Block Your Pain Through Ablation

Chronic back and neck pain is a common complaint in the United States, with around 16 million adults experiencing persistent back pain. On top of that, chronic lower back pain is the leading cause of disability. 

These numbers are high, but fortunately, there are several options for treating back pain, like ablation, a noninvasive procedure that can eliminate pain at its source and offer long-term relief.

If your pain is impacting your life, our expert team at Space City Pain Specialists, located in Webster, League City, Baytown, and Lake Jackson, Texas, can give you the much-needed pain relief you desire.

To help you learn if ablation is right for you, we put together this blog post to explain how ablation works and how successful it is for treating chronic pain.

Ablation blocks pain at its source

Nerves are the source of chronic low back pain, neck pain, and joint pain resulting from arthritis. When nerves become irritated, they send pain signals. But, with ablation, your pain specialist at Space City can block the pain signals from your nerves and offer you great relief.

Ablation can give you the much-needed pain relief that lasts anywhere from 6-12 months, without the need for prescription narcotics or major surgery.

How ablation works

Before getting ablation treatment, our team first discovers what nerves are causing your pain. We do this through a trial run, in which your Space City provider uses a numbing agent on the potential area causing your pain. If you experience no pain for the next 24 hours, we know that’s the problem area.

Using X-ray guidance, your provider targets the pain-causing nerves and blocks their signals with radiofrequency energy. The nerve heats up and a lesion forms and blocks pain signals.

We also offer another form of ablation called COOLIEF*. COOLIEF* does the same job as regular ablation, but it also circulates cold water throughout the treatment.

Not only does COOLIEF* treat a larger area, but the cooling factor offers better long-term pain relief and lowers the risk of side effects, such as inflammation.

Success rates of pain relief through ablation

You may be wondering how successful ablation is when it comes to offering pain relief. Overall, over 70% of patients who get ablation treatments experience pain relief, so you can expect the procedure to improve your pain.

The location and cause of your pain also play a role in how successful ablation is at offering relief. Ablation is especially effective for certain conditions.

For example, one study used cooling radiofrequency ablation to treat chronic pain from knee osteoarthritis. Most of the patients reported their pain improved more than 50% on the pain numeric scale. When the patients returned for a six-month follow-up, 19% of them still had complete pain relief. 

Another study looked at how effective ablation is for lower back pain, and out of 55 patients, over half of them reported a major improvement in their pain.

Get started with ablation

Ready to block your pain through ablation and enjoy doing the things you love? Get in touch with one of our offices by phone or use our online booking tool to set up your appointment.

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