Radiofrequency Ablation is an advanced pain management technique that can treat a variety of pain syndromes.
Radiofrequency Ablation may be used in cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. It can also be used in the sacroiliac joint and peripheral nerves, where the procedure is employed to reduce pain from the arthritic joints. Radiofrequency Ablation is a technique that employs heat to disable the pain-transmitting nerves in the spine.
The procedure is very safe and is only used on sensory nerves that transmit pain impulses. There is no risk of paralysis or weakness from this procedure.
Radiofrequency Ablation uses heat to disable the pain-transmitting nerves in the spine. The process is analogous to microwave ovens that use microwave energy to heat food. Radiofrequency Energy is transmitted to the tip of a needle where it is converted to heat, which is applied directly to the nerve fibers. Once the nerves undergo this heat treatment, they slowly stop transmitting pain.
What Kind of Results Can I Expect from Radiofrequency Ablation?
After your radiofrequency ablation treatment, you should notice results within a week or two of treatment. You will notice a reduction in pain that restores your range of motion and improves your quality of life. The duration of these results will vary, as some patients will enjoy relief for several months, while others will enjoy relief for a few years or longer. The radiofrequency ablation treatment can be repeated to improve or maintain results over time.
To learn more about the radiofrequency ablation treatment or determine if you are a good candidate, contact us today.