Radiofrequency Ablation Specialist

Southern Pain and Spine

Pain Management & Interventional Spine Specialists located in Gainesville, Jasper, & Athens, GA

Temporarily turning off certain nerves to stop pain signals might sound futuristic, but radiofrequency ablation makes it possible today. At Southern Pain and Spine in Gainesville, Athens, Fayetteville, and Jasper, Georgia, Ankur Patel, DO, RPH, Jordan Tate, MD, MPH, and the team treat chronic pain in the neck, back, pelvis, and joints using fluoroscopy-guided radiofrequency ablation. Schedule your treatment consultation today by calling Southern Pain and Spine or by requesting an appointment online.

Radiofrequency Ablation Q&A

What is radiofrequency ablation?

Radiofrequency ablation is a treatment that targets nerves and inhibits their pain signals. Also called rhizotomy or radiofrequency neurotomy, the procedure uses heat from radio waves to burn specific nerves at the source of your pain. 

During the radiofrequency ablation procedure at Southern Pain and Spine, the team inserts a needle through your skin near the source of your pain. They use imaging scans during the treatment to precisely guide the needle into place and target the correct nerve. 

After they position the needle, the team sends radiofrequency energy through it and to the targeted nerve tissue. After a brief observation period, you can go home the same day. 

What does radiofrequency ablation treat?

Radiofrequency ablation is a versatile treatment for pain in multiple different areas of the body. The team at Southern Pain and Spine routinely uses radiofrequency ablation to help manage:

  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Pelvic pain
  • Joint pain
  • Peripheral nerve pain

Most often, radiofrequency ablation treats back or neck pain from conditions like arthritis. It may be a treatment option for you if you’ve experienced some pain relief from a diagnostic nerve block injection. 

What are the benefits of radiofrequency ablation?

Radiofrequency ablation is a widely used treatment for pain because it has specific advantages over many other treatments for the same conditions. Your provider at Southern Pain and Spine might recommend radiofrequency ablation because it:

  • Helps you avoid surgery
  • Offers immediate pain relief 
  • Reduces or eliminates the need for pain medications
  • Improves overall function
  • Has a quick recovery

Depending on the cause, severity, and longevity of your pain, you might get radiofrequency ablation by itself or as part of a larger comprehensive treatment plan. The pain relief you get from radiofrequency ablation isn’t permanent but can last for up to several months, but individual results vary. 

How long does it take to recover from radiofrequency ablation?

One of the distinct benefits of radiofrequency ablation is its low recovery time. Because the procedure involves a needle, you may feel some slight soreness at the injection site for a few days after the procedure, much like you do after getting a flu shot or blood draw. You can use an ice pack to ease this discomfort. 

While you can go home right away after radiofrequency ablation, you shouldn’t drive or jump right back into high-impact activities. After a day or two, you can ease back into your normal routine.

Schedule your consultation for radiofrequency ablation with Southern Pain and Spine by calling the nearest office or requesting a referral online today.