Radiofrequency Ablation, or Rhizotomy, is a non-surgical procedure done in the spinal cord area that treats chronic back pain and muscle spasms. Before the procedure, the patient will be given a local anesthetic at the injection site. Spinal nerves’ root is severed, which removes the pain sensation that is back pain. The purpose of rhizotomy is to provide pain relief by “shutting off” the pain signals that the joints send to the brain.
After the procedure, many patients will experience soreness and swelling at the injection site, which can last for several days. Improvement from back pain should begin 2 weeks after the procedure. It is important to contact Dr. Zarrini if complications or other symptoms arise.
Rhizotomy denatures the nerve’s membrane that stimulates a particular facet joint. Destroying the nerves and allows the communication of pain not to be recognized by the brain.