Chronic Back Pain? Radiofrequency Neurotomy Breaks the Cycle

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If you suffer from chronic back pain, you’re not alone. One in five back pain patients have pain symptoms that extend for 12 weeks or more. While chronic back pain can often be treated successfully with rest, physical therapy, or surgery, sometimes pain can persist in spite of treatment.

Radiofrequency neurotomy is a minimally invasive alternative to surgery. While it doesn’t fix the issue that’s causing the pain, the process interferes with the way pain signals travel to the brain, offering substantial relief to many chronic pain sufferers.

The Rio Grande Pain Team in Weslaco, and McAllen, Texas, offer this breakthrough treatment. If you’re suffering from chronic back pain, radiofrequency neurotomy may be able to help you.

Causes of chronic back pain

Most back pain stems from musculoskeletal problems that resolve in a few weeks with rest. If the pain lasts longer than a few weeks, the underlying issue may be beyond your body’s ability to repair itself. These cases may include joint problems due to arthritis or bone problems due to osteoporosis.

While some conditions can be repaired surgically, there are cases where repairs cannot be made. Furthermore, in some cases, the pain may have no recognizable cause, and in other cases, the pain may persist despite surgery. In these instances, pain management may be the only alternative.

How radiofrequency neurotomy works

First, needles are placed near the nerves that are generating the pain signals. Then, these needles heat up the nerves, thereby disrupting the signals.

Radiofrequency neurotomy is typically performed as an outpatient procedure. You’ll be lightly sedated for comfort, and a local anesthetic will be used at the spot where the needles are inserted.

After the procedure

As with many pain management methods, results from radiofrequency neurotomy treatments can vary from patient to patient. Some men and women experience a substantial and extended relief from pain, while others feel a moderate reduction in pain, and others experience little change. Since radiofrequency neurotomy is a low-risk procedure, it may be used before complex surgery is attempted. It may also be used if surgery fails to produce results.

There’s no need to live with chronic back pain, and there are alternatives to opioid pain medication therapy. Contact the Rio Grande Pain Team by phone or online to investigate your pain management options.

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