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Pain Management with Radiofrequency


With over two million patients treated each year, lower back pain is the second leading cause for a patient’s visit to a pain management specialist.

Imagine a procedure that could treat your back pain, potentially as an outpatient, and allow you to return quickly to your normal activities.


All of this is possible using the Radiofrequency technology pioneered by Radionics.

Radiofrequency Lesioning Radiofrequency (RF) lesioning is a safe proven means of interrupting pain signals. Radiofrequency current is used to heat up a small volume of nerve tissue, thereby interrupting pain signals from that specific area.


Clinical data shows the Radiofrequency Lesioning can effectively provide lasting pain relief.

A Typical Procedure An RF lesioning procedure is performed by a physician in an operating room setting. Both local anesthesia and a mild sedative may be used to reduce any discomfort during the procedure. You will need to be awake and alert during both the sensory and motor stimulation process to aid in properly pinpointing the placement of the lesioning electrode. During the procedure you will be lying either your stomach or back, depending on the approach your doctor will take. After the local anesthesia has been administered, you doctor will insert a small needle into the general area where you are experiencing pain.


 Under the guidance of x-ray, the DR. will then guide the to the exact target area. A micro-electrode is then inserted through the needle to begin the stimulation process. During this process, you will be asked by your doctor if you are able to feel a tingling sensation. The object of the stimulation process is to help you doctor determine if the electrode is in the optimal area for treatment, this producing the most relief.


Once the needle and electrode placement is verified, treatment is ready to begin. A small RF current will travel through the electrode into the surrounding tissue, causing the tissue to heat and eliminate the pain pathways. You should alert your doctor if at any time during the procedure you experience any discomfort.


After the Procedure…


You may experience some soft tissue discomfort at the needle placement site(s) following the procedure. Like other soft tissue wounds, the discomfort will subside over several days. Food and liquid consumption can usually be resumed soon after the procedure. If there are no complications, the procedure can usually be done on an outpatient basis.


Radiofrequency treatment of tissue usually blocks pain signals for a prolonged period of time. However, the human body may regenerate pain pathways over time. It is not unusual that the procedure may need to be repeated.


Radiofrequency treatment will not limit you day-to-day activities, including work, as soon as you feel able. However, any pre-existing physical restrictions you had prior to the procedure may still remain.

As with any surgery, however minor, there are certain risks involved. Please ask your physician for details regarding the potential risks with Radiofrequency treatment.






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