RFA uses radio-magnetic waves to stop the lumbar or cervical medial branch nerve from transmitting pain signals from the facet joints to the brain. RFA can reduce cervical and lower back pain, improve flexibility, enhance function, allow you to pursue physical therapy more comfortably, and enable you to return to work or leisure activities.
RFA offers extended pain relief without the need for surgery, reduces reliance on pain medications, and has the potential to significantly improve overall quality of life.
The effectiveness and duration of pain relief can vary from person to person, and the procedure carries some risks, such as infection or nerve damage.
For your procedure, you will be positioned comfortably, often under local anesthesia or sedation to minimize discomfort. Your care team will use fluoroscopy to precisely place the RFA needle, and you may experience a mild warming or tingling sensation as the radiofrequency waves are applied to the targeted nerve or tissue.