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When Radiofrequency Ablation May Be Necessary

RFA may be considered for patients with chronic pain that has not responded adequately to conservative treatments like physical therapy or medications. It is commonly used for conditions such as:

  • Chronic lower back pain or neck pain, often due to degenerative joint diseases
  • Pain related to arthritis of the spine, including facet joint pain
  • Sacroiliac joint pain
  • Other conditions where nerve pain is a significant component

The Procedure

Radiofrequency Ablation is typically performed as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia, possibly with mild sedation. The steps include:

Positioning and Imaging

The patient is positioned comfortably, and imaging techniques like fluoroscopy (live X-ray) are used to guide the procedure.

Needle Insertion

A small needle is inserted through the skin to the area where the nerve is located.

Nerve Stimulation

A mild electrical current is passed through the needle to ensure it is positioned near the targeted nerve.

Heat Application

Once the needle is correctly placed, radiofrequency waves are transmitted through the needle, heating and ablating the nerve to disrupt pain signals.

Post-procedure Care and Recovery

Following RFA, patients may experience immediate pain relief, although, for some, it may take a few weeks to notice the full effect. The treated area may be sore for a few days, and temporary numbness or tingling is normal. Most patients can return to their normal activities within a day or two. The pain relief from RFA can last several months to years, depending on the individual and the condition being treated.

At Excel Health, our team is committed to providing comprehensive care and support throughout the treatment process. We aim to improve our patients’ quality of life through innovative and effective pain management solutions, with a focus on long-term pain relief and overall well-being.

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