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Recovery Tips After Radiofrequency Ablation

A popular procedure for patients seeking neck and back pain treatment in Jacksonville, FL, is radiofrequency ablation (RFA). While this procedure is quick and minimally invasive, there are some after-effects associated with this form of treatment. For example, the area that was treated may become sensitive immediately after an RFA, and you could experience a slight burning pain or numbness in that area as well. Below, we’ll discuss some tips for recovery following RFA treatment.

In order to reduce swelling and numb the pain in the area of the injection, it is advisable to use an ice pack. You should ice down the affected area for no more than 20 minutes at a time. You’ll also want to wait at least two hours before icing it again; otherwise, you may injure your skin. Please note that you typically should not use a heat pack in the area of the injection following RFA.

Another tip is to avoid baths for two days after an RFA procedure and take warm showers instead. Also, you’ll want to rest for a few days before you return to your normal daily routine. It’s okay to do some of your regular activities, but be sure to take it easy if you start to experience any pain.

For further advice on recovery from this neck and back pain treatment, reach out to First Coast Pain. We’re happy to provide recovery tips that help you get back to normal as soon as possible.