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Chronic back pain can sneak up on you at any age. Back pain, especially lower back pain, can be the result of an injury, arthritis or even a problem with your discs. Depending on the severity, this pain can make it impossible for you to enjoy hobbies, go to work or even care for yourself without help.

If you are dealing with chronic back pain, you are likely to be looking for any source of relief, and the good news is, less than 5% of patients with lower back and neck pain need surgery to treat the source of the problem. Although there are many different treatment options available to people with this condition, some are much more effective than others. One of the best treatments available to people with chronic back pain is nerve ablation.

What are nerve ablations?

Nerve ablation is a procedure designed to stop specific nerves from being able to send pain signals to the brain. Depending on how the procedure is performed, it may also be called “neurotomy,” “radiofrequency ablation” or cryoablation.  During the procedure, the doctor will use a specific technique to either remove or destroy the portion of nerve tissue responsible for causing your chronic back pain. Prior to the procedure, your doctor may perform a test known as a “nerve block” in order to determine the precise location of the problematic nerves.

During the procedure, the doctor may use imaging techniques for guidance to locate the proper tissue. You may also receive a local anesthetic to reduce discomfort. Once the anesthetic is effective, the doctor will use a specific tool to destroy the tissue in question. The length of the procedure will vary based on the specifics of your condition and the type of ablation being performed. Most patients experience relief from pain for up to nine months after the procedure. Once the pain returns, the procedure can be repeated if desired.

Why should patients choose nerve ablations?

Nerve ablations are effective for many patients with chronic back pain and can provide lasting relief. In addition, the procedure can be completed safely and easily when the pain returns. Nerve ablations pose very little risk to the patient, are minimally invasive and cause few side effects, making them a popular choice.

Dr. David Berkower of Berkower Pain & Spine Rehabilitation can help patients struggling with chronic back pain. He takes the time to understand your symptoms and find a non-surgical approach to treatment if possible. Please contact the practice today to schedule an appointment or book a consultation online at your convenience.

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