Cervical Radiofrequency Ablation Injections
Nerve pain can cause a number of secondary issues, including decreased mobility, sleep disruption and psychological trauma. A minimally invasive treatment is available that can provide relief from painful nerves. Radiofrequency nerve ablation uses radio waves to ablate the nerves, reducing or eliminating pain signals in the process.
The level of heat produced during a radiofrequency nerve ablation is carefully controlled. At Caliber Pain™, we have helped countless patients achieve relief from neck pain with cervical radiofrequency ablation injections.
Patients suffering from conditions such as spinal arthritis (spondylosis), sacroiliitis and chronic pain are good candidates for radiofrequency ablation (RFA). Other areas that are commonly treated are the back, knee, pelvis, neck and peripheral nerve pain trouble spots. A doctor will typically recommend RFA when the patient is not benefiting from other pain relief options.
Cervical RFA Benefits
Patients may avoid surgery if cervical radiofrequency ablation is a viable treatment option. One of the major benefits of RFA from Caliber Pain™ is instant pain relief. Recovery time is significantly reduced, with some patients experiencing no after-effects at all.
Reliance on pain relief is also a goal of treatment with cervical radiofrequency ablation. If mobility is an issue for the patient, the function is typically improved after the treatment plan. Returning to work and other activities is possible much sooner than with surgical procedures.
Where is the procedure performed?
- Caliber Pain™ performs this procedure on an outpatient basis in our state-of-the-art treatment room equipped with fluoroscopic x-ray technology.
What preparations are involved in the treatment?
- In the pre-procedure area, the nurse or doctor will place an IV line. This is used for fluids and sedation if needed.
- When you get to the procedure room, you will be connected to monitoring equipment (EKG monitor, blood pressure cuff and blood oxygen monitoring device).
- You will be positioned comfortably on your abdomen.
- The injection site is cleansed with antiseptic soap, after which our doctor will inject numbing medicine that causes a slight burning sensation for a few seconds.
- Contrast dye may be injected to confirm precise needle location.
What is involved in the procedure?
- A radiofrequency current is passed through the hollow needle to create a small precise burn, called a lesion. The current destroys the portion of the nerve that transmits pain and disrupts the pain-producing signal.
What happens after treatment?
- You will spend about 20 minutes in the recovery area.
- You will be given verbal and written discharge instructions.
- If you have had sedation, you must be accompanied by a responsible adult, 18 or over, to drive you home or ride with you in a taxi.
How much recovery time is needed?
- Most patients can walk around immediately after the procedure and go back to work 24 to 72 hours later. Pain relief is typically experienced within ten days, although relief may be immediate for some patients and take up to three weeks for others. Pain relief from RFA can last from 6 to 12 months, and in some cases, relief can last for years.
Who is an ideal candidate for cervical radiofrequency ablation?
- If you have chronic neck pain, cervical radiofrequency ablation injections can be an option for long-term relief. Contact Caliber Pain™ in New York City to learn more about our interventional pain management options.
RFA Consultation in New York
Caliber Pain™ can facilitate an RFA consultation at our New York offices for patients suffering from chronic neck pain. To achieve lasting relief and improved mobility, we believe that this procedure offers significant benefits for many patients.
Contact Caliber Pain™ today if you have neck pain and need an effective solution in or around New York.