Radiofrequency ablation or lesioning is a term used when radio waves are used to produce heat to destroy tissue, usually a nerve. It is a non-surgical option to treat your spine pain. In the case of spinal pain, radiofrequency waves are transmitted through a needle placed near the nerve under x-ray guidance. This procedure is also known as RF rhizotomy.
It is used in pain coming from facet joint, Trigeminal neuralgia, Sacro-iliac joint, herniated disc, Sympathetic chain etc.
Radiofrequency ablation therapy is one of the best procedure available till today to provide long lasting pain relief. It is very safe, done under local anesthesia, & usually requires few hours at the pain clinic.