Radiofrequency Ablation

Lower Back Pain

Severity of low back pain can vary from mild to debilitating. While pain may not be constant, there is potential for the condition to worsen with time. Depending on the cause, common symptoms include:

  • muscle spasms,
  • tightness of the lower back,
  • burning or stinging pain,
  • and difficulty performing certain activities

What Is Radiofrequency Ablation?

Radiofrequency ablation (or RFA) is a treatment which utilizes radiofrequency waves to kill problem nerves or tissue to relieve pain or ailment. While this treatment is often used to treat growths or tumors, it is also effective in treating chronic pain including low back pain. 

What does the procedure look like?

In this procedure the physician uses an ultrasound, fluoroscope, or another imaging technique to locate the problem nerve. Once the nerve has been located, one or a series of needle-like probe devices are inserted into the affected area. Radiofrequency waves are then administered, killing (ablating) the affected nerve. This procedure is almost strictly outpatient and rarely requires any medication. A patient may receive medication to relax for the procedure. Some patients may experience numbness, swelling, or bruising at the procedure site.

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