Back pain is one of the biggest reasons people visit the doctor. It is often chronic, unbearable pain and prevents people from enjoying a normal life.
To see it today, you will never imagine that Mike MacDonald was disabled after a car accident a year ago.
"The worst thing was trying to tie my shoes in the morning and get dressed, it was horrible," says MacDonald.
The pain was in his lower spine or lumbar spine, the result of arthritis-related injuries to the facet joint. When physiotherapy did not work, he foresaw a painful future.
"I thought I was just turning 50 and I'm in favor," says MacDonald.
"We tried to exhaust all non-interventional options, but it became clear that his pain was persistent and that he was on a kind of plateau and I have discussed with him the procedure of intervention," says Dr. Christopher Dawson, a physician of physical medicine and rehabilitation of the Lee Memorial Health System medical personnel.
Called radiofrequency ablation, or RFA, physicians essentially burn the nerves offend.
"I use a needle with cannulated insulation, usually a five-millimeter area to be heated. I want a little area to be heated to be very close to the nerve you are trying to locate for actual ablation." I burn it on four levels and it's for 90 seconds, "says Dr. Dawson.
Before the procedure, the nerves are tested with a pain block to make sure that once it was disabled, the pain would be reduced by at least 50 percent. For most people, the & # 39; hot shot & # 39; kills the problem.
"I will not see a patient back anywhere from three to four weeks because it can take a lot of time for them to say optimal benefit," says Dr. Dawson.
Mike is back on his feet and back to his favorite past time.
"I was almost crying, because I did not think it would be okay again, I did not. I thought it was going to change my lifestyle," says MacDonald.
The most important thing is to see a bright future again.
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Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of health care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we have been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and assisted robotic surgeries.
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