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Radiofrequency Ablation Specialist

Pacific Sports and Spine

Interventional Pain Specialists located in Eugene, OR

Sometimes noninvasive treatments aren't enough to ease the pain of severe, chronic spine and joint conditions like advanced osteoarthritis. If you're looking for a better way to manage your chronic pain, Pacific Sports and Spine in Eugene, Oregon, can help. Their interventional pain specialists offer cutting-edge radiofrequency ablation treatments that stop your nerves from sending pain messages to your brain. To benefit from this innovative therapy, call Pacific Sports and Spine today or book an appointment online.

Radiofrequency Ablation Q & A

What is radiofrequency ablation?

Radiofrequency ablation is an advanced treatment that could reduce certain types of chronic pain. Pacific Sports and Spine uses radiofrequency ablation to help patients suffering from persistent pain that isn't responding to conservative therapies.

The treatment involves the use of radiofrequency energy to generate heat. This heat reaches the precise temperature necessary to damage nerve endings in the target area but causes no harm to the surrounding tissues.

What conditions are treatable with radiofrequency ablation?

Radiofrequency ablation is most often a treatment for back, neck, and joint pain. Spinal conditions that are treatable using radiofrequency ablation include:

  • SI joint pain
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated discs 
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Facet joint pain or facet arthritis
  • Cervicogenic headaches

Other chronic pain conditions radiofrequency ablation can treat include arthritis in large joints like your knees, and occipital neuralgia (nerve-related head pain).

What does radiofrequency ablation involve?

Radiofrequency ablation treatments at Pacific Sports and Spine are typically outpatient procedures that don't require an overnight hospital stay.

You need a sedative to make sure you stay relaxed and calm throughout the procedure. You receive the sedative through an intravenous (IV) line in your arm. You also receive an injection of local anesthetic to the treatment area so you won't feel any discomfort.

Next, your provider inserts a fine needle into the tissues, using moving X-ray technology known as fluoroscopy that enables them to see where the needle's going. When the radiofrequency ablation needle is in position, your provider inserts a tiny electrode.

At this point, you should feel a tingling sensation, which shows the electrode is situated correctly. Your provider can now deliver the radiofrequency energy into the electrode, which heats your nerve endings.

What happens after my radiofrequency ablation treatment?

After your radiofrequency ablation treatment at Pacific Sports and Spine, you go to the recovery suite for observation while your sedative wears off. Once you're fully awake and aware, you can go home, but arrange for a ride ahead of time. You shouldn't drive on the day of your treatment.

Radiofrequency ablation treatment tends to start taking effect after a week or so. The results are unpredictable, so some patients may experience only a little relief, while others notice a significant improvement.

The effects of radiofrequency ablation treatment last an average of 6-12 months, but you could benefit for far longer. Some people continue to appreciate a reduction in their pain for years after radiofrequency ablation.

To determine whether radiofrequency ablation could reduce your chronic pain, call Pacific Sports and Spine or book an appointment online today.