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Radio-frequency ablation could ease chronic pain

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UNITED STATES - Millions of Americans suffer with chronic, daily pain.

Opioids have dangerous side effects, are addictive, and can make people sick. 

Now people are turning to radio-frequency ablation treatment, which cuts down and interrupts pain transmission from joints by burning, or destroying tiny nerve branches which supply pain from joints.

Doctors say radio-frequency ablation is a good pain management option for anyone who has:

  • Neck pain and headaches
  • Limitation in range of motion in your neck and head
  • Spinal osteo-arthritis

If other medicines and therapy options aren't working, the procedure typically provides pain relief for 6 months and longer.