If you have a musculoskeletal injury, nerve damage, or chronic pain, the specialists at Alliance Spine Associates, LLC in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, can help. The pain management providers offer radiofrequency ablation to reduce the pain signals transmitted to your brain and improve your quality of life. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.
Radiofrequency ablation is a pain-relieving treatment that uses radio waves to heat and destroy nerve tissues, reducing the pain signals sent to your brain. It’s especially useful for long-term pain management of conditions that cause neck pain, back pain, and arthritis discomfort.
Among the many benefits you can expect by choosing radiofrequency ablation at Alliance Spine Associates, LLC are:
Radiofrequency ablation is a highly effective pain treatment that dramatically improves your quality of life. You can return to regular activities soon after the procedure.
After discussing your medical history, symptoms, lifestyle, and preferences, the Alliance Spine Associates, LLC team lets you know if you’re a candidate for radiofrequency ablation. They check your vital signs, complete a physical exam, order blood tests, and an imaging procedure (X-rays, an MRI, a CT scan).
Your specialist can inject a local anesthetic near the source of your pain to see if it goes away. If it does, radiofrequency ablation might be the solution for you.
Your pain specialist will recommend radiofrequency ablation if you struggle with:
If conservative pain treatments haven’t worked, but you want to avoid surgery and pain medicine, radiofrequency ablation is usually a good choice.
Before you undergo radiofrequency ablation, your pain specialist numbs the treatment area and gives you medicine to help you relax or fall asleep. While you lie on your stomach, they use X-ray guidance to gently place a hollow needle into target nerve tissues along with an electrode that sends radio waves through the needle.
The heat from the needle damages the painful nerves to reduce the pain signals they send without damaging the surrounding tissues. The procedure can last from 15 minutes to an hour or more, depending on your condition and the number of treatments you require.
You can go home soon after undergoing radiofrequency ablation, but you must have someone drive you there. Transportation can also be provided, if needed.
Take it easy for the rest of the day. You might notice some soreness, muscle spasms, or tenderness at the injection site for a few days. Ice the area when necessary and go to physical therapy sessions if your specialist recommends it.
Call the Alliance Spine Associates, LLC office today or book an appointment online to learn more about radiofrequency ablation and determine if it’s right for you.