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Radiofrequency Neuroablation

What is Radiofrequency Neuroablation?

Radiofrequency Neuroablation is a modern pain control techniques. This non-surgical technique is also known as a rhizotomy. In this procedure, radiofrequency waves are transferred to certain nerves to obstruct the pain signals to the brain. Typically, it targets pain from the facet joints that can lead to chronic pain in the neck or lower back. It is a minimally invasive pain treatment procedure that is performed at a doctor’s clinic or office. You can go home the same day after the procedure.

Who Can Benefit From This Treatment?

The radiofrequency neuroablation technique can be used to treat multiple painful conditions. It may be recommended to people with any of the following conditions:

  • Back or neck pain
  • Knee pain
  • Tumors
  • Peripheral nerve pain

How is the Radiofrequency Neuroablation Procedure Performed?

Radiofrequency neuroablation is one of the most effective pain management techniques. With this procedure, the heat produced through radio waves is used to demolish the targeted pain-causing tissues. When it is applied to the targeted nerve, radio waves damage the nerves and prevent and stop pain signals from reaching the brain.

Lumbar Radiofrequency Neuroablation

The procedure stops the lumbar medial branch nerve from sending pain signals to the brain. It is performed to help patients with lower back pain.

Cervical Radiofrequency Neuroablation

This procedure treats shoulder, neck and upper back pain.

Genicular Radiofrequency Neuroablation

This procedure treats shoulder, neck and upper back pain.

During this procedure, a small needle is inserted into the targeted nerve. Then, an electrode is inserted into the top of the needle to transmit the radiofrequency waves to the targeted nerve. It causes the nerve to stop sending pain signals to your brain. Meanwhile, other healthy nerves remain safe during the procedure.


Usually, patients can go home the same day of the procedure.

The procedure generally takes 15 to 45 minutes. It depends on the number of treatments and the treatment location.

You may experience temporary numbness, burning sensation or some pain on the treatment site. It may last a week or two after the procedure.

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