Radiofrequency ablation of the sacroiliac joint in the pain treatment

I.V. Roy, I.V. Fishchenko, A.P. Kudrin


Background. Syndrome (dysfunction) of the sacroiliac joint is the main source of lower back pain in 10–25 % of patients. Radiofrequency ablation of sacroiliac joint has been proposed as long-term effective pain treatment after a brief relief of symptoms after intra-articular injections of hormonal drugs. The purpose of the study was to analyze the efficacy of radiofrequency ablation of sacroiliac joints. Materials and methods. He study analyzed the data of 15 patients (3 man and 12 women) aged from 14 to 91 years, who were treated in the outpatient department of Rehabilitation Department of the State Institution “Institute of Traumatology and Orthopedics of NAMS of Ukraine”. Results. The study demonstrated the pain reduction by VAS from 6.95 ± 0.25 at admission to 3.90 ± 0.35, 3.10 ± 0.28 and 2.80 ± 0.36 after the procedure, in 6 and 12 months, respectively. The quality of life assessed by Оswestry Disability Index and Roland — Morris questionnaire at all stages of observation correlated with pain syndrome by VAS (at baseline rcan = 0.77, at the time of the final observation rcan = 0,.97). Conclusions. Radiofrequency ablation is an effective treatment of pain of the sacroiliac joint.


pain syndrome; sacroiliac joint; treatment; radiofrequency ablation


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