A Treatment Option for Chronic Back Pain that Fails to Respond to Traditional Therapy
Radiofrequency Ablation for Chronic Back Pain Relief
Has your chronic spine pain failed to respond to traditional treatments such as medication and physical therapy? Talk to one of our doctors about Radiofrequency Ablation treatment. This procedure (also known as Radiofrequency Neurotomy) uses an electric current to heat up a small area of nerve tissue to stop it from sending pain signals. Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat chronic back pain, including facet joint pain or sacroiliac joint pain caused by arthritis or other degenerative changes, or from an injury. This procedure can provide lasting relief from patients suffering from chronic pain, letting them resume normal function and enjoyment of life.
There are two primary types of radiofrequency ablation:
- A medial branch neurotomy (ablation) affects the nerves carrying pain from the facet joints
- A lateral branch neurotomy (ablation) affects nerves that carry pain from the sacroiliac joints.
These medial or lateral branch nerves do not control any muscles or sensation in the arms or legs, so a heat lesion poses little danger of negatively affecting those areas.
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Before Your Radiofrequency Ablation: Medial Branch Block Diagnostic Procedure
Before the procedure, a lateral branch or medial branch nerve block will have already been performed to prove that the patient’s pain is being transmitted by those nerves. The medial branch or lateral branch block acts as a test run before the neurotomy procedure.
This is an injection of numbing medicine. It bathes the medial branch nerves, which attach to the facet joints of your spine. These nerves hurt when facet joints are injured or diseased. The injection helps find the source of your pain. And it may relieve your pain for a brief time.
Common Questions about Radiofrequency Ablation
During this minimally-invasive procedure, the physician uses heat from radio waves to treat painful facet joints in your lower back. This procedure is also called radiofrequency rhizotomy or radiofrequency ablation. It can treat pain that doesn’t respond to medications or to physical therapy.