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Radiofrequency Ablation
Pain Management in Knoxville, TN

Omega Pain Doctor clinic in Knoxville, TN performs a radiofrequency ablation procedure that uses heat from radio waves to treat painful facet joints in your lower back. It eases pain that isn’t helped by medications or physical therapy.

Radiofrequency ablation in Knoxville, TN

Lower back radiofrequency ablation procedure


To begin, you lie on your stomach. You may be given medicine to relax you. We numb the skin and tissue of your lower back. Next, we guide a tube called a “cannula” to your spine. A video x-ray device called a “fluoroscope” helps guide the tube to the medial branch nerves. These tiny nerves carry pain signals from your facet joints to your brain.

Treating the nerves

Now, we push an electrode through the cannula and down to these nerves. We test its position with a weak jolt of energy. If this recreates your pain, we know it’s in the right place. Then, we heat the nerves with radio waves. Heating them blocks their ability to carry pain signals. We may need to treat several nerves.

End of procedure

When it’s done, you get a small bandage on your skin. You’re watched in a recovery room for a brief time. Then, you can go home. You may feel sore, and you may still have back pain. But you’ll gradually feel pain relief. This can take several weeks.

Radiofrequency ablation in Knoxville, TN
Radiofrequency ablation in Knoxville, TN

Radiofrequency ablation in Knoxville, TN

One of the leading pain management clinics in Knoxville, TN, Omega Pain Management offers cutting-edge treatment to help patients get back to their quality of life.

If you’re dealing with chronic pain and want to explore the benefits of radiofrequency ablation, reach out to Omega Pain Doctor and book an appointment with Dr. Igor Smelyansky, MD. He is one of the best pain management specialists with many years of experience and is passionate about relieving the pain of his patients.┬áCall (865) 337-5137 – get back to enjoying life without pain with radiofrequency ablation in Knoxville, TN.