Do you have pain in your neck or back that won’t go away? Have you been searching for a long-term solution? It’s time to contact Interventional Pain Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. As a division of Providence Anesthesiology Associates, the center offers advanced pain treatments, including radiofrequency ablation, to stop your body’s pain signals—without surgery. To find out how they can give you lasting relief, call today or schedule a consultation online.
Radiofrequency ablation is a treatment that offers long-term pain relief. It’s commonly used for chronic pain, such as back pain, neck pain, and arthritis pain.
A safe, effective procedure, radiofrequency ablation involves sending an electric current that generates heat in your nerve tissues. This electric current “ablates” the nerves, stopping them from sending pain signals.
Radiofrequency ablation may be a great alternative for lasting relief if injections haven’t helped and you want to avoid surgery.
Your practitioner at Interventional Pain Center may suggest a test called a nerve block. In this test, your practitioner numbs certain nerves to pinpoint the ones that are causing your pain. This helps to identify the nerve or nerves to target during radiofrequency ablation.
You may be given IV medication to relax you. You’ll lie down on your back or stomach, and your practitioner numbs the treatment area.
Then, your practitioner inserts a thin needle into the area where you feel pain and threads a microelectrode through the needle. Your practitioner asks if you feel a tingling sensation. This helps confirm it’s the right treatment area.
Next, a radiofrequency current travels through the electrode, heating your nerve tissue to stop it from sending pain signals. You may feel a tingling or buzzing sensation during treatment. The entire procedure typically takes 20 minutes to an hour.
You generally can go home the same day. You’ll want to take it easy and avoid driving or strenuous activity for 24 hours after the procedure. You may have some bruising or swelling in the treatment area. This generally goes away in a few days.
You can get back to your normal activities the next day. Although results vary, you should enjoy pain relief for 6-12 months after your procedure.
Like radiofrequency ablation, Coolief is a quick, minimally invasive procedure to offer pain relief from knee, hip, or back pain. Coolief also uses radiofrequency energy to target your nerves. But with Coolief, the energy is cool, rather than hot.
Find out how radiofrequency ablation or Coolief might help you by calling or requesting a consultation online with Interventional Pain Center.