Spine & Orthopedic Pain Centers

Facet Joint Thermal Ablation



Facet thermal ablation is a nonsurgical, minimally invasive procedure that cleans the facet joints, remove bone spurs, and numb the nerves that cause pain and limit mobility.

Facet joints are the connections between two vertebrae outside of the spinal cord. They are lined with cartilage. Facet joints are susceptible to wear-and-tear. These types of degenerative changes my result in inflammation, tears, and even pain or a pinching of the nerve exiting the spinal column.

 

After a facet thermal ablation procedure, you should not feel pain in or around a damaged joint facet. It doesn’t reverse the damage caused by degeneration, but it is an effective treatment for many severe back pain symptoms.

 


 

What Conditions Can Be Treated by Facet Thermal Ablation?

People with this condition usually have to turn their whole body to look to the left or right. The pain and stiffness associated with this condition can make it difficult to stand up straight or get out of a chair, and they may walk hunched over. The specific symptoms depend on where the affected joint is located and what nerve roots it affects.

Facet thermal ablation may be used to treat a number of back and spinal conditions.

These include:

  • Facet joint syndrome
  • Facet hypertrophy
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Annular tearing
  • Degenerative facet joints

Any of these conditions may result in several symptoms, the most common of which are chronic or intermittent pain, numbness, tenderness and loss of spinal flexibility.

Other symptoms include:

  • Muscular weakness
  • Difficulty sitting or standing
  • Loss of bladder, bowel or sexual function or control
  • Oversensitivity to cold and humid weather
  • Fever, migraines, or insomnia
  • Temporary paralysis

Any symptoms in which the spinal cartilage degrades or has degraded can be treated with facet thermal ablation.

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Inderbir Johal, M.D.

Interventional Pain Medicine Specialist
Anesthesiologist

Dr. Inderbir Johal, M.D. is a highly-skilled interventional pain management physician. Following a rigorous residency program in anesthesiology at Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Johal completed an intensive fellowship at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County.

Dr. Johal is passionate about his patients and their experience at Prestige Pain. Compassionate in his clinical approach, Dr. Johal uses leading-edge, minimally-invasive approaches to address acute and chronic pain effectively.

Dr. Johal welcomes your correspondence.

Gurbir Johal, M.D.

Interventional Pain Medicine Specialist
Anesthesiologist

Dr. Gurbir Johal is a highly-skilled interventional pain management physician. Following a rigorous residency program in anesthesiology at the prestigious University of Chicago Medical Center, Dr. Johal completed an intensive fellowship in pain medicine at the University of Chicago Pain Medicine Center.

Dr. Johal is passionate about his patients and their experience at Prestige Pain. Compassionate in his clinical approach, Dr. Johal uses leading-edge, minimally-invasive approaches to address acute and chronic pain effectively.

Dr. Johal welcomes your correspondence.