Interested in booking an appointment? Verify your insurance here.

Skip to main content

What is an Radiofrequency ablation (RFA)?

Radiofrequency Ablation

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a minimally invasive procedure used to alleviate pain in the joints, spine, and other areas of the body. At Peak Spine & Sports Medicine, we offer RFA as part of our comprehensive approach to pain management, and our experienced medical professionals are committed to providing personalized care to each patient to help them achieve optimal outcomes.

RFA works by using heat generated by radiofrequency waves to interrupt the transmission of pain signals in the nerves surrounding the affected area. The procedure involves inserting a small needle near the targeted nerves and using an electric current to heat the area and disrupt the nerve's ability to transmit pain signals.

RFA is generally considered safe and effective for patients with chronic pain who have not responded to other treatments. The procedure has been shown to offer long-lasting pain relief and can help patients to return to their normal activities without the need for ongoing medication.

While RFA is a relatively low-risk procedure, it is important to work with a medical professional to determine if it is the best course of treatment for your individual needs. Our team of medical professionals can provide guidance and support throughout the RFA process and help you to achieve the best possible outcomes.


  1. Cohen SP, Bhatia A, Chinthagada M, et al. Epidural steroid injections compared with gabapentin for lumbosacral radicular pain: multicenter randomized double blind comparative efficacy study. BMJ. 2020;368:m137.
  2. Cosman ER, Cosman BJ. Radiofrequency neurotomy for chronic low back pain. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2006;31(22):2547-2559.
  3. Van Zundert J, Patijn J, Kessels A, Lamé I, van Suijlekom H, van Kleef M. Pulsed radiofrequency adjacent to the cervical dorsal root ganglion in chronic cervical radicular pain: a double blind sham controlled randomized clinical trial. Pain. 2007;127(1-2):173-182.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Zoom Calls and Pain: Tips for Preventing Discomfort

The digital age has brought us many conveniences, including the ability to connect virtually through platforms like Zoom. However, spending extended periods in front of a screen can lead to a different kind of discomfort: musculoskeletal pain.

Rotator Cuff Tears: Will They Heal on Their Own?

A rotator cuff tear can be a painful and debilitating condition, impacting your shoulder's range of motion and overall quality of life. One common question patients ask is whether a rotator cuff tear will heal on its own.