Disc denervation is one of the many pain treatments which could potentially alleviate chronic back pain.
Back pain is one of the most common causes of pain in the United States, with nearly 80 percent of the population expected to suffer from back pain at some point in their lives.
If you have suffered chronic pain in your lower back, a treatment which manages lower back and neck pain is disc denervation. When disc denervation is used, abnormal tissues are destroyed via the use of electrical stimulation which uses extreme levels of heat. Once the tissues are destroyed, pain signals can no longer be transmitted from the lumbar region, up the spinal cord and the brain. Disc denervation also inhibits the release of neuropeptides, which also helps relieve lower back pain. Some studies have shown that as many as 90 percent of patients who undergo disc denervation remain highly satisfied with the results a year later. These patients report a higher quality of life, an increase in mobility and a lessening of pain and discomfort.
What is the Facet Joint?
The spine is made up of small, individual bones, or vertebrae, which stack on top of one another, and are connected by two facet joints on either side of the bone. When a person has an injury or trauma to the facet joint, pain information is transmitted to the spinal cord and the brain, and generalized lower back pain is felt. For many, this pain can be debilitating, preventing the activities of day-to-day life, and overshadowing the small joys of life. Chronic pain can often lead to depression, and then becomes a vicious cycle, often with no clear method to alleviate the pain.
What is Disc Denervation?
Disc denervation is not a surgical procedure, and is typically performed in less than an hour, on an outpatient basis. You will lie face down during the procedure, and a topical anesthetic may be all that is required. A small incision is made in the back, where the fluoroscopy device—a small device with a light and very small camera—will be inserted. An electrode is placed in the appropriate position, then connected to a generator and electrical stimulation is delivered to the tissues of the affected area. The heat from the electrical stimulation destroys the tissues, stopping the pain. The pathway to the area will be cauterized during the removal process.
Are There Risks Associated with Disc Denervation?
While largely considered safe and non-invasive, there are some risks associated with disc denervation which are typically considered rare. These risks include:
- Motor nerve damage
- Transient pain
- Excessive bleeding
- Sensation loss
Are you suffering from severe chronic uncontrolled back pain?
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