Radiofrequency Ablation Specialist

University Pain Medicine Center  -  - Interventional Pain Management Physician

University Pain Medicine Center

Interventional Pain Management Physician & Rehabilitation Specialists located in Somerset, NJ & Monroe Township, NJ

Radiofrequency ablation is an effective treatment for pain due to nerve damage or malfunction. The team at the University Pain Medicine Center offers radiofrequency ablation treatments at their offices in Englewood Cliffs, Somerset, Monroe Township, Freehold, and Clark, New Jersey. If you have chronic pain, call or schedule a consultation online today to find out if radiofrequency ablation is the right treatment to relieve your pain.

Radiofrequency Ablation Q&A

What is radiofrequency ablation?

Radiofrequency ablation, also called rhizotomy, is an innovative treatment that blocks pain signals. The procedure applies a controlled amount of radiofrequency energy to heat the nerve that’s causing your pain. The heat creates a lesion, which blocks pain signals and provides lasting pain relief. 

University Pain Medicine Center often combines radiofrequency ablation with other treatments like physical therapy. It usually provides rapid pain relief with little to no recovery time and can reduce your need for medication. Radiofrequency ablation can help you get back to your regular activities quickly and safely. It can also help you avoid surgery. 

What conditions improve with radiofrequency ablation?

The team at the University Pain Medicine Center uses radiofrequency ablation treatments to address a variety of painful conditions, including:

  • Nerve pain
  • Arthritis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sacroiliitis

The team can use radiofrequency ablation almost anywhere in your body. They often use it to address neck pain, back and spine pain, and joint pain. In most cases, the team at the University Pain Medicine Center offers radiofrequency ablation treatments if a nerve block treatment relieved your pain.

What happens during a radiofrequency ablation treatment?

Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure. Your doctor provides a sedative to keep you comfortable during the treatment and cleans the skin over the treatment area. 

Then, your doctor uses fluoroscopy X-ray to guide a needle to the nerve that’s causing your pain. They feed a thin microelectrode through the needle until it’s close to or touching the damaged nerve and release the radiofrequency energy. The energy burns the nerve, creating a lesion.

The treatment only takes 15-45 minutes, depending on how many nerves your doctor treats during your appointment. 

What should I expect after a radiofrequency ablation treatment?

Radiofrequency ablation provides almost immediate pain relief. You might have some tenderness at the treatment site, but this should go away within 24-48 hours. 

Your doctor might recommend that you have physical therapy to address any muscular imbalances or improve your strength and flexibility to reduce your risk of future pain. They might also suggest regenerative medicine treatments to help your body repair itself. 

If you have chronic pain that interferes with your mobility or quality of life, call the University Pain Medicine Center, or make an appointment online, to learn about radiofrequency ablation and how it can relieve your pain.