Are You a Candidate for Radiofrequency Ablation?

Nerve pain causes all kinds of discomfort, from moderate to severe. While we offer many treatments to manage pain, some patients have excellent results with radiofrequency ablation. If you have arthritis, fibromyalgia, or other nerve conditions, this pain management method might be perfect for you.

The skilled professionals at MDPain in Greenwood Village and Parker, Colorado, are dedicated and passionate about safe and holistic health practices. Our experts take a comprehensive approach to treating and relieving many kinds of pain. Radiofrequency ablation is one of the ways we help you get back to doing the activities you love.

What is radiofrequency ablation?

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a procedure that reduces or eliminates pain by applying heat and electricity to the nerves in the affected area. It blocks those nerves from sending pain signals to the brain by intentionally damaging the targeted nerve cells.

RFA is one of the most effective ways to treat chronic pain. People who receive this procedure usually experience long-term pain relief, and many find that they have significantly less pain for several years.

When our specialists perform radiofrequency ablation, they first numb the area with a local anesthetic. Then, they’ll insert a needle with a microelectrode, which sends the radiofrequency through the needle and into your skin. That radiofrequency kills the nerve cells in the area.

RFA is a safe procedure that doesn’t require extensive hospital stays or monitoring. You can leave the hospital the same day, so there is no waiting or recovery period.

Who is a candidate for radiofrequency ablation?

Radiofrequency ablation doesn’t work for all types of pain. However, it works well as a long-term solution for certain chronic pain conditions, especially if your pain does not respond to other types of therapies.

People with arthritis

Arthritis can worsen over time and become difficult to treat with pain medications. You may have noticed that pain lotions have ceased to work, and you struggle to moderate your arthritis pain.

Radiofrequency ablation can treat arthritis pain that occurs primarily in your:

Arthritis can cause pinched nerves and swelling, which contribute to increasing pain. RFA can relieve or eliminate the pain you feel from arthritis symptoms and reduce swelling, among other issues that accompany arthritis.

For people with lower back and neck pain

Radiofrequency ablation works for various conditions that cause pain in your lower back or neck. As joint pain worsens due to arthritis, you may experience pinched or twisted nerves that compress as the cartilage wears away in your spine.

If you have an injury that causes severe back or neck pain, like whiplash that damages your nerves, the radiofrequency current from RFA treatment can relieve the associated pain.

For people with chronic pain

Long term pain management is challenging for many of our patients with chronic symptoms. Radiofrequency ablation can relieve pain caused by the following conditions:

RFA treatment is beneficial for chronic pain because it lasts longer than most other types of pain management therapies and drugs. Many patients who get RFA experience consistent pain relief for at least six months to a year. According to the Cleveland Clinic, pain relief from RFA can even last for years.

While the nerves may regrow in the treatment area, you can get another radiofrequency ablation treatment later. RFA involves few side effects, and you feel almost immediate results.

Are you dealing with chronic pain and seeking relief? Call MDPain to discuss treatment options. Click here for more information on our transition to telemedicine only.

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