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Radiofrequency denervation of sacroiliac joints

For Long-Term Relief from Sacroiliac Pain

Radiofrequency denervation of sacroiliac joints utilizes high-voltage electrical current to heat and destroy the lateral branch nerve of the lower spine and thus ‘block’ pain associated with sacroiliac joint damage. Since the lateral branch nerve does not control muscle or sensory functions, the procedure does not cause any loss of function.

Radiofrequency denervation is non-surgical and is typically performed in an office setting with local and intravenous anesthetics. Most patients return to their normal schedules within two days; however, some pain from the procedure may last a week or more.

The treatment is designed to offer long-term relief from sacroiliac joint pain, but because the lateral branch nerve will eventually regenerate, subsequent procedures may be necessary.

Radiofrequency denervation, also called radiofrequency ablation, neurotomy or lesioning, is a therapeutic treatment that is only performed after a specific diagnosis of sacroiliac joint damage has been determined using  nerve block tests.

Columbia Pain & Spine Institute is proud to offer this advanced therapeutic procedure to appropriate pain sufferers.