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Findings from a study conducted in the Netherlands and published in the July 4 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association suggest that radiofrequency denervation may not reduce pain for patients with chronic low back pain who and are treated with a standardized exercise program. 

The research team reviewed data on 681 participants from three pragmatic, multicenter, nonblinded, randomized clinical trials on the effectiveness of minimal interventional treatments for participants with chronic low back pain who and were treated with either a 3-month standardized exercise program or radiofrequency denervation plus the standardized exercise program. At 3-month and 12-month follow-ups, the research team found either no improvement or no clinically significant improvement in chronic low back pain for patients who received radiofrequency denervation compared to the standardized exercise program alone. The research team states that the findings do not support the use of radiofrequency denervation to treat chronic low back pain from the sources studied (facet joint, sacroiliac joint, or a combination of facet joints, sacroiliac joints, or intervertebral disks). Learn more...