Nerve Block and Radiofrequency Ablation

  • Joel Castellanos
  • Krishnan Chakravarthy


The main objective of this chapter is to provide a comprehensive review of nerve block and radiofrequency ablation (RFA). We review technique, methodology, and primary indications for both nerve block and RFA techniques. We also survey current literature evidence of the various indications and methodologies used by RFA technique that span head and facial pain, facetogenic pain, sacroiliac joint pain, radicular pain, discogenic pain, and palliative and oncologic pain.


Nerve block Radiofrequency ablation Head and facial pain Facetogenic pain Sacroiliac joint pain Radicular pain Discogenic pain Palliative and oncologic pain Neuropathic pain Chronic pain 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joel Castellanos
    • 1
  • Krishnan Chakravarthy
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Anesthesiology and Pain MedicineUCSD Health Science and VA San Diego HealthcareLa JollaUSA

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