Injections are a more aggressive form of conservative treatment that can be used to help relieve pain by allowing the patient to more fully participate in a rehabilitative program. They may also serve as a diagnostic tool that identifies the source of the pain or a pain relief provider that directly delivers medications to those areas of the spine responsible for the patient’s symptoms. Epidural steroid injections, medial branch nerve blocks, radiofrequency neurotomy and prolotherapy are just some examples of injections that may be used in the non-surgical treatment of back pain and neck pain.
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Rhizotomy is a surgical procedure to sever nerve roots in the spinal cord. The procedure effectively relieves chronic back pain and muscle spasms. For spinal joint pain, a facet rhizotomy may provide lasting low back pain relief by disabling the sensory nerve at the facet joint. An electrified hot probe is inserted at the sensory nerve just outside the joint to disable the nerve and prevent pain signals from reaching the brain. If a patient responds well to facet injections, a rhizotomy will likely be an effective pain treatment.
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