Lumbar Radiofrequency Ablation

Spine, General Orthopedics, and Sports Medicine located in Redwood City and Santa Clara, CA
Lumbar Radiofrequency Ablation

Lumbar Radiofrequency Ablation services offered in Redwood City and Santa Clara, CA

If you’re looking for a longer-lasting way to treat back pain, SOAR Spine and Orthopedics offers lumbar radiofrequency ablation to reduce painful symptoms. Lumbar radiofrequency ablation, also called lumbar medial branch rhizotomy, is a cutting-edge treatment to chronic pain. The expert specialists in the Santa Clara and Redwood City, California, offices use radio waves to stop nerves from transmitting constant pain signals. Call the nearest office today to schedule an appointment or book through the online reservation system.

What is lumbar radiofrequency ablation?

Lumbar radiofrequency ablation (RFA) uses radio waves to heat targeted nerve fibers that are contained in a specific branch of your spine. This branch is designated to supply a specific lumbar facet joint. Each joint has its own medial branch which can be addressed with radiofrequency applied through a needle at the precise location. This treats chronic pain emanating from the facet joints that results from damaged and inflamed nerve cells constantly sending pain messages to your brain.

Is lumbar radiofrequency ablation permanent?

Lumbar radiofrequency ablation is a semi-permanent solution, lasting 6-12 months. However, it can be safely repeated and is a far better solution than repetitive cortisone injections or surgery.

Could I benefit from a lumbar radiofrequency ablation?

If you’ve tried many temporary solutions with little success, lumbar RFA could prove an excellent alternative. Moreover, these short-term fixes can include corticosteroids which might not be suitable for everyone.

You might be the ideal candidate for lumbar radiofrequency ablation if: 

  • Your physician has pinpointed the origin of your pain to the facet joints
  • Cortisone injections and physical therapy have been completely ineffective
  • You are not pregnant, actively ill, or suffering from bleeding conditions

Before choosing lumbar radiofrequency ablation, inform your provider of all conditions and allergies. This ensures a smooth procedure with few or no complications.

What are the benefits of lumbar radiofrequency ablation?

Lumbar RFA provides several benefits, including:

  • Pain relief
  • Minimally-invasive alternative to surgery
  • Little downtime
  • Reduced medication dependence
  • Enhanced function

Lumbar RFA could also improve the effectiveness of crucial physical therapy techniques. You can do more complex stretches to increase your strength and range of motion by lessening the pain.

Call the Santa Clara and Redwood City, California offices today to schedule an appointment or book through the online portal.