Pulsed radiofrequency nerve root treatment is a procedure that is used to treat pain in the spine. It is often used to treat pain that is caused by a herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, or other conditions that affect the spinal nerves.
During the procedure, a thin needle is inserted into the skin near the affected nerve root. A small electric current is then passed through the needle, creating a pulse of radiofrequency energy. This energy is delivered to the nerve root in short bursts, or pulses, which can help to reduce inflammation and pain.
Pulsed radiofrequency nerve root treatment is usually done on an outpatient basis and does not require a hospital stay. It is typically done under local anesthesia, which numbs the area around the needle. The procedure usually takes about 30-60 minutes to complete and most people are able to return to their normal activities within a few days.
Pulsed radiofrequency nerve root treatment may be effective in reducing pain and improving function in some people with spinal pain. However, it is not suitable for everyone and may not work for all types of pain. It is important to discuss the potential benefits and risks of the procedure with your doctor before deciding if it is right for you