More than 25 million people in the United States wake up each day facing chronic pain due to many reasons, with back and joint problems leading the charge. For much-needed relief, pain specialists Arun Kandra, MD, and Vivek Das, MD, at Premier Spine & Pain Management, offer radiofrequency ablations, including COOLIEF® for knee pain. These treatments give their patients in New Jersey and Pennsylvania a reprieve from daily pain. To learn more, call or use the online scheduling tool. The practice has locations in Easton, Pennsylvania, and Somerset, Hillsborough, Succasunna, and Middletown, New Jersey.
Nerve Ablation Q & A
What is radiofrequency ablation?
When you’re in pain, it means that distressed nerves are sending signals to your brain. In many cases, these signals create a vicious cycle that overrides everything else, including addressing the underlying cause of your pain. With a radiofrequency ablation (RFA), Drs. Kandra and Das can quiet the nerves responsible for sending the signals, providing you with long overdue relief and a chance to heal properly.
To perform an RFA, the doctors first work to identify the cause of your pain through a thorough examination, including advanced diagnostic imaging. Once they’ve isolated the problem, they use X-ray guidance to inject a local anesthetic into the nerves to see whether they’re the culprits behind your discomfort. The anesthetic usually only lasts 24 hours, but they allow your doctor to determine whether they’ve located the right area.
If you experience relief during this “trial run,” your doctor goes back in using fluoroscopy again (X-ray guidance) to deliver radiofrequency energy into the nerve. The energy heats up the nerve and creates an adhesion, preventing it from emitting signals to your brain.
What can a radiofrequency ablation treat, and how long do results last?
The doctors at Premier Spine & Pain Management use RFA in your low back, neck, and joints to relieve pain, and your results should be almost immediate after your procedure. How long they last varies from one person to the next.
For some people, an RFA provides enough pain relief to tackle the underlying problem once and for all. Others can enjoy 6-12 months — sometimes years — of pain-free movement.
What is COOLIEF?
If you’re plagued by nagging knee pain, COOLIEF is a variation of the RFA procedure that was cleared by the FDA to relieve knee pain due to osteoarthritis. Using this nonsurgical treatment, your doctor transmits a small current of radiofrequency energy to deactivate the nerves in your knee that are responsible for sending pain signals to your brain.
Unlike other RFA procedures, COOLIEF circulates water through the device while heating nervous tissue to avoid excessive heating.
For relief from chronic pain using ablation, call Premier Spine & Pain Management or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.