If you’re suffering from low back pain, you have plenty of company: Data show that as many as 84% of people have low back pain at some point during their lifetimes, and about a quarter of adults in the United States have low back pain at any given time.
Low back pain can take a major toll on your life (and your comfort, too), but fortunately, there are treatments that can help.
At Pacific Sports and Spine, our team is dedicated to offering patients in Eugene and Roseburg, Oregon, the most advanced treatment options for low back pain, including the state-of-the-art Intracept® procedure. Here’s how it works.
One reason low back pain is so common is because the lower part of the spine (the lumbar spine) is designed to be flexible. That flexibility allows movements, including simple things like walking, lifting, or climbing stairs.
But it can also increase the wear-and-tear in this part of your back.
Your spine is made up of a series of vertebrae or bones connected in series. On either side of a vertebra is an endplate, a bony area that forms a joint with the vertebra that’s next to it. Recent research indicates damage to these endplates is a source of lots of low back pain related to inflammation around the bones or tiny cracks or pits in their surfaces.
This pain is different from pain caused by disc degeneration and ligament damage. Instead, it involves a special nerve called the basivertebral nerve, a nerve that transmits pain signals from these endplates to and from your brain.
Intracept was developed specifically to treat the basivertebral nerve and the pain associated with it.
Intracept uses radiofrequency technology to target the basivertebral nerve. Radiofrequency energy produces bursts of warmth that damage the nerve endings, temporarily blocking painful nerve signals.
During the procedure, you lie on your belly and we use a local anesthetic to numb an area in your lower back. Next, we make a tiny incision near your spine and insert a very slim, flexible probe, advancing it to the injured area using X-rays for precise, accurate placement.
Once the probe is in place, the Intracept device emits steady, measured doses of radiofrequency energy directly to the nerve tissue (a process called ablation). After treating the nerve, we remove the probe and place a bandage over the tiny incision.
The Intracept procedure is quick, and we offer it right in our office, without any need for general anesthesia. Although you’ll probably have some localized, temporary soreness near the incision site, you can expect to resume regular activities within a few days to a couple of weeks.
Low back pain can make a lot of your regular daily activities really painful. It can even interfere with your sleep. Our team is dedicated to providing patient-centered treatment plans for low back pain, including Intracept treatment and other methods tailored to your needs.
To learn how we can help you put an end to your low back pain, book an appointment by calling our team at Pacific Sports and Spine today.