What Does a Rhizotomy Treat?


Also referred to as a neurotomy or ablation, a rhizotomy is a minimally invasive treatment for chronic pain. It is a highly effective contemporary method for managing pain which can last upwards of a year. Although it is most often used to manage back pain, it is also effective for several other types of conditions which cause chronic pain, including:


  • Spinal stenosis
  • Herniated disks
  • Arthritis and other general joint pain
  • Spasticity
  • Trigeminal neuralgia

This procedure relieves pressure on spinal nerves in your lower back. It makes more room in an opening called a “foramen.” That’s where a spinal nerve exits as it branches away from your spine.

This procedure can be performed in several ways, depending on the patient’s unique condition, health history and symptoms. These options vary only in the specialized method they use to disable the nerve endings. The three most common methods are by a chemical agent, radiofrequency or incision. Prior to procedure, the patient’s care team will advise the patient on which form will offer the highest opportunity for success.

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