PRF - Pulsed Radiofrequency
Pulsed Radiofrequency (PRF)
What is pulsed radiofrequency (PRF)?
It is a treatment that uses radio waves to control pain. A rapidly-changing electrical current is applied using a needle to a specific nerve which is causing problems. This causes changes to the nerve which can provide pain relief by preventing pain signals from reaching the spinal cord. Other signals from this nerve are not blocked.
What are the benefits?
PRF treatment can give long lasting pain relief for between three to 18 months but everyone experiences the effects in different ways.
What are the risks?
Overall PRF injections are very safe and serious side-effects or complications are rare. However, like all injection procedures there are some risks.
- Bruise or tenderness at the site of injection.
- An increase in your pain – this should only last a few days.
- No improvement in pain.
- Prolonged increase in pain after the procedure.
- Injury to nerves – either temporary or permanent.
- Anaphylaxis – severe allergic reaction to drugs.
What are the alternatives?
Treatment for Morton’s neuroma will depend on how long you’ve had the condition and its severity. Simple non-surgical treatments are effective for some people. Others may need surgery.
Resting your foot and massaging your toes may also help relieve the pain. Some people also find it useful to hold an ice pack against their foot.
- Changing your footwear – shoes with a wider toe area may help ease the pressure on the nerve in your foot
- Losing weight – if you’re overweight, losing weight may reduce the strain on your feet
- Surgery – Surgery for Morton’s Neuroma is usually only recommended if you have very severe pain or if the treatments above haven’t worked.
Morton’s Neuroma is a painful foot condition that affects one of the nerves between the toes.
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