01 Aug Radiofrequency Ablation – Treatment for Back and Neck Pain
If you’ve dealt with chronic back and neck pain for years, it’s time to do something about it. Painkillers and steroid injections haven’t worked, so what’s next? You may be a good candidate for an innovative medical technology called radiofrequency ablation.
Radiofrequency ablation can provide long-term pain relief if your pain is caused by inflammation in the facet or sacroiliac joints. Facet joints are located in the spine, while sacroiliac joints are located in the pelvis. Read on to learn more about the radiofrequency ablation procedure.
How Radiofrequency Ablation Works
Your doctor will use X-ray guidance to ensure proper placement of the needles, which need to be near the nerves that connect to the inflamed joint. Once the needle is in the right position, the doctor will deaden the nerve with the electrical current found in the needle. This may cause a muscle twitch.
The targeted nerves become numb while the radiofrequency waves create a heat lesion. This interrupts the sensory nerves and eliminates the pain.
You will be sedated during the procedure, which takes about 30 minutes. You may experience a sore back or neck for the next few days following the procedure. You will start to experience pain relief within two weeks, with results lasting as long as one year.
You should rest the day of the procedure and return to normal activities the next day. You can repeat the procedure every six months. Radiofrequency ablation is effective for 70% of patients.
Back and Neck Pain Relief from Scottsdale Pain Management Experts at Integrated Pain Consultants
Board certified pain management specialist Dr. Nikesh Seth and his amazing pain management experts have helped many patients with their back and neck pain. The team at Integrated Pain Consultants uses radiofrequency ablation and other methods to eliminate it for good. If you desire pain relief in a comfortable and friendly environment, consider the services of Integrated Pain Consultants. Please call (480) 626-2552 or learn how to book your appointment online.