Radiofrequency Ablation (Rhizotomy) Treatment for Pain in San Antonio, TX
Radiofrequency ablation (Rhizotomy) can help patients achieve long-term relief from chronic pain symptoms. RFA is particularly beneficial for patients experiencing pain related to conditions like arthritis or joint discomfort in the lower back and neck. Our board-certified Dr. Darius Zagunis M.D. provides radiofrequency ablation (RFA) as a long-term treatment for chronic pain, such as in the lower back, neck, and arthritic joints. The technique employs heat to target specific nerves that produce pain, which helps to alleviate long-term discomfort. To learn more benefits of radiofrequency ablation at San Antonio Pain Consultants, contact us or book an appointment online. We are located at 3903 Wiseman Blvd, Ste 117, San Antonio, TX 78251.
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Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a medical procedure utilized in the management of specific forms of persistent pain. In certain cases, individuals find relief by disrupting the transmission of pain signals from nerves connected to the facet or the sacroiliac joints to the brain.
RFA involves the use of electrical energy to generate heat, which is then applied to a localized area of nerve tissue. This localized heat causes damage to the nerve tissue, interrupting the transmission of pain signals originating from that specific nerve area.
RFA is a valuable approach for individuals suffering from chronic pain or pain linked to joint degeneration. It provides enduring relief by interrupting the communication between the nerves and the pain processing center in the brain. While RFA doesn’t address the root cause of the pain, it effectively reduces the number of pain signals stemming from the affected joints. The extent of pain relief achieved can vary, contingent on the underlying cause and the location of the pain.
Following the identification of nerves responsible for transmitting pain signals through preliminary test block injections, the specialists at San Antonio Pain Consultants use image guidance to precisely position a radiofrequency needle directly over the target nerve.
An electrical current is then applied through the needle to impede the nerve’s ability to transmit pain signals. RFA is commonly utilized for treating pain in various areas, including the back, neck, and sacroiliac joint, and managing conditions like arthritis. It can also offer relief for persistent shoulder, knee, or hip joint pain.
RFA is typically sought when chronic pain remains unresponsive to medications or physical therapy, or when surgical intervention is not a viable option. RFA also finds applications in certain cancer treatments, utilizing heat to eliminate cancer cells. Its use in cancer therapy may involve eliminating the cancer, controlling its growth, or managing associated symptoms.
Determining your suitability for RFA requires consultation with a pain specialist, such as those at San Antonio Pain Consultants. This evaluation may involve tests to confirm if the nerves typically targeted by the procedure are indeed responsible for your pain.
RFA is particularly beneficial for patients experiencing pain related to conditions like arthritis or joint discomfort in the lower back and neck. Additionally, it can be a suitable option for individuals with painful arthritis affecting larger joints such as the knees, hips, or shoulders. For effective results, this treatment is designed to complement appropriate exercises, physical therapy, and more as part of a personalized treatment plan.
Candidates for RFA typically have a history of chronic pain lasting more than six months and have not found relief through conservative approaches like medications, physical therapy, or chiropractic care.
Certain individuals will not be suitable for RFA, such as individuals with active infections or bleeding disorders. Prior to undergoing the procedure, it’s essential to provide your provider with a comprehensive medical history and information about your current medications to ensure the appropriateness of the treatment.
Complete relief from pain following radiofrequency ablation typically becomes noticeable within a span of 2 to 3 weeks after the procedure. It is advisable for patients to arrange a follow-up appointment with their referring or treating physician after the procedure.
This post-procedure visit serves the purpose of assessing the treatment’s effectiveness, monitoring progress, and reassessing long-term custom treatment plans. The duration of pain relief experienced can vary, ranging from 9 months to several years. When the pain resurfaces, the procedure can be repeated as necessary to provide continued relief.
Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) is available at San Antonio Pain Consultants. To learn more benefits of radiofrequency ablation, contact us or book an appointment online. We are located at 3903 Wiseman Blvd, Ste 117, San Antonio, TX 78251. We serve patients from San Antonio TX, Leon Valley TX, Shavano Park TX, Balcones Heights TX, Fair Oaks TX, Fair Oaks Ranch TX, Castroville TX, Helotes TX, Alamo Ranch TX, and surrounding areas.
Additional Services You May Need
▸ Epidural Steroid Injection
▸ Lumbar Facet Joint Block
▸ Caudal Epidural Steroid Injection
▸ Sacroiliac Joint Injection
▸ Radiofrequency Rhizotomy
▸ Selective Nerve Root Block
▸ Lumbar Sympathetic Block
▸ Spinal Cord Stimulation
▸ Cervical Facet Blocks
▸ Medial Branch Blocks
▸ Lumbar Epidural Injections
▸ Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection
▸ Occipital Nerve Blocks
▸ Stellate Ganglion Blocks
▸ Sacroiliac Joint Fusion – Sacrix
▸ Celiac Plexus Block
▸ Hypogastric Plexus Blocks and Ablation
▸ Sacroiliac Joint Ablation
▸ Knee Joint Ablation for Chronic Knee Pain
▸ Knee Viscosupplement Injections