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Feelings of pain can range from mild and occasional to severe and constant. Acute pain begins suddenly and is usually sharp in quality. It serves as a warning of disease or a threat to the body. Acute pain may be caused by many events or circumstances, including surgery, broken bones, etc. Unrelieved acute pain may lead to chronic pain, which may persist even after the original injury has healed. Pain signals remain active in the nervous system for weeks, months, or years and can have lasting physical effects. Tense muscles, limited mobility, a lack of energy, and changes in appetite can occur, in addition to emotional effects, such as depression, anger, anxiety, and fear of re-injury. Such effects may hinder a person's ability to return to normal work or leisure activities. We feel each individual is the best judge of his or her own pain. Our medical staff takes a multidisciplinary approach in addressing your pain management concerns, and we work with you to determine the best treatment options. Depending upon your diagnosis, pain may be treated in a number of ways. After a comprehensive review of the patient's history and current health, a care plan is developed that may include a wide array of interventional pain management procedures & techniques such as: See our Patient Education page.

Radiofrequency Treatment/Ablation

Chronic pain felt in the lower back or neck and pain that results from arthritic joints or nerve-related conditions may be amenable to radiofrequency ablation, even if other treatment techniques, such as nerve blocks, have been ineffective. Radiofrequency is an option for most people with relevant conditions, as long as they do not have an infection at the time of treatment and as long as they are not pregnant.

Before radiofrequency ablation is performed, diagnostic techniques (usually nerve blocks) are used to determine the exact location of the pain generator. During radiofrequency ablation, the patient is given local anesthetic and intravenous (IV) medicine to minimize discomfort. X-ray technology is then used to guide a needle into the area causing the pain. A small electrode is then inserted through the needle, through which a radiowave is produced that sends an electric current through the problematic area. The electric current heats up nerve tissue in the designated area, causing enough damage to moderately inhibit any pain signals sent to the brain from that area. The patient does not experience pain while the electric current is affecting the nerve tissue.

Pain relief typically lasts longer than that achieved with injections, prolonging relief anywhere from four to twelve months.

Side effects and outcomes are unique to each patient and will be discussed before any treatment options are prescribed.

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