How Radiofrequency Ablation Combats Back and Neck Pain

Chronic or stubborn back and neck pain can seriously impede your quality of life. You never feel comfortable, can’t keep up with the activities you enjoy, and may find yourself feeling irritable due to constant pain.

When conservative treatments like heat or icing, over-the-counter pain medication, or manual manipulation just aren’t cutting it in terms of your neck or back pain, it’s time to look into other treatment options. But what if you don’t want to deal with the risks and recovery time of surgical treatment?

Performance Spine & Sports Medicine has six facilities to support patients in three states and offers radiofrequency ablation (RFA) treatments that may be able to resolve your back or neck pain. Here’s what our experienced care team wants our new and existing patients to know about this revolutionary, nonsurgical treatment option.

Disrupting your chronic pain

Your nerves form a network all over your body, carrying electrical signals to your brain and communicating sensations including pain. A large number of nerves are bundled together in your spine, one reason why back and neck pain are a problem for so many patients.

When you’ve been in chronic pain for a long time, you can get stuck in a negative feedback cycle of pain. RFA, also known as rhizotomy, gives you a chance to disrupt the pain cycle and achieve relief.

When you come in for an RFA treatment at Performance Spine & Sports Medicine, your provider uses a thin subdermal needle to target the relevant nerves. Cutting-edge imaging techniques allow your provider to stimulate the targeted nerve with high-frequency electrical energy.

The radiofrequency stimulation heats up and destroys a small area of the targeted nerve. For an extended period of time after your RFA treatment, the pain signals sent from that area will be lessened, letting you break out of the cycle of chronic pain.

Lasting pain relief with RFA

The big upside to back and neck pain treatment with RFA is the extended period of time you can expect your results to last. With just one same-day procedure, you can enjoy pain relief for up to 18 months.

And, since RFA treatment is nonsurgical, you won’t have to deal with a lengthy recovery period following your treatment session. This minimally invasive, nonsurgical procedure has a high success rate and may work for you when other treatment options haven’t done enough to address your chronic pain problem.

To learn more about how RFA treatment could help with your stubborn back pain, neck pain, or other muscle or chronic pain complaints, get in touch with the experts at Performance Spine & Sports Medicine today. You can book your appointment by calling our office most convenient to you or requesting an appointment online today.

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