Coolief Specialist

Benjamin Petty, MD -  - Sports Medicine Physician

Benjamin Petty, MD

Sports Medicine Physician located in Raleigh, NC & Durham, NC

If you have chronic pain in your back, knee, or hip, you may worry that surgery’s your only option for repairing it and regaining comfortable mobility. Benjamin Petty, MD, a double-board-certified physician in Raleigh, North Carolina, offers the novel, noninvasive COOLIEF® radiofrequency (RF) ablation therapy to subdue chronic pain for up to two years after a single treatment. To find out if you’re a candidate for COOLIEF, call Dr. Petty’s friendly staff or book a consultation with the online scheduler.


What is COOLIEF?

COOLIEF Cooled RF is a novel, minimally invasive therapy that subdues pain by using RF energy to destroy overactive nerves. COOLIEF is the only FDA-approved RF therapy to treat chronic knee pain from osteoarthritis. Dr. Petty may recommend COOLIEF if you’ve suffered at least three months of:

  • Back pain
  • Knee pain
  • Hip pain
  • Osteoarthritis pain
  • Spondylosis

You can get relief for up to a year for knee and hip pain, and up to two years for back pain.

Who’s a candidate for COOLIEF?

You may be a candidate for COOLIEF if you suffer from chronic pain, which is pain that lasts for at least three months. COOLIEF may be the right choice for you if you:

  • Can’t have surgery due to your health
  • Don’t want surgery
  • Don’t want long-term painkillers
  • Can’t take long-term steroids or opioids

COOLIEF is performed on an outpatient basis in Dr. Petty’s office.

How does COOLIEF work?

Dr. Petty places the COOLIEF-insulated electrode into the treatment area. The water-cooled device transmits RF energy to the nerves that cause your pain and deactivates them with heat. The heat is produced by the friction of charged ionic molecules moving through the water.

Unlike other RF devices, COOLIEF’s water-cooling system allows Dr. Petty to treat larger areas safely and comfortably.  

What are the benefits of COOLIEF?

COOLIEF only requires one treatment to subdue your pain and increase your mobility. Some benefits of COOLIEF are:

  • Improves long-term physical function
  • Alleviates pain for up to a year or two
  • Allows you to return home directly after treatment
  • Has a quick recovery time of just one to two weeks
  • Greater pain relief and mobility than steroid injections
  • Doesn’t cause dependency or addiction, like steroids
  • No incisions
  • Few to no side effects

You can get a follow-up treatment in a year or two, depending on your needs.

Does insurance cover COOLIEF?

COOLIEF is nonsurgical knee pain relief that’s covered by insurance, in most cases. Let Dr. Petty’s staff know that you’re interested in COOLIEF therapy, and they can provide evidence to your insurance company that COOLIEF is a medically necessary and appropriate therapy for your chronic pain.

To find out if COOLIEF is right for you, contact Dr. Petty’s team today or set up a consultation online.