Radio Frequency Ablation for Pain Management

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Radio Frequency Ablation

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) uses heat to destroy tissue. For pain management, radio waves are sent through a precisely placed needle to heat an area of the nerve. This prevents pain signals from being sent back to your brain. RFA is considered for long-term pain conditions, especially of the neck, lower back or arthritic joints that haven’t been successfully treated with other methods.

The goals of radiofrequency ablation are to:

  • Stop or reduce pain.
  • Improve function.
  • Reduce the number of pain medications taken.
  • Avoid or delay surgery.
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