Radiofrequency Ablation

Radiofrequency Ablation

Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA): An Overview

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA), also known as radiofrequency neurotomy, is a minimally invasive procedure used to manage chronic pain. It targets specific nerves to disrupt their ability to transmit pain signals to the brain. Here are the key points:

Ablation Procedure Description

During RFA, a pain medicine physician places specialized needles over the affected nerves. Thermal energy or heat signals are sent through the needles, temporarily disconnecting the nerves. While RFA doesn’t address the underlying cause of pain, it significantly reduces pain signals from the affected joints.

Indications for ablation

Patients with arthritis or joint pain of the low back and neck benefit from radiofrequency ablation.  Ablation therapy can also be used for painful arthritis in large joints like the knees, hips, or shoulders.  Candidates should have chronic pain lasting more than six months and not find relief from conservative measures (medications, physical therapy, or chiropractic care).

Benefits of Ablation

    • Pain Relief: RFA provides long-lasting relief for chronic pain due to arthritis or joint issues.
    • Avoids Surgery: RFA is a non-surgical alternative.
    • Minimal Recovery Time: Patients can return to regular activities within a day or two.
    • Reduced Need for Pain Medications: RFA decreases reliance on pain meds.
    • Improved Function: Patients experience improved mobility and quality of life.

Patient Satisfaction Rates

Studies show that radiofrequency ablation leads to high patient satisfaction:

Seeking Treatment in Arizona

If you’re in Chandler, Ahwatukee, Tempe, Sun Lakes, Phoenix, Laveen, Gilbert, Maricopa, Casa Grande, or Mesa, Arizona, consider Reaching Out to Red Butte Pain Solutions.

Remember, ablation therapy is a valuable option for those seeking relief from chronic back and neck pain. Consult with the pain specialists at Red Butte Pain Solutions to determine if ablation therapy is right for you.