SAY GOODBYE TO CHRONIC BACK PAIN WITH LUMBAR RHIZOTOMY
If you suffer from chronic back pain or muscle spasms, Thrive Pain Management provides lumbar rhizotomy for our Irving-area patients. Minimally invasive, lumbar rhizotomy is a surgical procedure that severs the nerve roots in your spinal cord to make back pain relief possible. It’s sometimes referred to as a facet rhizotomy injection or radiofrequency rhizotomy. Through an injection using radiofrequency heat and a slight electric current, this type of therapeutic procedure “shuts off” the sensory nerves found at your facet joint, so they aren’t able to send and receive pain signals to your brain. But first, it must be determined that your facet joint is the likely cause of your back pain.
HOW A LUMBAR RHIZOTOMY PROCEDURE WORKS
First, a needle will be injected into the nerve directly responsible for carrying signals from your inflamed facet joint. This needle has an electrode tip that allows it to heat the nerve using radiofrequency. The procedure usually takes less than an hour to perform and maybe another half-hour to recover after. Most patients go home the same day armed with pain medications and instructions to refrain from physical activity or heavy lifting for at least a few days. After that, physical therapy or chiropractic care may be recommended depending on your specific condition.
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You may experience a minor increase in your back pain for about a week after your lumbar rhizotomy procedure. However, you should see full pain relief within about a month. Other reported side effects include fever, chills, dizziness, numbness and bleeding at the injection site. This type of procedure has been known to produce longer-lasting results than a steroid injection. If the procedure’s successful, many patients report that their pain relief lasts anywhere from six months to two years before the sensory nerve grows back and the pain inevitably returns. To learn more about your lumbar rhizotomy options in the Irving area, contact Thrive Pain Management to schedule a consultation today!