Learn about Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)

A non-surgical, minimally invasive procedure that uses heat to reduce or stop the transmission of pain.

Non-surgical, no incisions
Quick recovery time
Highly effective pain reduction
how it works

What happens during Radiofrequency Ablation

Radiofrequency probes are inserted into the back

After the back is numbed with lidocaine, small needles are positioned next to inflamed nerves near the vertebrae.

Heat energy is used to shut off pain signals

After numbing the nerves, heat energy is applied for 90 seconds to create a precise "burn." The heat destroys the portion of the nerve that transmits pain.

Pain signals stop, back and neck pain improve

Approximately 70% of patients with chronic neck and back pain experience over 50% improvement in their pain and function for a year or more. [source]

Did you know?

RFA can be repeated if back or neck pain returns. In fact, studies show repeated RFA can lead to meaningful pain relief in up to 85% of patients. [source]

Who is it for?

Radiofrequency nerve ablation works best for

Degeneration & Arthritis

If you're suffering from chronic back, neck, sacroiliac, or knee arthritis that has not responded to other treatments, you may be a good candidate.


Chronic pain related to sacroiliitis or sacroiliac joint inflammation as well as facet joint inflammation (facet syndrome) can be relieved with RFA.

Benefits & considerations

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At Helped, we strive to provide thorough but uncomplicated information about treatment options to help you make a confident, informed decision.

Benefits 👍
Minimal complication risk
Non-surgical, home within hours
Covered by most insurers
Reduce or eliminate need for pain medication
Improves mobility and function
Pain alleviation that lasts
Considerations 🤔
Sometimes nerves will grow back requiring repeat RFA
Temporary muscle spasms occasionally occur
Doesn't work for everyone
Minor risk for bleeding and infection

Hear what real patients are saying

More than 70% of patients who undergo radiofrequency ablation enjoy lasting relief

The next day, I could actually feel the difference after the radiofrequency procedure. Before I couldn't even lift more than ten pounds, and after the procedure everything changed. I'll be a better father, you know, now that I can actually interact more with my kid.

Allen B.
Arizona, USA

My pain was so excruciating that just normal, daily activities were difficult to do. After the radiofrequency procedure, I felt immediate relief.

Darren L.
Arizona, USA

My pain relieved after radiofrequency within three days, complete relief...This is so much easier than anything you can imagine. I mean it's just ... you go in, they do the procedure and the only thing you have to look forward to is being free of your pain for once.

Elizabeth M.
Saginaw, MI

From my experience it's helped a lot, didn't take all the pain away but I can function finally. Definitely worked well for me.

James H.

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