Cervical Radiofrequency Ablation

Could Radiofrequency Ablation Help Your Neck Pain?

Ablation therapy is an effective treatment option for neck pain and it could be recommended by a spinal doctor at Spine Institute of North America. This treatment is effective on pain and spasms in both the neck and shoulder. Radiofrequency ablation works by using a radio wave to heat up the nerve and reducing its ability to sense the pain. The doctor will perform tests to ensure that only the nerves creating the pain sensation are targeted by the ablation therapy. There are numerous advantages to ablation therapy, including the ability of the doctor to target specific areas that are causing shoulder and neck pain. Our spinal doctors may recommend radiofrequency ablation if you’ve responded well to cervical epidural injections. This is a safe procedure with few chances for complications and a high chance of effective pain reduction.

What conditions are treated by cervical facet radiofrequency ablation?

  • Chronic spinal pain
  • Spinal arthritis
  • Post-traumatic pain (whiplash)
  • Pain after spinal surgery
  • Neuropathic pain –Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Peripheral nerve entrapment

Who is a candidate for cervical facet radiofrequency procedure?

Your spinal doctor will likely start with a diagnostic nerve block. This will tell the doctor if your neck pain makes you a good candidate for ablation therapy. The nerve block will also inform the doctor as to where your pain is originating, helping them pinpoint where ablation therapy needs to take place to give you the maximum relief for your neck pain. If the nerve block doesn’t give you any relief, then radiofrequency ablation therapy will not be a good treatment for your shoulder or neck pain.

What are the advantages of the cervical facet radiofrequency procedure?

  • It is minimally invasive
  • Most patients have short recoveries of a few days
  • It’s an outpatient procedure
  • No general anesthesia is required
  • High rate of positive outcomes
  • Good chance of reduction or even complete pain relief


  • To see if you are a good candidate for a cervical facet radiofrequency procedure, take our pain evaluation questionnaire and someone from our office will follow-up with you as soon as possible.


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