Nerve Ablation for Back Pain
Treating Back Pain at Its Source
Even if the cause of your back pain cannot be treated right away, there is a way to stop the pain itself at its source. Nerve ablation is a back pain management procedure that temporarily destroys the damaged nerves sending pain signals to the brain. This safe, non-invasive procedure is one of the many cutting-edge pain management treatments offered at Biscup Spine.
What Should I Expect During Nerve Ablation?
Nerve ablation is not a complex procedure, and you will able to return home the same day you receive the procedure. The first step is to administer numbing medication to the nerves. If your pain stops when the medication is applied, this confirms that destroying the nerves will most likely deliver the desired results.
You will be awake during the procedure. A small needle will be injected into the painful area and guided towards the nerves using an imaging technique known as fluoroscopy. A current of radiofrequency is then administered through the needle, which heats up and destroys the nerves causing your pain.
Will This Permanently Fix My Back Pain?
At this time, nerve ablation only offers short-term relief from back pain. For most patients, the nerves grow back within six to eight months, but it can last longer. Nonetheless, having this extended period of pain relief while you and your back care provider work towards a more long-term solution is considered to be worth it by patients and doctors alike.