What Is Radiofrequency Ablation and How Can It Treat Neck and Back Pain?

Pain,In,The,Spine,,A,Man,With,Backache,At,Home, Persistent neck and back pain can severely impact your quality of life. When these pains or conditions do not respond to more conservative treatments, such as cold compresses and medication, it’s time to explore other options. One popular treatment is radiofrequency ablation, an alternative treatment for back and neck pain.

Radiofrequency ablation can benefit those who have already tried therapeutic injections but only received temporary relief. If you’re suffering from back and neck pain and have found other treatments ineffective, learn more about radiofrequency ablation.

What Is Radiofrequency Ablation?

Radiofrequency ablation uses electromagnetic waves to destroy the nerve endings that carry pain impulses to the brain. The procedure starts with the application of a local anesthetic. Then, a needle, guided by a small probe, is inserted into the area affected by pain. The needle delivers an electric current that destroys the tissue, which removes the nerve’s ability to transmit pain.

In some cases involving treatment of larger areas, several electrodes are placed along the affected parts of the body. This allows the doctor to treat a larger area at once.

Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure but provides long-lasting relief from pain. It can be used in the cervical, lumbar, or thoracic regions. Treatments are customized to address each patient’s unique healthcare needs.

How Does It Help Neck and Back Pain?

Only nerves that deliver pain signals are affected. Patients can still move their neck and back normally and feel other sensations.

Radiofrequency ablation can effectively relieve chronic pain caused by several conditions. These include:

  • Injuries like whiplash.
  • Spinal arthritis.
  • Conditions like complex regional pain syndrome cause neuropathic pain.
  • Pain related to prior spinal surgeries.

The procedure is usually completed in about an hour. Most people can go home the same day they have their ablation procedure. Some patients experience temporary soreness at the injection site; however, this should subside in the next day or two. Patients report pain relief after radiofrequency ablation for up to 12 months.

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