SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (PRWEB) July 18, 2018
Dr. Nikesh Seth has stood at the forefront of medical innovation for pain management. He and the physicians at Scottsdale-based Integrated Pain Consultants have were early adopters of radiofrequency ablation as an alternative treatment for nerve pain. Now, with recent medical research increasingly confirming the benefits of the procedure, other doctors are racing to this treatment option.
Radiofrequency ablation is a relatively new treatment, having only been developed and promoted in the last 30 years. During the procedure, doctors use radio waves to induce an electric current in the affected nerve tissue, heating it and reducing the number of pain signals it transmits to the brain.
“The procedure provides pain relief for six to 12 months on average,” Dr. Seth said. “Although, some of my patients have said it helps them for up to two years.”
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/direct_electrical_current_used_to_preferentially_inhibit_pain_transmitting_neurons) concluded that radiofrequency ablation is an effective pain treatment. Using rats and computer models, they found that direct electric current can successfully block pain signals by targeting certain nerves.
Dr. Gene Fridman, an assistant professor at the School of Medicine, said the goal of this research is to take current radiofrequency ablation techniques and move them toward a neural implant model. Neural implants would allow doctors to excite or inhibit a patient’s affected neurons, reducing pain or increasing sensitivity.
Currently, no permanent neural implants are available commercially.
In recent years, radiofrequency ablation has enjoyed a surge in research and application. An April 2018 report from Transparency Market Research predicts that the market for radiofrequency ablation devices will reach billions of dollars by 2024.
“I am encouraged that my colleagues have begun recognizing the benefits of radiofrequency ablation,” Dr. Seth said. “I’ve recommended radiofrequency ablation to my patients for years because it provides more effective long-term pain management for many various disease states and much safer than opioid use.”
Find out more at http://www.nikeshsethmd.com.