Rhizotomy for the Neck and Back/Burning the Nerves

Aug 1, 2012 — by Paul Salinas
Tags: Rhizotomy Back Pain

Plano Rhizotomy, Back PainNeck and back pain are quite common. While most people will experience neck or back pain at some point in their lives, it is only temporary. For others, neck and back pain is a chronic condition that can affect every aspect of their lives. Neck and back pain can make standing, walking, and sitting difficult. Many patients with neck and back pain find normal day to day activities difficult. Bending over to tie your shoes, doing laundry, and even washing the dishes can feel like daunting tasks when suffering from neck or back pain. Chronic neck and back pain does not have to keep you from living the life you deserve. Through rhizotomy, many patients are able to regain mobility, reduce pain, and engage in their normal daily activities once again.

Facet Joint Pain

Facet joints are a common cause of back pain. These joints are located in pairs on the back of the spine that allow movement and flexibility, while also providing stability of the spine. Plano spine center patients with facet joint problems may experience pain in the ribs, chest, lower back, mid-back, abdomen, shoulders, groin, legs, buttocks, and neck. Facet joint problems may also cause headaches. While facet joint pain can be quite severe, there are effective treatments available today. One of the most effective and least invasive treatments in reducing neck and back pain is rhizotomy.

What Is Rhizotomy?

“Burning the nerves,” or rhizotomy, is a procedure in which the nerve roots in the spinal cord are severed. Rhizotomy is used to relieve neck and back pain, as well as muscle spasms. Rhizotomy works by shutting off the pain signals that are sent by the joints to the brain. These pain signals force the body to feel neck and back pain. During the rhizotomy treatment process, an electrical probe is inserted into the sensory nerve closet to the damaged facet joint. The nerve is then burned. Plano rhizotomy patients can expect the procedure to take about 30 to 60 minutes to complete. Plano back pain patients undergoing rhizotomy will not be able to drive themselves home.

Benefits of Rhizotomy

One of the greatest benefits of rhizotomy is its high success rate. Rhizotomy is incredibly successful at reducing neck and back pain resulting from facet joint problems. Other benefits of rhizotomy include:

  • Minimally invasive
  • There are few side effects associated with the rhizotomy procedure
  • May be combined with other treatments, such as medications, physical therapy, aquatic therapy, etc.
  • May prevent or prolong the need for more invasive treatments
  • Long-lasting results (results may last for six months to a year or longer)
  • Provides protection from future damage of the spine, joints, and nerves
  • A fast recovery period
  • May be repeated as necessary
  • Provides stability to the joints and spine

Contact Frisco Spine Today

Patients experiencing neck or back pain from facet joint disorders, arthritis, bone spurs, or degenerated discs, among other conditions may find pain relief from rhizotomy. To determine whether rhizotomy would be an effective treatment of your neck or back pain and to schedule a consultation, please contact Frisco Spine today.

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