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How Radiofrequency Ablation Reduces Arthritis Pain

How Radiofrequency Ablation Reduces Arthritis Pain

Arthritis is a chronic condition that affects more than 50 million American adults, causing pain and discomfort that can severely impact your quality of life. While there’s no cure for arthritis, our team of radiofrequency ablation specialists at University Pain Medicine Center can help manage your pain and improve your mobility. 

While we offer several treatments that address arthritis, radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a minimally invasive procedure that’s been gaining popularity for its effectiveness in reducing pain. We provide this medical procedure, which involves using radiofrequency energy to target and deactivate specific nerves responsible for transmitting pain signals. 

In the context of arthritis, we use RFA to target the nerves around the affected joints that cause you pain. Here’s how it works:

Targets nerve ablation

In cases of arthritis, pain is often the result of inflammation and damage to your joints. Nerves around the affected joint become hypersensitive and transmit pain signals to your brain. RFA is designed to address this specific issue by targeting and deactivating these pain-transmitting nerves. 

To perform the procedure, we insert a specialized needle with an electrode tip near the nerve. We then apply radiofrequency energy to generate heat, which effectively deactivates the nerve. This disrupts the pain signal transmission and gives you the relief you need.

Manages pain without high risks

RFA is a minimally invasive procedure, meaning it doesn’t require large incisions or extensive surgery. Patients are often able to go home the same day and experience a relatively short recovery time compared with traditional surgical approaches. 

The less invasive nature of RFA makes it an attractive option if you’re looking to manage your arthritis pain without the risks or side effects associated with more invasive procedures.

Provides long-lasting relief

One of the significant advantages of RFA is that it offers long-lasting pain relief. The effects can last anywhere from several months to a year or more, providing you with a substantial reduction in pain and an improved quality of life. 

In some cases, the procedure can even be repeated if your pain returns, offering you a reliable way to manage your arthritis pain over time.

Offers personalized treatment

RFA is a highly customizable treatment option. It can be tailored to target specific nerves and joints affected by arthritis, ensuring that the procedure addresses your individual needs. This personalized approach allows us to provide the most effective pain relief possible for each case.

Reduces medication dependency

Arthritis patients often rely on medications like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or opioids to manage their pain. RFA can significantly reduce the need for these medications, which can have undesirable side effects and potential long-term risks. 

By reducing medication dependency, RFA not only provides pain relief but also contributes to a safer and more sustainable approach to arthritis management.

If you suffer from arthritis, radiofrequency ablation might be your answer. It’s proven to be a valuable addition to the arsenal of treatments available to manage this chronic condition, and it may be the procedure that helps improve your quality of life.


Click here to contact our team today at one of our six New Jersey locations. We can provide a comprehensive evaluation and determine if radiofrequency ablation is right for your condition.

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