Radiofrequency Ablation

In radiofrequency ablation, a small electrical current is used to heat up an area of nerve tissue after numbing the nerve. The nerve is then unable to transmit pain signals. This procedure is used for facet joint, sacroiliac joint, and peripheral nerve pain. It is only done once we have determined that these joints and/or nerves are the source of pain. It may take two to three weeks before you experience pain relief, and your neck, back, or hip may be sore for two to four weeks after the procedure. Rarely, patients experience weakness in the neck, back, or hips for several weeks. Your pain relief may last for nine to 12 months. Eventually, the nerves will grow back, and your pain may return. If it does, this procedure may need to be repeated.


Treating pain and freeing the body of its effects requires comprehensive medical management. The physicians and staff of the UAB Medicine Pain Treatment Clinic offer the latest in pain management techniques, backed by the innovation, knowledge, and research of one of the country’s largest academic medical centers.

We recognize that relief from pain is just the first step in longer-term treatment. The multidisciplinary team combines clinical care with image-guided interventions, physical therapy, psychological assistance, medication, and ongoing consults with your primary care physicians.

At our clinic, the needs of each patient are addressed in an individualized manner, and the treatment program is carefully tailored to provide the best possible outcome. We are located at convenient UAB Hospital-Highlands, where access is easy and parking is free.



UAB is an active participant in research and clinical trials for Radiofrequency Ablation. We encourage you to speak to your physician about research and clinical trial options and browse the link below for more information on clinical trials at

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