Rhizotomy is a procedure that has been used for years to treat spasticity, especially in children. In recent years it has been used to help with the treatment of chronic pain resulting from the facet joint.
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Rhizotomy is a procedure that has been around for a long time. Historically it was used to treat spasticity in children with cerebral palsy. Rhizotomy has been used to treat multiple sclerosis. In the outpatient orthopedic realm rhizotomy is a treatment option when facet joint pain is present.
Facet joints are small joints in the spine. Coming out behind the facet joints are the dorsal root of the nerve at that level. The dorsal root is responsible or carrying sensation to the brain. An ablation is performed (burning) of the dorsal root that prevents pain signals from being transmitted to the brain. If pain signals don’t make it to the brain then you won’t perceive discomfort and should allow for typical daily and work activity.
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