Radiofrequency ablation uses an electric current to heat up a small area of nerve tissue to stop it from sending pain signals. It can provide lasting relief for people with chronic pain, especially in the lower back, neck and arthritic joints.
A Deborah Specialty Physician will numb an area of the skin with a local anesthetic. Then, he or she will:
Radiofrequency ablation may be right for patients who have chronic pain that does not respond to other treatment, such as pain medication and physical therapy.
Usually, after the procedure patients can go home the same day. Temporary side effects can include: