Chronic Low Back Pain and the New Treatment for It
A simple new treatment is alleviating lower back pain for good.
Chronic low back pain affects many people.
A study Annals of Rheumatic Diseases published reminds us that low back pain is, in fact, the most crippling problem to date. By “crippling,” we mean that it’s the most common reason for leaving work today. However, the problem gets worse when low back pain becomes chronic.
Also, the above document states that 1 out of 10 people suffer from some type of low back pain.
This implies a high cost for medical institutions, companies, as well as patients themselves.
It’s not easy to live with this condition. Besides, it tends to intensify as we get older. Our lifestyle, which may be sedentary, overweight issues and even our genetic inheritance undoubtedly determine its intensity too.
In today’s article, we’ll share the good news for all those who suffer from chronic low back pain. The US medical company Relievant Medsystems has developed a procedure to end this problem.
Below you’ll find all the relevant information.
INTRACEPT, the New Treatment to End Chronic Low Back Pain
Treatments for low back pain relief haven’t always been effective.
For instance, physical therapy, corsets or pain relievers are not enough to treat low back pain. Hence, patients resort to other options, such as:
- A spinal cord stimulator. Patients use this to relieve back pain.
- A minor spinal surgery. This is something that only takes place in few cases and is not always successful.
Due to the complexity of chronic low back pain treatments, Relievant Medsystems has developed a new strategy called INTRACEPT.
A Safe Minimally Invasive Procedure
Intracept is minimally invasive surgery. It’s certainly nothing like traditional spinal operations. In fact, in this procedure, the surgeon introduces a thin device. This kills the nerve responsible for low back pain.
First, the patient lies face down to receive local anesthesia in the area between the L3 and S1 vertebrae.
Next, the surgeon introduces a very fine needle into this area. Its purpose is to cancel the activity of the basivertebral nerve through heat via radio frequency. This is because this nerve sends pain signals from the spine to the brain.
To clarify, the surgeon doesn’t make a large incision for this procedure. In fact, it ranges from 3 mm to 5 mm in size.
The procedure is quick. In fact, the whole process lasts just over an hour. Moreover, the patient feels only a little heat when the surgeon disables the nerve. After this, the surgeon removes the device efficiently and without creating any complications.
Patients will have a full recovery within a few days to a few weeks. Equally important is that this is an outpatient approach. In other words, patients can return home on their feet.
The Pain Doesn’t 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 individuals who have undergone the Intracept procedure enjoy a better quality of life. In fact, their pain has not reappeared.
It should be pointed out that patients who can have this procedure are those who suffer from chronic low back pain. This treatment is therefore not suitable for occasional back pain.
On the other hand, this technique is one of several methods surgeons use to perform nerve ablation. This term encompasses the techniques they employ to destroy different nerves responsible for chronic pain.
For example, they can use cryoablation to kill those nerves. In other words, they can disable such nerves by using extreme cold.
Nerve ablation isn’t something new. It has already been used for other types of ailments where ordinary medicine has not been effective. However, now radiofrequency has opened a very interesting opportunity to treat chronic low back pain.
As we can see, science continues to advance to ensure that we enjoy a better quality of life.