What is radiofrequency ablation, and how can it help with chronic pain?

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Frequently used in cardiology and the treatment of cancer, radiofrequency ablation can also be used to treat chronic lumbar pain. Could it be right for you?

Called radiofrequency nerve lesioning, this is an outpatient procedure that works to reduce chronic lower back pain by ablating the nerves that are causing the patient pain. Radiofrequency nerve lesioning works to block the pain signals coming from injured or inflamed joints or spinal fractures.  

The procedure is rarely painful, but it does cause a mild tingling sensation. It is not for everyone, but has been found to relieve pain caused by generalized facet disease, degenerative disc disease, and facet arthropathy.

You can read up about the procedure here, or speak with the pain doctors at the Washington Center for Pain Management. Even if radiofrequency ablation isn't for you, you can still book an appointment to talk over your options.