Reduce back pain without surgery, by using radio frequency

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Article by : Dr. Teerachat Tanasansomboon

Reduce back pain without surgery, by using radio frequency

Pain from spinal problems is no small matter especially symptoms from herniated disc or narrow stenosis of the sciatic nerve. If left for a long time, the back pain becomes more chronic and more severe. But severe back pain doesn't always mean surgery is needed. Most of them have a cure for it without surgery and one of them is reducing back pain by using radio frequencies which is an alternative to help heal and relieve back pain.


Reducing back pain by using radio frequencies

Reducing back pain by using Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) is radiofrequency nerve stimulation. It is a method to reduce inflammation of the spinal joints and relieve pain in the neck and back by using heat from radio frequencies to stimulate the position of the bone joints pelvic joint or nerves that cause pain it is a method that does not require surgery.


Treatment method

Your doctor will ask about your history of symptoms and perform a physical exam to determine the cause of your pain, to assess whether this treatment can be used for you. After that, the doctor will inject an anesthetic into the area of ​​pain and see if the pain is gone. If the pain has subsided, this shows that this therapy is likely to be beneficial and will make an appointment to continue radio frequency therapy.

Steps in the treatment uses heat waves from radio frequencies. Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) targets nerves to block the transmission of pain signals in the spinal cord before reaching the brain. It takes about 1 hour to perform the procedure and after the procedure, the patient can go home without a hospital stay. But there should be a companion traveling home with and should not drive a car that day.


When is this treatment method necessary?

Patients need to be diagnosed and treated with other injectable pain medications and doing physical therapy before, but the symptoms have not improved or can only give temporary relief from pain, this may be the time to consider using radio frequency therapy. In addition, patients whose physical health is unfavorable for surgery, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, fear of infection. Radiofrequency treatment for back pain is another option to reduce pain symptoms and reduce the risk undergoing with surgery. Because it is a needle-based treatment, no stitches and the tissue injury is less.


Result of treatment

Average pain relief is 6-9 months and the success rate is 85%, but the degree of pain relief varies from person to person. It may take up to 3 weeks before the most noticeable relief from pain. This treatment may be repeated if the pain recurs after more than 6 months.


Prevent recurrence of back pain

Prevention of back pain from intervertebral disc disease or narrow nerve cavities, is to avoid or reduce risk factors such as activities that cause pain, including sitting or standing for a long time. Refrain from activities or sports that exert a lot of pressure on your back, such as bending your back, lifting things, and exercising your back muscles to keep them strong and flexible, as recommended by your doctor and physical therapist; and

  • control weight to prevent obesity to reduce the pressure on the cervical disc from body weight
  • Exercising properly, regularly
  • Know how to sit, stand, bend, and lift heavy objects correctly.
  • quit smoking
  • Eat healthy food from 5 food groups in the right amount at every meal.
Reducing back pain by using radio frequencies is a treatment that costs less than surgery. No need to go to the hospital and is another alternative to reduce spinal nerve pain. This will help patients to have a better quality of life without taking painkillers every day.



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