Radiofrequency Ablation in the Thoracic Spine

  • Eric T. Lee
  • Chane Price


Radiofrequency ablation is a well-established therapy to treat axial spine, facet-mediated pain. The targets are the medical branches which can be found at all levels of the spine. The thoracic spine, though not as a common source of pain, responds as well to medial branch therapies including radiofrequency ablation. Given the variable anatomy of the medial branches from T1 to T12, it is important to understand the location and technique of this procedure to maximize its efficacy. Herein we describe the background, indications, techniques, as well as pearls and pitfalls that will allow practitioners to provide safe and effective treatment for those suffering from mid back pain.


Facets Radiofrequency ablation Rhizotomy Medial branch Facet arthropathy Thoracic spine Back pain Facet hypertrophy Spondylosis 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eric T. Lee
    • 1
  • Chane Price
    • 2
  1. 1.Musculoskeletal Care and Regenerative MedicineSt Charles Spine InstituteThousand OaksUSA
  2. 2.Interventional Pain PhysicianUniversity of MiamiCoral GablesUSA

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