Many people experience an occasional bout of neck pain, perhaps from sleeping in an awkward position or spending too many hours on the computer. While most recover from their discomfort within a day or two, in other cases, a person's neck pain is chronic, usually due to an injury or illness. For those looking to end suffering chronic neck pain, cervical facet radiofrequency neurotomy is a procedure performed by a pain specialist that may help.
A person may suffer chronic neck pain stemming from a variety of issues. Some of these issues include:
If a person has neck pain that lasts more than a few weeks, it is essential to receive a qualified physician's diagnosis to determine the issue's nature. In most cases, a physician will initially recommend conservative treatments such as pain relievers or physical therapy. However, in some cases, these treatments are not enough to relieve a patient's pain. It is at this point that a physician may recommend further pain-relieving therapies.
Suppose a physician determines that a patient's pain is coming from their cervical spine's (facet) joints. In that case, they may recommend a procedure designed to stop the pain signals from the affected area from traveling to the brain. This procedure is referred to as a cervical facet radiofrequency neurotomy is also known as cervical facet radiofrequency ablation, or cervical facet radiofrequency rhizotomy.
The procedure delivers a high heat level to the nerve(s) in the injured area from radio waves, thus creating a small lesion on the nerve. The nerves are then unable to deliver their pain signals to the spinal cord and brain, thus leaving the patient without the sensation of pain in their affected cervical joints. Cervical Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy is used to treat pain that doesn't respond to medications or physical therapy.
A cervical facet radiofrequency neurotomy is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure. Many patients require only a local anesthetic and are fully awake during the process, although they may ask for intravenous medication if they prefer.
If you’ve been experiencing pain for 3-6 months and your primary doctor is unable to diagnose the cause of the pain or is unsure how to treat it, ask for a referral to a pain specialist. If you are suffering from chronic cervical pain stemming from joint issues, we can help. Please contact The Pain Center to schedule a consultation.
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