Radiofrequency neurotomy treatment is a minimally invasive procedure that is used to treat joint pains caused by arthritis or any other degenerative changes. In some cases this form of treatment is also effective in treating neck and back pains caused by injury or whiplash or even spinal arthritis. In this procedure, a heat lesion is applied on specific nerves that interrupt the pain signals from those nerves to the brain, thus eliminating the pain. These heat waves are administered to the targeted nerves through fine needles that are inserted into the skin above your spine. During the procedure, the physiatrist uses imaging scans so as to place the needles in precise locations. Furthermore, your doctors might also make you undergo certain tests to determine if the nerves targeted by radiofrequency neurotomy treatment are the same as the ones that are responsible for your joint pains. Radiofrequency therapy is as an outpatient procedure and takes not more than an hour's' time. Prior to giving the radiofrequency therapy, patients are made to wear a hospital gown and lie on theirr stomach on an X-ray table. With the help of a special x-ray machine the doctor will precisely point out the affected nerves and insert the needles. The treatment starts showing its effects within 2 weeks of the treatment, which usually lasts for 6 to 12 months or even two years and beyond. Depending upon the position of nerve tissues being treated, radiofrequency treatment can cost anywhere from $3500 - $5000.
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