Studies show that the majority of American adults live with back pain without seeking treatment, but Dr. Nikesh Seth wants clients to know that drug-free options are available. At Integrated Pain Consultants, radiofrequency ablation is one of the most popular choices for chronic back pain. It works by targeting the nerves that are sending pain signals to the brain. By “killing” these nerves, pain can be immediately stopped. This may be recommended if there isn’t a viable treatment option for the cause of the back pain.
Back pain, particularly in the lower back, is the number-one reason people in Western countries miss work. It’s a leading cause of disability and one of the most common pain complaints. Back pain can be caused by numerous factors, including degenerative disc disease. The discs between the vertebrae are soft cushions designed to keep the bones from rubbing against one another. However, these discs naturally deteriorate with age, wear, and tear.
Osteoporosis can also make the bones more brittle over time. There are also slipped discs to contend with, arthritis, and injuries from overuse, lack of use, slouching, or working at a computer all day. The spine is in charge of carrying heavy loads day in and day out. Few Americans prioritize keeping a healthy back, and most people’s posture could use a tune-up. However, by the time this is realized, it’s often too late. In many cases, the only way to “fix” a painful back is with surgery.
Surgery comes with a variety of risks, and there are never guarantees. From the high costs to the long recovery period, it makes sense why many people would rather avoid surgery if possible. However, that doesn’t mean they want to live in pain. This can lead patients to depend on pain medications, including dangerous options like opioids.
Radiofrequency ablation is a fantastic solution for many back pain sufferers. It doesn’t “fix” the cause of the pain, but it can eliminate the pain. Only your doctor can determine if you’re a good candidate. Call Integrated Pain Consultants at 480-626-2552 and learn more about radiofrequency ablation for back pain today.