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Radiofrequency Procedures

Relief for many types of pain

Radiofrequency is a type of radiant energy that has been used in medical procedures for decades. Basically, radiofrequency electrical energy creates heat in a specific location, at a specific temperature, for a specific time. Ultimately, it causes the death of unwanted tissue, typically nerves that transmit pain signals to the brain.

Radiofrequency pain relief

Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure using electrical energy delivered via a thin cannula to ablate nerves causing pain. The area is numbed with local anesthetic and a very small current is passed through the cannula to heat local tissues and destroy minute nerve fibers that carry pain signals.

Radiofrequency is an X-ray-guided procedure utilized when the source of a patient’s pain can be precisely determined. In some cases, the nerves that carry pain signals from the source can be disrupted through the radiofrequency process. This results in a decrease or complete abolishment of pain.

To determine if a patient is a good candidate for radiofrequency, our physicians will temporarily block the nerves serving the suspected pain source using a local anesthetic. If this reduces pain significantly, then long-term denervation may provide sustained pain relief. This is only an option if the subject nerves do not serve important functions, such as muscle control or skin sensation.

For long-term denervation, a very thin cannula is placed, under X-ray guidance, on the nerve to be ablated. The majority of patients get a good block of the targeted nerve. This helps relieve at least the part of the pain that the blocked nerve controlled. Sometimes after a nerve is blocked, it becomes clear that there is pain from other areas, as well. Radiofrequency procedures are often effective for:

  • Sacroiliac joint denervation (hip pain)
  • Facet denervation (headaches, neck pain, upper back pain or lower back pain)
  • Sympathetic blocks (upper or lower extremity pain)
  • Dorsal root ganglion lesions (spinel pain)
  • RF disc (headaches, neck pain, upper back pain or lower back pain)

Our board-certified, fellowship-trained pain specialists use radiofrequency procedures to treat certain pain conditions. We are dedicated to helping patients get out of pain and back to their lives. We have successfully reduced pain and symptoms and improved overall condition in thousands of patients.

Our radiofrequency procedure patients come to us from Orange County, FL (Orlando, Winter Park), Volusia County, FL (Orange City), Sumter County, FL (The Villages), Osceola County, FL (Celebration, St. Cloud) and Seminole County, FL (Altamonte Springs). To schedule an appointment with us, please call our office at 321-422-7111 or use our online Request an Appointment form. For additional information on any condition, treatment or procedure, please visit our Health Library.