Thermal radio-frequency ablation

Thermal radiofrequency ablation is a procedure which, with the use of local anaesthetic, utilizes a needle-shaped electrode to apply a radio frequency current to the affected nerve. This creates a relatively high temperature (80-85°C) on the electrode’s isolated tip and the heat damages the targeted nerve, thus interrupting the transmission of the pain from the afflicted joint to the brain. This technique should be complemented with physiotherapy as it does not improve the condition of the joint itself.