Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that is commonly used to treat lower back pain. Radiofrequency ablation works by applying the heat generated from radiofrequency waves to the nerves that are generating the pain in the spine. This eliminates the pain-causing nerves in the spine, which stops those specific pain signals to the brain.
Why is Radiofrequency Ablation Different from Other Options?
Research “lower back pain treatment”, and you’ll see there are many different treatment options available. Plus, chances are that the more doctors and specialists you see, the more varied your recommendations will be. Generally, though, radiofrequency ablation is set apart from other options, because of the very nature of the procedure. While other options – such as physical therapy, medications, and epidural steroid injections – are designed in-part to help treat the source of what is triggering the nerve, radiofrequency ablation eliminates the nerve itself.
For this reason, radiofrequency ablation has helped many patients with severe pain find long-sought relief – from both the physical pain, and the stress of juggling a host of pain management treatments.
If you are ever confused about any recommendation coming from a doctor, the best thing to do is to talk to him or her. Your doctor will be able to give you a clear understanding on why a specific treatment is needed.
Ideal Candidates for Radiofrequency Ablation
The ideal candidates for radiofrequency ablation are those with chronic severe lower back pain, and who have not experienced relief from other non-invasive treatments.