Back pain affects 90% of individuals at some point during life. It may be from spinal larthritis, or a degenerative disc problem. It also can occur from a ligamentous injury or a muscle strain due to a traumatic incident such as a car accident.
Thankfully, over 90% of back pain goes away within three months whether or not treatment is received. For an unfortunate few though, back pain will become chronic and be extremely bothersome potentially causing disability.
There are two well-known problems with pain management treatments in the 21st-century. The first is that treatments are not typically curative. what this means is that when treatment is performed in pain management, it is usually a proverbial Band-Aid, meaning that nothing is cured but pain is temporarily relieved.
The second problem with pain management treatments are they do not last long term. Most injections that are done in pain management today last anywhere from a few days to at most a few months. Often times, pain relief then wears off and more injections are then necessary. This is enough to be extremely useful and helps make life tolerable for patients, but it would be great if longer term relief was available.
For chronic back pain with arthritis in the spinal joints, radiofrequency ablationrepresents revolutionary modern pain management technology. Radiofrequency procedures are
increasingly being used in pain management in both the neck and all the way down the back, including the sacroiliac joints.
The treatment involves heating up the tip of a needle that is placed around the arthritic spinal joints, deadening the tiny nerve endings that supply sensation and hence pain.
Research has shown that radiofrequency ablation treatments with a Mesa pain clinic in the low back can create pain relief that can last 1 to 2 years. This is a dramatic improvement in most pain relief duration with modern techniques. It alleviates the second concern with pain management procedures that they don’t last long enough. Radiofrequency procedures however, do not fix the arthritis problem. They merely relieve pain substantially.
If you live in Arizona and have chronic back pain, let Arizona Pain Specialists help you. the clinics accept most major medical insurance along with Medicare and Medicaid including Personal Injury and Worker’s Compensation. Self-pay patients are accepted as well. For one number scheduling call 602-507-6550 today.