Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) is a treatment option to reduce pain. Using X-ray guidance, we place special insulated needles on the facet joint nerve called the medial branch nerve. We heat a small area of the nerve tissue using an electrical current. The heat disables the medial branch nerves which decreases the pain signals in that particular area.
RFA is often used to treat pain associated with facet joint syndrome. It takes less than two minutes to heat and damage the nerve.
Participating in physical therapy will increase the strength of muscles around the joint and lessen the level of pain. Sometimes the nerves do grow back, and usually the patient will not experience the same level of pain. If it does return, the procedure can be repeated.