Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is one of the most popular alternative pain treatments offered by “Top Doc” Dr. Nikesh Seth at Integrated Pain Consultants. It’s a procedure that works by heating up nerve tissue areas to minimize pain signals in that area. By putting an electrical current into specific areas and heating them up, it’s possible to decrease pain signals between pain sites and the brain. All it takes for immediate pain relief is 30 minutes and some local anesthetic. But RFA might be helpful for other issues, too.
Already, we know that RFA offers pain relief longer than steroid injections. It can improve range of motion and has a very short recovery time. It helps patients reduce dependency on medication and can even offer semi-permanent relief for up to two years. In addition to these benefits, according to research in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, RFA is also shown to have the ability to shrink nodules in the thyroid.
In fact, RFA and laser treatments are the two top non-surgical treatments for benign solid thyroid nodules in western countries. The study considered 215 patients who underwent one RFA treatment. At the six-month mark, the sizes of the nodules were “significantly lower,” and they continued to shrink for two years. This reduction paused for years three and four, but additional decreases were found at year five.
Increasingly, more people are seeking safe, non-surgical alternatives for everything from pain to aesthetic concerns. Integrated Pain Consultants specializes in offering a wide range of holistic options so that patients have choices. Well-being is always front and center here, with two double board certified experts on-site.
Pain can be debilitating, and it’s important to treat both the root cause (when possible) and the symptoms in a healthy manner. If you’d like to learn more about RFA or the additional wide range of options available, contact Integrated Pain Consultants today for a consultation.