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Radio Frequency Treatments Explained

Radio Frequency Ablation, also called Radio Frequency Neurotomy uses radio waves to create a current that heats a small area of nerve tissue.

The heat destroys that area of the nerve, stopping it from sending pain signals to the brain. It is most commonly used for pain in the back, neck, buttocks (sacroiliac joint) and facial pain caused by trigeminal neuralgia.

It is also helpful for long-term shoulder, knee or hip joint pain.

A treatment can last between 30 minutes to an hour, after which the patient can go home.

Spinal Cord Stimulation for Treating Pain

Spinal Cord Stimulation therapy works by interrupting pain signals before they reach the brain. This can help with pain relief – even when other therapies have failed.

A small device, similar to a pacemaker called a Stimulator with thin wires called leads, implanted into the body deliver mild electrical pulses to specific nerves on the spinal cord.

After permanent implantation of the stimulator, the patient can go home on the same day depending on physician’s recommendation.

NMS 460

The Stimpod NMS460 electromagnetic therapy is a non-invasive, non-drug treatment. The therapy is delivered by a pen-like stimulation probe which is placed on the skin, often near the nerve that is associated with a patient’s condition.

The sensation of the electrical pulses can vary depending on the underlying pathology from ‘no sensation’ to a sensation similar to a light pinprick.

A treatment session can last on average 5 to 10 minutes per affected nerve. Most patients see positive results after the first two sessions.

Deep Brain Stimulation

Deep Brain Stimulation involves implanting electrodes within certain areas of the brain. These electrodes produce electrical impulses that regulate abnormal impulses.

It is an established treatment for people with movement disorders, such as essential tremor, parkinson’s disease and dystonia and psychiatric conditions, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder.

The amount of stimulation in deep brain stimulation is controlled by a pacemaker-like device placed under the skin in the upper chest area. A wire that travels under the skin connects this device to the electrodes in the brain.