Radiofrequency Thermal Ablation
31 million Americans experience back pain at any given time. Facet joints – the joints in your spine that enable movement – are a well-recognized source of pain in patients with persistent back pain. There are options for relieving facet joint pain. Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that can provide lasting relief to those suffering from facet joint pain. In fact, multiple clinical studies show that radiofrequency ablation significantly reduces pain severity and frequency for one to two years in the majority of patients.
As with many spinal injections, radiofrequency ablation is best performed under fluoroscopy (live X-ray) for guidance in properly targeting and placing the needle, and for avoiding nerve or other injury.
Radiofrequency Ablation Steps:
The Radiofrequency Ablation procedure includes the following steps:
- An intravenous (IV) line is often started so that relaxation medicine (sedation) can be given.
- The patient lies on a procedure table and the skin over the neck, mid-back, or low back is well cleaned.
- The physician numbs a small area of skin with numbing medicine (anesthetic), which may sting for a few seconds.
For more information on The Radiofrequency Ablation procedure and treatment, call The Brooks Clinic at (405) 943-0303 to schedule an appointment.