Radiofrequency ablation, or RF therapy, is quickly becoming one of the most in-demand procedures requested of Dr. Nikesh Seth because it is non-invasive. Integrated Pain Consultants offers a wide range of alternative therapies for pain management, and radiofrequency ablation has the power to kill nerve fibers that are delivering false pain signals. It’s an excellent choice for many with chronic pain and has shown to be most effective for those suffering from lower back pain, neck pain, and arthritis. Also known as a nerve block injection, RF therapy is revolutionizing how pain is managed.
RF works by using heat to retrain the nerve signals that are constantly sending pain messages to the brain. As RF waves “burn” and the targeted nerve is killed, the brain will no longer be told to feel pain. Pain is the body’s way of telling you something’s wrong—but what happens when the pain can’t be addressed? There’s no need to continue feeling chronic pain just because the nerve cells are overly aggressive.
Other popular pain sites include the knee, pelvis, sacroiliac joint, and the neck. In some instances, RF therapy can be used to help a client avoid surgery completely. There’s virtually no recovery time necessary. As an added benefit, radiofrequency ablation can help a client reduce or eliminate dependency on pain medication. There’s certainly a place for pain meds, but many are addictive and dangerous in the long-term. They are better reserved for short-term recoveries.
Before trying radiofrequency ablation, it’s usually recommended that clients have success with a pain receptor block injection. This reveals whether or not blocking the nerves will be an effective solution. If a client is a good candidate, a special fluoroscopic guidance tool is used to ensure only the targeted nerves are burned. It’s a painless procedure, but should be avoided on anyone pregnant, with certain infections, or suffering from bleeding issues.
The total appointment time is less than one hour, and you can expect immediate relief. Chronic pain sufferers interested in learning more can schedule a consultation with the experts at Integrated Pain Consultants today.