At the Knox Community Hospital’s Center for Pain Management, we create a personalized care plan to treat your chronic pain.
As a pain management center patient, your care plan may include minor procedures that help reduce your pain. A Radiofrequency Ablation is one common procedure that can often provide significant pain relief.
What is an RFA?
A Radiofrequency Ablation (or RFA) is a minor procedure that is performed to provide lasting relief from chronic pain.
An RFA is a spinal procedure that is best performed under a live x-ray. With the x-ray guidance, a small specialized needle is placed next to the nerves that carry the pain signals. A small amount of electrical current travels through the needle to make radiofrequency waves that heat up a small part of nerve tissue. This prevents the nerve from sending pain signals to your brain, which gives you pain relief.
What Conditions Are Treated with an RFA?
RFAs are commonly used to provide relief to patients who suffer from chronic pain (lasting for 90 days or more) in the following areas:
- Lower back
- Arthritic joints
How Long Does Pain Relief Last from a Radiofrequency Ablation?
A high percentage of patients who have RFAs through our balanced pain management model have pain relief after the procedure. The amount of relief may vary based on the cause and location of the pain, but generally, it lasts from 6-12 months and for some patients, the relief lasts for years.
Is Radiofrequency Ablation Safe?
These procedures are a safe way of treating chronic pain. We encourage you to talk with one of our pain management providers if you are concerned about any specific risk to you or your condition.
Interested in seeing if a Radiofrequency Ablation might be a helpful way to treat your pain? Our highly qualified pain management provider, Dr. Tracy, and the Center for Pain Management team are here to help. Ask your physician about a referral today.