Radiofrequency ablation is a common technique for pain management. With cooled radiofrequency, this effective technique is made even better and more comfortable. The Pain Management Center offers this treatment to the men and women living in Turnersville, Linwood and Hamilton, NJ.
What is Cooled Radiofrequency?
Cooled radiofrequency is a pain management technique that uses the common radiofrequency ablation method. This treatment involves carefully damaging nerves so that they are unable to send pain signals to the brain, resulting in effective pain relief. Cooled radiofrequency is different from traditional radiofrequency ablation because it incorporates a cooled tip, which increases comfort, safety, and efficacy of the treatment. Cooled radiofrequency can be used for a variety of pain conditions, especially in the knees and back.
How is Cooled Radiofrequency Performed?
The cooled radiofrequency procedure, although surgical, is fairly simple. In fact, it is often performed using only local anesthetic. During the procedure, a small needle will be inserted into the nerves where pain signals are originating. Then, we will apply controlled, cooled radiofrequency energy to the nerves using this needle. This process heats and damages the nerves, preventing them from sending pain signals through the body. Since this treatment offers a cooling component, we are able to treat a larger area without compromising safety, which improves the results of treatment. The cooled radiofrequency treatment takes about an hour to perform.
What is Recovery Like After Cooled Radiofrequency?
After cooled radiofrequency, patients are encouraged to take at least a day off of normal activities. Exercise, heavy lifting, and other strenuous activities should be avoided for at least a few days. You may notice some swelling, soreness or bruising in the treatment area, but these symptoms should fade shortly after treatment.
What Kind of Results Can I Achieve from Cooled Radiofrequency?
After cooled radiofrequency, the nerves are no longer able to transmit pain signals to the brain. This means you should notice an improvement in your pain levels as soon as immediately after your procedure. The body heals itself over time, meaning that your nerves will regenerate and some pain may return. However, most patients enjoy the results from their cooled radiofrequency treatment for a year or longer. The procedure can be repeated as needed.
If you think that cooled radiofrequency may be right for you, contact us today to schedule your appointment at The Pain Management Center. We welcome patients from Hamilton, Voorhees, Linwood, and the nearby areas of New Jersey.