Radiofrequency Ablation for Chronic Back Pain Relief
Radiofrequency Ablation (also known as Radiofrequency Neurotomy) 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.
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.