Decrease Lower Back Pain With Radiofrequency Ablation

Nearly everyone will experience back pain at some point in their life. For many, back pain is a temporary nuisance that goes away on its own when the body heals. For some, however, back pain is moderate to severe and lasting.

Lower back pain can cause you to miss days of work or school, interfere with your social and family relationships, and have a major impact on your quality of life. If you’re suffering from back pain, the team at Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain can help. Among the treatments we offer, radiofrequency ablation can decrease pain signals and provide lasting relief for people with chronic low back pain.

How lower back pain impacts quality of life

Lower back pain is the second most common cause of disability in the United States. People with low back pain are more likely to report restricting their physical activities and missing out on social or family functions. Adults suffering from lower back pain also experience more anxiety, stress, and depression than those without back pain.

You may have made adjustments at work or at home due to your pain and feel as if you have left the life you once knew behind. The providers at Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain can help treat the root cause of your pain so you get relief and can get back to life.

Left untreated, low back pain can worsen and lead to complications that may prevent you from performing daily activities or work duties. If you suffer from chronic lower back pain, partnering with a pain specialist is one of the best steps you can take toward getting relief.

What is radiofrequency ablation?

Radiofrequency ablation is a nonsurgical treatment for chronic lower back pain that uses heat to stop pain in its tracks. After locating the nerve that is transmitting pain signals, your doctor uses radiofrequency waves to deliver heat energy to the nerve fibers, damaging them so the nerve cannot send pain signals to your brain.

Radiofrequency ablation can provide patients with immediate relief from pain, improve your functioning, and help you avoid surgery with little recovery time required. You can quickly return to work and your other daily activities.

Who can radiofrequency ablation help?

Radiofrequency ablation can provide pain relief for patients who experience a variety of chronic lower back and neck pain. Patients who have experienced pain relief with nerve blocks tend to experience the greatest pain relief and have the best outcomes with this procedure.

One of our radiofrequency ablation specialists can help determine whether you’re a good candidate.

What can you expect from radiofrequency ablation?

Radiofrequency ablation is a safe and effective treatment for chronic low back pain — more than 70% of patients experience significant pain relief. Following the procedure, pain relief can last up to 12 months on average.

Some people with lower back pain experience years of relief after radiofrequency ablation treatment. Because each patient is unique, it’s difficult to predict exactly how much pain relief you will experience or for how long; however, most patients report significant improvements in their pain overall.

To learn more about treatment options for lower back pain at Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain, schedule an appointment with one of our physicians by calling the location nearest you in South or North Carolina.

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