Radiofrequency ablation is one of the newer techniques for pain relief. It is a non-invasive and non-surgical procedure that uses radio waves and heat to stop the nerves to fire pain signals to the brain. Breaking the communication channel between the source of the pain and your central nervous system provides immediate pain relief.
The procedure is similar to the one used for diagnostic blocks. It is performed under the fluoroscope guidance that enables precise needle access to the desired area. Once the anesthetic has been injected and becomes active, a heating current is delivered through the same needle. It burns the portion of the nerve responsible for sending pain signals and prevents their further distribution. This results in pain relief that can last anywhere between a couple of weeks to several months, sometimes even as long as three years.
The conditions where radiofrequency ablation treatment displays excellent results in providing long-term pain relief are cervical and lumbar pain, low back, neck pain, and arthritis. The results are incredibly positive in cases of chronic pain where a particular nerve is responsible for the continual distribution of pain signals.
If you are experiencing chronic pain, book an appointment (346-220-8063) with Dr. Nash at the Progressive Pain and Rehabilitation Center and find out whether radiofrequency ablation could help you.