Radio Frequency Ablation for Chronic Pain Relief

Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA) is a cutting-edge technique, offering targeted and effective pain relief for those navigating the complexities of chronic pain.

What is Radio Frequency Ablation?

hronic pain can cast a long shadow, affecting daily life and diminishing one’s sense of well-being. At Napa Pain Institute, we understand the profound impact of chronic pain and are dedicated to providing advanced solutions to empower individuals on their journey to lasting relief. Among our innovative interventions, Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA) stands out as a cutting-edge technique, offering targeted and effective pain relief for those navigating the complexities of chronic pain.

The Precision of Radio Frequency Ablation

RFA is a minimally invasive procedure that utilizes radiofrequency energy to interrupt pain signals transmitted by specific nerves. This precise and targeted approach makes RFA an invaluable tool in managing chronic pain, particularly when other treatments have proven less effective.

Conditions Addressed with RFA

Radio Frequency Ablation has demonstrated remarkable effectiveness in managing chronic pain associated with various conditions, including:

  • Arthritis Pain: Targeted relief for joint pain and inflammation.
    Facet Joint Pain: Alleviating pain stemming from the small joints located along the spine.
  • Neck and Back Pain: Targeting specific nerves to provide relief for persistent neck and back discomfort.
  • Peripheral Nerve Pain: Managing pain originating from nerves outside the spinal cord.
  • Advancing Comprehensive Chronic Pain Solutions

Personalized RFA Plans for Lasting Relief

At Napa Pain Institute, we recognize that every individual’s experience with chronic pain is unique. Our team of experienced pain management specialists works closely with patients to develop personalized RFA plans tailored to their pain profiles, medical histories, and lifestyle considerations. This customized approach ensures optimal efficacy and patient comfort.

Real Stories of Hope & Healing

Our Patients share their journeys

David B.

“She changed the quality of my life so drastically and in such a positive way I can honestly tell people that she and Napa Pain Institute changed my life.”

Carolyn C.

“I highly, highly recommend Napa Pain Institute for anyone dealing with chronic or acute pain. They will find you a solution. And they are all wonderful.

Bruce F.

“I would easily give them and their facility the highest rating. They care and you are always treated with respect”.

Jeff B.

"I transferred to Napa Pain Institute 3 years ago and it was the best thing I have ever done."

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Dr. Johansson comes to us as a fellowship-trained and board-certified pain management specialist with nearly a decade of experience. She completed her fellowship training at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD where she then became the associate program director of the pain medicine fellowship and an assistant professor of military and emergency medicine. She graduated from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond, Virginia, was Pre-medicine at San Diego State University, and received her BSN from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Her breadth of experience comes from a full career of serving in the United States Navy where she was the recipient of multiple academic and military service awards including a Meritorious Service Medal, three Navy Commendation Medals, and numerous other individual, unit, and campaign awards. She has multiple published works and is the founding member of a military Pain Medicine Special Interest Group with the American Society of Regional Anesthesia.

In her free time, Dr. Johansson enjoys traveling, is newly married, loves dogs, and enjoys cooking and baking, as well as other creative pursuits. She has a particular interest in advanced procedural techniques for chronic pain relief and the effects of lifestyle on pain and healing. She looks forward to continuing our mission of providing our patients with the best care, every day.

Eric Grigsby, MD, MBA

CEO & Founder of Neurovations

Dr. Eric Grigsby enjoys a national reputation for excellence in the field of Pain Management. He has a background as a researcher, teacher and clinician and brings over 30 years of clinical experience to the Napa Pain Institute. Dr. Grigsby attended elementary and secondary school in his hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee, and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Economics from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He formed an interest in Pain Management as a career while working at Boston Children’s Hospital in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery.

After graduating from Boston University Medical School in 1984, Dr. Grigsby trained in General Surgery, Anesthesiology, and Pain Management at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He was invited to join the Medical Staff and teach at the Mayo Medical School until moving to California in 1989. The Dean of the University of California at Davis Medical Center then invited Dr. Grigsby to establish their first Pain Management Center, where he served as Medical Director until 1992. Following his post at UC Davis, Dr. Grigsby established his private Pain Management practice in Napa, California.

Today, he and his staff of over 50 professionals consult with patients throughout Northern California and the western United States.  More recently, Dr Grigsby completed his Masters in Business Administration from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He speaks nationally on topics such as non-operative treatment of spinal disorders, the safe use of medications for the treatment of pain, and the legal and regulatory issues relating to the proper treatment of patients with chronic illness.