Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) : Neck & Back Pain
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Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) for Pain
Up to 90% of individuals may experience neck and back pain at some point. Recent research has shown that most methods used for low back pain are physical medicine and rehabilitation. Developing alternative treatment methods for back pain can help resolve these complaints faster. Pain management techniques vary depending on severity, cause, and duration.
Neck and back pain can be acute (less than 6 weeks) or chronic (more than 12 weeks). After examining the pain, surgical/non-surgical treatments or exercise programs can be provided to reduce it.
- Surgical Treatments: In surgical treatments for low back pain, it may be necessary to rest in the hospital after surgery and stay under observation for 1-2 nights. According to research, the success rate of surgical treatments is 10% higher than non-surgical treatments.
- Exercises: Exercise and physical therapy are common treatment methods for chronic back pain. Due to modern living conditions, we often lead a more sedentary life, which leads to immobility. Combining exercise and physical therapy can effectively reduce chronic neck and back pain.
- Non-Surgical Treatments: Radiofrequency ablation is a highly successful non-surgical treatment for neck and back pain. It is the preferred method. This method is much more comfortable than the surgical process, and the patient can resume everyday life within two days.
Radiofrequency Ablation Technique
Radiofrequency ablation provides faster and more positive results than many other methods. This treatment method applies concentrated high doses of heat to restricted areas of the patient under local anaesthesia.Radiofrequency waves are used to block the problematic pain nerves in a patient's painful area, by inserting a fluoroscopy-guided thin needle. This eliminates the pain after treatment.
Results of Radiofrequency Ablation
The radiofrequency procedure aims to eliminate or reduce the patient's pain and help improve the quality of life.
Radiofrequency ablation achieves complete recovery in over 80% of patients suffering from neck and back pain. The pain level in the remaining small group has notably decreased, indicating a significant improvement in their physical wellbeing. You do not need to rest in the hospital after the radiofrequency procedure, and you can return to your work life on the second day.
If you have pain that does not go away with medication, or if you do not want to undergo surgery or commit to daily physical therapy, radiofrequency pain treatment is a viable option.