When Back Pain Doesn't Respond to First-Line Treatment, Rhizotomy May Be the Answer

According to research, up to 15% of adults in America have debilitating and chronic back pain that significantly decreases their quality of life. Does this describe you? If you’re suffering from persistent, excruciating back pain that doesn’t respond to traditional and minimally invasive treatments, such as spinal manipulation, pain relievers, nerve blocks, steroid injections, or even pain pumps, you might be a candidate for a last resort option called rhizotomy.

The skilled and compassionate team of doctors and pain specialists at Arlington Pain & Therapy in Arlington and Mansfield, Texas are leading providers of the inventive new therapy that’s helping men and women all throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area treat back pain problems, including:

All about rhizotomy

Whether your chronic back pain originates from your discs, joints, muscles, or ligaments, one or more nerves that run through your back are responsible for the pain that’s limiting your function. Rhizotomy, sometimes called a nerve ablation, is a minimally invasive treatment that our team uses to stop the communication between the offending nerve and your brain. During the procedure, your pain doctor deploys an electrical current to the nerve that’s causing your pain and severs or cauterizes it.

All about relief

Believe it or not, severing that nerve is not a surgical procedure. We take care of it in less than an hour in our state-of-the-art outpatient center. You’ll lie face down and get comfortable on the treatment table and our team completely numbs your back with a local anesthetic. Then one of our doctors uses a special tool to discharge an electrical current under your skin. When the nerve severs from the force of the electrical shock, you may feel a funny tingle in your spine, but that’s it. The treatment is complete, and you should feel immediate relief from your relentless pain.

All about results

Evidence suggests that rhizotomy offers significant short-term relief from the pain that’s slowing you down and stealing your productivity. Though it’s possible that your nerve may grow back in time, you can expect between 6-12 months of substantial relief. To help you recover quickly from the procedure and to extend the relief you’ll feel with rhizotomy, our team recommends post-procedure physical therapy to strengthen your core and back muscles.

To learn more about the innovative rhizotomy procedure for back pain that doesn’t resolve with first-line treatment, call the office to schedule your consultation.

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