Radiofrequency Denervation of Lumbar Facet Joints in the Treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Sham Lesion-Controlled Trial

@article{vanWijk2005RadiofrequencyDO,
  title={Radiofrequency Denervation of Lumbar Facet Joints in the Treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Sham Lesion-Controlled Trial},
  author={Roelof van Wijk and Jos{\'e} W Geurts and Herman J. Wynne and Edwin Hammink and Erik Buskens and Richel Lousberg and Johannes T A Knape and Gerbrand J Groen},
  journal={The Clinical Journal of Pain},
  year={2005},
  volume={21},
  pages={335-344}
}
OBJECTIVES Radiofrequency facet joint denervation procedures have been common practice for 2 decades in treatment of chronic low back pain. [] Key Method A total of 81 out of 462 patients were randomized to undergo radiofrequency facet joint denervation or sham treatment. The first evaluation was carried out 3 months after treatment. Primary outcome was determined with a combined outcome measure comprising VAS, physical activities, and analgesic intake, from a twice-weekly recorded diary. Secondary outcome…
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