Thermal Denervation to Decrease Pain Caused by Facet Joints
A radiofrequency neurotomy interrupts the sensory nerve supply to the involved facet joint through the use of thermal denervation.
Radiofrequency Facts & Information
Effective for many months to years, the goal of the radiofrequency procedure is to prolong the relief sustained by medial branch blocks or facet joint injections. Radiofrequency neurotomy is only performed once the facet joints have been precisely identified as a source of pain. The facet joints are the small joints located between each vertebra that provide the spine with both stability and flexibility. Facet syndrome occurs when one or more of these joints become inflamed or irritated.