Pain Stop Clinics utilizes Radiofrequency Neuroablation (Radiofrequency ablation “RFA”) to aid in the relief of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome in the lower back. RFA is an electrical current produced by radio waves that is used to heat up a small area of nerve tissue, which decreases pain signals from that specific area to the brain.
What is a cervical RFA?
RFA uses radiofrequency energy to interrupt nerve function. When this is performed on a cervical medial branch nerve, the nerve can no longer send pain signals to the injured facet joint.
What happens during an RFA?
A local anesthetic will be used to numb your skin. All injections at Pain Stop Clinics are performed under guidance of x-ray or fluoroscopy to ensure safety and efficiency of the procedures. When the RFA is first placed, muscle twitching may provoke some of your pain. Once the needle is properly placed, the nerve will be numbed. Radiofrequency energy will then be used to diffuse the pain signal of the branch. This is often repeated at more than one level of the spine.
How long can I expect pain relief?
Pain relief lasts anywhere from 6 to 24 months. Nerves regenerate after an RFA, but how long this takes varies. Your pain may or may not return when the nerves regenerate. If it does, another RFA can be done.
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