This minimally invasive treatment option is often effective as long-term treatment and relief for chronic pain. In many cases, acupuncture  can prevent or prolong the need for surgery. 

Those who have chronic pain as a result of an underlying condition such as arthritis, neuropathy, or spondylosis, and have not responded well to other treatment methods may be good candidates for radiofrequency ablation. Other candidates include those experiencing nerve compression due to a herniated disc or other related condition.