If chronic pain is limiting what you can do and medications aren’t helping you enough, you may be a good candidate for radiofrequency ablation. At Interventional Spine & Pain Management Center in Springboro and Vandalia, Ohio, pain management specialist Vivekanand (Vic) Manocha, MD, offers the convenience of in-office radiofrequency ablation procedures. You can find long-term relief from chronic back pain, neck pain, and joint pain with this minimally invasive procedure. Learn more about the benefits of radiofrequency ablation by using the online booking feature.
Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that uses electric currents of energy to burn the structure of a nerve and prevent it from sending pain signals to your brain.
The goal of radiofrequency ablation is to provide you with long-term relief from chronic pain and help you put off or avoid surgery.
You may be a good candidate for radiofrequency ablation if you have chronic pain from an underlying disease or injury that isn’t treatable with medications or other therapies.
Dr. Manocha may recommend radiofrequency ablation for chronic pain relating to:
You may also be a candidate for radiofrequency ablation if you have nerve compression due to a herniated disc or other condition.
To keep you comfortable during your treatment, Dr. Manocha provides a light sedative. He also uses a local anesthetic to numb your skin before inserting a thin needle into the area where you feel pain.
Dr. Manocha uses X-ray guidance to ensure the needle is in the right position, and then inserts a small electrode in through the needle. From this electrode, Dr. Manocha sends a small current of radiofrequency energy into the nerve tissue, heating its structure to disrupt pain signals.
You can expect to spend a brief period of time recovering from the sedative after your procedure. You can them go home to relax for the rest of the day. It’s important that you have someone to drive you home, and Dr. Manocha may recommend avoiding strenuous exercise and other activities for the first 24 hours for your own health and safety.
Some people will notice an immediate difference in the severity of their pain soon after radiofrequency ablation, while others see a reduction in pain over several days.
Radiofrequency ablation often provides long-term pain relief that lasts 6-12 months, with some patients reaping benefits for several years.
If you can’t find relief from chronic pain with medications or other treatments, schedule a consultation at Interventional Spine & Pain Management Center online today to learn more about radiofrequency ablation.