Radio Frequency Treatment for Back Pain
The word “radio frequency” means utilization of electricity to manage pain,
to produce heat in the affected area and melt away pain in the nerves or other tissues .
Radio Frequency for back pain is very effective. It is used for different
areas of the back such as injured facet joints or the spinal discs.
The facet joints can become injured or diseased and significant
amount of pain can be caused in the back .These joints can
prevent people from being able to bend and lean as far backward as we
are able to bend forward.. The radiofrequency lesioning procedure can be used
to melt away pain in nerves occuring within these facet joints of the back.
cause damage to the tissue. This technology must be used with caution
There is a special type of radio frequency called Intradiscal-Electro-Thermal-
Annuloplasty (IDET), which is used to treat back pain in the spinal discs.
IDET is a big term for inserting a thin filament into the disc and applying heat to
the surface inside . The heat is used to reduce pain. However, physicians
may be melting the pain nerves inside the disc and helping the disc to
restructure itself by becoming more sealed and supportive.
Cooled Radio Frequency Treatment for back pain:
- Standard radio frequency has been there for about a decade. But it did
not work for some patients. Now we have a new technique called cooled
- This kills the nerves, but as the probe is continually cooled by water,
we can leave it in for longer so that nerves can be wiped out over a wider area.
The patient is more likely to be pain free. It is a 40-minute operation
and is done as day surgery .Patients calm down , so the doctor can talk to
them in the operation theatre. This way the doctor can identify the right nerves to
- Under X-ray the physician first stimulates the nerve with the probe on a low
setting and asks the patient if he/she can feel it. If the patient feels it
then it may mean that the nerve is problematic and needs to be zapped.
Once the right nerves are found out local anesthesia is injected and
the probe is switched to cool mode. The electricity voltage is kept too low
but it can correct the faulty nerve.
This technique will reduce pain although it will take a long time.
It is a procedure to reduce back and neck pain .
In radiofrequency neurotomy, the radio waves are transferred to the
targeted nerves through the needles inserted through the skin above your spine.
During radiofrequency neurotomy, imaging scans are used to help the doctor
position the needles precisely. It works better in some people than in others.
Radio Frequency treatment for back pain must be performed under
a specialized doctor. The treatments discussed here are IDET and cooled Radio
frequency. It is done to reduce the chronic pain in the neck or back that has
not been relieved by medications or physical therapy .
Radiofrequency treatment is available throughout the world and
nation but is only for patients with specific conditions. Patients often have to go
through extensive screening with many doctors running multiple tests in order to
make sure they have the correct candidate for the somewhat risky procedure.
The doctor who practices this procedure typically has years of experience and has
performed the same operation many times. The more experienced the doctor has
the less likely would be the chances of complications.