Research – Cervical Radiofrequency Neurotomy

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2 – Radiofrequency medial branch neurotomy in litigant and nonlitigant patients with cervical whiplash: a prospective study

  • Spine. 2001 Jun 15;26(12):E268-73
  • 46 patients who failed 20 weeks of conservative care
  • Both groups had significant improvement in pain scores and reported symptoms.  No significant difference between the groups was seen.
  • “…the potential for secondary gain in patients who have cervical facet arthropathy as a result of a whiplash injury does NOT influence response to treatment.”

1 – Long-term follow-up of patients treated with cervical radiofrequency neurotomy for chronic neck pain

  • Neurosurgery. 1999 Jul;45(1):61-7; discussion 67-8.
  • Complete relief of pain in 71% of patients
  • If the first procedure fails, so will a repeat.
  • Outcome did NOT differ by litigation status
  • Median duration of relief in successful cases was 14 months

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