When chronic neck and lower back pain, and pain related to the degeneration of joints from arthritis, is not completely managed by medications and physical therapy Dr. Lipson may recommend other treatment options such as, radiofrequency ablation.
Radiofrequency ablation is a procedure used to reduce pain. An electrical current produced by a radio wave is used to heat up a small area of nerve tissue, thereby decreasing pain signals from that specific area.
The procedure will take 20 to 45 minutes, with you lying on your stomach.
● You will be given local anesthesia. If needed, sedative medication may be given to reduce discomfort. You will be awake during much of the procedure.
● The needle will be directed to its proper location using X-ray guidance.
● During the procedure, the doctor will ask you if you feel a tingling sensation or if you feel your muscle twitching. This will help ensure the electrode is in the proper place.
● Once the needle and electrode are in the correct location, the nerve is heated with radio waves until that nerve is unable to pass pain signals to the brain.
Patients may have relief, from their chronic pain, within two to four weeks. Relief may last six to twelve months, sometimes longer. At times, patients may need to continue medication and physical therapy for the best outcome.
Dr. Ana Lipson
Lipson Pain Institute
210 1st Street South
Winter Haven, Florida 33880