Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation For Back and Neck Pain

Radiofrequency nerve ablation is used to treat spinal joint pain
Radiofrequency nerve ablation is a minimally invasive pain management technique used to treat spinal joint (facet joint) pain. The procedure uses heat generated by radio waves to essentially burn the nerve of the spinal joint . In doing so, transmission of the pain signal is interrupted.

There is obviously some controversy related to radiofrequency nerve ablation in the medical community. Presented here is an explanation of the procedure along with 3 caveats anyone considering radiofrequency nerve ablation should be aware of.

Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation Overview

Radiofrequency Ablation Procedure Animation

Radiofrequency nerve ablation provides a minimally invasive procedure that can give lasting pain relief from facet joint pain.

Radiofrequency Ablation Procedure Walkthrough

Dr. Stanley Golovac of Radiofrequency Ablation discusses the use of radiofrequency nerve ablation.

3 Things You Should Know About Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation

  1. Facet joint pain has been a controversial explanation for back and neck pain for more than 20 years.
  2. There are no validated diagnostic criteria for facet joint pain.
  3. Radiofrequency nerve ablation for facet joint pain is an unproven treatment.

Do you have additional questions about Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation to relieve back and neck pain? We have put together a Patient Guide that discusses Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation in more detail. If you would like access to this informative and easy to understand Patient Guide, just click this link and we’ll make sure you get your copy today. Patients’ Guide To Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation

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  1. Art Cote says

    I don’t agree with “no validated diagnostic criteria for facet joint pain.” I’ve had a ruptured cervical disc that allows the facet joints to become worn, and snap when the neck is turned, with near constant pain that was alleviated by RF for five years.

    • Senior Back Pain Relief Editor says

      I appreciate your input and I’m very glad to hear of your positive results from RF nerve ablasion treatment. Keep in mind, however, that despite the effectiveness of radiofrequency nerve ablation for your particular condition, the scientific community has not been able to demonstrate these same results on a consistent basis. Thanks again for your imput

  2. jack says

    Two months ago I had RF on my lower back. I have a bulging disc. It has so far reduced my pain level signiticantley.
    I have had constant neck pain for years. Recieved MRI of neck and consultaion with pain DR. He said he saw no evidence of deteriation of joints in my neck. Since I had good results with my lower back he recomended RF for my neck.
    I have since seeing him become uneasy about the procedure after doing more research. He didn’t offer me any alternatives. A freinds wife had RF on her neck and had severe headackes for several weeks.
    Any info appreciated. I am scheduled Jan. 28

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