The application of radiofrequency is a treatment for many clinical conditions such as trigeminal neuralgia, complex regional pain syndrome, chronic postsurgical pain, cancer pain, hyperhidrosis and facet joint pain requiring ablation of different nerve locations. In this procedure, a constant high-frequency, high-temperature electrical current is applied to target tissue. Sluijter has achieved significant pain relief using radiofrequency current at a temperature below 42°C that produced strong electromagnetic field with no thermal lesion and referred as pulsed radiofrequency. The use of pulsed radiofrequency is a non-neurodestructive and therefore less painful technique, and it serves as an alternative method to continuous radiofrequency. Many studies have demonstrated favorable outcomes with pulsed radiofrequency compared to continuous radiofrequency.
Part of the book: Pain Management