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Radiofrequency Ablation Specialist

Michigan Pain Specialists

Pain Management serving the areas of Ann Arbor, MI, Ypsilanti, MI & Adrian, MI. Now accepting Telehealth appointments.

If medications or nerve blocks aren’t enough to relieve chronic lower back pain, the experienced medical team at Michigan Pain Specialists can help. At the offices in Ypsilanti and Adrian, Michigan, the pain management team offers radiofrequency ablation. This non-surgical procedure treats the nerves responsible for your pain, so you can stay physically active and pain-free for months at a time. Find out if radiofrequency ablation is right for you by calling the Michigan Pain Specialists office nearest you or book an appointment online today.

Radiofrequency Ablation Q & A

What is radiofrequency ablation?

Radiofrequency ablation, also known as a rhizotomy, is a minimally invasive procedure that uses heat energy from radio waves to destroy nerves that contribute to chronic pain.

During radiofrequency ablation, your Michigan Pain Specialists provider ablates, or burns, the nerves to stop the transmission of pain signals to your brain.

This treatment is effective at relieving moderate to severe lower back pain for several months without the need for general anesthesia or invasive surgery.

Why would I need a radiofrequency ablation?

The team at Michigan Pain Specialists uses radiofrequency ablation to treat several chronic pain conditions, especially those affecting the lower back.

You might be a candidate for radiofrequency ablation to treat persistent pain not manageable with medications and other conservative therapies. Your provider may consider you for radiofrequency ablation to address:

  • Sciatica
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Facet joint pain
  • Spondylosis (spinal arthritis)
  • Peripheral nerve pain
  • Failed surgery syndrome

The Michigan Pain Specialists team evaluates your symptoms and your response to conservative therapies to determine if radiofrequency ablation is right for you.

What happens during radiofrequency ablation?

To keep you relaxed during the nonsurgical procedure, your physician at Michigan Pain Specialists provides medications and numbs an area of your lower back. Through a small incision, they insert a tube called a cannula.

Your provider also uses fluoroscopy — special real-time X-ray technology — during radiofrequency ablation. This helps guide the cannula into the correct location within your spine near the medial branch nerves. These are the nerves that carry pain signals from your facet joints to your brain. 

Your physician then inserts an electrode into the cannula that delivers heat energy into the nerves to destroy them and block pain signals.

You can expect a brief period of recovery before you can go home after your procedure. It’s common to have some pain at the insertion site, but you should gradually notice that your back pain decreases over several weeks. Radiofrequency ablation can provide pain relief for several months.

To find out if you’re a candidate for radiofrequency ablation, call the Michigan Pain Specialists office nearest you or book an appointment online today.