Radiofrequency Rhizotomy: A Solution for Persistent Pain

When medication and physical therapy fail to alleviate neck pain or back pain, radiofrequency rhizotomy might be the best treatment option. This outpatient procedure – also called lumbar radiofrequency neurotomy, or radiofrequency ablation (RFA) – disrupts pain signals between the nerves and the brain.

RFA is effective for spinal arthritis treatment and for treating pain that originates in the spinal facet joints. The pain-relieving effects of this minimally invasive procedure may be immediate, or pain may gradually decrease over the course of a few weeks.

About Radiofrequency Rhizotomy

Before beginning this procedure, the patient receives a mild sedative and an injection of a numbing agent at the incision site. A thin, needle-like device with an electromagnetic tip is then inserted through the skin, and the tip superheats the nerve ending to deaden pain signals.   

Recovery Time After RFA Treatment

RFA may cause some soreness or swelling, along with tenderness that may last a day or two, but most patients are able to move about comfortably and return to normal activity the day after the procedure.

A Non-Surgical Approach to Pain Management

Most conditions that cause neck pain and back pain can be treated without surgery. Center for Pain Management uses physical therapy, medication management, and minimally invasive techniques to help reduce chronic pain for our patients. If you have spinal arthritis or another condition that causes chronic back or neck pain, we have solutions.

Please call our office today to schedule an appointment in Indianapolis, Greenwood, or Lafayette: (317) 706-7246.

Updates + Announcements

Press Release – American Pain Consortium Holdings

Center for Pain Management’s parent organization – American Pain Consortium Holdings – has acquired a surgery center in Columbus, Ohio, and will provide management services to its affiliated pain management practice. Read more about the acquisition in the attached press…
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North Meridian Office CLOSED, April 8, 2019

Patients, Our 8805 N. Meridian St. location is closed today, April 8, due to a water main break.  If you have questions please call 317-706-7246 tomorrow (April 9) during normal business hours. Thank you, Center for  Pain Management

New Research Shows Long Term Results from Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) Implants

Patients Report Improvement in Pain Relief & Daily Life Activity Two Years After Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) Implants The European Journal of Pain recently accepted a research article for peer review, “Spinal cord stimulation for chronic refractory pain: long‐term effectiveness…
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Dr. Edward Kowlowitz Named One of America’s Top Doctors in Pain Medicine

Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. named Edward Kowlowitz, MD one of America’s Top Doctors in Pain Medicine. Dr. Kowlowitz is 1 of 7 physicians in Indiana to earn this distinguished designation. He has been practicing medicine since 1988 and founded Center…
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