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Discover how Radiofrequency Ablation at CFIPain can relieve chronic pain. Learn about the benefits and conditions treated with this advanced technique.

Radiofrequency Ablation

Radiofrequency Ablation is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat chronic pain by disrupting nerve function. This advanced technique provides significant and lasting pain relief for various conditions, making it an effective option for many patients seeking pain management at CFIPain.

What is Radiofrequency Ablation?

Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) involves the use of heat generated by radio waves to target specific nerves. The procedure works by delivering a controlled amount of thermal energy to the nerve tissue, creating a lesion that interrupts pain signals sent to the brain. By disrupting these signals, RFA effectively reduces or eliminates chronic pain.

How Does Radiofrequency Ablation Work?

During the Radiofrequency Ablation procedure, a small, hollow needle is inserted through the skin and guided to the target nerve using imaging techniques such as fluoroscopy or ultrasound. Once the needle is in place, a microelectrode is inserted through the needle, and a small electrical current is passed through the electrode to create a thermal lesion on the nerve. This process disrupts the nerve’s ability to transmit pain signals, providing relief.

Conditions Treated with Radiofrequency Ablation

Radiofrequency Ablation is used to treat a variety of chronic pain conditions, including:

• Chronic Back Pain: Often caused by conditions such as facet joint arthritis or degenerative disc disease. RFA can target the nerves causing pain in the lumbar or cervical spine, providing significant relief.

• Chronic Neck Pain: Similar to back pain, chronic neck pain can result from issues with the facet joints or discs in the cervical spine. RFA can help by targeting the nerves responsible for transmitting pain signals.

• Arthritis Pain: Particularly in the spine, RFA can treat pain caused by osteoarthritis in the facet joints.

• Sacroiliac Joint Pain: Pain originating from the sacroiliac joint in the pelvis can be effectively managed with RFA by targeting the nerves innervating this joint.

• Peripheral Nerve Pain: Conditions such as peripheral neuropathy or complex regional pain syndrome can benefit from RFA when specific peripheral nerves are involved.

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Benefits of Radiofrequency Ablation

There are several benefits to using Radiofrequency Ablation for pain management, including:

• Long-Lasting Pain Relief: RFA provides longer-lasting pain relief compared to other interventions like steroid injections. The effects can last from several months to over a year.

• Minimally Invasive: RFA is a minimally invasive procedure, reducing the risks and recovery time associated with more invasive surgical treatments.

• Reduced Medication Use: By providing effective pain relief, RFA can reduce the need for oral pain medications, which often have undesirable side effects.

• Outpatient Procedure: The procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis, allowing patients to return home the same day and resume normal activities with minimal downtime.

• Improved Quality of Life: By alleviating chronic pain, RFA can significantly enhance a patient’s ability to perform daily activities and improve overall quality of life.

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Potential Risks and Side Effects

While Radiofrequency Ablation is generally safe, there are potential risks and side effects, including:

Temporary increase in pain at the injection site

Numbness or weakness in the treated area

Infection at the injection site (rare)

Bleeding (rare)

Allergic reaction to the medication (rare)

Conclusion

Radiofrequency Ablation offers a valuable treatment option for individuals suffering from chronic pain due to conditions such as facet joint arthritis, degenerative disc disease, and sacroiliac joint dysfunction. By targeting specific nerves and disrupting pain signals, RFA provides long-lasting pain relief and improved quality of life. If you are experiencing chronic pain, consult with our specialists at CFIPain to determine if Radiofrequency Ablation is the right treatment for you.

How to Get Started

Ready to take the first step towards a pain-free life? Call us today at 352-559-0354 or fill out our online form to schedule your appointment.

Our friendly staff is here to assist you with any questions and guide you through the process. Don’t wait—start your journey to better health today!