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24th Napa Pain Conference

NPC2017-Sa07b - Radiofrequency Treatment of Spine & Musculoskeletal Pain: Basic Principles & Clinical Applications

Aug 19, 2017 2:00pm ‐ Aug 19, 2017 4:00pm

Credits: None available.



This session provides an overview of the utilization of radiofrequency for the treatment of pain conditions, including cervical and lumbar facet, sacroiliac joint and knee related pain.

Areas of discussion include:

  • Current level of efficacy and safety data.
  • Patient selection.
  • Electrophysiological principles of thermal, pulsed, and cooled probe radiofrequency.
  • Technical limitations and methods to modulate lesion size.

Equipment advancements for radiofrequency ablation techniques will also be evaluated.


2:00 Understanding the Radiofrequency Principles & Methods to Modulate Lesion Size: David A. Provenzano, MD
2:30 Cervical & Lumbar Spine: Michael J. DePalma, MD
3:00 Sacroiliac Joint: Aaron K. Calodney, MD
3:30 Genicular Nerve: Timothy T. Davis, MD


As a result of completing this course, learners be able / better able to:

  • Improve screening and patient selection for RFA.
  • Improve RF technique for SI joint, knee, and facet joints.
  • Avoid complications associated with radiofrequency ablation.


  • Cohen SP, Huang JH, Brummett C. Facet joint pain-advances in patient selection and treatment. Nature Reviews Rheumatology. 2012.
  • Provenzano DA, Watson TW, Somers DL. The interaction between the composition of preinjected fluids and duration of radiofrequency on lesion size. Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine2015;40(2):112-124.
  • Vallejo R, Benyamin R, Tilley D, Kelley C, Cedeno D. An Ex Vivo Comparison of Cooled-RF and Bipolar-RF lesion size and the Effect of Injected Fluids. Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. 2014.


Category: CME


Credits: None available.

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