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Radiofrequency Ablation for People with Sacroiliac Joint Pain

(IRB#: IRB_00150067)

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a way to help people with lower back pain. The pain is caused by swelling or arthritis in the sacroiliac joints. This is where the lower spine and pelvis connect in a persons back. Research is needed to compare 2 types of RFA electrodes (an object that allows electricity to enter and leave a persons body safely). We want to learn which electrode works best in reducing joint pain. 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 to 90 years old
  • Lower back pain for at least 3 months
  • Received general medical help for low back pain
  • Have a positive response to sacroiliac joint injections or nerve blocks
  • Fluent in English

Exclusion Criteria

  • History of fusion of the sacroiliac joint
  • History of RFA of the sacroiliac joint
  • History of osteoarthritis of the hips that causes symptoms or pain
  • Active lumbar radicular pain, such as sciatica (pain that runs down one or both legs from the lower back)
  • Widespread pain disorders like fibromyalgia

Will I be paid for my time?


For more information contact:

PMR Research


IRB#: IRB_00150067

PI: Aaron Conger

Department: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Approval Date: 2022-05-18 06:00:00

Study Categories: Bone and Muscle Studies

Specialties: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Last Updated: 6/8/23