Radiofrequency neurotomy treatment is prescribed to relieve facet joint pain or sacroiliac joint pain. Back or neck pain caused by arthritis, degenerative changes, or injury are targeted by the treatment after the nerves or the facet joints responsible for generating the pain have been isolated. Radiofrequency neurotomy temporarily provides temporary relief from chronic neck or back pain where all other medications or physical therapy have failed to produce the desired results. The procedure can take 30 minutes to an hour. An x-ray machine is used to guide the doctors in locating the exact point at which the pain originates. Needles inserted at these points administer the pain medication. The radiofrequency therapy works by blocking the pain transmitters temporarily. In other words, the treatment interferes with the pain signals sent to the brain to eliminate pain. The patient is discharged from the hospital on the same day after resting for a few hours. Soreness at the injection site may remain for a day or two. There are two primary types of radiofrequency ablation. A medial branch neurotomy targets the nerves that transmit pain from the facet joints, while, a lateral branch neurotomy is for nerves that signal the pain of the sacroiliac joints. Radiofrequency neurotomy procedure may have to be repeated every six months to a year for optimum benefits. The procedure is generally safe. Complications in rare cases include bleeding and prolonged numbness. The treatment can cost anywhere between $2000 and $ 3000.