Radiofrequency ablation is a treatment option for neck, shoulder, or back pain. It uses radio waves to produce heat that kills nerves sending pain signals to the brain. Keep reading to learn more about radiofrequency nerve ablation for cervical pain.
Radiofrequency ablation for cervical pain is a procedure performed to relieve pain in the neck region that may be caused by muscle inflammation, arthritis, or spinal canal narrowing. Radiofrequency ablation is recommended to candidates who:
Furthermore, Dr. Thompson will walk you through the procedure so you can decide if radiofrequency nerve ablation is appropriate for you. The cost of the treatment depends on several factors, including location, levels of injections, and the doctor performing the treatment.
Compared to other types of pain management options, radiofrequency nerve ablation has the following benefits:
Dr. Thompson will use a local anesthetic to numb your skin during the procedure, which takes no more than an hour to complete. X-ray imaging is used to insert a thin needle near the facet joint or cervical branch nerve. Once the needle is correctly placed, radiofrequency energy is used to disrupt the nerve function. The irritated nerve branches are heated to 176 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 minutes.
The potential side effects of the procedure include numbness and a tingling sensation. It is common to feel soreness or numbness in your neck for 1-4 days due to nerve irritation.
Radiofrequency nerve ablation is effective for relieving pain spasms in the neck region. It is effective for mechanical neck pain (injury to the nerves or joint of the cervical spine), with up to 70% pain relief depending on the response to nerve block.
The pain relief may last between six months to a year or even longer. Neck pain may or may not return depending on nerve regeneration. When nerves regenerate, radiofrequency ablation may need to be repeated. However, you should consult your spinal doctor regarding the procedure's success rate based on your pain's severity, cause, and location.
At The Pain Center in Boise, we are committed to ensuring quality life for our patients through pain relief. Our experts specialize in diagnosing and treating chronic pain. Contact us today if you are experiencing chronic pain and are unsure if you qualify as a radiofrequency ablation candidate. The Pain Center in Boise also accepts major health insurance plans and can provide more details during your initial phone call.
Our entire practice revolves around helping patients feel better. Pain is a fact of life, until it interferes with the joys of living. Sandra Thompson, MD and The Pain Center have innovative and comprehensive solutions to all forms of discomfort.
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