Facet and sacroiliac joint conditions can be very painful. If the pain does not subside with chiropractic care, physical therapy, medication and other non-invasive treatments, injections may be considered. Rhizotomy involves placing a cautery probe into the joint. When the tip of the probe is heated, it cauterizes tiny nerve fibers in the joint.
Depending on the response to these injections, rhizotomy may be considered. Results of the procedure may not be permanent, but generally last much longer than injections. Rhizotomy is the same as a denervation or neurotomy procedure.
Rhizotomy is used to treat painful facet joints and sacroiliac joints.
Once you have decided to have the Sacroiliac Joint or Facet rhizotomy, the following events take place: