/10/03 at 18:12 (115895)

Steve: I have been to the Texas Back Institue twice in Plano, Texas. I had a series of facet injections there. I also have the book 'Back In Shape'. Did you buy the book for the instructons or the model who does all the exercises. She is a famous body builder.

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Mar on 4/10/03 at 18:16 (115896)

John -

What are facet injections? Mar

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john h on 4/11/03 at 09:33 (115933)

Mar: Many back pain problems are caused by problems with the Facets on the back bone. They can interfere with nerves exiting the spinal column. A Pain Specialiast or Orthopedic Surgeon will frequently inject these areas using a flouroscope with an anti-inflamatory. Usually they will do multiple levels all at once. I had three levels so that required 12 shots. Six shots to deaden the two areas at each level and 6 shots of the steriods. Most Doctors when they do these will schedule 8 or 9 patients all on the same day. You do these in a hospital on an outpatient basis and there were 9 of us there when I had mine. It took about 30-40 minutes and was only mildly painful. Certainly not as painful as a shot in the foot. Pain Specialist all seem to follow the same protocol for undiagnosed low back pain and that is a series of 3 epidurals, radio frequency lesioning,facet injections and finally a discogram. All this involves needles and more needles.

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john h on 4/11/03 at 10:12 (115935)

Steve: I found that article from the WSJ on back care very informative and seems to go along with my own experience. Prior to PF and even up until about a year or so ago I did a lot of lifting and back exercises. I would do bench presses of 175 lbs 4-5 times a week along with the many other machine exercises and lifts. As my feet got worse I cut way back on my gym time and my back went downhill (I had back surgery 25 years ago).Resting the back is not the answer to low back pain. And yes it sometimes has to get more painful before it gets better. I went though a local rehab program but it was so wimpy I found it a total waste. I watch these pro football players like Joe Montana come back and play football after back surgery in only one year by doing some serious exercise. Most of us do not have the patience either with our backs or feet do engage in a regular rehab program as a professional athlete as that is how they make their living.

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monte on 4/15/03 at 08:46 (116158)

mar

i went to see Dr Cozz this weekend regarding RFL. Please contact me at my email and we can discuss it.

thanks
monte

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Dr. Z on 4/15/03 at 09:04 (116162)

E-mail Dr. Z at (email removed) and let me know what he told you please