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Chronic Knee Pain: Can Radiofrequency Ablation Help?

Osteoarthritis of the knee joint is one of the most common causes of knee pain and accounts for hundreds of thousands of knee replacement surgeries being performed each year. Fortunately, there are various nonsurgical approaches to knee pain, including radiofrequency ablation (RFA).

Dr. Michael Pylman and our team at Lynx Healthcare in Albuquerque, New Mexico, offer top-quality pain management care for a full range of painful conditions and syndromes, including knee pain.

Let’s talk about how RFA can bring you lasting knee pain relief.

Radiofrequency ablation explained

RFA is a minimally invasive treatment that uses heat energy to disable nerves that transmit pain signals to the brain. The treatment has been successfully used for back pain for decades. However, the complex structure of the knee makes it challenging to reach specific nerve targets, making conventional RFA less effective.

Fortunately, advancements in technology and newer RF techniques have produced excellent results in treating chronic knee pain.

For example, water-cooled RFA delivers more energy to surrounding tissues and creates a larger coverage area, improving the ability to reach targeted nerves.

Who is a candidate for RFA treatment for chronic knee pain?

To determine if you’re a good candidate for RFA, Dr. Pylman starts with an imaging test to locate the position of the targeted nerves. Then he injects a small dose of anesthetic into the nerves and may have you perform an activity that would normally cause your knee pain. If your knee pain improves significantly, you may be a good candidate for RFA.

RFA offers pain relief of 12 months of more

RFA has proven very effective at treating chronic knee pain. You may experience some soreness in the treated area initially, but most patients notice significant improvement in knee pain that lasts for several months, and even up to a year or longer. Even though the nerves eventually grow back, we can repeat RFA to help you get lasting relief.

Dr. Pylman recommends patients with knee arthritis continue with a treatment plan that includes other therapies for comprehensive pain management.

Is RFA right for your chronic knee pain?

If you’ve tried other treatments, such as physical therapy, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication, corticosteroid injections, or hyaluronic acid injections, and you still have knee pain, RFA may be an appropriate option for you.

If you prefer to put off surgery or aren’t able to undergo surgery due to existing medical conditions, RFA may provide relief from your chronic knee pain. Scheduling an evaluation with Dr. Pylman is the best way to find out if RFA is the right treatment for your knee pain.

If you’re struggling with knee pain, surgery isn’t the only option. Our team at Lynx Healthcare is dedicated to helping you get relief from chronic pain. Contact us at our office in Albuquerque, New Mexico, or request an appointment online

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