Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a nonsurgical method that addresses chronic neck and back pain. During the procedure, a surgeon will insert a needle electrode into your area of pain. The electrode will use an electrical current to heat a small area of nerve tissue, reducing the pain signals radiating from this area.
While undergoing radiofrequency ablation, you will feel a slight prick at the insertion site and may experience light bleeding. However, most patients do not feel a high degree of pain. Following the procedure, the skilled staff at NJ Spine and Wellness will take the utmost care to ensure that incisions are properly dressed.
RFA is ideal for those with conditions such as arthritis and frequent neck or lower back pain. RFA is a particularly effective solution to treating aches caused by joint degeneration.
However, radiofrequency ablation is not for everyone. For example, if you are prone to infection or atypical bleeding, you should not receive RFA. Furthermore, if you have diabetes, you may still qualify for RFA but will need to change your insulin dosage on the day of the procedure. Be sure to discuss with your diabetes physician if you are considering RFA.