Permanent Back Pain Cure?

New method could end your chronic back pain for good

| WXYZ — Back pain is one of the most common reasons people go to their doctors, and according to the National Institutes of Health, 80 percent of adults will experience low back pain during their lives.

But one woman said a new minimally invasive procedure gave her life back.

Every morning, Erin Marchese faced a major challenge when pulling back the covers on her bed: getting up on her feet.

“I got out of bed like a 90-year-old,” Marchese said. “I couldn’t roll over.”

For four years, she tried different treatments to relieve her pain: physical therapy, injections, acupuncture and acupressure.

Marchese, a mother, wife and nurse practitioner, in her 30s, said her back pain was almost constant.

“It definitely wears you down and changes your mood,” she said. “You’re stiff and hurting all the time – sitting, standing.”

She learned about a new minimally invasive back treatment Beaumont orthopedic spine specialists were studying and was encouraged to check it out.

The procedure uses radio frequency energy to disable the targeted-nerve, called the basivertebral nerve, responsible for low back pain … Read more. 

Low back pain: Pulsed radiofrequency may be the answer

Chiara Townley, Nov 29,  2018

A new study reveals that pulsed radiofrequency may help patients with low back pain that has not responded to conservative therapy.

Low back pain affects millions of people worldwide.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in the United States, about 80 percent of adults experience low back pain at some point.

This type of pain can range in intensity, from a constant dull ache to an abrupt sharp sensation. It may result from muscle strains or from underlying conditions, such as a herniated disk or sciatica.

For most people, the pain is acute, lasting up to a few weeks. However, in about 20 percent of people with acute low back pain, the pain becomes chronic, lasting for 12 weeks or longer.

In 2009, authors of a study that had been conducted over 14 years determined that the prevalence of chronic low back pain has risen significantly — resulting in high levels of disability and missed work days.

According to new research, an alternative technique called pulsed radiofrequency can safely and effectively relieve acute lower back pain that had not responded to conservative treatments.

The study’s authors, from Sapienza University of Rome in Italy, presented their findings at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.

Low back pain treatments

A variety of therapies exist for low back pain, depending on the cause and intensity. Doctors generally recommend alternating ice and heat to relax the muscles and reduce inflammation. Many find over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen, effective. Opioids Have “No Pain-Relieving Advantage”

An innovative form of this stimulation could provide long-term relief from chronic back pain that has resisted other treatments. Read more. 

FURTHER READING: 

WEBMD – Radiofrequency Ablation for Arthritis Pain

Radiological Association of North America – Minimally Invasive Treatment Provides Relief from Back Pain

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