Radiofrequency therapy relieved herniated disk pain in new study

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A new therapy tested at the Sapienza University of Rome was able to relieve lower back pain in subjects who had herniated disc pain. The procedure is minimally invasive and involves a micro needle injected near the bulging disc. The needle houses a component that sends radiofrequency pulses to the nerves and muscles around the disc. The pulses change the nerve conductivity, leading to lessening of pain. After treatment, more than 80 percent of subjects were pain free and most remained so in followup.

Key Takeaways:

  • A new radiofrequency therapy may relieve back pain from herniated discs, which is one of the most common causes of debilitating back pain.
  • The CT-guided procedure is minimally invasive, inserting a probe that delivers an electrical current to relax the muscles and correct the vertebral distance.
  • More research is needed to prove the radiofrequency therapy’s validity, and it still should be coupled with physical therapy for treatment.

“A group of researchers from Sapienza University in Italy believe they have found a solution to at least one form of debilitating back discomfort after their tests left the majority patients free of pain.”

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