Tratamiento con radiofrecuencia para el dolor lumbar

Written by: Dr. Emilio José Salmerón Martínez
Edited by: Top Doctors®

The syndrome of low back pain is one of the most frequent complaints in the consultations of Traumatology. Experts in this field believe that one of the best treatments to end low back pain is radiofrequency, a procedure that treats the nerves that innervate the spine.

The types of radiofrequencies to perform this procedure are two: the conventional and the pulsatile. The second causes a thermal injury, a burn, which causes damage to the sensory nerve. By blocking the nerves in the area of ​​the spine, a decrease in pain is achieved, sometimes even extending to the leg. The disadvantage is that to treat a nerve also must treat the two surrounding it at the top and bottom.

To apply the radiofrequency to the roots, first, motor and sensory tests are performed to ensure that the motor root is not damaged. In the intervention, if there is a movement of the needle by small movements of the patient, small injuries can occur, although the patient is always warned about it. The operation is performed by local anesthesia and, if there are no complications, you can return home to recover the same day.


Radiofrequency treatment for low back pain


Results of radiofrequency treatments

In the radiofrequency there can be a period of worsening at 3 weeks of surgery, although later the symptoms improve. At two or four years, symptomatology may reappear, however, assessing the pain relief achieved with the intervention is a worthwhile procedure.

In most cases, within a week of the procedure, approximately, the patient is already recovered, being able to perform activities that do not involve a great physical effort.

Other pathologies that can be treated with radiofrequency

Patients with low back pain syndrome often also have pain in the joint of the sacrum. For this purpose the procedure can also be applied by radiofrequency to treat it.

In the same way as in the neck, where degeneration can cause pain in the area, and can also be treated with radiofrequency. One of the techniques used is injecting ozone, with very satisfactory results in cases of herniated discs and nerve treatments.

All of these are less invasive procedures and can provide significant relief in patient pain, although it is not unlimited, results only last for a period of time, symptoms may reappear.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Emilio José Salmerón Martínez
Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. Salmeron is a top orthopedic surgeon specializing in knee surgery, hip, hand, foot, shoulder and spine level. His extensive career allows you to practice as a trauma in his own practice of Murcia. He has acquired his experience and degree of specialization with the best professionals, nationally and internationally. Even, he has worried about teaching, as a Professor of Anatomy of the musculoskeletal system at the Catholic University San Antonio of Murcia (UCAM), in addition to other teaching positions. He is active member of several societies for traumatology and surgery member.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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