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Vertebrogenic Pain Is Now Understood

Vertebrogenic pain is a distinct type of chronic low back pain caused by damage to vertebral endplates, the interface between the disc and the vertebral body. Disc degeneration, and the wear and tear that occurs with everyday living, produces stresses on the endplates that damage them, leading to inflammation and vertebrogenic pain.

How Patients Describe Vertebrogenic Pain

The disc and endplate are both part of the anterior spinal column and produce similar low back pain symptoms. However, endplate pain is associated with distinctive changes on routine MRI called Modic changes.

Patients who find relief from the Intracept Procedure often describe pain in the middle of their low back that is made worse by physical activity, prolonged sitting, and bending forward, or with bending and lifting.

Vertebrogenic Pain Has a Clear Diagnosis

To confirm that a patient has vertebrogenic pain, physicians use MRI to look for specific changes that occur with endplate inflammation, which are called Modic changes.

Learn About Modic Changes

Ablating the Basivertebral Nerve Is the Key

The basivertebral nerve enters through an opening in the back of the vertebral body and branches near the center of the vertebral body, sending nerves to innervate the superior and inferior endplates. These nerve endings transmit pain signals from the endplate to the brain and have been shown to increase in number with endplate damage or degeneration.

Relievant Medsystems Announces Updated Policy Statement and Guideline for Basivertebral Nerve Ablation from the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery
The ISASS policy recommends intraosseous basivertebral nerve (BVN) ablation as the most successful way to address vertebrogenic chronic low back pain.

Proven Relief of Vertebrogenic Pain

of patients in a recent long-term study would have the Intracept Procedure again for the same condition.

report serious Intracept Procedure-related complications.

patients reported they had resumed the level of activity they enjoyed prior to low back pain in a recent long-term study.

of research.

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