Please schedule a consultation with the interventional pain specialists at our offices in Marina del Rey or Manhattan Beach to discuss your lower back pain treatment options.
What is the Intracept Procedure?
The Intracept Procedure is an outpatient, minimally-invasive, and implant-free procedure that targets the basivertebral nerve in the vertebrae to provide lower back pain relief. This procedure essentially intercepts and interrupts the transmission of pain signals from the internal nerve associated with the affected vertebral bone to the spinal cord.
Clinical studies have shown that pain scores improve by 53% over 24 months for patients receiving this treatment. Our interventional pain specialists conduct thorough examinations and tests to ensure you’re a viable candidate for this procedure.
What Does the Intracept Procedure Treat?
The Intracept Procedure provides relief from chronic vertebrogenic lower back pain, i.e., the pain associated with lumbar vertebral endplate change in the basivertebral nerve. The vertebral endplates line the top and bottom of all the vertebrae, serving as a soft cushion between the bone and the intervertebral discs. The vertebral endplates in the lumbar are at a high risk of damage because the lower back supports the weight of the entire spine. The nerves threading through the vertebral bodies in the lumbar region can often get compressed due to a damaged vertebral endplate, leading to painful sensations.
The Intracept Procedure interferes with the transmission of pain signals from these nerves to the spinal cord, thereby providing pain relief.
Benefits of the Intracept Procedure
- Suitable treatment option for patients who don’t respond to conservative treatments.
- Performed as an in-office and outpatient procedure.
- Minimally invasive procedure that only includes a small incision.
- The structure of the spine isn’t changed or affected.
- No need for implants or medical devices.
- Provides durable and consistent relief from lower back pain.