|Radiofrequency Ablation is a procedure in pain medicine that uses a specialized device to disrupt nerve conduction. This pain relief technique can be used by those with back pain, neck pain and other pain syndromes.
A probe is inserted through a needle and controlled delivery of heat is placed along a painful nerve. RFA causes nerve destruction though heat. We basically destroy the nerve that is causing your pain.
RFA can be used to help patients with chronic low back and neck pain. It can also be effective to relieve pain related to the degeneration of joints from arthritis. The degree of pain relief depends on the cause and location of the pain. Pain relief from RFA can last from six to 12 months and in some cases, for years. More than 70% of patients treated with RFA experience pain relief.