Dubai, UAE: Dubai Bone & Joint Center (DBAJ), located at Dubai Healthcare City has introduced a treatment in pain management. The procedure uses the ‘RADIO FREQUENCY’ (RF) technique. An electrode (needle) is placed under continuous x-ray guidance in specific target points and passes a high frequency electrical current. This generates heat in the electrode tip that can be controlled and will disconnect the nerve conducting the pain signals.
RF may be used to help patients with chronic (long-lasting) low-back pain, neck pain and pain related to the degeneration of joints from osteo-arthritis, cervical/thoracic/lumbar and sacral vertebral columns joints pain, cervicogenic and migraine headaches. Dr. Salah Al Ali, Pain Management and Anesthesiology consultant, at the centre will be conducting these procedures.
“The center for excellence in musculo-skeletal treatment at DBAJ has been conducting spinal, joint replacement and other orthopedic procedures to assist patients. The introduction of the RF technique is yet another step forward in keeping our mission alive.” says Dr. Salah Al Ali.
Typically chronic pain has been treated through a long term usage of pain killers. Prolonged usage of these medications has been documented to have side-effects which could further compromise the health condition of the individual. Surgery for alleviating the suffering could be a solution, but in most cases the costs could be huge. Procedures using RF technique are advanced and target specific.
The RF machine is used to locate and treat the affected nerve supplying the pain area separately.
“Over a period of time, if unattended, chronic conditions can have adverse effects on lifestyle as well as lead to high medical costs. The new technique because of shorter recovery time and localized treatment will prove to be greatly beneficial as a person can return to work almost immediately,” informed Dr. Salah Al Ali.
“It is a day procedure which means no prolonged hospitalization is required. Usually the patients are admitted on the morning of the day when the procedure will be performed and can be discharged on the same day. At each sitting, the procedure takes approximately 30 minutes from start to finish. The procedures can be performed under local anaesthesia.