Pain that involves the spinal discs is one of the most common sources of back pain. Experts estimate that anywhere from around a quarter to almost half of all back pain involves the discs. In many cases, this pain responds to conventional treatment. However, when it does not, Intradiscal diagnostic procedures to clearly define the painful disc and Regenerative Medicine procedures can be highly effective options.
This minimally invasive procedure is generally performed on an outpatient basis. Your back will be sterilized at the area where the treatment will be administered. A local anesthetic and a mild sedative may be used to limit discomfort during treatment. You will remain awake and alert during the procedure so you can communicate with your doctor.
With the help of X-ray guidance, your doctor will insert a needle into the disc that is causing pain. Once the needle is in place, a catheter is introduced. The thermal catheter is gradually heated to 194 degrees Fahrenheit. Your pain level will be monitored closely. If you feel pain that is a reproduction of your usual back pain, it is an indication that the heat is being applied to the right area.
After the treatment is complete, the needle and catheter are removed. The insertion site will be bandaged and you will be ready to go home.
You may feel discomfort at the treatment site for several days. Medication may be prescribed to make you more comfortable. Healing takes between 12 and 16 weeks. During that time, it is important to treat your spine with care. We’ll provide you with physical rehabilitation guidelines to help you heal correctly. Most people start to feel relief during healing and continue to improve for up to six months after the procedure is performed. If you engage in athletic activities, you can resume them six months after your procedure.
Intradiscal treatments can be helpful for individuals who suffer from herniated discs or disc degeneration. These two conditions are responsible for many people’s back pain.
Intradiscal therapy helps seal annular tears that appear in the collagen covering of the disc. Additionally, it thickens the outer shell of the disc and destroys nerve receptors. When the receptors are gone, the nerves no longer have the ability to transmit pain signals. Studies have shown that intradiscal therapy can decrease pressure between the vertebral discs, which can significantly reduce pain. People who are experiencing these symptoms are most likely to receive relief from intradiscal therapy:
Contained herniation of a disc.
Disc height that is under 50%.
Disc pain that has been confirmed with the use of discography or MRI.
Chronic back pain that lasts for three to six months.
People who smoke are less likely to benefit from intradiscal therapy than the general population. This is because healing is impaired in people who smoke.
Do you have disc pain that is not responding to other treatments? Call us for a consultation. We can discuss the source of your pain and the treatment plans that can help relieve your pain and restore you to health.
Some treatments are only available at specific locations. Please contact us to check availability and to scheduled a consultation.
Dear Valued Patient,
The purpose of this letter is to inform you that KureSmart Pain Management will officially become Clearway Pain Solutions effective April 1, 2020. This is the final phase in a merger of these two companies that has been under way since 2019.
The integration of KureSmart and Clearway creates even greater support for patients. The driving force for both organizations has always been based on the needs of the patients and it will remain so with the new name.
As we move forward with providing state-of-the-art pain management and interventional care, patients should not expect any changes to the care they receive from our staff. All processes and employees will remain the same; only the name on the door will change.
What to expect:
All communications and correspondence will utilize the “Clearway Pain Solutions” name and brand. This includes billing statements, patient portal notification, text messages and emails.
Signage at each property will be modified as part of the transition, and the appearance of some offices will be updated, as well.
Your Care Team will remain the same and continue to provide you with the same excellent care you’ve come to expect.