What Is Radiofrequency Ablation?
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a treatment used at Hudson Valley Spine and Pain to reduce and provide relief from pain. With this treatment, an electrical current is created by a radio wave to gently heat up a selected area of your nerve tissue, which works to decrease pain signals from that area.
At Hudson Valley Spine and Pain, our RFA treatment can deliver pain relief for anywhere between six to 12 months. However, some patients report their RFA treatment resulted in pain relief that lasted for years. The effectiveness of the RFA treatment depends on a range of factors, including the location and cause of your pain. Continue reading to learn more about the radiofrequency ablation treatment offered at Hudson Valley Spine and Pain.
How Is Radiofrequency Ablation Performed?
The process of performing radiofrequency ablation is very similar to the procedure involved with performing a diagnostic block. By using a special x-ray device, the doctor will direct a tiny, hollow needle into the area responsible for generating pain. After the needle is in place, you will receive a numbing medication.
Then a radiofrequency current will be transmitted through the needle to generate a precise and small burn. This current actually destroys the part of the nerve sending pain signals. The burn takes around 90 seconds per site, and we can burn multiple nerves at one time.
Contact Hudson Valley Spine and Pain for Radiofrequency Ablation Relief
At Hudson Valley Spine and Pain, we use an array of cutting-edge medical treatments and alternative therapies to help you find relief from pain, a higher quality of life, and a better holistic long-term health. In addition to radiofrequency ablation, we offer a range of additional treatments to help achieve this goal.