effective relief for many types of low back pain, this procedure
uses radio frequency current to interrupt pain signals by
heating nerve tissue in the affected area. Radio frequency
treatment is usually done on an outpatient basis, using
local anesthesia to minimize discomfort.
During the procedure, the doctor inserts a small needle
into the painful area and inserts a microelectrode. The
doctor uses the microelectrode to stimulate various areas
and help identify the best treatment point. After locating
the site which will produce the most pain relief, the doctor
heats the nerve tissue at the target point with a small
radio frequency current.
Patients can return to normal activity almost immediately;
and most people report long-lasting results, with pain signals
blocked for a prolonged period of time.