Tag: facet

  • Medial Branch Block and Radiofrequency Ablation

    Medial branch blocks and radiofrequency ablation are two types of procedures used to diagnose and manage pain in the spine, particularly in the back and neck. Medial branch blocks involve the injection of an anesthetic near the medial branches of spinal nerves, which supply sensation to the facet joints. The goal is to temporarily block the pain signals to determine if it is originating from the facet joints. If the test is positive, then radiofrequency ablation may be indicated. This procedure involves the use of radiofrequency energy to destroy the medial branches, thus interrupting the pain signals and providing pain relief for longer periods

    This is a presentation I presented at “Ultrasound and C-Arm Guided Radiofrequency Ablation Pain Management Course” at University Kebangsaan Malaysia in 2022. I summarized and made a step-by-step guide for C-arm medial branch block and RFA.  

  • Lumbar Facet Joint Pain

    Lumbar facet joint pain is lower back pain caused by damaged or degenerated spine joints. These joints provide stability and mobility to the spine. Joint damage leads to lower back pain, stiffness, and discomfort, caused by arthritis, injury, or wear and tear. This was a presentation I made covering the basics of lumbar facet joint pain and the interventional c-arm guided treatment.