Interventional Pain Medicine

Easing and Managing Chronic Pain

Interventional pain management specialists diagnose and treat painful conditions with a minimally invasive approach.

At Pain Medicine of Evangelical, we combine conservative therapies with state of the art minimally invasive interventional procedures to safely and effectively treat pain, restore and maintain function, and improve quality of life.

Conditions We Treat:

  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Joint pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal stenosis

Treatment Options:

  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Joint injections
  • Viscosupplementation
  • Nerve blocks
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Spinal cord stimulation

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Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)

At Pain Medicine of Evangelical, our Accurian™ radiofrequency ablation (RFA) system from Medtronic provides the latest state of the art radiofrequency therapy. This low risk procedure can be safely performed in our outpatient pain clinic procedure suite without the need to go to the Hospital. It is a medication-free treatment option and provides an alternative to both pain medications and more invasive surgery.

What is Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)?
Radiofrequency ablation, also known as radiofrequency neurotomy, is a minimally invasive means of interrupting pain signals to provide relief for patients with chronic pain. RFA is commonly performed to treat low back, neck, sacroiliac joint, and knee joint pain. 

How does Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) work?
Radiofrequency ablation targets specific nerves and utilizes heat to turn off their ability to send pain signals. Clinical data demonstrates that radiofrequency treatment can effectively provide long-lasting pain relief.

What happens during Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) treatment?
Radiofrequency ablation is performed by an interventional pain management specialist under fluoroscopic (X-ray) guidance for visualization. Local anesthetic is used to numb the area being treated. A radiofrequency cannula (needle) is guided to the location of each targeted nerve. Electrodes are inserted and stimulation is performed to further ensure safety and accuracy. Electric current heats up a small area of the nerve to interrupt pain signals and both the electrodes and cannulas are removed. The procedure is brief, typically taking a matter of minutes to perform, and does not involve making any surgical incisions.

Is radiofrequency ablation right for you?

An interventional pain management specialist can help to determine if radiofrequency ablation is the right treatment for you. We are committed to promptly and conveniently serving patients and referring providers.

For additional information or to refer a patient, please call Pain Medicine of Evangelical at 570-768-3150.

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