A rhizotomy is a minimally invasive procedure effective in relieving chronic back and neck pain.

The rhizotomy procedure interrupts the pain signal that results from inflamed nerves around the facet joints of the spine. Using an endoscope and a radiofrequency probe, your pain is relieved by deadening a small section of nerve fibers.


Rhizotomies are often performed after other kinds of treatment have been explored with your doctor or specialist. Facet injections are typically given to a patient before a rhizotomy might be considered. These injections can provide diagnostic information for your physician, and successful facet injections may indicate that you could benefit from a rhizotomy.

In the rhizotomy procedure, an electrical current destroys the nerve fibers that carry pain signals to the brain. During this procedure, an electrode is passed through the skin to the nerves that surround the facet joint. A radiofrequency current is then applied, which deadens the nerves causing pain.


If you have explored conservative treatments for your spinal pain, and have undergone facet injections without continued relief, you might discuss a rhizotomy procedure with your doctor.

The rhizotomy procedure has been successful in relieving chronic back pain and muscle spasms in our patients at California Spine & Pain Institute. If you find that you have responded well to facet injections, a rhizotomy will likely be an effective pain treatment option for you.

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Pain management conditions treated at California Spine and Pain institute

  • Meniscus Tears
  • Patellar Tracking Disorder
  • Patellofemoral Syndrome
  • Dislocated Knee
  • Dislocated Shoulder
  • lenoid Labrum Tear
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Loose Shoulder
  • Shoulder Impingement
  • SLAP Tear
  • Subacromial Bursitis

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