When you have chronic pain that doesn’t improve with conservative treatments, radiofrequency ablation might provide a solution. Shamsideen Musa, MD, of Algone Anchorage Interventional Pain Clinic in Anchorage, Alaska, is a board-certified anesthesiologist and interventional pain specialist who has considerable expertise in treating patients using radiofrequency ablation. This advanced, minimally invasive technology stops nerves from sending pain signals to your brain to provide relief. Call Algone Anchorage Interventional Pain Clinic today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.
Radiofrequency ablation is a cutting-edge approach to treating chronic pain that doesn’t respond to initial therapies.
When you visit Algone Anchorage Interventional Pain Clinic because of a chronic pain problem, Dr. Musa creates an individualized treatment plan based on conservative therapies. The majority of patients respond to conservative treatments, which include medications and physical therapy.
In some cases, patients with chronic pain conditions don’t find relief from their discomfort using these methods. When that happens, Dr. Musa might recommend the next stage of treatments, including steroid injections and radiofrequency ablation.
Radiofrequency ablation uses electric currents to destroy targeted nerve endings in the area causing pain.
Dr. Musa uses state-of-the-art microelectrode technology to transmit a precisely measured dose of electricity to the nerve endings. The electrical current creates heat that kills the nerve so it can’t send pain signals to your brain.
Patients who have radiofrequency ablation find it provides long-lasting relief from their chronic pain. It’s particularly effective in treating joint pain caused by arthritis and neck and lower back pain.
Dr. Musa carries out the radiofrequency ablation procedure while you’re under sedation, so you’re relaxed and won’t feel any pain. You lie on a treatment table, either on your front or back depending on the location of the target nerves.
Dr. Musa injects a local anesthetic into the treatment site to numb the area completely. Then he inserts a thin, hollow needle using X-ray technology to show him where the needle should go.
Dr. Musa passes a microelectrode through the needle, at which point you might feel a tingling in the painful area.
You can tell Dr. Musa when this happens, which helps confirm the electrode is in the right place. He then sends the radiofrequency current through the electrode to heat and destroy the nerve.
After your procedure, you can go home once you recover from the sedative.
Most patients experience an improvement in their symptoms after radiofrequency ablation, but how much varies between each person. Your results should last between six and 12 months, although some people feel the benefits for years.
To find out more about radiofrequency ablation and see if it’s the right treatment for you, call Algone Anchorage Interventional Pain Clinic today or book an appointment online.