Learn about the different pain relief solutions we offer, such as Radiofrequency Ablation.
What is Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) ?
RFA is a minimally invasive, non-surgical, outpatient procedure that targets the nerve or nerves causing your pain and uses thermal energy to interrupt the pain signals at their source.
With a quick, simple procedure, RFA can provide months – sometimes even years – of pain relief. It tends to be well-tolerated and has few associated complications. The procedure can be repeated if the pain returns when the nerves regenerate.
How does RFA work?
After the procedure, you may experience a few days of discomfort around the procedure site(s). Doctors generally advise not to engage in any strenuous activity for at least 24 hours after treatment, but your doctor will give you complete post procedure advices.
Over the next few weeks, your pain should subside, allowing you to return to the activities you enjoyed before the onset of your chronic pain.
Who is RFA for?
If you suffer from chronic pain, RFA may be the right option for you. RFA can be considered for those who’s pain has not been improved by medication or physical therapy and who may not be candidates for surgical treatment.
Radiofrequency Ablation can be used to treat pain (often arthritic joint pain) in a number of different areas of the body including the back, neck, hips, knees and shoulders.
The amount of pain relief can vary from person to person, but relief can last anywhere from six to twelve months – and in some case years.
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2 Gofeld M, et al. Radiofrequency Denervation of the Lumbar Zygapophysial Joints—Targeting the Best Practice Authors. Pain Physician 2007; 10:291-299.
3 Govind J, et al. Radiofrequency neurotomy for the treatment of third occipital headache. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, Psychiatry 2003; 88-93.
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