As time passes following injury to the muscles, ligaments and joints of the head, face and neck, the process of degeneration often progresses to a point where more conservative therapy no longer gives long-lasting relief of pain. Radiofrequency (RF) procedures offer excellent pain relief for many of these patients.
The decision regarding whether to use RF is based on the patient’s history of pain, radiographic evaluation of the area and physical examination. Conservative treatment includes use of a combination of a local anesthetic (like Lidocaine) with an anti-inflammatory agent, but if the pain returns after a few hours or weeks a more permanent resolution must be sought. This is when RF should be considered as a suitable alternative. For many patients this procedure provides pain relief almost immediately.
Candidate determination is based on any of the following which do not adequately resolve with Stage I or Stage II treatment:
Other common complaints which typically resolve with this procedure are nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light. Many patients have also reported resolution of long-standing tinnitus (ringing in the ears), following treatment.
- Pain in the Head, Face, Jaw, Eye, Ear, or Throat
HOW IT WORKS: Radiofrequency procedures involve a high-tech, bloodless, minimally invasive application of heat to the appropriate location on injured structures with laser-like accuracy. The heat source is a tiny electrode and temperature sensing instrument at the end of a probe which is passed through a small tube the size of a piece of spaghetti, and is electronically connected to a radiofrequency generator. Radiofrequency energy passing through the tiny tube allows for a lesion about the size of the head of a pin to be produced in the target area. This cauterizes the nerve fibers in the injured ligament or tendon to stop pain coming from these structures. RF procedures are performed on an outpatient basis. The technique virtually eliminates the risk of scarring and injury to the Facial Nerve which tend to be the major complications of traditional scalpel surgery. No significant side effects have been experienced. The person looks and feels normal. The vast majority simply find that the pain is gone. It appears that the nerves grow back without causing a recurrence of pain.
Almost all of our patients can be treated with Stage I and Stage II methods. Only about 3% require RF procedures. However, for those who are in need of further treatment to eliminate their chronic headaches, migraines, face, eye, or ear pain, radiofrequency procedures can provide the answer in the vast majority of cases even after decades of agony.