Radiofrequency ablations provide long-term neck or back pain relief by ablating, or deadening, the nerves that are causing the pain. Our pain management specialist Dr. Antigone Argyriou will first do a facet joint injection or a medial branch block to locate the target nerve. She may then recommend radiofrequency ablation, which is a minimally invasive procedure.
Benefits of Radiofrequency Ablation
Provides Long-Term Pain Relief
Radiofrequency ablation can give you up to two years of neck or back pain relief.
The procedure is non-surgical and takes about 90 seconds for each site.
Recovery is Quick
Most patients are back to work in 24 to 72 hours and experience relief within 10 days.
You’ll need to see a pain management specialist for radiofrequency ablation, Dr. Argyriou is double board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain medicine, and she has in-depth expertise in radiofrequency ablations.
Pain relief from radiofrequency ablation lasts between nine and 12 months on average. For some patients, however, the results last for up to two years.
Dr. Argyriou will numb the area before the injection, so it won’t be painful. Patients usually feel more pressure during the procedure than discomfort. After radiofrequency ablation, the injection site can be slightly sore for a few days.
There isn’t much of a downside. The radiofrequency ablation cost is much less than that of surgery, and the procedure is safe with a minimal risk of complications. Very rarely, a temporary increase in pain or infection can occur.
If your pain returns once the nerves regenerate, radiofrequency ablation can be performed again. While every patient is unique, for most, the procedure can be repeated as often as needed.