Radiofrequency Ablation

A Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) is a minimally invasive procedure that uses radio-frequency energy to disrupt specific nerves from sending pain signals to the brain. 

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RFA's are used to treat a variety chronic pain conditions like arthritis, degeneration of joints, fibromyalgia, and complex regional pain syndrome.

The procedure uses radio-frequency energy or controlled heat to target specific "pain causing" nerves and disrupt their ability to cause you pain. During the procedure your pain management physician will identify the precise nerves to target using guided fluoroscopy. Radiofrequency energy will then be applied to the targeted area using a small needle. 

Prior to pursuing RFA treatment patients are encourage to try conservative treatments like medications or physical therapy. If those treatments are unsuccessful then Radiofrequency Ablation may be the right solution for you. Contact us to learn more!

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What Is A Radiofrequency Ablation Injection?

Radiofrequency ablations (RFA’s) are a commonly used, minimally invasive procedure used to treat chronic pain. An RFA is an injection that uses radio-frequency energy to disrupt the ability of specific nerves that send pain signals to the brain. Radio frequency energy is a type of controlled heat that targets specific nerves in order to manage and minimize chronic pain.  

The use of thermal heat is the most commonly applied route for an RFA. The physician inserts a needle in the spinal region, and then a mild electric current is sent through the needle. 

A Radiofrequency Ablation is usually performed by a physician who specializes in pain management. If a patient’s pain has not improved with conservative treatments like medications or physical therapy, an RFA can be an ideal option.

Some conditions require patients to pursue consistent comprehensive pain management care such as: 

  • Arthritis
  • Degeneration of joints
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • Pain from failed spine surgery

If a patient is experiencing the following symptoms, they may be a candidate for an RFA procedure: 

What Happens During A Radiofrequency Ablation 

Used to treat chronic back pain, an RFA targets specific nerves with electrical current. The procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis with a local anesthetic.  

The physician will use guided fluoroscopy to insert a small needle into the general area the patient is experiencing pain. The fluoroscopy assists the physician in determining the precise nerves that need to be “burned” in order to begin relief to the patient.  

An Radiofrequency Ablation usually produces long term relief for many patients, lasting months to even years.

What Happens After A Radio Frequency Ablation

After the physician has completed the procedure, the patient will be monitored for a short amount of time. Most patients are able to walk around comfortably after a Radiofrequency Ablation. Patients are still required to be driven home by a driver. Pain relief is typically experienced within 10 days of an radio frequency ablation (if not sooner). Patients are encouraged to limit their activity for a few days after their procedure. A patient may experience slight bruising or soreness, but this is normal.

The Radiofrequency Ablation usually provides successful results for many patients, but the duration may differ.  Some patients experience modest relief for a few months. Other patients experience relief from their pain for several months to years. Each individual may respond to the injection differently producing different results. But for the chronic pain patient, even modest relief is a welcomed reprieve.

Needle injecting a spine to symbolized radio frequency ablation
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We are a comprehensive pain management practice that specializes in Radiofrequency Ablation for chronic pain.

Candidates for Treatment
Patients with the following disorders, injuries, diseases may be candidates for an Radiofrequency Ablation

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If you would like more information about Radiofrequency Ablation injections or our back pain specialists, please call Pain and Spine Specialists and speak to our dedicated team to improve the quality of your life. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Radiofrequency Ablation FAQ's

What types of doctors offer Radiofrequency Ablation?

Several types of doctors can perform Radiofrequency Ablation, including radiologists, anesthesiologists, neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, and pain management specialists.

Is Radiofrequency Ablation covered by insurance?

Typically, Radiofrequency Ablation is covered by most insurance providers, but it can vary based on your specific plan and medical necessity. It's best to check with your insurance provider directly.

What are the alternatives to Radiofrequency Ablation treatment?

Alternatives to Radiofrequency Ablation can include physical therapy, medications, nerve blocks, or surgical intervention.

Is Radiofrequency Ablation considered minimally invasive?

Yes, Radiofrequency Ablation is considered a minimally invasive procedure. It uses a small needle and probe to deliver electrical current to the target area.

How do I find a Radiofrequency Ablation treatment center near me?

You can use online resources such as the American Board of Pain Medicine's physician locator or consult your primary care physician for recommendations.

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