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Radiofrequency Ablation Specialist

Chronic neck or back pain can dramatically worsen your quality of life, especially if the pain prevents you from moving normally, sleeping well, or working. To get help with your pain, see Igor Turok, MD, and the interventional pain management team at Comprehensive Neurology and Pain Center of Connecticut. Located in Wallingford and Ridgefield, Connecticut, the team offers radiofrequency ablation and other advanced procedures to relieve your pain. Set up a consultation today by calling the office or scheduling online.

Radiofrequency Ablation Q & A

What is radiofrequency ablation?

Radiofrequency ablation is a medical procedure that uses radiofrequency energy to treat an injured nerve and prevent it from sending pain signals. The procedure is performed as an outpatient service and takes 30-90 minutes to complete, depending on the location of the nerve.

You can return home the same day and resume your normal activities soon after the procedure. Radiofrequency ablation provides long-term pain relief for many types of chronic pain.

When is radiofrequency ablation recommended?

Dr. Turok and the team recommend radiofrequency ablation if you've tried other conservative treatments, like physical therapy, chiropractic care, or joint injections, without success. Radiofrequency ablation may be recommended if you have chronic pain caused by:

  • Arthritis
  • Cervical radiculopathy
  • Lumbar radiculopathy
  • Sciatica
  • Facet joint syndrome
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Degenerative joint disease

Radiofrequency ablation is primarily used for spinal pain in your neck or back, since it involves treating your nerve roots where they exit your spinal cord between your vertebrae.

How does radiofrequency ablation work?

Radiofrequency ablation relieves pain by carefully heating your nerve roots until they can't send pain signals. In most cases, people experience relief from their pain for 6-12 months, depending on the location and severity of their pain.

Dr. Turok can recommend additional therapies, like physical therapy or chiropractic care, after your procedure to improve your strength and flexibility and potentially prevent your pain from returning.

What happens during a radiofrequency ablation procedure?

Before your procedure begins, Dr. Turok gives you a local or regional anesthetic to prevent pain while you remain awake. You lie down on your stomach or back on an X-ray table for the procedure.

Once you're comfortable, Dr. Turok carefully inserts a small, hollow needle into the proper location, located with the use of X-ray guidance. He then inserts a small electrode through the needle to rest next to the affected nerve root.

Dr. Turok transfers radiofrequency energy to your nerve root using the electrode. He then tests the area for pain signals and asks you about the sensation you feel when he applies pressure to your nerve. Once Dr. Turok reaches the desired results, he removes the electrode and needle and applies a bandage to your skin.

Dr. Turok may recommend applying an ice pack over the treatment area to prevent discomfort after your procedure. At your follow-up appointment, he evaluates your pain levels and checks the treatment area for appropriate signs of healing.

Find out if radiofrequency ablation can help with your pain by calling or scheduling a visit online now.

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Clients Are Satisfied With Our Treatments

Dr. Turok spent the time to discuss my condition and provided alternative ways to try to treat the condition.  He was very knowledgeable. He and his staff were very friendly.   I would highly recommend this practice. This a follow up to my previous post. Six weeks ago I had PRP treatment for hemifacial spasm and blepharospasm for the left side of my face.  I had been suffering for almost 18 months with this condition. The one treatment gave me 75% improvement with my condition.   I had a second treatment today and hope this is as good as the first. For those who have tried other treatments I highly recommend trying the PRP with Dr. Turok.
John Calatayud
I have been recovering from plantar fasciitis and ankle pain for multiple years following multiple basketball injuries and decided to try out Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy a couple of weeks ago. Plantar fasciitis takes a while to recover, so on paper, injecting platelet cells directly into the area will promote healing and speed up this lengthy recovery process so I can get back to my favorite activities as fast as possible. Sure enough, a couple of days after the PRP injection my foot started feeling better. The inflammation has drastically decreased and a lot of pain has gone away. Now, two weeks after the procedure, the foot is still feeling great! Dr. Turok recommends resting the area for 6 weeks after the procedure, so I can only project my injury getting better. Overall, my experience at Connecticut Pain Solutions has been very pleasant. The staff is very friendly and Dr. Turok himself is very knowledgeable and experienced in his practice. The procedure is very quick and painless, so I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to try out new things that might help them during their recovery!
Nikita B
I'm 101 years old and have been in chronic pain in my back and hip for years. I have tried every medication and procedure that has been recommended to me. The only treatment that has given me meaningful relief is the PRP injection provided by Dr. Turok. I am extremely thankful for the relief I am currently experiencing.
Josephine Giordano
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