RADIOFREQUENCY ABLATION (RFA)
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a minimally invasive treatment for chronic pain that uses radio waves to create an electrical current through the body. These currents deliver heat to targeted nerve tissues which result in semi-permanent disturbance of the transmission of pain signals from the spinal column to the brain.
WHAT IS RADIOFREQUENCY ABLATION?
With the use of X-ray and contrast dye for the guidance of proper insertion, a needle is inserted into the area of the spinal column where the nerves that are causing the pain are located. Once the needle is positioned correctly, a micro-electrode is inserted through the needle and a very small electric current is initiated, which produces a tingling sensation that ensures the needle and electrode are placed correctly. Once ideal placement is established, a numbing agent is applied to the targeted nerves and a high-frequency current that generates heat is transmitted through the electrodes directly into affected nerves or the surrounding tissues. The heat impairs or destroys the nerves and causes a disruption of pain signal transmission.
Wondering if radiofrequency ablation can address your painful condition? Take our 30 second online Pain Assessment Tool to find out. One of our qualified team members will be in touch within one business day to discuss your pain.
WHO CAN GET RADIOFREQUENCY ABLATION?
Radiofrequency ablation is frequently used to treat various conditions, including arthritis, facet joint pain (lumbar, thoracic and cervical), lower back pain, hip pain, knee pain and sacroiliac joint pain. Patients experience many beneficial results from RFA, such as pain relief, reduced recovery times after surgery, increased range of motion and decreased use of pain medications. Additionally, numerous studies show that RFA leads to a greater reduction in pain compared to conventional treatment options.
If you suspect radiofrequency ablation might be a solution for you, take our short Treatment Assessment Tool to tell us a little about what, if anything, you've tried to treat your pain. One of our qualified team members will be in touch within one business day to discuss possible treatment options.