Some people develop chronic pain after being injured in an accident. If physical therapy, chiropractic care, and/or medication fail to resolve your pain symptoms, and you are not interested in (or a candidate for) surgery, there may be another alternative—radiofrequency neurotomy (RFN).
What is RFN?
RFN uses heat generated by radio waves to target specific nerves and temporarily turn off their ability to send pain signals. This is done by inserting needles through the skin near the painful area to deliver the radio waves to the targeted nerves.
Who would benefit from RFN?
RFN is most commonly used to help reduce chronic neck, back, hip or knee pain, however the success of RFN treatment can vary from patient to patient.
What are the risks of RFN?
As with any invasive procedure, there are risks associated with the RFN treatment, but it is considered minimally invasive. There may be temporary numbness/pain at the procedure site, bleeding, infection, or nerve damage, but most people can go home the same day as their treatment and can return to normal activities within 24 hours. If you have chronic pain, you should discuss with your medical provider whether you are a candidate for RFN.
If you have been injured in an accident and have been suffering with persistent or chronic pain, please call 651-493-0426 for a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys.