For spinal arthritis, facet syndrome, and lumbar spinal stenosis, radiofrequency ablation (also called radiofrequency rhizotomy or RFA) may be an effective treatment. This procedure deadens nerve endings to painful, inflamed, or arthritic facet joints in the spine, disrupting their ability to send pain signals to the brain.
Patients who undergo this outpatient procedure may notice immediate pain relief, or improvement may occur gradually over the course of a few weeks. For people who have chronic back pain, RFA is minimally invasive alternative to spinal surgery.
Patients undergoing RFA may receive a mild sedative before their procedure. We then apply a local numbing agent to the targeted area in the neck or lower back, after which we insert a thin needle-like device with an electromagnetic tip into the skin. This electromagnetic tip heats nerve endings and deadens the pain sensation.
After a rhizotomy/RFA session, it’s normal to feel some mild soreness or swelling. It’s not unlike the soreness you may feel after a tough workout, and it typically goes away after a day or two. Most people find that they’re able to move around more comfortably and return to normal activities by the next day.
Integrated Pain Solutions understands how to help people manage chronic pain. If you’ve been struggling to find a solution that makes you feel better, we can help you. Complete the form below, or call today to schedule your consultation: (614) 383-6450.