Radio Frequency Ablation (Rhizotomy)
Radio Frequency Ablation or Rhizotomy is an injection procedure used to treat facet joints. Facet joints are located between the vertebrae, they allow motion and provide stability. First a local anesthetic numbs the injection site. Then contrast dye is used to ensure proper placement in the Medial Nerves. Finally, radiofrequency waves heat the tip of the needle and an area of the, disrupting the pain signals sent to the brain. Discussing the benefits and risks with your doctor is strongly encouraged; results vary on a case-to-case basis.