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Using Radiofrequency Ablation for Chronic Pain

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What is Radiofrequency Ablation?

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a treatment used to manage pain through radio waves that create an electric current. While this may sound like something out of a science fiction movie, it’s one of the most common ways to treat many types of chronic pain. If you suffer from a chronic condition, learn how this therapeutic treatment option can help you.

How Does it Work?

Radiofrequency ablation works by destroying nerve roots through heat. The heat that is applied to nerve tissue destroys the nerves, thus resulting in a semi-permanent interruption of pain signals that run from the spinal cord to the brain.

Common Conditions Treated Through RFA

RFA can be effective in treating the following common conditions:

  • Facet joint arthritis - arthritis of the spine where cartilage is broken down between facet joints.

  • Lower back pain - can be caused by ailments such as a herniated disc, compressed nerve root or joint disease

  • Lumbar radiculopathy - typically caused by compression of the spinal nerve root.

  • Chronic cervical pain - can be caused by neck strain, poor posture or pinched nerves

  • Cervical radiculopathy - This can happen when the nerve root in the cervical spine is damaged or inflamed.

Contact Colorado Clinic

Living with chronic pain can be life-altering, and, often, it can present debilitating effects. The good news is, there are ways you can find relief through many different pain management treatments. If you are suffering from chronic pain, we can help create a pain management treatment plan that is right for you.

Contact Colorado Clinic at (970) 355-3225 today for more information on how we can help you live a better quality of life through interventional pain management.

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