So-called facet denervation in the management of intractable back pain

Juan Lora, Don Long

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Abstract

Attempted denervation of the zygapophyseal joint with radio-frequency coagulation techniques has been proposed as a method for treatment of pain of spinal origin. This study reports an appraisal of the method as applied to 149 patients selected from a population of 234 individuals with intractable spinal pain. Those selected for radiofrequency coagulation were patients who obtained temporary relief from local anesthetic blockade of the zygapophyseal joints. An overall 40% of patients achieved satisfactory relief from the “denervation.” In those with no prior spinal surgery, 61% were improved by the method. Only 26% of those having had prior surgery claimed benefit. Follow-up time ranged between 6 and 30 months.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-126
Number of pages6
JournalSpine
Volume1
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1976

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Intractable Pain
Denervation
Back Pain
Zygapophyseal Joint
Local Anesthetics
Radio
Pain
Population
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • Facet denervation
  • Low-back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Percutaneous rhizolysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physiology

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So-called facet denervation in the management of intractable back pain. / Lora, Juan; Long, Don.

In: Spine, Vol. 1, No. 2, 1976, p. 121-126.

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Lora, J & Long, D 1976, 'So-called facet denervation in the management of intractable back pain', Spine, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 121-126.
Lora, Juan ; Long, Don. / So-called facet denervation in the management of intractable back pain. In: Spine. 1976 ; Vol. 1, No. 2. pp. 121-126.
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