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2024 Mar 21

Curr Pain Headache Rep


Mitigating Factors in L4 and L5 Medial Branch Motor Stimulation During Radiofrequency Ablation.


Jani M, Mehta N, Yu S, Ju R, Yener U, Abd-Elsayed A, Kohan L, Wahezi SE


Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a minimally invasive procedure for facet joint pain. The targets for the procedure are the medial branches of the dorsal spinal nerves which innervate the facet joints. Before RFA, patients undergo diagnostic meal branch blocks to ensure appropriate pain relief and confirm the utility of proceeding to RFA. The success of RFA relies heavily on procedural technique and accurate placement near the medial branch.