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October 2005

New technology available for treating neck and back pain

Sharon Regional’s Comprehensive Pain Management Center is now offering Radio Frequency Thermo-Ablation, one of the newest techniques available for treating chronic neck and back pain. Radio Frequency Thermo-Ablation offers patients suffering from back or neck pain a non-surgical, outpatient alternative to alleviate their pain and allow them to return to their everyday activities.

Ashraf Razzak, M.D., an anesthesiologist with the Comprehensive Pain Management Center, is very excited about the benefits that Radio Frequency Thermo-Ablation will bring to individuals suffering from chronic neck and back pain. “We’re pleased to be one of the only facilities in the region that can provide this newest form of pain relief,” stated Dr. Razzak. “This allows our patients to return to a much greater quality of life, and resume many activities of daily living, including work, family activities, and recreation.”

Radio Frequency Thermo-Ablation is a process that interrupts and decreases pain signals, and is generally used following other more conservative approaches. After pinpointing the exact location of the pain, the physician uses live x-ray fluoroscopy to precisely guide a needle to the targeted area. An electrode is then inserted through the needle in which radiofrequency current is passed, heating the nerve tissue and eliminating its ability to transmit pain signals. The pain relief lasts anywhere from 9 months to 2 years. The nerves may eventually regenerate and additional procedures may be required.

The new procedure is just one of several clinical and procedural enhancements being added to Sharon Regional’s Comprehensive Pain Management Center. The Center provides a comprehensive program for the evaluation and treatment of pain for both inpatients and outpatients.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 724-983-5521.

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