A recent study has shown the effectiveness of radiofrequency in the treatment of lower back pain in patients. The positive outcome was an impressive 80% and only 10 minutes of treatment showed the results that were otherwise gained through surgery.
is the name given to extended back pain that persists for three months or more. The major cause of this is a hernia in the intervertebral disks. A hernia, or protuberance, between the vertebral disks, causes the pinching of spinal nerves ultimately resulting in excessive pain in the lower back area.
This pain in spine is due to inflammation of the nerve root from pinching discs. As a reaction, the body constricts muscles in the area, decreasing intervertebral space.
A large percentage of people suffering from chronic lower back pain need to undergo surgery or other extensive treatment. This new research presented by Dr. Napoli and his colleagues at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America seems to offer a hopeful alternative to surgical intervention.
The treatment takes place with the help of computed tomography and electric pulses.
- A needle is injected into the patient’s spine.
- The needle is directed to the region of a hernia and the nerve root.
- The whole process is monitored through the CT scan.
- The needle is accompanied by a probe.
- For 10 minutes, the herniated disk is hit with electric pulses using the probe.
“Following this treatment, inflammation, and pain go away,” said Dr. Napoli. “With the relaxation of the muscles, the distance between the vertebrae returns.”
The treatment was tested on a group of 80 people. All of the subjects had been suffering from herniated disks and chronic lower back pain for over three months. Their bodies failed to respond to any form of exercise or surgery.
As an alternative, this new treatment was employed and it was found that only in a month’s time, 90% of the patients felt much better and had no traces of the pain. Even after twelve months, 80% of these people had no incidents of the pain returning.
Additionally, it was found that 90% of the patients, who would otherwise have needed to go for surgery, were treated successfully through this radiofrequency method. There were no side effects and the patients were able to go back to their normal life routines in just 24 hours.
Features of Radiofrequency Treatment
The team of doctors and researchers in this study have said that this could be the revolution needed for patients with lower back pain. There are many features that make this technique a winner.
- It is minimally invasive.
- It has no side effects.
- It saves time.
- It saves the patient from surgery.
- It shows immediate and long-lasting results.
About 4 in 5 people are affected by chronic lower back pain at some points in their lives. Further research on this treatment can help to find a better and surer method of treating lower back pain than surgery or excessive medication. More research of this kind needs to take place to ensure the fidelity of this method and to determine the possible side effects, if there are any.