Radiofrequency Ablation (Rhizotomy) is used in the treatment of neck or back pain caused by inflamed facet joints. Arthritis, injury, and disc degeneration can cause pain in the facet joints, which connect vertebrae to each other and allow motion of the spine. Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure in which the physician directs a radiofrequency current at nerves surrounding a painful facet joint in an attempt to deaden them and prevent pain signals from reaching the brain.
The physician can confirm that the facet joint is causing pain by first performing a facet joint injection. During a radiofrequency ablation procedure, the physician injects a needle and numbing agent into the painful facet joint with the help of an imaging technology called fluoroscopy. The physician then inserts a microelectrode inside the needle and delivers a small radiofrequency current to the nerves.
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