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What is a lumbar radiofrequency neurotomy?

For chronic lower back pain sufferers, radiofrequency neurotomy may be the treatment to bring you much-needed relief. Radiofrequency neurotomy, also called radiofrequency ablation, is a conservative, non-surgical treatment that reduces or eliminates pain in the lower back. It can even relieve back pain that travels to the buttocks and backs of the thighs as well as symptoms such as stiffness. Lumbar radiofrequency neurotomy can be used to treat chronic pain that is due to many spine conditions or osteoarthritis.

If lower back pain has negatively impacted your life, talk to a pain specialist about whether lumbar radiofrequency neurotomy can help you get relief.

Lumbar Radiofrequency Neurotomy

Lower back pain symptoms usually come from the 5 large vertebrae in the lumbar spine. For a lot of patients with chronic back pain, the signals come from the facet or sacroiliac joints. The facet joints are located between vertebrae, and the sacroiliac joints are located at the bottom of the spine just above the tailbone. The nerves connected to both types of joints send pain signals to your brain.

During a radiofrequency neurotomy procedure, a physician or pain management specialist uses a needle to deliver heat to the medial nerve in your spine. This causes a lesion to form on it, which immediately “turns it off.” With the nerve disabled, the pain signals will not reach the brain, and you will experience relief from chronic back pain. Precision is key so as not to damage the surrounding nerves. For this reason, you should make sure that the physician or pain management specialist performing the procedure is highly trained and experienced.

Lumbar radiofrequency neurotomy requires no hospital stay and is performed as an outpatient procedure. Soreness in the injection site after the procedure is normal, however, it should go away within a week. Since there is no incision, recovery is fairly quick and without many restrictions. You should avoid strenuous physical activities for a few days following the procedure.

Most patients see improvements in pain symptoms a few weeks after the treatment. It can take up to 4 weeks for the medial nerve’s signals to completely turn off. Pain relief from lumbar radiofrequency neurotomy can last up to a year. However, a lot of patients experience relief for much longer than that.

Lumbar Radiofrequency Neurotomy in The Pacific Northwest and New Mexico

At Lynx Healthcare, our compassionate pain management specialists offer interventional pain medicine therapies and techniques, including lumbar radiofrequency neurotomy to manage chronic pain. We specialize in interventional pain medicine, regenerative medicine, and physiatry as well as addiction medicine, opioid therapy management, and psychiatry. Together, we can find the best solution for your pain management needs.

We understand how pain can take over your life, which is why we strive to provide the latest in pain management techniques to our patients, so you can live the life you love.

To schedule a consultation, call Lynx Healthcare at (509) 591-0070. You may also request an appointment now. We look forward to serving you at our Tri-Cities, Spokane, Goldendale, Oregon, Walla Walla, or Yakima location.

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