This non-surgical therapy has been used with increasing success for decades to treat pain.
It involves placing a specialised needle close to the nerve/s that supply a painful joint or painful area of the body.
Targeted radio waves are released in a controlled manner, which then alter the structure and function of the nerve and reduce pain signals. This can bring about relief from pain. These treatments are approved by NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence).
Common areas to be treated:
- Facet joints of the spine
- Sacroiliac joints
- Some conditions that involve trapped nerves close to the skin
The techniques used are relatively straightforward and are undertaken under local anaesthetic. The risks are very low and whilst some temporary discomfort can occur, the majority of patients report significant reductions in pain afterwards. The benefit can last for many months and, if successful, can be repeated.
OrthTeam pain specialists
Dr Nick Fraser and Dr Jonathan Rajan, who lead the OrthTeam Centre’s Pain Management Service, have acquired many years’ experience performing treatments and can quickly advise if this therapy would be suitable for a patient. To determine this, they would initially block the nerve/s with local anaesthetic to evaluate the potential feasibility of a subsequent radiofrequency denervation treatment.
As well as leading expertise, the OrthTeam Centre also benefits from having the latest radiofrequency equipment, which delivers the most effective therapy currently available.