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Are you struggling with chronic pain that just won't go away? The Center for the Functional Restoration of the Spine may have the solution you've been searching for: Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA). Our esteemed orthopedic experts, Dr. Steve Paragioudakis and Dr. Marc Menkowitz, offer this cutting-edge procedure to provide you with lasting pain relief and a return to the active lifestyle you deserve.

What Is Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)?

Radiofrequency Ablation, commonly known as RFA, is a minimally invasive medical procedure used to reduce or eliminate pain arising from various spinal conditions and other chronic pain issues. 

It is particularly effective in targeting pain caused by irritated or damaged nerves. This innovative technique utilizes thermal energy generated by radiofrequency waves to disrupt the function of specific nerves, reducing or eliminating their transmission of pain signals to the brain.

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How RFA Works

1. Consultation

Your journey to pain relief begins with a thorough evaluation by our experienced orthopedic team. We assess your medical history and the source of your pain and determine the right solution for you.

2. Local Anesthesia

Before the procedure, a local anesthetic is administered to ensure your comfort and minimize any discomfort during the process.

3. Procedure

A specialized needle or probe is inserted under fluoroscopic guidance (an advanced use of X-ray tech) to precisely target the problematic nerve. Radiofrequency waves are emitted through the probe to create heat, which affects the nerve's ability to transmit pain signals.

4. Pain Relief

RFA provides significant pain relief, often lasting for several months to a year or more, depending on the individual. Many patients experience dramatic improvement in their quality of life and a reduction in reliance on pain medications.

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Conditions Treated with RFA

Radiofrequency Ablation is a highly versatile procedure that can effectively treat various chronic pain conditions, including but not limited to:

  • Back Pain: RFA can provide relief for chronic back pain, particularly when it is related to issues like facet joint arthritis.
  • Neck Pain: Patients suffering from neck pain due to conditions such as cervical facet joint pain or whiplash injuries can experience substantial relief with RFA.
  • Arthritis Pain: RFA can effectively manage pain caused by arthritis, including osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Sciatica: Irritated or pinched sciatic nerves can lead to excruciating pain. RFA can target these nerves to provide lasting relief.
  • Injured Nerves: Nerves damaged due to injuries or surgeries can be treated with RFA, offering relief from chronic pain.
  • And More

Why Choose the Center for the Functional Restoration of the Spine? Highly Skilled Specialists

Our practice is led by Dr. Steve Paragioudakis and Dr. Marc Menkowitz, two renowned orthopedic spine specialists with a combined experience spanning decades. They remain at the forefront of spinal care advancements, ensuring that you receive the highest standard of treatment options.

Patient-Centered Care

At the Center for the Functional Restoration of the Spine, we prioritize your unique needs, goals, and comfort throughout your treatment journey. Your well-being is our most cherished concern, and we take the time to understand your condition thoroughly before recommending any treatment or procedure.

Minimally Invasive Techniques

Whenever possible, we opt for minimally invasive techniques like RFA to provide you with faster recovery times, minimal scarring, and precise pain relief. Our commitment to these advanced procedures demonstrates our dedication to your well-being.

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Don't let chronic pain control your life any longer. Your path to pain relief and a better quality of life begins with a consultation at one of our convenient locations in Edison, Shrewsbury, or Toms River, New Jersey. Contact us today to schedule your appointment. 

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