21 Nov Holiday Season Leads to More Back Pain Complaints
Lower back pain is one of the most common complaints addressed by Dr. Nikesh Seth. At Integrated Pain Consultants, and at pain clinics around the world, lower back pain continues to be the most common pain issue for adults. During the holiday season, there’s often an uptick in patients seeking medical help for this sometimes-debilitating condition. People are working overtime, picking up holiday shifts that might require hours of standing or bending, and cold weather can exacerbate existing back pain.
Treatments For Back Pain
Fortunately, there are alternatives to surgery and dangerous pain pills. Radiofrequency (RF) ablation is a non-invasive procedure designed to reduce pain in the back, neck, and even pain associated with arthritis in the joints. It works by producing an electric current via radio wave that heats up targeted nerve tissues. When these nerve tissues are warmed up, pain signals from that area are minimized.
RF ablation is safe, fast, and immediately effective. Most appointments take about 30 minutes and include a local anesthetic for optimal comfort. RF has been proven to last longer than steroid injections and can also help improve range of motion while decreasing pain. There is virtually no recovery time, and patients who are on a pain management plan with pills have reported decreased dosages thanks to RF.
The procedure targets the nerves explicitly in the spinal column which send messages to the brain. However, joints in addition to the spine and neck can benefit from RF since the spine is the central “hub” or middleman for all joints. For example, RF can also be effective for knee pain. Many clients have reported semi-permanent results. As a bonus, many have also reported less need for anesthesia with future procedures because of the nerve “damage” caused by RF.
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Most patients report results that last between 6 and 12 months, although up to 2 years is possible. Find out if radiofrequency ablation is a good fit for you by contacting Integrated Pain Consultants today.