After the back is numbed with lidocaine, small needles are positioned next to inflamed nerves near the vertebrae.
After numbing the nerves, heat energy is applied for 90 seconds to create a precise "burn." The heat destroys the portion of the nerve that transmits pain.
Approximately 70% of patients with chronic neck and back pain experience over 50% improvement in their pain and function for a year or more. [source]
RFA can be repeated if back or neck pain returns. In fact, studies show repeated RFA can lead to meaningful pain relief in up to 85% of patients. [source]
If you're suffering from chronic back, neck, sacroiliac, or knee arthritis that has not responded to other treatments, you may be a good candidate.
Chronic pain related to sacroiliitis or sacroiliac joint inflammation as well as facet joint inflammation (facet syndrome) can be relieved with RFA.