It's estimated that nearly 80% of American adults will experience an episode of back pain during their lifetime. For most of those people, the pain will resolve itself with at-home care after a few weeks. For others, though, the pain may not go away on its own and end up requiring treatment from a spine or orthopedic specialist. Thankfully, there are a number of treatment options available for back and neck pain that may work for you, depending on what's causing your pain and the severity of it. One of those treatments could be radiofrequency ablation.
What Is Radiofrequency Ablation?
Radiofrequency ablation, also known as RFA, uses radio waves to interrupt the pain signal traveling from the nerves in your spine to your brain. This is done by heating the nerve through an electrical signal, which affects the tissue and decreases the nerve's ability to send messages to the brain. Because your brain won't process the feelings of pain, you should experience relief from your symptoms.
How long will the pain relief last?
It varies from patient to patient, depending on the severity of their condition and how receptive their body is to the treatment. In general, though, most patients can expect to experience relief for at least six months and may last for as long as twelve months.
How long will it take to recover after the procedure?
One of the biggest benefits of RFA is the fact that there is minimal recovery time. The minimally-invasive procedure is done right in our office, where you'll be awake throughout and monitored afterward to ensure you are responding well. You will need to be driven home once you've been released, and then you'll want to take it easy and rest for about 24 hours. After that, though, you should be able to resume your normal activities. If you experience an increase in pain or have any concerns during your recovery, our team will be available to take your call and answer your questions.