The amount of people in America who have chronic low back pain is well over 50 million. Over 90% of individuals in the US will experience back pain at some point in life, and unfortunately about 10% of those will go on to have chronic back pain.
With low back surgery often having unpredictable results, nonsurgical Las Vegas pain management plays a vital role in allowing individuals to keep the baseline low back pain at a reasonable level while allowing people to work, play, socialize and not fall into depression.
Radiofrequency ablation is a revolutionary treatment for low back pain for a number of reasons. The first and most important reason is that radiofrequency lesioning has been shown to work exceptionally well for those with low back pain due to facet joint arthritis.
The low back has facet joints on both sides of the spine at every level. These joints have cartilage just like the hip and the knee, and are prone to arthritis as cartilage is slowly lost over time.
There is no effective facet joint replacement procedure like there is for the hip or knee. So over time, Pain Management Doctors in Las Vegas have sought an effective method of relieving low back pain that has a low risk profile, can be performed as an outpatient, works well, and has a long duration of pain relief.
Studies looking at the effectiveness of radiofrequency ablation in the lumbar spine have shown over 75% good to excellent results. Not only that, but the duration of effective pain relief often lasts between six and 18 months!
There have also been studies looking at repeating radiofrequency procedures when pain relief wears on. Amazingly, those studies have shown the repeat procedure produces results almost equivalent to the initial procedure.
Most injections with numbing medicine steroid last a few months. By increasing the duration of pain relief to an impressive 6 to 18 months, radiofrequency ablation has truly been a revolutionary procedure in pain management. The newest radiofrequency neurotomy machines allow multiple levels to be treated at one time. The procedure is performed as an outpatient at Las Vegas pain clinics and usually lasts between 30 and 45 minutes. Pain relief may be felt right away, or there is actually a small chance the patient may get slightly worse before getting better due to some muscle spasms.
The procedure heats up the area around the painful facet joints and deadens the tiny nerve endings that supply sensation and hence pain to those joints.
Over time, those tiny nerve endings may grow back and the pain may come back as well. A study looking at a repeat radiofrequency ablation procedure in that situation also showed excellent results.
An effective radiofrequency procedure may lessen the need for pain medications, and permit an individual to concentrate better, play with his or her kids, and return to work.
Even though the radiofrequency procedure does not cure the arthritis problem, it is a huge leap forward for pain management. With the lengthy duration of pain relief and the ability to completely change a person’s life, radiofrequency ablation is one of the greatest inventions in pain management today.
Las Vegas pain management doctors perform radiofrequency procedures for neck and back pain along with headaches as well for the occipital nerves. Call Nevada Pain Network today at (702) 323-0553.