Pain treatment with low dose irradiation

Pain treatment with low dose irradiation – a valuable option

Long-term pain treatment in case of tendinitis, arthritis and rheumatism: only 560 € per area/joint

Geetha Sreenivasa, MD, Specialist for Radiotherapy

Geetha Sreenivasa, MD, Specialist for Radiotherapy

Roland Jacob, MD, PhD, Specialist for Radiology and Radiotherapy

Roland Jacob, MD, PhD, Specialist for Radiology and Radiotherapy

Procedure of radiation at the center of Radiation Therapy  (Video)

Pain therapy with low dose irradiation is very important in the treatment of chronic pains in the joints and tendons, especially caused by rheumatism, arthritis or tendinitis. The effect of the pain treatment with low-dose irradiation often lasts years and can be repeated, if necessary.

Pain irradiation is covered by statutory health insurance companies in Germany, and that is why a large and growing number of patients with a painful disease of the musculoskeletal system benefit from the pain treatment with low dose irradiation. Not least because German medical companies are world leaders in the production of medical devices designed specifically for pain irradiation.

The innovative device T-200 of Wolf Medical Company is designed specifically for this type of pain treatment with low dose irradiation: It meets the latest clinical requirements and safety standards.

Our irradiation cabin is flooded with daylight and is the only one of its kind in Berlin. Especially claustrophobic patients appreciate the natural daylight.

INFORMATIONEN ABOUT THERAPY PROCEDURES

Please inform yourself about the process of pain treatment with low dose irradiation and what to pay attention to already before your visit in our clinic.

What do you need to know about your pain treatment with low dose irradiation in Berlin?

Pain treatment with low-dose irradiation lasts only 5 minutes per session and is performed four times (twice a week) on an outpatient basis. Several parts of the body can be treated at the same time, e.g. left shoulder, right hand, right hip, left knee (finger joints of a hand count as one region). Costs for pain treatment with low-dose irradiation amount to 560,00 € per area/joint. The treatment is performed on an outpatient basis.

The total stay in Berlin lasts two weeks. You need an accommodation in Berlin, which is not included in the treatment price. Because we don’t know your wishes, we kindly ask you to reserve accommodation by yourself. After pain treatment with low-dose irradiation you can usually leave immediately without problems.

Important: Please bring X-ray or MRI images to your first consultation. If you don’t have any images, they can be made at our center.
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Indications

When is pain irradiation applied?

Pain treatment with low dose irradiation is applied specifically for painful musculoskeletal disorders, e.g., rheumatism, arthritis, tendinitis. Pain irradiation therapy is used as a sustainable option for rheumatism, arthritis, tendinitis and other musculoskeletal disorders after other pain therapies such as acupuncture, physiotherapy, ultrasound, local injections, taking of anti-inflammatory drugs have not delivered the desired success or the drugs are not tolerated by the patients.

Which inflammatory degenerative diseases can be treated with pain irradiation?

  • Tennis-/golfers elbow (Epicondylopathia humeri)
  • Painful shoulder syndrome ( Periarthritis humeroscapularis, osteoarthritis)
  • Painful heel or heel spurs (Calcaneodynie)
  • Painful thumb carpometacarpal joint (Rhizarthrose)
  • Finger joint pain (Rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Arthrosis of the hip joint (Coxarthrosis)
  • Arthrosis of the knee (Gonarthrosis)

What are the effects of irradiation on the tissue?

The analgesic effect emerges primarily from the elimination of inflammatory cells, stimulation of neurotransmitters, improvement of the blood flow and change of acidity level in the irradiated tissue. It should be noted that the anatomy of the bones is not changed. For example, after irradiation of a heel spur, the spur continues to exist even if the pain was successfully treated. Pain treatment with low dose irradiation can ease between 60 – 80% of complaints for a long period of time. Already during therapy some patients feel reduction of pain. In most cases however, the effect occurs in a period of 1 to 14 weeks after treatment.

What goes on during pain treatment with low dose irradiation?

The radiotherapist will put in place the indication for the treatment in a medical interview after reviewing your X-ray or MRI images. If you don’t have any X-ray or MRI, these should be made prior to treatment. The therapy is carried out as a series of treatments. A series consists of four individual sessions, which are performed two times a week. The irradiation of each area/joint is planned by using computer-control. Doses are laid down in the unit “Gy”. “Gy” is the abbreviation for Gray, a unit of the absorbed dose of radiation.

After a wait and see stance of about 2 months, a second series can be added, if low improvement or no improvement at all has occurred. The radiotherapist will check the indication for re-irradiation in another medical interview.

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