Denervation: What You Need To Know


Each day, many Americans wake up to chronic joint pain. From pain management to joint replacement, there are many ways people seek relief. At Advanced Regenerative Orthopedics, one of the procedures we offer to help relieve pain is denervation.

What is denervation?

Radiofrequency Denervation (RFD), often called “denervation” helps with the pain related to your injured joint by temporarily deadening sensitive nerves causing pain and gradually works to keep you pain-free after your procedure. Along with being a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure, denervation can relieve pain and discomfort that hasn’t been resolved using other methods. Denervation can treat pain in the neck, back, knee, hip and shoulder. The procedure can also treat stiffness and address arm and leg pain radiating from problems with the back.

How does it work?

Denervation uses radiofrequency lesioning to interrupt the pain signals from the nerves that send pain signals from your joints to your brain. Testing the nerves can help a doctor determine which nerves are causing pain so they can be treated with RFD.

Using an x-ray for guidance, the doctor will insert a small needle with a microelectrode into the affected area. A small radiofrequency current travels through the electrode to the surrounding tissue, which heats up and eliminates the pain pathways.

Is it safe?

Yes. In a study of sport-related injuries, RFD was found to be safe and effective, and it is superior to anesthetic/steroid injection. RFD denervation has also been found to be very effective in treating baseball pitchers with joint pain related to a sports injury.

The Advanced Regenerative Orthopedics Difference: Helping you get back to your active lifestyle

Denervation is just one facet of ARO’s unique combination of technologies, a process that offers a viable solution for those suffering from various types of joint pain. We provide a minimally invasive alternative to risky joint replacement surgery. Our process works to preserve your natural anatomy, aid in your body’s ability to heal damaged tissues and allow for restored mobility so you can get back to doing the things you love.