A Lumbar Radiofrequency Neurotomy is an injection procedure method for reducing back and neck pain. The procedure accomplishes this by essentially turning off the pain via heat that is generated by radio waves for targeting specific nerves and temporarily interfering with their ability to transmit those pain signals. Lumbar Radiofrequency Neurotomy is an outpatient procedure that only requires relaxation medication and an anesthetic.
Our lower backs are amazing structures that are well-engineered and include bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and nerves that are all interconnected and work together for the purpose of providing flexibility, strength, and support. Unfortunately, because the lumbar spine is so complex, it also makes your low back vulnerable to a myriad of injuries and severe pain.
You could require specific imaging tests aimed at determining if your lower back pain can be helped by Lumbar Radiofrequency Neurotomy. We will evaluate your lower back pain using the latest diagnostic tools that have been designed specifically for achieving an accurate assessment and may include technologies from EMG/Nerve testing to MRIs, x-rays, to bone scans.
There are numerous ways of categorizing low back pain, however, two of the most common lumbar pain types include:
In addition to the two main types of lower back pain, there are also other sources, including:
As is the case with the majority of other types of procedures, Lumbar Radiofrequency Neurotomy generally works better for some individuals more than other patients. The main factor that comes into play in determining the ultimate success rate is whether the targeted nerves turn out to be the exact same ones responsible for your pain. Lumbar Radiofrequency Neurotomy is an outpatient procedure, therefore it generally only requires approximately one hour of your time. Once it’s completed, you can go home that very same day.
To learn more about Lumbar Radiofrequency Neurotomy contact the Pain & Spine Institute of Joliet, Ill., at 1-888-362-7472 or 815-729-0700.