Radiofrequency Ablation in Central Ohio
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What Is Radiofrequency Ablation?
A radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a procedure for providing pain management. During the procedure, radio waves are sent through a needle placed near the medial branch nerves in the spine. The heated needles destroy the sensory nerves that are responsible for sending pain signals into your brain.
Radiofrequency ablations are a common procedure that can help to treat localized pain in your spine caused by osteoarthritis and other degenerative conditions. RFAs can be performed in your cervical, thoracic, or lumbar spine and can provide up to six months of relief. To learn more about this pain management procedure, schedule a consultation at Pain Zero in Central Ohio.
How Is Radiofrequency Ablation Performed?
Your Pain Zero specialist will use RFA to target the medial branch nerves in your neck, mid-back, or lower back. Our team also uses this procedure to treat:
- Sacroiliac joints
- Bones or bone tumors
With fluoroscopic guidance (x-ray), a member of our team will place a needle near the set of nerves causing pain and then perform a motor test, which causes the muscles near your nerve to twitch to ensure the RFA target is not near your motor nerve or other nerves that control your muscle movements. After a safe position has been determined, a thermal lesion is created to destroy the sensory nerve.
The procedure takes approximately 30 – 45 minutes and has little to no downtime. Patients may experience increased sensitivity in the targeted area following the procedure and can expect to experience improvement around the four-week mark. Patients who receive relief from an RFA can have the procedure repeated every six months if needed.
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Treat Localized Pain
RFA will stop or reduce pain, improve function, reduce how many medications you are taking, and avoid or delay surgery. If you are experiencing localized pain in your neck, mid-back, or lower back, or you need treatment for arteries, nerves, hips/knees, sacroiliac joints, or bones/bone tumors, contact Pain Zero at one of our Central Ohio offices today to find out if radiofrequency ablation may be the right treatment for you.