- How has chronic pain affected your life? While it is true that the pain that each individual experiences is uniquely their own, there are collective symptoms that chronic pain sufferers as a whole face. Many individuals feel that their pain isolates them from the rest of the world.
Since many of the sources of chronic pain go unseen, chronic pain sufferers have friends and family members who fail to grasp the severity of the pain they are experiencing. It is not uncommon for chronic pain sufferers to be viewed as hypochondriacs or to be viewed as exaggerating their pain.
Well-meaning individuals may tell them to do things like, “buck up.” All of this can be disheartening and can cause a chronic pain sufferer to feel the need to withdraw from the world.
We understand how challenging living with chronic pain can be. For this reason our goal is to provide you with unique, individualized pain management therapies. We want you to go back to living the active, happy life you did before pain became your constant reality. To that end, we present our clients with a wide range of pain management therapies. One popular therapy is pulsed radiofrequency treatment.
What is Pulsed Radiofrequency?
This is a technique that creates a controlled electrical field that surrounds an electrode. It is used to treat pain. The electrode normally has the size and shape of a thin needle.
Pulsed radiofrequency is a pain treatment that was developed in the middle of the 1990’s. It should not be confused with radiofrequency ablation procedures. These are pulse treatments, which implies that the energy is delivered to the electrode in an intermittent fashion.
As a result, the temperatures produced in the electrode are low, which is the opposite of what is required for ablation.
How Does Pulsed Radiofrequency Treat Pain?
Researchers have both seen and have been able to demonstrate that radiofrequency when applied to some nerves can inhibit their ability to transmit pain signals. What scientists have seen up to this point is that when pulsed radiofrequency is applied to a nerve, it will only affect the part of the nerve that controls its ability to send pain signals.
Pulsed radiofrequency treatment has the most effect when it is used to treat pain that directly results from nerve damage or nerve irritation. Many have been able to receive relief from this treatment when other treatments have failed. In fact, some individuals who have had more invasive procedures, such as epidural injections, have found relief from this treatment when the epidural injection failed to provide them said relief.
What Happens during the Procedure?
Before the procedure, you will be given the option for light sedation via an IV to help you relax. If you opt for sedation, medical professionals will monitor your heart rhythm, your breathing, and your blood pressure.
Before receiving an injection, a local anesthetic will be used to number the injection site. Then, your doctor will pierce your skin with a needle in the same way that they would if you were receiving a vaccination.
Live x-ray monitoring will be used to determine where the electrode should be positioned. Once the electrode is in the desired position, a mild pulsed radiation frequency is applied to the area. This is done to verify that the electrode is in the right place.
Once the electrode is in the proper position, then the pulsed radiofrequency procedure begins. When the procedure is finished, the electrode is removed and a small amount of corticosteroid is injected accompanied by a local anesthetic to diminish any temporary pain caused by temporary nerve irritation.
The electrode is removed, and a small bandage is placed over the injection site.
How Long Does the Procedure Take?
In most cases, the procedure takes around 30 minutes. You will need to have someone with you who can take you home after the procedure.
While the procedure is not excruciatingly painful, since it does involve you receiving an injection, you will feel some discomfort. The local anesthetic and sedation provided via an IV are used to make you feel as comfortable as possible.
During the actual procedure, you may feel some pain or changes in the distribution of senses throughout the limbs that are controlled by the nerve that is being treated.
When Will I Feel Relief?
As long as the nerve that is being treated is the source of your pain, you should experience immediate relief for up to six hours after the procedure. This is because of the effect that the local anesthetic is having on the nerve.
Once the local anesthetic wears off, your pain symptoms may return, and then you will experience pain another wave of relief between two and four days after the injection as a result of the steroid injection.
The pulsed radiofrequency treatment will take a few weeks before its full effect is felt. You will usually notice your pain decreasing gradually until full pain relief is experienced.
The relief should last for one year or more, and the procedure can be repeated if your medical professional deems that this is necessary.
Typical side effects include:
- Temporary Pain
- Temporary Bruising
- Temporary Slight Increase in Your Pain Symptoms
- Rare Risk of Developing an Infection
- Reaction to the Steroids
How We Can Help
Our goal is to provide you with comprehensive pain management therapies. To that end, we are eager to present you with a wide range of pain management options, including pulsed radiofrequency treatment.
The only way that we can determine what treatment is right for you is by taking the time and listening to you. We need to know what treatments have worked for you in the past, what has not worked, and what your pain management goals are.
Armed with this information, we will be able to create a comprehensive pain management therapy that is individually tailored for you. We never treat our patients as a collective, and we never offer a one-size-fits-all treatment program. Your pain is unique to you, and so the treatment you receive should also be unique to you.
We understand that all pain is real. We never doubt your pain and we will never accuse you of exaggerating your symptoms, nor will you be deemed as a hypochondriac. Sometimes identifying the source of pain can take a little while. We are committed to working patiently with you until we can help you live a life where your pain is managed or completely removed.
We never give up on our clients, and we will never give up on you. Contact us today, and let us show you firsthand why so many people have opted to trust us to craft their pain management therapies.