Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) For Spine, Hip, and Knee Pain
Radiofrequency ablation (or “RFA” for short) for spine, hip, and knee pain is a minimally invasive, non-surgical approach to managing pain typically arising from the spine or joints. Targeting the area around the spine or joint, RFA involves the heating, or ablation, of the appropriate nerves involved in the transmission of pain. While this may sound a bit scary, it is actually quite straight forward and very well tolerated.
It is important to note that there is a selection process before going forth with the ablation. Not every patient is a suitable candidate. Prior to undergoing the definitive treatment, simple blocks are performed at the area suspected of generating the pain as a means of confirmation. The patient is then asked to pay attention to the extent of their pain relief as well as any improvement in function in the diagnostic period. If the patient has an excellent response, RFA becomes an appropriate option.
RFA is one area of interventional pain that generates many questions in the minds of many patients. It is safe and does not kill tissue that is outside of its target range. It has been used for many years and has a proven track record. While the procedure itself must be done by a trained specialist and requires the use of specialized imaging it is not overly painful to have done and there is little or no recovery time.
Some of the most common indications for RFA treatments include chronic, persistent spine, hip, or knee joint pain. In as many as 50% of patient successful RFA can result in significant reduction in pain anywhere from nine months to two years post procedure. Another advantage is that it can also be repeated over time. RFS is another useful tool in the pain practitioner’s toolbox and can offer patients excellent pain relief when other options have either failed or are not viable.
We strive to offer unique and pioneering treatments that are safe and effective, that address the root cause of your pain, and that are not likely to cause any harm. Let us know if you suffer from chronic spinal, hip, or knee pain and want to know if RFA might work for you.