19 Sep How Radiofrequency Ablation Can Help Chronic Pain
Finding the right treatment option for chronic back pain can be frustrating. From medications to ice packs to physical therapy, you may have tried several forms of treatment, to no avail.
In the past several years, doctors have been using a new procedure, with much success. Radiofrequency ablation has been used to treat chronic pain in the neck, mid-back, lower back, and sacroiliac joints. See how it works and discover the benefits it offers patients.
How Does Radiofrequency Ablation Work?
The source of the pain is cauterized with heat from an alternating current. Special needles are used in this procedure, which uses heat from the needle tips to create warmth around the affected nerves. This heat prevents pain signals from reaching the brain. This ablates the nerve temporarily, as it does grow back, and once it does, the pain returns. However, many patients experience pain relief for 6–12 months. Many doctors inject a steroid after the radiofrequency ablation procedure to help keep pain at bay and speed up the healing process.
Benefits of Radiofrequency Ablation
Radiofrequency ablation offers long-term pain relief. Since it works directly on the affected nerve, it works much better than pain pills, which often must be taken several times a day to provide continuous relief.
It is a minimally invasive procedure. No surgery or anesthesia is required, which means many common risks with surgery are avoided. You are awake during the procedure and can go home immediately afterward. The most common side effect is pain from the procedure.
Treat Chronic Pain With Help From Scottsdale Pain Management Experts at Integrated Pain Consultants
Board certified pain management expert Dr. Nikesh Seth and his team offer radiofrequency ablation and other cutting-edge treatments to manage chronic pain. Visit their offices and get the relief you so desperately need. Pain relief is within reach. Book a consultation online today or call (480) 626-2552. We also invite you to learn more about Dr. Nikesh Seth and other providers including Dr. Anne-Marie Cosijns, Dr. Lisa Sparks, Dr. Michael Givens, and our team of Nurse Practitioners.