Any pain that arises, on the one hand, reduces the quality of life, on the other hand, it causes the prevention of work and education life. This can bring other problems with it. Medication or physical therapy may not always work in patients with long-term pain complaints, and at the same time, patients may not want to experience a surgical intervention. In such cases, the most effective treatment method that can be applied as an alternative is radiofrequency. So what is radiofrequency and in which situations can it be applied? We tried to answer all the questions for you...
What is Radiofrequency?
As a method that has been used in the field of health for many years, radiofrequency is applied to relieve pain in cases where drug treatment is not effective, physical therapy applications cannot produce results, and surgical intervention is not possible.
It can be used alone in patients with pain due to different reasons, or it can be used together with different methods. With radiofrequency treatment, the nerve fibers in the area producing pain are disabled and pain relief is provided in this way. During this treatment, the nerve or tissue is not damaged, only a regulating action is performed on that nerve. Radiofrequency therapy is usually long-term or permanent.
Before starting the radiofrequency application, the facet joints that the patient has problems with are determined by C-arm x-ray. Then, the areas where the application will be made are numbed with local anesthesia. Cannulas (tubes) are placed in the previously opened or newly opened channels in the body.
There are catheters inside the cannulas and these catheters are connected to a computer. Radiofrequency application is performed by sending high heat to the facet joints through the placed tubes. The heat sent ensures that the nerves that cause pain are blocked and thus pain is prevented.
In other words, the aim of radiofrequency application is to create a lesion depending on the temperature and application time by applying a controlled electrical energy to the tissue. After the procedure, painkillers or steroids can be applied to the patients through the same cannula.