The joints along the back of your spine can become damaged due to wear and tear and/or trauma. Like all joints, they have a small nerve that talks to your brain telling it that there is pain in the area. Any small movement of the joint (even breathing) can trigger the nerve to tell your brain that you hurt there.
The Rhizotomy procedure uses heat to disrupt the function of the nerve, so that it can no longer transmit the pain signal to your brain. The entire procedure takes about 30 minutes and don’t worry, you’ll be sedated so you don’t feel it. Afterwards you may be sore for about a week, but then the pinching and aggravating pain should be relieved.
So if your doctor suggests this minimally invasive procedure, don’t go running into the hills; it’s definitely something to consider.