Re: cervical medial branch block andradiofrequency ablation
I have...It is an outpatient procedure and the procedure itself is not painful minus some soreness of the spot where the needle goes in..
The medial branch nerves run through the facet joints and provide sensation to the brain....The facet joints are the moveable connection that connects one vertebra to another. The joints may become inflammed by arthritis or damage which causes extreme pain with activity..
They use 'heat' from the radiofrequency...to disrupt and 'deaden' the nerves in the medial branch..(either cervical, thoracic or lumbar)....
For me...the pain relief lasted for some months...but I had bad disc herniations as well so I ended up having to have surgery....(ended up with 3 of them over the years)..
But many people have great success if this is their main problem and not herniations...
I hope it works for you if you try it..!!