Why it's doneBy Mayo Clinic staff
Radiofrequency neurotomy is most commonly performed by doctors specializing in the treatment of pain. The goal is to temporarily reduce chronic pain in the back or neck that hasn't been adequately relieved by other means, such as medications or physical therapy.
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