Radiofrequency denervation for lumbar and cervical facet joint pain – a systematic review

Fuchs E, Geiger-Gritsch S
Record ID 32018000347
Authors' results and conclusions: The report represents the 1st update of the evaluation of radiofrequency denervation for the treatment of chronic lumbar or cervical facet joint pain. In addition to the original review, patients suffering from facet joint syndrome due to osteoporosis were considered. In order to evaluate the clinical efficacy and safety of radiofrequency denervation for cervical facet joint pain, the current report summarises the results of two studies. Regarding chronic low back pain, the findings of six studies were analysed. No evidence was found regarding the clinical efficacy of radiofrequency denervation for the treatment of facet joint syndrome due to osteoporosis.
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2019
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Publication Type: Full HTA
Country: Austria
MeSH Terms
  • Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Radiofrequency Therapy
  • Lumbar Vertebrae
  • Cervical Vertebrae
  • Back Pain
  • Therapeutics
  • Denervation
  • Radiofrequency denervation
  • radiofrequency ablation
  • facet joint
  • facet joint syndrome
  • chronic low back pain
  • chronic neck pain
Organisation Name: Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Health Technology Assessment
Contact Address: Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for fuer Health Technology Assessment (LBI-HTA), Garnisongasse 7/rechte Stiege Mezzanin (Top 20), 1090 Vienna, Austria. Tel: +43 1 236 8119 - 0 Fax: +43 1 236 8119 - 99
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