Radiofrequency Ablation Can Alleviate Back Pain

Jan 19, 2016 @ 01:06 PM — by Aron D Rovner, MD 
Tagged with: Radiofrequency Ablation | Back Pain

The team at New York Spine and Sports Surgery take great pride in providing state-of-the-art neck and back pain treatment. By considering non-invasive, minimally invasive, and more advanced treatment options for spinal cord issues, we can restore mobility and improve a patient's overall quality of life.

When it comes to many cases of neck and back pain, we've achieved some excellent results thanks to radiofrequency ablation (RFA). Let's consider this treatment option in more detail.

About Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)

Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive process that uses heat generated by carefully controlled electric current and radio waves to disrupt nerve conduction. In other words, radiofrequency ablation helps stop a nerve from sending pain signals to the brain.

In the treatment of pain along the spine, this can mean significant relief for the neck and back.

Conditions Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) Can Treat

Radiofrequency ablation is commonly used to address neck and back pain associated with facet joint problems such as arthritis, degenerative disc disease, or the effects of a physical injury. Your suitability for radiofrequency ablation can be determined during a consultation at our practice.

The Benefits of Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)

The primary benefit of radiofrequency ablation is that it is highly effective and minimally invasive approach to treating neck and back pain. It helps patients experience wellness without the need for a major surgical procedure.

Ideal Candidates for Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)

The best candidates for radiofrequency ablation are people who experience serious neck or back pain that has not responded well to medication, physical therapy, exercise, and other non-invasive procedures. They should have a good understanding of the risks and benefits of the procedure and realistic expectations about the results of the treatment process.

What to Expect During Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)

Radiofrequency ablation is performed with patients under local anesthetic and IV sedation, meaning that the patient will be semi-conscious and relaxed throughout the procedure.

With the patient lying on a table, the physician will use special imaging technology to place and position the radiofrequency needle near the proper branch of nerves. Electrical current will help numb the nerves followed by radio waves to disrupt the nerves. Total treatment time can last between 20 minutes to an hour.

What to Expect After Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)

Though the procedure is minimally invasive, it's not uncommon for patients to experience some degree of muscle pain around the treatment area for a week or so. Patients should notice that the pain is less pronounced as the days after treatment.

Most patients can return to work the day after their radiofrequency ablation, though they may need to take certain duties easy depending on the physical demands of their job.

The Results of Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)

The results of radiofrequency ablation can be quite remarkable. In general, 70 percent of patients who undergo radiofrequency ablation experienced reduced pain thanks to the treatment. Pain relief typically lasts between six months to a year, though some patients experience years of pain relief thank to radiofrequency ablation.

Contact New York Spine and Sports Surgery

For more information about various treatments for neck and back pain and how we can help you, be sure to contact our orthopedic surgery center today. The team at New York Spine and Sports Surgery looks forward to your visit and helping you achieve total wellness.