Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a treatment that can be used to reduce the pain caused by the degeneration of joints. This is done by using radio waves or an electric current that creates enough heat to block nerve conduction temporarily.
Cooled radiofrequency ablation (C-RFA) is a new method for treating different types of joint pain. According to a new study, this treatment may be effective in relieving knee osteoarthritis, allowing the patient to avoid having a knee replacement, in some cases. The cooling system circulates water through the RFA device while it is heating the nerve tissue. The treatment area may be larger because of the cooling effect and give pain relief without undue heating.
How the radiofrequency ablation is performed will depend on the nerves being ablated. A local anesthetic can be used to numb the skin, and then X-ray technology may be used for guiding the introducer needles to the treatment area. Because nerves are not visible with the X-ray, it is used to find what is called bony landmarks, which indicate the area where the nerves are generally located.
The treatment has a good success rate with the majority of patients reporting pain relief. The extent of pain relief will vary according to the location and cause of the pain, and the relief can continue for quite a long time.
There are certain kinds of medical conditions that would not be appropriate for RFA. When you have a consultation with our specialist, you will be informed of some precautions to take in preparation for your radiofrequency treatment.
Pain reduction through RFA and C-RFA is not a permanent state. It may take more than one treatment to get the results you want. When the pain starts to return, you may need a maintenance treatment. It is important to keep in mind that results vary from patient to patient, and each case is unique.
If you suffer from chronic back pain, radiofrequency ablation at Longevity Regenerative Institute may be your best option for returning to a stress-free lifestyle. Contact us today to book an appointment at our office in Oklahoma City and learn more.