When Shirley Ricks, a ten year veteran of chronic pain first had Radiofrequency Ablation she couldn’t believe it. “Zero pain,” she told Simcoe.com a few weeks ago “It was just unbelievable”. Chronic pain accounts for billions of dollars of lost productivity in the US economy each and every year. Some estimates suggest that between ⅓ and 2/3rds of the population suffers from chronic back pain alone. Other reports suggest that almost 80% of people will have back pain at some point in their lifetime. Current treatments are failing miserably. Over Dependence on opioids has called many, including the president, to declare a “national opioid overdose epidemic”. New treatments are desperately needed and incredibly this is what Shirley Ricks was given. Radiofrequency ablation is a relatively new therapy that has been getting rave reviews from patients. Patients can have radiofrequency ablation of SI joint (sacroiliac joint – a joint in the pelvis) or radiofrequency ablation for neck pain.
Other examples of success stories are trickling in from throughout the United States of America. Lori Swearingen recently told NASDAQ.com about his life-changing experience with the therapy. Reno Firefighter, Lori initially slipped and fell on her back. She thought nothing of it before the pain become unbearable. A decade later she found radiofrequency ablation. “I am back,” she says. Radiofrequency ablation of the SI joint changed her life for the better.
Not only been getting rave reviews from patients, but also hard scientific data from top medical journals. In one study published in November 2017 radiofrequency ablation was found to be signed between then a corticosteroid injection (the previous treatment of choice) for people with chronic pain from osteoarthritis in their knees.
A question many patients have is will radiofrequency ablation be painful? The answer to this question is simple. Because radiofrequency ablation is very similar to an injection, the procedure isn’t particularly painful. Some patients report a sharp scratch as the needle goes in, but this is similar to having an injection or getting your blood taken. There is no risky and painful recovery like when patients undergo major surgery on the SI joint or neck.
The risks of radiofrequency ablation for neck pain or radiofrequency ablation of the SI joint becoming painful after the procedure occurs is slim. In the vast majority of patients, there is a significant reduction in their pain. However, as with any procedure where the surface of the skin is broken, there is a small risk of infection which may cause pain in the region. Bleeding and puncturing of the skin can also be painful after the procedure, but at all top clinics, they should offer an anesthetic injection to numb the area before the procedure. This stops any pain in the vast majority of patients.
Radiofrequency ablation looks like a new technique to treat back and neck pain that is gathering steam. From the varied personal testimonies to the mounting clinical evidence, if you or someone you know are suffering from a chronic pain condition you might want to think about considering radiofrequency ablation therapy.