If you are one of the millions of Americans who suffer from chronic lower back pain, you know how difficult it can be to manage on a daily basis. Pain can make it hard to work, sleep, and enjoy life. If you have tried traditional methods of pain management without success, you may want to consider the Intracept Procedure. This minimally invasive procedure is offered at the Center for Pain Management in Hackensack, NJ, and has helped many patients find relief from chronic lower back pain. Learn more and reach out to us for chronic pain management today!
What Is the Intracept Procedure?
The Intracept procedure uses radiofrequency ablation to treat pain in the lower back. This treatment targets basivertebral nerves called medial branches, which carry information about pain from the vertebral body to the brain. By targeting these specific nerves, this outpatient procedure can help patients find relief without affecting other areas of the body or creating complications. Pain relief may take up to 3 months to be felt.
Steps of the Intracept Procedure
The Intracept Procedure consists of four main steps including:
#1: Access the Pedicle
Our providers use X-ray imaging to make sure they are targeting the right nerves. Once identified, a needle is inserted into the pedicle area of your spine. The pedicle is an anatomical structure of the vertebrae that connect each pair of ribs to the spine.
#2: Create the Channel
Once the needle is in place, our providers create a small channel in the bone. This channel is used to deliver the radiofrequency energy to the medial branch nerves.
#3: Place the RF Probe
Using the channel, providers place a probe in position to deliver radiofrequency energy. This energy heats up specific nerves to block pain signals.
#4: Ablate the Basivertebral Nerves
Once the probe is in place, our providers apply radiofrequency energy to ablate the basivertebral nerves. Basivertebral nerves are found on each vertebra and are located near medial branch nerve fibers.
Benefits of the Intracept Procedure for Pain Management
The Center for Pain Management offers a variety of pain management treatments, including the Intracept Procedure. This minimally invasive procedure can help patients find relief from chronic lower back pain without affecting other areas of the body or creating complications. If you are experiencing chronic lower back pain and have not found relief with traditional methods, reach out to us today for a consultation!
Patient Success Stories
The Center for Pain Management has helped many patients find pain relief with the Intracept Procedure. Learn more about their stories here and reach out to us today!