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Radiofrequency Technology

Radiofrequency Technology NY (New York)

Radiofrequency technology NY is a minimally invasive medical procedure that uses radio waves to alleviate pain. Dermatologists also use RF to combat the signs of aging skin. This procedure earned FDA approval in 2008 for cosmetic skin treatments. RF was approved for medical pain management treatments in 2020?

Radiofrequency technology has become a popular treatment offered by Doctor Roya at her New York clinic centers in Manhattan, Queens, and Long Island. Radiofrequency technology is sometimes called radiofrequency thermal, or tissue, radiofrequency denervation, lesioning, or simply rhizotomy. Rhizotomy is a term that refers to the cutting or destroying of a nerve.

How does radiofrequency technology in NY work?

In radiofrequency technology, the targeted nerve fibers are destroyed. This action prevents the nerves from sending pain signals to the brain.

Radiofrequency technology in New York treats pain by probing specific nerve fibers that communicate to the brain. The radiofrequency technology wave generator heats up the tissue in the affected area to a temperature that is high enough to damage the nerve fibers. This reverses pain signals and halts the sensation of pain.

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Radiofrequency technology in NY: areas of the body

RF can be used in many areas of the body. The procedure is effective for people with chronic pain who have not found relief from other treatments. Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts for more than three to six months.

Here are some of the most pain-responsive areas Doctor Roya treats with RF: neck, back, joints, pelvis and peripheral nerves. 

RF for back and joints

Radiofrequency technology works well on the lumbar nerves. The heating of these fibers provides relief for those who suffer from chronic lower back pain. The process reverses discomfort and provides spinal relief. This is also called a radiofrequency facet rhizotomy or a radiofrequency medial branch block.

According to a study cited by a medical advisory board, patients who suffer facet joint and sacroiliac pain (pain in the area that connects the pelvis and spine) experienced relief from 60% to 86%, respectively. Additionally, the NIH notes RF is a safe joint pain treatment.

RF for neck, pelvis and peripheral nerves areas

RF can be performed on the cervical nerves that are located in the neck. Also called a cervical radiofrequency, the goal is to target the specific nerve fibers that are sending pain signals from the neck to the brain

RF can also be applied to peripheral nerves – the nerves positioned outside of the brain and spine. It is sometimes called a radiofrequency peripheral nerve block.

It is effective for pelvic nerve discomfort. RF in this area is known as radiofrequency sacral or pudendal (the spinal region) nerve block. Posterior pelvic pain occurs in the back of your pelvis. It can be caused by a number of things, including endometriosis (pain in the reproductive organs or pelvic bones), inflammatory disease, or ovarian cysts

Conditions treated by radiofrequency technology

There are other treatments to address chronic pain – including medication, physical therapy, and surgery. However, radiofrequency technology is often chosen as an alternative to surgery. It is used to treat a variety of conditions, including the following:

  • Arthritis;
  • Sacroiliitis;
  • Arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms);
  • Chronic pain;
  • Neuropathic pain;
  • Tumors;
  • Sagging skin.

Arthritis and Tumors

RF is an effective treatment for arthritis. Types of arthritis RF treats include: Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis.

Tumors are abnormal growths of cells. Tumors can be benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Radiofrequency technology can be used to treat both types of tumors by destroying the abnormal cells.

Osteoarthritis-Rheumatoid arthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. It occurs when the cartilage that cushions the ends of bones breaks down. Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disease that causes pain, swelling and stiffness in the joint. Radiofrequency technology treats both arthritis conditions by destroying the nerve endings that send pain signals to the brain.

Sacroiliitis

Sacroiliitis is an inflammation of the sacroiliac joint. The sacroiliac joint is located at the base of the spine where the tailbone (sacrum) meets the hip bone (ilium). Sacroiliitis can cause chronic pain in the lower back and buttocks, sometimes affecting the gait. RF  can assist with the potential return of improved mobility. 

Arrhythmias

Arrhythmias is a term for any abnormality in the rhythm of the heart. Arrhythmias can cause the heart to beat too fast, too slow, or irregularly. Arrhythmias can be life-threatening and require immediate medical attention. RF helps regulate heart rhythms.

 

 

Chronic pain

Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts for more than three months. Chronic pain can be caused by a variety of conditions, including arthritis, nerve damage, and fibromyalgia (pain throughout the entire body). Chronic pain can be debilitating and cause a person to miss work, school, and social activities.

Neuropathic pain

Neuropathic pain is a type of chronic pain that is caused by damage to the nervous system. Neuropathic pain can manifest as a result of diabetes. The small, electric radio wave transmitted from the needle stuns the nerve tissue thereby blocking pain.

What are the benefits of radiofrequency?

There are many benefits of radiofrequency technology. The following are some RF noteworthy features:

  • Minimally invasive: the procedure is done through a small needle inserted through the skin – often as an alternative to surgery.
  • Immediate pain relief: it can provide relief for those who suffer chronic pain;
  • Long-lasting relief: the heating of nerve fibers reverses pain signals. The results can last for months or even years;
  • Minimal recovery time: most people can return to their normal activities the next day;
  • Decreased need for pain medication: reduced reliance on pain medications due to long-lasting pain relief;
  • Improved function: decreased pain enables a greater range of motion;

Safety: radiofrequency technology is a safe and effective way to treat chronic pain.

Risks and potential side effects of radiofrequency technology

There are risks associated with radiofrequency technology. However, most are uncommon and occur at the injection site. They include the following:

  • Bleeding;
  • Infection;
  • Numbness;
  • Permanent nerve damage: nerve damage can lead to a loss of sensation, muscle weakness or paralysis in the treated area.

After that treatment, some patients report soreness, bruising, swelling, and/or numbness. These side effects are usually temporary and usually resolve on their own.

Radiofrequency technology and recovery time

Most people experience relief from their pain within a few days after radiofrequency treatment. Since the recovery time is usually short, most people are able to return to their normal activities within a week.

Cosmetic uses of radiofrequency technology

In addition to its medical uses, radiofrequency technology is also used for cosmetic purposes. Radiofrequency waves can be used to contour jawlines and lessen the depth of wrinkles. It is often used on the face, neck, and stomach. Profound RF is a popular radiofrequency treatment that improves the appearance of skin. Be sure to view Doctor Roya’s before and after gallery to discover her patients’ remarkable results:

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When pain medications, acupuncture, chiropractic, and massage therapies – and surgery – fail to eliminate chronic pain throughout the body, patients frequently find significant relief through radiofrequency treatment. Since the relief of pain is long-lasting for most RF recipients, it’s a technology that is earning prominence in the orthopedic and neurology fields. The treatments can prove to be positive, life-altering procedures that offer patients a new lease on life. As noted, cosmetic RF can also promise profound, positive, and sought-after results.

Doctor Roya encourages chronic pain sufferers and individuals who seek corrective anti-aging treatments to schedule a consultation at one of her New York suburban locations in Manhattan, Queens, or Long Island.

No. Radiofrequency technology is not reported to be painful. It is a minimally invasive procedure that is conducted with the use of local anesthesia. Nonetheless, some patients report feeling pressure when the needle is inserted, but the radiofrequency waves themselves do not create sensations of pain. Contact Doctor Roya to learn more about this procedure.

Radiofrequency ablation can provide lasting relief from chronic pain; however, the results vary from person to person. However, the reprieve from pain ranges from six to 12 months. Make sure to schedule an appointment with Doctor Roya to learn more about the effects of radiofrequency ablation.

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