If you’re suffering from chronic pain, you may be wondering if there are any safe and effective treatments that can provide you with relief. One option you may not have heard of before is dorsal root ganglion (DRG) therapy. DRG therapy uses radiofrequency ablation to destroy injured sensory nerves and ganglia in your spine, reducing the amount of pain signals your brain receives. While DRG therapy won’t cure your underlying pain condition, it can help you control your symptoms, allowing you to focus on other areas of your life without being bogged down by physical discomfort.
What is Dorsal Root Ganglion Therapy?
DRG therapy is a form of neuromodulation that helps treat chronic pain by using electrical impulses to stimulate or inhibit nerves at specific points along their pathways. In other words, it uses electricity to help change how pain signals are sent through your body. This treatment has been shown to alleviate chronic pain and reduce dependence on opioids. It’s a simple and non-invasive procedure that can be performed in your doctor’s office or by an outpatient physical therapist.
How does DRG therapy work?
DRG therapy works by sending electrical impulses through the spinal cord’s nerves, which stimulates them to grow back healthier than before they were damaged by injury or surgery. This helps them heal faster, so you can start feeling better sooner! Some patients experience relief within days, while others take up to two weeks to see results. Talk with your doctor if you have any questions about DRG and whether it’s right for you.
What are the risks?
As with any medical treatment, there are risks involved. The most common side effects associated with DRG therapy include:
- Muscle spasms and weakness in the arms, legs, and back
- Numbness and tingling in the hands and feet
- Facial twitching or seizures; dizziness
- Blurred vision or double vision
- Heart palpitations or chest pains over 90 beats per minute (bpm)
- Sweating that does not stop after 5 minutes of sitting still
- Fatigue lasting more than 24 hours after your last treatment session if you’ve had one at least once every two weeks for at least five consecutive days
What conditions can be treated with DRG therapy?
The dorsal root ganglion (DRG) is a structure located at the root of your spinal cord. It functions as a center that receives sensory information. If you suffer from chronic pain, DRG therapy may be able to provide relief; it works by interrupting and blocking those pain signals before they reach your brain. Common chronic pain conditions include back and neck pain, headaches, joint pain, fibromyalgia, and migraines.
Dorsal Root Ganglion therapy is a way to treat some of the most severe chronic pain cases that normally elude relief. Considering all aspects—the results, the risks, and the costs, spinal cord stimulation may be right for you if you have exhausted all other treatment methods.
DRT has roots in traditional treatment methods of chronic pain, such as injections and invasive surgery. However, DRT is much easier and less invasive to perform, making it an attractive option for sufferers of chronic pain. If you’re struggling with pain, fill out this form to contact our team.