Discover the New Treatment for Chronic Lower Back Pain
A simple new treatment is alleviating lower back pain for good.
Lower back pain is common in many people’s lives.
In fact, studies, like the one published in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases, remind us that lower back pain is, in fact, the most crippling disease to date.
By “crippling” we mean that it’s the most common reason for leaving work currently. However, the problem gets worse when this lower back pain becomes chronic.
Also, in the document cited above, it states that 1 in 10 people suffer from some type of lower back pain.
This incurs a high cost both for medical institutions and for companies and the patients themselves.
It’s not easy living with this condition, which tends to intensify as we get older.
Our lifestyle, which may be sedentary, being overweight or even our genetic inheritance undoubtedly determine whether we suffer from a disease with greater or lesser intensity.
In today’s article, we’re going to share the good news for all those who suffer from chronic lower back pain. The California-based medical company Relievant Medsystems has developed a technique to end this problem.
Below you’ll find all the relevant information.
INTRACEPT: the new treatment to end lower back pain
Treatments for lower back pain relief haven’t always treated the disease effectively.
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For instance, physical therapy, corsets, or pain relievers are not enough to treat lower back pain. Hence, we resort to other techniques such as the following:
- A spinal cord stimulator to relieve back pain.
- A minor spinal surgery, which is something that only takes place in few cases and is not always successful.
Sometimes the discs located above and below the affected lumbar areas tend to be overloaded.
Given the complexity of treating chronic low back pain, Relievant Medsystems have opted to develop a new strategy called INTRACEPT.
A non-invasive and safe operation
INTRACEPT is a surgical procedure but is nothing like traditional spinal operations.
In fact, in this procedure, the surgeon introduces a thin device, which kills the nerve responsible for the pain associated with lower back pain.
First, the patient lies face down to receive local anesthesia in the area between the L3 and S1 vertebrae.
Next, a very fine needle that has a very specific purpose, is inserted into this area. Its purpose is to cancel the activity of the basivertebral nerve. This is because basivertebral nerve sends pain signals from the spine to the brain. With this rapid procedure and through local surgery, the lower back pain is relieved.
This treatment uses radiofrequency energy. In other words, the surgeon doesn’t use a scalpel during the surgery, nor does the surgery cause any traumatic injury which requires rehabilitation to recover from.
The device transmits this frequency radio energy and the patient feels only a little heat during the procedure. After this, the surgeon removes the device efficiently and without creating any complications.
In fact, the whole process lasts just over an hour and the person can return home on their feet.
The pain does not reappear
This new technique has already been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and in a few months will also be used in Europe, when the appropriate medical institutions give their consent.
All clinical trials and all individuals who have undergone basilar-nerve ablation enjoy a better quality of life. In fact, their pain has not reappeared.
It should be pointed out that the people who can have this procedure are those who suffer from chronic low back pain. This treatment is therefore not suitable for occasional back pain.
Furthermore, this technique, which destroys the nerves responsible for chronic pain is not new either. It has already been used for other types of ailments where ordinary medicine has not been effective. Nerve ablation has been carried out in different ways.
For instance, cryoablation is one of them. However, now radiofrequency has opened a very interesting opportunity to treat chronic pain such as lower back pain.
As we see, science continues to advance to ensure that we can enjoy a better quality of life.