Medial Branch Facet Radiofrequency

The joints or facets of the spine can generate pain in 40% of patients who have spinal pain. Pain fiber Nerve Conduction Tests (pfNCT) have a 90% chance of correctly demonstrating which facet joint generates the pain.

When the pfNCT suggests that a facet joint generates the pain, a diagnostic Medial Branch Block (MBB) is done. When two differential diagnostic MBB’s result in the patient experiencing at least a 80% reduction in their pain for an hour or longer, then the patient is considered a good candidate for Radiofrequency Rhizotomy (also called a Neurotomy) of the involved nerves.

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To start on this path to relief today, call Dr. Carney’s office at 574-389-7737, or contact him online.