Innovative Pain and Wellness is proud to offer the groundbreaking Intracept® Procedure for the treatment of vertebrogenic pain. Our Intracept-trained providers are experts in this groundbreaking treatment.
If you are suffering from chronic low back pain caused by damage to vertebral endplates, we have a solution that can help you regain your quality of life. Below, we’ll walk you through what vertebrogenic pain is, how the Intracept Procedure works, and whether you might be a candidate for this innovative treatment.
What is Vertebrogenic pain?
Vertebrogenic pain is a specific type of chronic low back pain triggered by damage to the vertebral endplates, which are the protective tissues covering the top and bottom of each vertebral body, separating them from the disc. Over time, the everyday wear and tear of life can lead to disc degeneration, which places stress on the endplates, causing inflammation and vertebrogenic pain. The basivertebral nerve (BVN), situated within the vertebrae, transmits pain signals from these inflamed endplates to the brain.
How Does the Intracept® Procedure Work?
The Intracept Procedure is a minimally invasive and implant-free treatment that preserves the overall structure of the spine. It’s performed as a same-day outpatient procedure with patients under anesthesia, typically lasting about an hour. It’s important to know that the procedure is FDA-cleared and backed by multiple studies confirming its safety, effectiveness, and long-lasting results.
How Do Patients Describe Vertebrogenic Pain?
Patients experiencing vertebrogenic pain often report pain in the middle of their lower back. This pain tends to worsen with physical activity, prolonged sitting, and bending forward or when bending and lifting. It’s important to note that endplate pain is often associated with distinctive changes on routine MRI scans known as Modic changes.
How Long Does Pain Relief Last following the Intracept® Procedure?
Clinical evidence has shown that the majority of patients experience significant improvements in function and pain within three months of the procedure. Even more promising, these improvements are sustained for more than five years after a single treatment.
How Do I Know If I'm a Candidate for Intracept®?
The Intracept® Procedure is indicated for patients who meet the following criteria:
- Chronic low back pain lasting at least six months.
- A history of trying conservative care for at least six months.
- An MRI that shows features consistent with Modic changes, indicating damage to the vertebral endplates has led to inflammation.
As with any medical procedure, the Intracept Procedure does carry some risks, which should be thoroughly discussed between the patient and their medical provider.
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