New Treatments for Back Pain
Source: Cleveland Clinic
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Most people commonly experience back pain at some point in their life. When pain becomes chronic and does not seem to respond to most conventional therapies, it may be time to discuss the following new treatments with your doctor.
1. Cooled radiofrequency ablation is a process that offers long-term relief to patients. It works by sending radio frequency currents to affected nerves through a cooled electrode that is inserted in the skin through imagery guidance. The electrical currents interrupt the pain signals sent to the brain. It is especially effective at treating sacroiliac joint pain.
2. Transdiscal biacuplasty also uses radiofrequency waves to disrupt pain signals sent to the brain. It offers long-term pain relief for patients with chronic lower back pain and has proved to be safe and efficient for those who have responded well to nerve block treatments.
3. Holistic therapies such as acupuncture, diet, and exercise have been shown to reduce low back pain by supporting healthy lifestyle habits that naturally reduce inflammation. Focus on anti-inflammatory foods, such as fruits vegetables, wild caught fish, flaxseeds, and nuts, and limit intake of refined sugars and carbohydrates. Talk with a doctor about what exercises are best for your type of pain. Acupuncture can provide relief by stimulating certain regions in the area to promote relaxation.
4. Balloon kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that relieves pain due to back fractures. It works by inserting orthopedic balloons into the area of the fractured bone to return it to the correct position, which alleviates the pressure put on the nerves.
5. Clinical trials are available to try transdiscal biacuplasty if you have not had any previous back surgeries. Transdiscal biacuplasty is a procedure that involves applying heat to the bottom of the discs in the back. The goal is to reduce chronic pain caused by intervertebral discs by ablating the neurons that generate painful sensations.