Radiofrequency Ablation

Radiofrequency Ablation

Overview

Radiofrequency ablation is a pain management technique that utilizes heat to disable nerves from transmitting pain signals. For this procedure a needle-like tube or cannula is inserted under the guidance of an X-ray (fluoroscopy) along the nerves. A Radiofrequency electrode is inserted through the cannula and a small electrical current is emitted which should recreate the patient’s usual pain. This ensures that the needle is next to the appropriate nerve. A numbing medication is administered before more radiofrequency waves are emitted through the to tip of the needle where the waves are converted into heat. The heat slowly disrupts the nerves ability to transmit pain signals. There is no risk of paralysis or weakness from this procedure.

Conditions Treated

  • Arthritis Pain
  • Chronic Lower Back Pain
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Facet Joint Pain

Typical Benefits/Outcomes

Nearly 70 percent of Radiofrequency ablations performed result in good block of the intended nerve.

  • Reduction or relief of pain
  • Improved range of motion
  • Short recovery time
  • Reduction in pain medication
  • Longer lasting pain relief in comparison to steroid injections
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This is my first review that I have written, but I really wanted to help those of you seeking a skilled, compassionate and professional pain management practice. I highly recommend Pinnacle Pain and Spine to anyone seeking pain treatment in this area. I have been to 3 other pain management Dr's in the past and none of them have given me the type of relief that I get from Dr Crook's treatment. He actually listens to my symptoms and reviews my past history. This has helped him to formulate a treatment plan that gives me the most benefit. His compassion and "down to earth" attitude also makes Dr. Crooks very approachable. He answers my questions in a way that I actually understand. As a result, I always have a clear understanding of my treatment plan and feel confident in his ability. I also trust that Dr. Crooks has my best interests and health in mind when he makes recommendations. His staff is also wonderful, they are very professional and friendly. They always attempt to accommodate my schedule, which is so helpful to a working mom. I truly hope that if you are reading this and are in need of pain relief that you meet with Dr. Crooks. I know that Dr. Crooks and his staff will do everything they can to help their patients reduce their level of pain and improve their quality of life.

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