Radiofrequency Ablation Specialist

Pain Institute of Southern Arizona

Pain Management & Pain Medicine located in Tucson, AZ & Green Valley, AZ

If you are experiencing chronic pain and have been unable to find relief, let the physicians at the Pain Institute of Southern Arizona explain the benefits of radiofrequency ablation. This minimally invasive procedure restricts pain signals to the brain and helps combat the debilitating symptoms of conditions such as arthritic joint pain, neck pain, and lower back pain. To see if this treatment is right for you, call one of the offices in Tucson, Oro Valley, Green Valley, Safford, Benson, or Willcox, Arizona.

Radiofrequency Ablation

What is radiofrequency ablation?


Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that can provide effective pain relief for acute and chronic conditions. During the procedure, your physician uses a needle that transmits an electrical current to heat damaged or inflamed nerves. Guided by advanced imaging technology, they insert the needle directly into the location of the pain. This process damages the nerves, restricting their ability to send pain signals to the brain. 


Your physician administers a local anesthetic and possibly a mild sedative beforehand to make you as comfortable as possible. You might feel a slight tingling sensation as the electric current reaches the nerve tissue under your skin.


How effective is radiofrequency ablation?


Results of radiofrequency ablation are not permanent because it only temporarily interferes with how the spinal column sends pain signals to the brain.


In most cases, you’ll experience highly effective pain relief that lasts 6-12 months. Sometimes, your pain relief will last years. Results can vary depending on the severity of your condition and the location of your pain. 


The number of radiofrequency ablation treatment sessions you need will depend on factors such as the effectiveness of treatment, your medical history, and your age. Your physician will work with you to develop a personalized pain management strategy centered around radiofrequency ablation. 


What are the risks of radiofrequency ablation?


Complications of radiofrequency ablation are rare, but may include the following:


  • Allergic reaction to medications or materials used
  • Pain, discomfort, or numbness at the injection site
  • Muscle spasms that worsen your pain
  • Permanent nerve pain
  • Infection


In about 3-5% of people who undergo radiofrequency ablation, sunburn-like pain occurs and may last for several weeks. This happens more frequently in the upper neck than anywhere in the back.


Long-lasting back pain relief is possible with radiofrequency ablation provided by the physicians at the Pain Institute of Southern Arizona. Request an appointment today by calling the office nearest you.

What we offer

Pain Ailments and Conditions