What is Pain?

80% of the adult population suffers once or twice from lumbar or cervical pain.  In the majority, the symptoms disappear automatically. In 10% of the cases/patients, the pain becomes chronic.

Types of Pain?

  • Nociceptive Pain – Pain related to somatic structures transmitted by nociceptors, i.e. cancer pain, disc pain
  • Neuropathic Pain – Pain that occurs when nerves are affected or damaged, i.e. TrAuma, Phantom pain
  • Sympathetic Mediated Pain – Pain mediated by the sympathetic system, i.e. leg, foot, arm, hand, etc.

Pain can be categorized into malignant or benign:
Malignant pain is caused by tumor or mathastasis and is chronic. (e.g. prostate tumor)
Benign pain is cause by an infection or an injury and can be chronic, like discus hernia and can be treated by pharmaceutical products or surgery, or it can be accute like fractures which are treated using pharmaceutical products, rehabilitattion or physiotherapy.

What is pain management?

Pain manegement is the systematic study of clinical and basic science and its application for the reduction of pain and suffering. It’s a newly emerging discipline emphasizing an interdisciplinary approach with a goal of reduction of pain.

What is RF?

A high frequency electrical current, transmitted from an active electrode (lesion electrode) through the body and to the passive electrode (dispersive electrode). Tissue around the electrode is modulated or ablated. (Controlled nerve block)

Which types of pain can be treated with RF?

  • Cranial pain
  • Spinal pain
  • Peripheral pain

Check the doctors’ page for more information about the technique.

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