San Diego Facet Joint Rhizotomy Lawyers
What is Facet Joint Rhizotomy?
Few other injuries can affect a person's movement and comfort like a back injury. It can prevent us from working, performing everyday tasks, and enjoying ourselves. About 65 million people in this country suffer from back pain, making it the second most common cause for visits to doctors and emergency room. A backbone's facet joints are a primary cause of back pain.
Facet joints are located on the back of each vertebrae in pairs. They are lined with cartilage and surrounded by a lubricating capsule. This is what allows the vertebrae to bend and twist. When a facet joint's cartilage and lubrication capsule begin to wear away, it can cause severe back pain. This wearing away can be caused by time, repetitive movements, accidents, and arthritis. If you experience back pain due to an injury or repetitive work movement, you need to contact an experienced personal injury attorney in San Diego. The legal team at Jurewitz Law Group has been successful in recovering damages for Southern California injury victims for over 15 years. To get a settlement worthy of your injury, call (888) 233-5020 or (619) 233-5020 today for a free consultation.
How are facet joint injuries treated? Radiofrequency (RF) rhizotomy with denervation. (Image Courtesy of North County Graphics)
Pain Associated with Facet Joint Injuries
The vertebrae of the backbone is divided into three sections: the cervical, or upper backbone; the thoracic, or middle backbone; and the lumbar, or lower backbone. What type of pain you will experience depends on which section of the backbone an injured facet joint is located. A facet injury in the cervical region can cause neck and shoulder pain, and even headaches. A facet injury in the thoracic region can cause middle back, chest, and rib pain. A facet injury in the lumbar region can cause pain in the lower back, abdomen, buttocks, groin, and legs.
Treatment for Facet Joint Injuries
- Treatment for facet joint injuries usually begins conservatively: with rest, heat, ice, anti-inflammatory medications, and physical therapy.
- If those treatments do not alleviate the pain, a facet joint block injection can be performed. This involves injecting the joint with a combination of an anesthetic agent along with anti-inflammatory medication. This procedure usually provides pain relief for an extended period of time, but not in all cases. Some patients may only experience relief for a short period of time.
What is a Facet Rhizotomy?
If a facet joint block injection isn't affective, a facet rhizotomy (also referred to as a radiofrequency rhizotomy) can be performed. This is done by inserting a needle with an electrode at the tip alongside the nerves inside the facet joint. When the electrode is heated, it cauterizes the nerve, making it unable to send pain messages to the brain. In most patients, this procedure alleviates pain for many months and even years before the nerve grows back. A facet rhizotomy can be performed in 30 to 60 minutes, and complications rarely occur.
When a patient gets no relief from a facet rhizotomy, the only alternative is to perform surgery to fuse the bone together.
Contact an Experienced San Diego Attorney
If you or a family member suffers a facet injury that requires any treatment, you or they may be able to pursue compensation for that injury from the liable party. To file a successful San Diego personal injury claim, it is vital that you contact an experienced attorney. The attorneys at San Diego's Jurewitz Law Group have been successfully representing Southern California injury victims since 2000.
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