Radiofrequency ablation is powerful and effective tool that is used to provide more long lasting relief to pain arising from the facet joints in the lumbar spine. For patients who have pain typically in the neck and respond positively to cervical facet joint injections for, a radiofrequency ablation can provide more long acting relief. During the procedure, a small nerve that carries only pain sensation that surrounds the joints in the neck are selectively ablated using high heat in a small pinpoint area.