for Chronic Neck & Back Pain
Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) Therapy is a simple and effective treatment for chronic pain originating from the neck, upper back, and lower back. RFA is also known as facet denervation or thermocoagulation. Your doctor can determine if RFA treatment is right for you.
Pain Management with Radiofrequency
With several million patients treated each year, chronic neck and back pain is a leading cause for a patient's visit to a pain management specialist.
Imagine an outpatient procedure that could treat your neck or back pain, and allow you to return quickly to your normal activities. All this is possible using the Radiofrequency (RF) technology pioneered by COSMAN scientists and engineers over the last sixty years.
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a safe, proven means of interrupting pain signals, such as those coming from an irritated facet joint in the spine. Radiofrequency current is used to heat up a small volume of nerve tissue, thereby interrupting pain signals from that specific area. Clinical data shows that radiofrequency treatment can effectively provide lasting pain relief1,2.
Radiofrequency treatment should not be considered for patients taking anticoagulants, for patients with local infections, for patients with serious psychological problems, for patients with allergy to local anesthetics, and for pregnant patients1.
VIDEO: Example of Radiofrequency Neurotomy of the Lumbar Facets
Radiofrequency treatment should not limit your daily activities. You should be able to resume your normal activities including work. Physical restrictions you had prior to the procedure may still remain. As with any medical procedure, however minor, there are certain risks involved. Please ask your doctor for details regarding the potential risks with radiofrequency ablation and what activities are appropriate after radiofrequency treatment.
The Leader in Radiofrequency Medicine
COSMAN has been a major innovator in the field of radiofrequency pain treatment since 1952 when Bernard J. Cosman built the first medical RF generator at his company Radionics, Inc. No other company has longer experience in RF medicine.
- Gauci CA. Radiofrequency treatment of the lumbar medial brach. Colman Procedure Technique Series. USA; 2009.
- Lord SM, et al. Percutaneous radiofrequency for chronic cervical zygapophyseal joint pain. The New England Journal of Medicine 1996; 335(23): 1721-1726.