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Radiofrequency Ablation, Performed by Top Pain Management Doctors in Casa Grande, Chandler, Glendale, and Scottsdale

  • Overview

    radiofrequency-ablation

    Radiofrequency ablation is a pain management technique that utilizes heat to disable nerves from transmitting pain signals. For this procedure a needle-like tube or cannula is inserted under the guidance of an X-ray (fluoroscopy) along the nerves. A Radiofrequency electrode is inserted through the cannula and a small electrical current is emitted which should recreate the patient’s usual pain. This ensures that the needle is next to the appropriate nerve. A numbing medication is administered before more radiofrequency waves are emitted through the to tip of the needle where the waves are converted into heat. The heat slowly disrupts the nerves ability to transmit pain signals. There is no risk of paralysis or weakness from this procedure.

    Radiofrequency Ablation Video Links:
    Cervical Facet Radiofrequency Ablation Video
    Thoracic Facet Radiofrequency Ablation Video
    Lumbar Radiofrequency Ablation Video

  • Conditions Commonly Treated

    • Arthritis Pain
    • Chronic Lower Back Pain
    • Chronic Neck Pain
    • Facet Joint Pain
  • Typical Benefits/Outcomes

    Nearly 70 percent of Radiofrequency ablations performed result in good block of the intended nerve.

    • Reduction or relief of pain
    • Improved range of motion
    • Short recovery time
    • Reduction in pain medication
    • Longer lasting pain relief in comparison to steroid injections