Facet joint disorders are some of the most common of all the recurrent, disabling low back and neck problems, aging spondylosis and arthritis in these joints can lead to neck, midback, and low back pain.
Additionally, traumatic events like whiplash can sprain the neck facet joints and cause neck pain, neck originating headaches, and neck pain shooting into the shoulder blade area. Fortunately, facet mediated pain can be very well controlled with a rhizotomy once the pain is identified and responded to a test block with a local anesthetic. Rhizotomy is a safe procedure with long-lasting results. We utilize traditional radiofrequency thermocoagulation, in addition to using water cooled, bipolar RF, sacroiliac simplicity probe, and even endoscopic rhizotomy cauterization when indicated.