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2022 Mar 01

Asian J Anesthesiol

Comparison of Radiofrequency and Corticosteroid Injection for Treatment of Lumbar Facet Joint Pain: A Meta-Analysis.


Lumbar facet joint (LFJ) pain was reported to occur in 27%-40% of patients with chronic low back pain (LBP). Several therapeutic procedures such as corticosteroid injection (CI) and radiofrequency (RF) ablation have been used. However, there is no clear consensus that one is superior to the other. This study aimed to perform a meta-analysis to compare the effectiveness of CI and RF ablation for LFJ pain.