Radio frequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that doctors typically use to relieve pain in your neck and back. It uses a device known as a radiofrequency lesion generator, which heats small nerves. This procedure severs the nerves that send pain impulses to joints or fractures in your spine.
Our pain management clinc specializes in a variety of options for the management of chronic pain. One of the options is Intradiscal Electrothermal Therapy (IDET) is a minimally invasive procedure that involves threading a catheter into one of the vertebral discs that lie between the vertebrae in the spine. The catheter contains a thermal coil that heats the vertebral disc, which destroys the small spinal nerves for that disc. The most common use of IDET is the treatment of low back pain originating from the vertebral disc, known medically as discogenic low back pain.
An intrathecal pump is a device that delivers medication into your spinal cord through a catheter. It's most common use is to treat pain that originates from the spine with painkillers such as Dilaudid and morphine. An intrathecal morphine pump operates continuously, allowing patients to reduce the medication they must take orally.