Radiofrequency Ablation

RFA is a great solution for patients suffering from chronic back pain or knee pain

What Is Radiofrequency Ablation?

Radiofrequency Ablation

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a minimally invasive procedure that is highly effective in both the treatment and management of lower back and neck pain, especially for patients with arthritis. This treatment uses radio waves to create an electrical current that heats the nerve tissue, which reduces pain signals. Patients typically return home on the same day as the procedure, after being closely monitored during recovery.

Effective Pain Relief

Pain relief usually occurs between one and three weeks after the injection. Radiofrequency ablation has helped countless patients to reduce their pain and get back to their regular activities. As many patients lose muscle tone over time due to pain, it’s wise to return to your normal activities slowly and listen to your body, particularly in the first few days. Increasing strength and activity levels gently will ensure that you remain pain-free moving forward.

Types Of Radiofrequency Ablation

There are three types of radiofrequency ablation that can be used in the treatment of pain. Each of these variations can be used to create heat lesions on the tissue to provide pain relief and allow patients to go about their day without pain getting in the way.

  • Conventional Continuous Radiofrequency (CRF) ablation
  • Pulsed radiofrequency (PRF) ablation
  • Water-cooled radiofrequency (WCRF) ablation


Each of the above methods is used to treat facet and sacroiliac joint pain. While generally, CRF and PRF will produce small lesions and WCRF creates larger lesions on larger areas of tissues, the extent of the legion will ultimately depend on how long the procedure lasts, the size of the needle, and the temperature of the needle.

Radiofrequency Ablation treatment on a knee

What Pain Can We Treat With Radiofrequency Ablation?

Our team at Saguaro Pain Clinic has used radiofrequency ablation to treat pain symptoms with incredible success. This procedure can be used in the nerves of the sacroiliac or facet joints to reduce pain. Lateral branch RFA is used to target the sacroiliac joint nerves in the posterior pelvis, while medial branch RFA focuses on the facet joint nerves. Radiofrequency ablation can be used to treat conditions such as:

  • Neck pain due to vertebral or spinal conditions.
  • Back pain caused by vertebral or spinal conditions.
  • Cervicogenic headaches.
  • Occipital neuralgia.
  • Sacroiliac joint pain.
  • Posterior pelvic pain.

Before radiofrequency ablation, a medial branch diagnostic nerve block will be performed to successfully identify the nerve. The RFA procedure will then be performed on the nerve that responds to the diagnostic nerve block.

RFA can be a great choice for patients suffering from neck or lower back pain. With the help of our team at Saguaro Pain Clinic, you can reduce your pain or even eliminate it completely. This highly effective procedure can help to improve your range of motion, decrease pain for periods of more than six months and give you a safe alternative to pain medications.

Get in touch with our team at Saguaro Pain Clinic today to learn how radiofrequency ablation can help you to manage your pain more effectively moving forward so you can enjoy a more active, fulfilling, and pain-free life.

Get in touch with our team at Saguaro Pain Clinic today to learn how Radiofrequency Ablation treatment can help you to enjoy a healthy, pain-free life moving forward.

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