Lumbar Radiofrequency Neurotomy
Lumbar Radiofrequency Neurotomy is a minimally invasive procedure that uses heat generated by radio waves to target specific nerve tissues, helping to reduce chronic lower back pain by interrupting pain signals sent to the brain.
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Lumbar Radiofrequency Neurotomy Treated Conditions
- Facet Joint Pain: This condition involves pain stemming from the facet joints, which are small stabilizing joints located between and behind adjacent vertebrae. Pain occurs due to wear and tear, arthritis, or other degenerative changes in these joints.
- Chronic Lower Back Pain: A persistent and often debilitating condition, chronic lower back pain can arise from various underlying issues, including muscle strain, nerve compression, or spinal misalignment.
- Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction: This condition involves pain in the sacroiliac joint, where the spine meets the pelvis. Dysfunction here can cause significant discomfort and instability, often resulting from arthritis, injury, or pregnancy.
- Lumbar Zygapophysial Joint Pain: Pain in the lumbar zygapophysial joints (also known as facet joints) in the lower back is typically due to degenerative changes, arthritis, or stress injuries affecting these joints.
- Degenerative Disc Disease: This refers to pain and possible nerve problems due to the breakdown of intervertebral discs, which can lead to reduced cushioning and flexibility in the spine.
- Chronic Lumbar Sprain or Strain: Chronic lumbar sprain or strain involves prolonged pain and discomfort in the lower back muscles or ligaments, often resulting from overuse, poor posture, or injury.
Lumbar Radiofrequency Neurotomy can be an effective treatment for these conditions, targeting the nerves associated with the painful area to provide relief.
Why Lonseth Interventional Pain Centers?
Choose Lonseth Interventional Pain Centers for unparalleled expertise in managing and treating chronic pain. Our center stands out for its commitment to patient-centered care, utilizing the latest in pain management techniques and technologies. Our team of specialists is dedicated to providing personalized treatment plans, ensuring each patient receives the most effective and compassionate care. At Lonseth, we don’t just treat symptoms; we strive to improve your overall quality of life, helping you return to the activities you love with minimal discomfort.
Lumbar Radiofrequency Neurotomy FAQ
Good candidates for Lumbar Radiofrequency Neurotomy typically include individuals with chronic lower back pain, especially those who have not found relief from conservative treatments and whose pain is linked to facet joint problems or similar conditions. A thorough assessment by a healthcare provider, including diagnostic nerve blocks, can help determine candidacy.
Preparation for Lumbar Radiofrequency Neurotomy involves following specific guidelines provided by your healthcare team. This may include fasting for a few hours before the procedure and temporarily stopping certain medications. Your doctor will give detailed instructions based on your specific health needs.
The success rate for Lumbar Radiofrequency Neurotomy varies but can be quite high, especially for pain stemming from facet joint problems. Common side effects include temporary soreness or discomfort at the injection site, with rarer risks involving nerve damage or infection. Discuss potential risks and success rates with your doctor for a clearer understanding.
Recovery time is generally short. Most patients can resume normal activities within a day or two, with some immediately returning to work or other activities. However, it’s important to follow your doctor’s specific recommendations for recovery.
Many patients experience significant pain reduction, leading to an improved quality of life. This includes increased mobility, reduced reliance on pain medications, and the ability to engage more actively in daily activities and exercise. The duration of these benefits can vary, and some patients may require repeat procedures for sustained pain relief.