Radiofrequency Ablation for Mortons neuroma
A recent study in the Journal of Orthopedics(1) suggested that radiofrequency thermos-ablation is a practical and effective solution in patients with treatment resistant Morton neuromas. More than 88% patients reported complete resolution of symptoms without needing surgical intervention or other procedures.
Radiofrequency Ablation procedure involves the use of electric current in controlled doses to heat soft tissues surrounding the Morton’s neuroma. The intense heat generated as a result of radiofrequency probing allows selective destruction of pain transmitting nerve fibers to induce cell death, killing the nerve transmitting cells with only a minor effect on sensations.
(1) Paolo, R., Roberto, A., & Mihai, B. P. (2013). Radiofrequency Thermo-Ablation of Morton’s Neuroma: A Valid Minimally Invasive Treatment Procedure in Patients Resistant to Conservative Treatment. Open Journal of Orthopedics, 3(08), 325.
Janet D. Pearl, MD, MSc is the Medical Director of The Center for Morton’s Neuroma and Complete Spine and Pain Care, an interventional and integrated Pain Management program located in Framingham, Massachusetts. Previously, Dr. Pearl was the Co-Director of the Pain Management Center at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, where she was also the Director of the Fellowship program. She is the former Director of a satellite pain center of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Pain Management Center, located at the HealthSouth Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr. Pearl held academic appointments at Harvard Medical School and Tufts Medical School. She serves on the Health Care Services Board of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents since 2000 as one of its physician representatives and is Chair of the Committee on Pain Management.