Around 70-80% of the adult population experiences pain in the spine (cervical or lumbar) at some point in their lives, and although the vast majority of cases are resolved, up to 8-12% become chronic, altering the quality of life of these patients.
Pain treatment should be directed at its cause, when there is a clear correlation between a specific lesion and the patient’s symptoms; for example, a fracture of a lumbar vertebra and intense and disabling low back pain, which will require surgery or an orthopedic corset.
However, there are cases in which this relationship cannot be established, and that is where therapy has to be symptomatic and conservative and minimally invasive procedures that try to solve the pain problem.
What is lumbar rhizolysis?
Among these techniques that are aimed at treating spinal pain (pain sacroiliac joint, facet joints, neck or lumbar), we are going to comment on rhizolysis, an incorrect term, since a root is not injured, which in Greek is Rizho and Lisys, which is to injure, but which nevertheless endures in the medical literature and colloquial. It would be more correct to speak of lumbar radiofrequency treatment.
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In studies endorsed by the Spanish Pain Society, it can be ensured that Radiofrequency is a safe and effective technique in the treatment of chronic pain in the spine, with a low incidence of complications, provided that it is performed, after a good selection of patients. to treat, and by qualified professionals.
The statistics regarding the efficacy of lumbar radiofrequency treatment speak of 60 to 70% of good results, in terms of improvement of spinal pain, and a decrease in the painkiller medication to be taken.
These results are maintained between one and a half and two years, after performing the cervical or lumbar rhizolysis, at which time the pain reappears, if the patient does not follow the medical advice, to preserve his spine, or if the underlying pathology that the patient has is very serious; In other words, if we perform a Rhizolysis on an elderly woman with severe osteoarthritis of the cervical spine, for example, who cannot be operated on due to poor general condition, the result is short in time, and we only get an improvement in pain, for months or a year , which on the other hand is the only thing that we can often get-
If, on the contrary, we treat with lumbar Radiofrequency an individual who suffers a whiplash, after a traffic accident, who has been suffering from neck pain for weeks or months, resistant to medical treatment, the benefit can be definitive.
Therefore, Rhizolysis is an effective therapeutic weapon for the treatment of spinal pain, which many times would be indicated in those patients, “who are not ready for surgery”, but for whom medical and physiotherapeutic treatment, exclusively, does not provides you with a correct quality of life.
Rhizolysis is a medical procedure used to treat chronic pain in the spine, particularly in the area of the nerve roots that exit the spine and spread to other parts of the body.
It involves the application of a high-frequency electrical current and heat to the affected area of the spine, in order to destroy the nerves responsible for chronic pain. This electrical current is applied through a very thin needle that is inserted into the spinal column in the area of the affected nerve roots.
Rhizolysis is performed under local anesthesia.
Rhizolysis is typically performed on people who experience chronic back pain due to problems with the facet joints of the spine. These joints are located at the back of the spine and help provide stability and mobility to the spine.
There are possible side effects from the Rizolysis treatment such as: pain or discomfort, irritation of a nearby nerve, tingling, small bleeding…
It is possible that pain appears after a rhizolysis but during, in general, the procedure is not usually painful since local anesthesia is applied to the area.