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Ryan Peterson, MD

Dr. Ryan Peterson

Radiofrequency Ablation

What Is Radiofrequency Ablation?

Also known at RFA, Radiofrequency Ablation is a Pain Management Therapy designed to reduce pain. This treatment is designed to provide pain relief that lasts longer than injections or nerve blocks. During RFA, an electrical current which is produced by a radio wave will heat up a specific area of nerve tissue. Through destroying the nerves which are responsible for pain signals reaching the brain, men and women in the San Fernando Valley, Pasadena, and throughout greater Los Angeles often report relief from pain lasting up to one year.

Is Radiofrequency Ablation Safe?

In a word, yes. RFA is not only safe, but well-tolerated by men and women suffering from chronic lower back pain, and neck pain. The best candidates for Radiofrequency Ablation are those who are suffering from joint degeneration brought about by arthritis.

Do Nerves Grow Back After Radiofrequency Ablation?

Your nerves will regenerate after RFA; however, the pain may not recur. If the pain does return you may be a candidate for a second Radiofrequency Ablation treatment.

What are the Side Effects of Radiofrequency Ablation?

As a minimally invasive, nonsurgical pain management treatment for back and neck pain in Los Angeles, Radiofrequency Ablation is considered a very safe procedure with minimal side effects. However, no procedure is without some risks. Potential complications can include: discomfort near the area that has been treated, allergies or reactions to medicine, or an infection. These potential side effects are rare. By contrast, roughly 70% of patients in SoCal who receive RFA for back or neck pain report relief from pain.

If you're experiencing pain from arthritis, due to disc degeneration in the spine, you may be a candidate for minimally invasive, non-surgical Radiofrequency Ablation in Los Angeles. Contact the offices of Pain Management Specialist, Dr. Ryan Peterson today to schedule a consultation. We can be reached at 818-501-2001.