Radiofrequency ablation is most commonly used for patients experiencing pain from injury or chronic conditions such as arthritis. For these patients, radiofrequency ablation is used to interrupt nerves that go directly to the individual facet joints.
Radiofrequency ablation is also used in patients with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome to interrupt the sympathetic nerve supply (and source of pain) to an arm or leg. Radiofrequency ablation can also be used for some unusual conditions, including pain from degenerative disks, occipital neuralgia and certain types of abdominal pain.
Patients must show a successful response to diagnostic or trial injections, however, to be a candidate for radiofrequency ablation. The providers at Preferred Pain Management are uniquely qualified to help determine if this type of interventional procedure is right for you.