This treatment uses radiofrequency energy to heat tissue in a very small area (5 mm) to nullify the specific pain nerves feeding facet joints, a common cause of back pain. We target these nerves based on the results of previous diagnostic injections to the medial branch nerves. We use X-ray guidance to precisely place a small needle next to the targeted nerve and then radiofrequency waves are generated at the needle tip.
Over 80% of patients will receive long-term pain relief from radiofrequency ablation (RFA), lasting 6-18 months. The re-growing of nerves accounts for the return of symptoms.
This exam is covered under your Alberta Health Care Plan. It is not currently offered at our Saskatchewan clinics.
Please ensure that you bring your requisition with you to your appointment.