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Radio-frequency Therapy Specialist

Vadim Kushnerik, MD -  - Pain Management

Vadim Kushnerik, MD

Pain Management & Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeon located in Financial District & Midtown East, New York, NY

For many men and women with chronic pain, nine months or more of comfort sounds like a dream. With a quick radiofrequency therapy procedure from Vadim Kushnerik, MD, at his offices in Financial District and Midtown East, New York City, you see long-term pain relief and can return for repeated sessions as needed. To find out if radiofrequency therapy can work against your pain, call one of Dr. Kushnerik’s offices or book a consultation online today.

Radio-frequency Therapy Q & A

What is radiofrequency therapy?

Radiofrequency therapy, also commonly called radiofrequency ablation, is a minimally invasive pain relief procedure that uses heat to calm the nerves causing your pain. To administer the energy, Dr. Kushnerik inserts a needle near the site of your pain and feeds a microelectrode through it. The microelectrode transmits energy directly to the nerve causing your pain.

The energy heats the affected nerve until it burns, which stops it from sending pain signals to your brain. The effects last for nine months to two years total, allowing you to forgo surgery and other invasive procedures. Your nerves regrow and the pain may return, but you can get radiofrequency therapy again as needed to control your pain.

What types of pain does radiofrequency therapy treat?

Dr. Kushnerik recommends radiofrequency therapy for a number of pain types. He may discuss the therapy with you as a possible treatment for:

  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Knee pain
  • Pelvic pain
  • Peripheral pain
  • Arthritis

If you undergo radiofrequency therapy, you experience immediately or up to three weeks after the procedure. It also reduces your need for medications and has an impressively quick recovery time compared to other procedures with similar results.

What is recovery like after radiofrequency therapy?

For a short time after your procedure, Dr. Kushnerik monitors you in the office. You can stand up and walk around immediately, but you need to wait at least 24 hours before driving again. For this reason, Dr. Kushnerik recommends arranging a ride home from his office. 

Is radiofrequency therapy safe?

Radiofrequency therapy is a low-risk procedure with minimal potential complications. Shortly after your procedure, you might notice some temporary numbness in your legs or some irritation near the injection site. These effects should go away within a day or so as long as you take it easy.

Dr. Kushnerik might direct you to other procedures if you:

  • Are pregnant
  • Have an infection
  • Have a bleeding disorder
  • Haven’t yet tried more conservative treatments

Before your procedure begins, Dr. Kushnerik numbs the area around your injection point with a local anesthetic. This ensures that you’re comfortable and don’t feel more than a tingling sensation as the energy radiates into your nerve.

To find out if radiofrequency therapy is the right course of action for your chronic pain, call Vadim Kushnerik, MD, or book an appointment online today.