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Radiofrequency Ablation

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Degenerative diseases, like arthritis in the spine, can cause chronic pain. When conservative treatments are no longer effective in controlling back or neck pain, there are other options available. One treatment that can be used to reduce pain caused by nerves irritated by spine disease is radiofrequency ablation, also called RFA or rhizotomy. We offer RFA at Hanowell Spine Clinic in Covington, GA, as a treatment option for our patients with chronic back or neck pain.

RFA uses heat energy that is targeted at affected nerves in the lumbar, thoracic and cervical spine. A probe delivers the heat through a needle, guided by x-ray imaging to the precise area. The heat can disable the nerves’ ability to send pain signals for a few months, even up to a year or more. To determine if RFA may be effective, a diagnostic nerve block can be administered. This can identify the nerves and establish if disabling the nerves minimized pain for the patient.

Rhizotomy for Back and Neck Pain

Facet syndrome, arthritis and other types of chronic neck and back pain may be minimized with rhizotomy. The procedure can be performed in-office and is minimally-invasive with a quick recovery. To perform the procedure, the area is numbed with a local anesthetic first before probes are inserted. Another anesthetic is delivered to the area through which the needle must pass before using the radiofrequency energy to heat the nerve tissue. The procedure usually takes less than half an hour after the preparation, with a short period of recovery before the patient can return home the same day.

RFA can reduce chronic back or neck pain for several months, offering relief without invasive surgery. If you are experiencing chronic neck or back pain, come see us at Hanowell Spine Clinic. We will identify the source of your pain and create a treatment plan that can offer relief, with minimally-invasive options like rhizotomy.

Patient Reviews

Deborah C.

My knees were so bad I could hardly walk. After 3 injections no pain.

Sandra C.

Dr. Michael Hanowell has relieved my sciatica pain. I was in a wheelchair and after the first epidural I was able to walk. After a recent car accident he put several injections in my back and neck which relieved the pain greatly. He and his staff are very considerate and do everything possible to work with you on relieving your pain.

Cheryl A.

Dr Hanowell did my SCS in my back on Wednesday morning and he is one of the best Doctors I have ever met I promise you if I need anything done on my back he will be the one that works on it along with MDPAIN

Wendell M.

Doctor did explain everything be fore he started. He was nice professional and his staff was very nice and polite Great Work

Mike D.

Dr. Hanowell treated my sciatica pain & I went from being in a wheelchair and barely able to walk to being pain free. He is very professional, caring, and conscientious. He has given me several epidurals and trigger point injections for various issues related to age and injuries and his treatments were very effective. His staff is also very professional.

Pain Healed

Dr. Michael Hanowell , Kind, patient, great listener, willingness to help. Looking forward to feeling better. Thank You Dr. Hanowell.

logo Hanowell Spine Clinic, LLC. Covington, GA

4142 Mill St. NE
Covington, GA 30014

Hours: Mon-Fri: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Phone: (770) 787- 3550

Fax: (770) 787- 2304

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