As a prevalent problem among patients today, back pain can be crippling and disrupt your daily activities. However, many patients find long-term relief with radiofrequency ablation, a leading non-surgical treatment option for back pain. 


What Is Radiofrequency Ablation?


Radiofrequency ablation is a non-surgical procedure that uses an electric current to heat (or “ablate”) pain-transmitting nerves, preventing them from sending pain signals to the brain. Also called rhizotomy, radiofrequency ablation is a quick, safe procedure that can provide pain relief to patients without the need for surgery. 

In radiofrequency ablation treatment, a thin needle is inserted into the affected area. Then, a microelectrode is sent through the needle, causing a gentle tingling sensation in the nerve tissue. A small radiofrequency current is then sent through the electrode, heating the tissue to block pain signals. 

At our procedure center, we perform radiofrequency ablation using image guidance through fluoroscopy (x-ray) or ultrasound (sonograph). This allows for precision in treatment for optimal results. 


What Is Radiofrequency Ablation Used to Treat?


Radiofrequency ablation is generally used in the treatment of chronic pain, as well as pain from conditions including:

  • Arthritis 

  • Chronic lower back pain

  • Chronic neck pain

  • Pain from pancreatic cancer

  • Pain from ovarian cancer


What Are the Benefits of Radiofrequency Ablation?


Experience Fast Relief from Pain.

Most patients experience pain relief just 10 days after radiofrequency ablation treatment. Some patients report lessened pain immediately after treatment. 


Pain relief from radiofrequency ablation can last from 6 to 12 months. In some patients, relief from this treatment option lasts for years. 


It’s a Non-Surgical Treatment.


With radiofrequency ablation, patients can experience pain relief without the risks or recovery time involved with surgical procedures. You can return home immediately after radiofrequency ablation treatment. 


Avoid the Need for Pain Medications.


With radiofrequency ablation, many patients can effectively manage pain and discomfort without prescription pain medication. 


Radiofrequency ablation is an effective method of pain relief for many patients. To learn more about this non-surgical procedure, contact us today.