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How Radiofrequency Ablation Alleviates Leg Pain

How Radiofrequency Ablation Alleviates Leg Pain

Whether your leg pain is related to arthritis, diabetic neuropathy, or irritated nerves in the spine, radiofrequency ablation may be your best, possibly favorite treatment option.

The pain management team at Colorado Clinic offers the communities of Colorado Springs and Greeley, Colorado, the most advanced care available to prevent pain from interfering with your quality of life. Even better, there’s no surgery involved.

Read why radiofrequency ablation meets the team’s rigorous standards for safe, predictable, highly effective pain management treatment.

What is radiofrequency ablation?

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA), sometimes called radiofrequency neurotomy, uses precisely controlled heat delivered with a needle to damage nerve tissue. The damage prevents pain signals from traveling to the brain, effectively eliminating pain in the region served by the nerve.

The nerve eventually regrows, so the results aren’t permanent. However, pain relief can last for a year or more. 

RFA, performed in-house at Colorado Clinic for your convenience, is a relatively quick and painless procedure. The therapy reduces your need for pain medication, improves mobility, and relieves the physical and emotional distress related to chronic pain.

What conditions can you treat with radiofrequency ablation?

As a pain management treatment, RFA is effective for many painful conditions, including those that frequently affect the neck, backhips, knees, legs, and feet.

These may include:

RFA is generally well-tolerated and includes few adverse side effects or complications other than a minimal risk of infection at the treatment site.

What happens before, during, and after RFA for leg pain?

Treatment plans at Colorado Clinic are customized to fit your needs and based on a thorough physical exam, discussion of your symptoms, and a careful review of your medical history.

Your provider may also recommend X-rays or other tests to diagnose the source of your pain. For instance, pain in the hips, buttocks, or legs often originates from an issue in the lower back.

During an RFA procedure, after applying a topical numbing agent, your provider inserts a needle-like probe into the treatment area. Advanced X-ray imaging (fluoroscopy) ensures the needle reaches the targeted nerve. 

Your provider injects a local anesthetic through the needle to numb the treatment site. Radiofrequency current delivered through the needle creates enough damage to keep the nerve from transmitting pain signals. Your provider may use one RFA session to treat several nerves.

You may feel mild tenderness at the site for a couple of days and should rest overnight following the procedure. Your provider may also recommend physical therapy or rehab following RFA to help restore flexibility and improve strength.

Schedule an evaluation at Colorado Clinic today for more information about pain management with radiofrequency ablation. Call the office nearest you or request an appointment online.

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