Chronic pain is a serious health condition. It is a pain lasting over three months and can result from several conditions, including arthritis or cancer. Chronic pain requires treatment from a range of specialties. In some cases, doctors may treat the underlying cause of the pain and help you manage symptoms. In other cases, such as when there is no clear cause or the cause cannot be treated, doctors may recommend advanced treatment options such as Radiofrequency ablation Naples.

Radiofrequency ablation is a procedure that uses radio waves to destroy a small tissue area. The procedure involves inserting an electrode through a needle or tube into the problematic area. The electrode delivers radiofrequency energy that destroys the tissue and causes scarring, which seals off nerve endings and prevents the transmission of pain signals to your brain.

Radiofrequency ablation can be used to treat different types of chronic pains, including the following;

Chronic back pain

Back pain is one of the most common reasons people visit their primary care doctor. Back pain is the leading cause of disability in Americans older than 15 years old, according to the National Institutes of Health. While there are many different causes of back pain, such as herniated discs or arthritis, one reason may be a condition called spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis develops when the spaces between bones in the spine narrow, inserts pressure on your spinal cord or nerves that travel through those spaces. Radiofrequency ablation can be used to treat this condition by destroying the tissue that’s pressing on nerves nearby.

Knee pain

Radiofrequency ablation is a procedure that uses heat to destroy the nerves that cause chronic pain in the knee. The procedure may be done by itself, or it can be done along with other treatments for knee pain, such as physical therapy or medications.

Shoulder pain

Bursitis, tendonitis, rotator cuff tears, and other injuries may cause this condition. For shoulder pain, RFA is typically performed on the large nerves in your upper arm that control movement in your shoulders and arms (brachial plexus). These nerves are located near where they emerge from your spine at the neck and chest area (thoracic outlet). In addition, several smaller nerves in this area also cause shoulder pain when damaged or pinched by surrounding tissues and muscles.

Hip pain

Chronic hip pain caused by nerve compression. The most common cause of hip pain is femoroacetabular impingement (FAI). This condition occurs when the ball of your thighbone doesn’t fit snugly into the socket of your hip joint. Instead, it sits slightly outside the socket, causing friction and irritation in the joint. If you have FAI, radiofrequency ablation can help eliminate this type of hip pain by destroying the nerves that send pain signals from your pelvis to your brain.

Nerves in your spine send signals to your brain when damaged or irritated. This can cause muscle spasms and pain resulting from the irritation. Radiofrequency ablation uses heat to destroy the nerve endings sending these signals, which can reduce or eliminate back pain. If you are struggling with chronic pain, consult Naples Regenerative Institute today.