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Radiofrequency Ablation Specialist

Spine Care Specialists, LLC

Interventional Pain Management Specialists located in Dublin, OH

Radiofrequency ablation is a safe, minimally invasive procedure to treat chronic pain. If you experience frequent pain, Spine Care Specialists, LLC, in Dublin, Ohio, provides personalized interventional pain management. The pain management experts offer radiofrequency ablation for treating pain in a number of areas throughout the body. To find out if radiofrequency ablation is right for you, call the office or book your appointment online today.

Radiofrequency Ablation Q & A

What is radiofrequency ablation?

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is an innovative treatment that helps patients manage and overcome their chronic pain. 

Also known as a rhizotomy, RFA delivers radiofrequency waves to the nerves responsible for your pain. The electric current heats a small area of the affected nerve, preventing it from sending pain signals to the brain. 

RFA is a minimally invasive procedure Spine Care Specialists, LLC, performs without the use of general or regional anesthesia. 

Radiofrequency ablation isn’t a cure for chronic pain, but it is an effective way to limit your painful symptoms for extended periods of time. Although results vary, radiofrequency ablation provides up to 12 months of effective relief. The procedure can then be repeated, as indicated.

What issues can radiofrequency ablation treat?

Typically, radiofrequency ablation targets pain caused by your facet joints. The facet joints are small joints between each vertebra in your spine. 

Facet joints connect to nerves that carry signals from your joints to the spine and brain. Facet joints are a frequent source of chronic neck and back pain. 

Facet joint syndrome refers to chronic pain caused by one or more facet joints. Issues like age and body weight can cause degenerative changes to the spine, resulting in problems with your facet joints.

RFA is also an effective treatment for pain associated with:

  • Arthritis of shoulders and knees
  • Degenerative disc disease 
  • Rotator Cuff Tears
  • Chronic knee pain after surgery and/or knee replacement 

How is radiofrequency ablation performed?

During your procedure at Spine Care Specialists, LLC, your doctor has you lay on your stomach, side, or back depending on the treatment area. Radiofrequency ablation requires no regional or general anesthesia, so you’re awake during the procedure. 

However, a sedative can be administered intravenously to help you relax. Spine Care Specialists, LLC, has an experienced certified nurse anesthetist who helps ensure your comfort and safety during the procedure. 

Your doctor begins your RFA treatment by numbing the treatment area. The physician uses an X-ray to guide the procedure and ensure the precise treatment of your affected nerves. A small electric current test helps confirm the position of the radiofrequency needle. You may feel a muscle twitch or brief pain.

Once the radiofrequency needle is in the proper position, your doctor administers more local anesthetic then uses a machine to deliver radiofrequency waves to disrupt the affected nerve. Radiofrequency ablation takes up to 30 minutes depending on the number of areas treated. 

To find out if radiofrequency ablation is right for your chronic pain, schedule an appointment at Spine Care Specialists, LLC, by phone or online today.