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Cervical Medial Branch Radiofrequency Ablation (CMBRFA) compared to Trident Multi-tined Cannula for People with Cervical Facet Pain

(IRB#: IRB_00143800)

Cervical facet pain is an arthritis-like joint pain that can be chronic and occur in the back and neck of the spine. Cervical medial branch radiofrequency ablation (CMBRFA) is an effective treatment for this health issue. Trident Multi-tined Cannula is also a way to help people with cervical pain. Research is needed to learn the characteristics and effectiveness of Trident Multi-tined Cannula compared to CMBRFA. The information we gain may aid future patients.


  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   In Person
  • Paid

Who can participate?

 Gender: All genders

  Age: Over 18 years old

  Volunteers: Volunteers with special conditions

   Location: In Person

Inclusion Criteria

  • Ages 18 and older
  • English speaking
  • Specific neck pain for at least 3 months
  • 7-day average pain rating score for the neck pain
  • In-person at the University of Utah

Exclusion Criteria

  • Receiving disability, workers compensation, auto injury litigation, or pending litigation
  • Allergy to substances used for muscles in the spine
  • Chronic widespread pain throughout the body such as fibromyalgia
  • Prior cervical medial branch radiofrequency procedure
  • Severe mental illness

Will I be paid for my time?


For more information contact:

Heather Littell


IRB#: IRB_00143800


Department: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Approval Date: 2022-04-28 06:00:00

Study Categories: Bone and Muscle Studies

Specialties: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Last Updated: 6/8/23