If you’ve ever experienced neck and back pain, then you know you would do almost anything to get rid of the ache and pain that interfere with your daily life. Often patients will start with conservative treatments to manage this type of chronic pain, but if they don’t find relief, then the next step could be radiofrequency ablation.
Here is what you need to know about this procedure and who is a good candidate for treatment.
- Radiofrequency ablation is designed to decrease pain signals from the nerves where the back pain originates. If a patient experiences pain relief from a diagnostic nerve recepter block injection, then they would be a good candidate for radiofrequency ablation.
- The outpatient procedure is done under IV sedation and lasts anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes. Local anesthesia is administered in the area of the procedure. Patients are awake during the procedure to provide feedback throughout. An x-ray helps guide the radiofrequency needle into the treatment area and alongside the nerves causing the pain. A mild electrical current passes through the needle to verify placement. If done correctly, it will cause a brief tingly sensation. Radiofrequency currents are then passed through the needle, which creates a lesion on the nerve. This disrupts the pain signals sent to the brain. The process is repeated on additional nerves as necessary.
- After a radiofrequency ablation procedure, most patients return to their regular activities in less than three days. Patients will experience pain relief in 1-3 weeks after the procedure.
- For some patients, they will need to have this ablation procedure repeated if the nerve regenerates, which can happen in six months to two years after the first procedure.
- Radiofrequency ablation helps many patients avoid surgery, which can present several risks and a longer recovery period.
If you are dealing with chronic neck and back pain and are wondering what treatment options may be available to you for the relief you seek, call (855) 768-4968 today for a consultation.