Radiofrequency Ablation Specialist

Pain Care, LLC

Interventional Spine & Pain Management located in Stockbridge, Newnan, Mcdonough, Johns Creek, & Griffin, GA

If you suffer from chronic back, neck, or joint pain, and it doesn’t respond to conservative treatments, consider radiofrequency ablation. This pain-free, outpatient procedure can ease your symptoms and improve your quality of life. At Pain Care, LLC, the team of interventional spine and pain management experts offers radiofrequency ablation. To make an appointment at the Metro Atlanta office in Stockbridge, Griffin, Newnan, McDonough, or Johns Creek, Georgia, call or click the online booking feature today.

Radiofrequency Ablation Q & A

What is radiofrequency ablation?

Radiofrequency ablation or neurotomy is a minimally invasive procedure that treats chronic pain. It uses a targeted electric current to heat up an area of nerve tissue. The heating process affects the treated nerves and prevents them from sending pain signals to your brain.

What issues can radiofrequency ablation treat?

At Pain Care, LLC, the team uses radiofrequency ablation to treat various issues, including:

  • Back pain
  • Facet syndrome
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • Neck pain
  • Herniated disc
  • Joint pain
  • Neuropathy
  • Leg pain
  • Spinal stenosis

You might also benefit from radiofrequency ablation if you experience chronic pain due to fibromyalgia.

What does radiofrequency ablation involve?

At Pain Care, LLC, the team performs radiofrequency ablation on an outpatient basis. 

At the beginning of your appointment, your provider administers intravenous medication to help you relax. Once you’re comfortable, you lie on your stomach or back on an exam table. 

Next, your provider numbs the skin next to the part of your body being treated, like the lower back, neck, or a specific joint, for example. After numbing the area, your provider inserts a thin tube through your skin. To ensure accuracy, they use fluoroscopy to help guide them.

After positioning the tube, your provider inserts a small electrode through it. When this happens, you feel a mild tingling sensation. Your provider directs a radiofrequency current through the electrode that heats up your nerve tissue, providing instant relief.

Following treatment, your provider removes the electrode and needle and provides care instructions. Most appointments take 45-60 minutes. 

Is radiofrequency ablation safe?

Radiofrequency ablation is safe and usually well-tolerated. Most people experience soreness at the incision site for a few days. Your pain will gradually subside, often over the course of a few weeks. The results of treatment typically last for several months. If your pain returns, contact the team at Pain Care, LLC, right away.

What happens after radiofrequency ablation?

Following radiofrequency ablation, your provider cleans and bandages the incision and provides care instructions. Before you leave, you’re moved to a recovery room for observation.

You can resume taking prescription medication and eating your normal diet right away. Avoid driving or strenuous physical activity, like exercise, for at least 24 hours. 

In the first few hours after your appointment, it’s normal to experience some weakness and numbness in your legs, as well as mild swelling or bruising at the incision site. You can take over-the-counter pain medication for relief or apply an ice pack to the area.

Am I a candidate for radiofrequency ablation?

To determine if you’re a candidate for radiofrequency ablation, your Pain Care, LLC, provider reviews your health history, asks about your symptoms, and conducts a physical exam. If you suffer from chronic pain and conservative treatments don’t provide relief, you likely qualify.

Request a radiofrequency ablation consultation at Pain Care, LLC, by calling the nearest office today or scheduling online.

*Individual results may vary.