Radiofrequency neurotomy is usually done by doctors who specialize in treating pain. The goal is to temporarily reduce chronic pain in the back or neck that hasn't been adequately relieved by other means, such as medications or physical therapy.
Radiofrequency neurotomy might be recommended to treat neck pain associated with whiplash. The procedure also might be recommended for back pain that:
- Occurs on one or both sides of your lower back
- Extends into the buttock region and thighs but not usually past the knee
- Worsens if you twist or lift something
- Improves when you're lying down