Chronic pain has plagued too many people for too long. But you don’t have to live with ongoing, unrelenting back pain anymore. Today’s treatments realize the dreams of even just a few years ago.
By offering the latest treatments available today for chronic back pain, Dev Sen, MD, and our team at Prime Regenerative and Pain Management help people finally find relief. What’s more, we make a broad range of innovative back pain treatments available from the comfort of our office in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
That includes radiofrequency ablation, a targeted treatment that directly addresses the pain itself.
Understanding radiofrequency ablation
Radiofrequency ablation gives Dr. Sen a way to get right to the root of your pain. Ultimately, although back pain can stem from anything from muscle strain to arthritis, your nerves are to blame for the sensation of pain that you feel. They’re the ones that communicate the pain signals to your brain, causing your discomfort.
During radiofrequency ablation, Dr. Sen targets those nerves. First, he numbs the treatment area. He can also provide you with oral sedative to help you feel relaxed. Next, he inserts a thin needle into the area from which your pain stems. Then, he inserts a microelectrode through that needle. He might activate the electrode at a low level to see if you feel a tingling sensation where you normally feel your pain. That’s a sign the electrode is in the right place.
Once the electrode is positioned, Dr. Sen sends radiofrequency energy through it. This heats the nerve tissue in the area, effectively blocking its ability to send pain signals.
The majority of people who try radiofrequency ablation get relief from this treatment. That pain relief can last anywhere from six months to years.
What to expect after radiofrequency ablation
Medical experts are excited about radiofrequency ablation not just because it’s effective, but also because it:
- Is minimally invasive
- Is an outpatient procedure (meaning you can return home the same day)
- Requires very little downtime
- Has next-to-no side effects
Someone should drive you home from your appointment, and you’ll be able to relax comfortably at home for the rest of the day. Take it easy, and don’t drive for 24 hours, but beyond that, you should be able to get back to your usual routine right away.
The most common side effects of this treatment include leg numbness, which usually abates in a few hours, and some mild discomfort at the treatment site for a couple of days afterward.
If you’re interested in finding out if radiofrequency ablation is right for you, make an appointment with Dr. Sen by calling Prime Regenerative and Pain Management or booking an appointment online today.