Does Radiofrequency Ablation for back pain work?

Posted by dkapustin @dkapustin, Dec 26, 2018

I started going to Pain Management a few months ago for the chronic pain in my upper/mid back. I have an old compression fracture between T7 and T8 from a hard slip and fall, Osteoporosis, and Osteoarthritis. The doctor has scheduled an radiofrequency ablation tor that area and sounded hopeful that it would help. Has anyone had it done in that region and was it helpful? As an FYI, my Osteoporosis is being treated with Reclast and HRT….for now.

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yes, I have had it done twice, sorry to say it did not work for me, Mine is a compression fracture, I was so hopeful, as the trail procedures went well, however, the real procedures did not. The doctor feels it is the compression fracture that is stopping it from working. It does work for some people, Hopefully it will work for you. Good Luck!

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@rondello

yes, I have had it done twice, sorry to say it did not work for me, Mine is a compression fracture, I was so hopeful, as the trail procedures went well, however, the real procedures did not. The doctor feels it is the compression fracture that is stopping it from working. It does work for some people, Hopefully it will work for you. Good Luck!

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Thanks, mine is an old compression fracture problem too. I'll have to try it because if procedures are turned down, pain management doesn't like that very much. LOL Fingers crossed.

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@dkapustin Mine,s an old fracture also but have the back pain in bra area let me know if this helps

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@lioness That's exactly where my pain is. In the bra area of the back. The one place I can't reach on my own so my sister has to put my tens unit on. LOL By the way, if you've never tired a tens unit, you may want to give it a go. It helps.

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@dkapustin

@lioness That's exactly where my pain is. In the bra area of the back. The one place I can't reach on my own so my sister has to put my tens unit on. LOL By the way, if you've never tired a tens unit, you may want to give it a go. It helps.

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@dkapustin Yes I do have a Tens unit they are great I bought a back brush ,a soft pad on it and rub muscle cream on back One thing my chiropractor does after he uses the tens is put heat or ice on feels good. Ice is an anti-inflammatory and heat heals by bringing the blood to the area

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Where do you get a tens unit and how much is it?

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@pjss48 I got mine along time ago through a catalogue but you can Google it Tens unit mine is a Pro Cure had it for 10 yrs Amazon may have it also

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Thanks would Medicare pay for it?

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@pjss48 I don't know as my tens was cheap then and my brace I got through Dr.Leanords catalogue you can ask your Dr to order one then Medicare will pay I'm getting a Rollater walker ,as the Dr orders it Medicare will pay for it

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Hi All!

I have/had stenosis, bulging disks, osteoarthritis, just to name a few issues.
I had radio frequency ablation several times on various parts of my spine.
I NEVER found them to work.
They were uncomfortable and didn't work so that pissed me off.
Now, that was ME!
I have numerous issues and we are all different.
It is my opinion that when nothing works, like shots, it's time to move on to something that might.
Sadly, we have to be our own trial subjects since we all react differently.

Stand tall!
Ronnie (GRANDMArO

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Hello! Has anyone had radiofrequency ablation for SI joint back problems/pain? I've had 3 SI joint and facet injections in the past few months, and they just don't last to alleviate the pain. So, I'm scheduled for the ablation. I would appreciate hearing about any experiences you have had with the RF ablation: what was the recovery time; how soon did you feel relief; how long the procedure lasted; and, anything else you would care to share. I'm a 73 yo woman, lean and healthy. Unfortunately, the progression of my osteoarthritis and stenosis have resulted in functional impairment. I don't ever expect to do much gardening again; however, I would like to get back to walking and other exercises.

I look forward to hearing of your experiences! Thank you, Sue

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@ashby1947

Hello! Has anyone had radiofrequency ablation for SI joint back problems/pain? I've had 3 SI joint and facet injections in the past few months, and they just don't last to alleviate the pain. So, I'm scheduled for the ablation. I would appreciate hearing about any experiences you have had with the RF ablation: what was the recovery time; how soon did you feel relief; how long the procedure lasted; and, anything else you would care to share. I'm a 73 yo woman, lean and healthy. Unfortunately, the progression of my osteoarthritis and stenosis have resulted in functional impairment. I don't ever expect to do much gardening again; however, I would like to get back to walking and other exercises.

I look forward to hearing of your experiences! Thank you, Sue

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Hi Sue! I'm having my second lower back ablation on Tuesday. It took about 30 minutes and recovery was about a day. I had one in September that got me through a knee replacement surgery and the holidays before the pain returned. The procedure isn't very painful (I wasn't offered sedation) and the effects were good for those few months. I waited too long to schedule my upcoming procedure and have been in serious pain since the first of the year! I'm going to reschedule number 3 way before I start having pain as it takes so long to get an appointment with my pain doc. My only advice is to stay ahead of the pain! I hope the ablation works well for you. I have back pain that is absolutely crippling, so I'm grateful for it. Best wishes!

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