Lasting Relief for Daily Back Pain

  • News | Posted on April 16, 2015

Nearly 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, defined as pain that lasts longer than six months. Chronic pain can be mild or excruciating, episodic or continuous, merely inconvenient or totally incapacitating. With chronic pain, signals of pain remain active in the nervous system for months or even years. This can take both a physical and emotional toll on a person. Radiofrequency nerve ablation is one procedure that can be used to help people with chronic pain from arthritis, degenerative changes or from an injury.

About Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation

Applying Radiofrequency Energy
Applying radiofrequency energy to the facet joint nerve involves placing an insulated wire near the nerve tissue.

Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation (RFA) is the process by which the nerves can be destroyed through the use of heat generated from a radiofrequency generator and a special RF needle that is not insulted at its tip. The energy from a RF generator heats the tissues around the needle tip to a temperature that destroys the nerve. This is carried out for 90 seconds or 1 1/2 minutes per nerve. The nerves will grow back in 6-12 months and the procedure can be repeated if indicated due to recurrence of pain. Full effect of the treatment usually occurs in approximately three weeks. Conservative treatment is the key.

Conditions Treated with Radiofrenquency Ablation
RFA can be used to help patients with chronic low-back and neck pain and pain related to the degeneration of from
arthritis.

Benefits of Radiofrequency Ablation Include:

  • Minimally invasive procedure
  • Pain relief for up to 2 years
  • Significant and longer lasting pain relief compared to steriod injections
  • Low complication and morbidity rates

Fast and Effective
Procedure time is 20-30 minutes with 10-20 minutes in recovery before discharge home. Post procedure care usually
involves ice packs to the procedure area for 1-2 days. Hopefully, patients will experience pain relief thereafter with
this minimally invasive procedure.

Appreciable Pain Relief Compared to Surgery

  • Nearly half of back pain sufferers are not helped by surgery
  • Greater range of motion
  • Improved quality of life
  • Short recovery time

Dedicated to Pain Management From All Sources At Comprehesive Pain Specialists, we are dedicated to reducing or
eliminating pain from several different sources, not just spine pain. Our patients benefit from the input of our Board
Certified Physicians specializing in pain management and are able to make a truly informed decesion regarding their
individualized treatment plan. With over 60 locations throughout the Sourtheast, find out why Comprehensive Pain
Specialists is best suited for all of your pain management needs.

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