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Now offering cooled radiofrequency ablation to treat back, neck pain

Gritman’s Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists who are certified in nonsurgical pain management (NSPM) now offer cooled radiofrequency ablation to help patients suffering facet joint pain or facet joint syndrome/arthropathy, a degenerative arthritis that affects the facet joints of the spine and causes significant pain.

The procedure, which involves the destruction (also called ablation) of nerves to reduce certain kinds of chronic pain by preventing transmission of pain signals, can provide pain relief for up to a year and eliminate the need for medications like opioids, joint injections or surgery. People with facet problems can suffer from low back or neck pain with movement of their spine. The pain is worse when active and may improve with rest. It is not associated with pain radiating into extremities.

Compared to older methods, cooled radiofrequency ablation creates a larger lesion that will ensure the nerve is ablated. Due to variations in the locations of each individual’s nerves, traditional radiofrequency ablation sometimes misses the nerve.

While the procedure generally takes about half an hour, it does require anesthesia. Patients wake up fast, can go home and resume normal activities right away.

Most patients are seen through a referral from their primary care physician, however, referrals are not required. Call 208-883-6700 for more information.

Read more about radiofrequency ablation at our Online Clinic at http://bit.ly/radiofrequency_ablation.