If you live with chronic pain, you know that it’s hard to find a treatment that provides long-lasting relief. But now you have an option: radiofrequency ablation. At Spectrum Pain Clinics, Jeffrey Hall, MD, specializes in interventional pain medicine, a cutting-edge field that offers highly effective treatments that go to the source of pain. If you’re ready to enjoy life again, call the office in Jackson or Cordova, Tennessee, or book an appointment online to learn if you’re a good candidate for radiofrequency ablation.
Radiofrequency (RF) ablation is a procedure that relieves pain by stopping one or more nerves from sending pain messages to your brain. This minimally invasive procedure uses the heat produced by RF energy to create a wound on the targeted nerve.
The wound blocks nerve signals, so your brain doesn’t get the message. Since your brain doesn’t perceive pain, you can’t feel it. As a result, RF ablation significantly reduces or, in some cases, eliminates the pain.
At Spectrum Pain Clinics, Dr. Hall often recommends radiofrequency ablation to ease:
But since he can target most nerves in your body, including spinal nerves, RF ablation is a good treatment choice for many different types and causes of pain. For example, it can help people with arthritis, peripheral neuropathy, whiplash, and degenerative spine disease.
Before you have RF ablation, Dr. Hall performs a diagnostic nerve block. During this procedure, he uses fluoroscopy, a special type of X-ray, to inject a local anesthetic in the exact nerve suspected of causing your pain.
If the nerve block eases your pain, the procedure verifies it’s the right nerve. And that means you’re a good candidate for RF ablation.
During your procedure, you lie on an X-ray table so Dr. Hall can again use fluoroscopy to guide your treatment. After you receive sedation, he applies a topical anesthetic, inserts the needle-like RF probe, and guides it to the nerve.
Once the probe is in place, Dr. Hall sends RF waves through the needle tip, precisely heating and wounding the nerve.
You stay in the office for a short time, and then you go home. Most people return to work 1-3 days after their procedure. Pain relief can be immediate, or it could take up to three weeks to feel the results.
Your results last until the nerve heals. Everyone heals at a different pace, and, in some cases, the nerve may not regenerate. While no one can predict exactly how long your results might last, most people get pain relief for nine months to two years.
If you get good results from your first RF ablation, you can choose to have another treatment when needed.
Are you ready to stop struggling with pain? Then call Spectrum Pain Clinics today or connect online to request an appointment.