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Radiofrequency Ablation for Pain Relief

Radiofrequency ablation for pain relief is a process for reducing inflammation of the facet joints of the spine and alleviating pain at the neck and back by using the heat from high-frequency radio waves on the nerves to interrupt pain signals in the spine before travelling to the brain.Radiofrequency ablation for pain relief is a process for reducing inflammation of the facet joints of the spine and alleviating pain at the neck and back by using the heat from high-frequency radio waves on the nerves to interrupt pain signals in the spine before travelling to the brain.

Procedure
Before the procedure you will be given anesthesia and medication to reduce anxiety and pain. You will then be positioned on your stomach on the procedure bed. The doctor will inject a local anesthesia to numb the affected area and then insert a needle through the skin over the facet joint causing the pain. Fluoroscopy will be used to check the position of the needle before heat from high-frequency radio waves is applied to the nerves to interrupt the pain signals from the spine to the brain.
 
  • Treating symptoms with pain medication, physical therapy, and/or exercise.
  • Injection of corticosteroids into the nerve canal to reduce inflammation.
  • Spinal fusion.

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