Radio Frequency Neurotomy



Radiofrequency neurotomy is a treatment used to alleviate the pain of a facet joint injury. There are many instances where you may need this treatment but the most common is after a car accident. If you have been in a car accident or any other type of sudden impact accident, then you could be looking at chronic pain to your back, spine, neck and other areas. Radiofrequency neurotomy is a way out of this life of constant pain. However, it is not a cheap way out.

If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence then you may be entitled to financial compensation either through an insurance claim or through a personal injury lawsuit. Speaking to the experienced Northern Minnesota personal injury lawyer at ShermoenJaksa Law is your first step to determining if you are eligible for financial compensation to move forward with treatment for your injury.


Living with chronic pain to the spine, neck or shoulder area can make everyday tasks difficult. You may be unable to work or even do simple tasks like putting on your clothes or eating a bowl of cereal without being in constant pain. You may have trouble lifting your kids up, driving a car, going for walks or doing any other normal activity that most of us take for granted.


Radiofrequency neurotomy is not a cure but it is a treatment that may work for you. However, most patients find that the treatment only work for around 11-15 months before another treatment will be necessary.  However, for those living with chronic neck or back pain, one year pain free is like a lifetime.  How radiofrequency neurotomy works is that it sends an intermittent electrical current to a tiny nerve in the facet joint.  This causes a small burn in the nerve that interrupts the pain signals to the brain. The result is complete or near complete pain relief.   The procedure is quite technological and requires an x-ray and specialists to administer the procedure. Most patients report the pain is gone in between 2 and 3 weeks after the treatment.

As with any procedure there are risks involved. You may experience pain or infection at the injection site as well as nerve damage or permanent numbness. However, for many sufferers of chronic pain, this is something that is well worth the risks.

In addition to having to worry about the costs of this expensive procedure you may be facing several other unexpected bills after your accident. This can include:

  • A loss of income and projected income
  • Medication and specialist consultations
  • A loss of quality of life
  • Emotional suffering
  • Specialized care and equipment


While insurance should be paying for these unexpected costs, often you are not getting everything that you are entitled to. To see if you are eligible for financial compensation for pay for radiofrequency neurotomy and other treatment alternatives, speak to a northern Minnesota personal injury lawyer. Contact our team in International Falls, MN office at (218) 283-4494 or Duluth, MN office (218) 625-2270 for a free initial consultation.