A rhizotomy procedure is a medical treatment at ASCPM that relieves chronic pain in the back or neck. The cause of chronic pain can be brought on by conditions such as arthritis, herniated discs, or nerve damage.

How It Works

During the procedure, a healthcare provider uses a special needle to deliver heat or electrical energy to the nerves in the affected area. This energy is carefully targeted to the specific nerves responsible for transmitting pain signals. The goal of a rhizotomy is to disrupt the pain signals, providing long-lasting pain relief.

The procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia or sedation, and the healthcare provider uses imaging techniques such as X-rays or fluoroscopy to guide the needle to the correct location. Once the targeted nerves are identified, the energy is applied to interrupt their ability to transmit pain signals.

The Benefits

A rhizotomy procedure can provide significant pain relief, allowing individuals to resume normal activities and improve their quality of life. However, it’s important to note that it is not a permanent solution and the duration of pain relief can vary from person to person. Regular follow-up with a healthcare provider is necessary to assess the effectiveness of the procedure and determine if additional treatments are needed.