“Radiofrequency Ablation: Treatment for Posterior Element Pain From Vertebral Compression Fractures”
The purpose of this study is to test the efficacy of radiofrequency ablation of the medial branch nerves (RFA-MBN) in relieving pain and improving physical function in patients with subacute and chronic vertebral compression fractures (VCF).
Procedure - Radiofrequency ablation of the medial branch nerves
A radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a procedure in which a heat lesion via a needle is created on the nerve that transmits the pain signal in order to interrupt the brain to interrupt the painful signal to the brain. We will target the medial branch nerves.
Drug - Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
Some of the most commonly used pain medicines in adults. NSAIDs block proteins, called enzymes, in the body that play a role in pain and inflammation. They include aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), and many other generic and brand name drugs.
Drug - Bisphosphonates
A class of drugs that prevent the loss of bone density and are used to treat osteoporosis and similar diseases.
Drug - Acetaminophen
A medicine used to treat pain and fever. It is typically used for mild to moderate pain relief. Commonly known as Tylenol.
Behavioral - Physical therapy
Drug - Opioids
Opioids are narcotics that act on opioid receptors to produce morphine-like effects and medically they are primarily used for pain relief.
Radiofrequency Ablation of the Medial Branch Nerve as a Novel Treatment for Posterior Element Pain From Vertebral Compression Fractures