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Intracept Specialist

Michigan Pain Specialists

Pain Management serving the areas of Ann Arbor, MI, Ypsilanti, MI & Adrian, MI. Now accepting Telehealth appointments.

When traditional treatments for chronic lower back pain aren't proving effective, the Intracept® Procedure could give you the relief you need. If you're in this position, the Michigan Pain Specialists team can help. The providers excel in delivering this minimally invasive radiofrequency ablation treatment at their locations in Ypsilanti and Adrian, Michigan. Call Michigan Pain Specialists to find out more about the Intracept® Procedure or book an appointment online today.

Intracept Q & A

What is Intracept?

The Intracept Procedure is a type of radiofrequency ablation — an FDA approved minimally invasive outpatient treatment option for chronic lower back pain.

It takes the Michigan Pain Specialists team about 90 minutes to complete the Intracept Procedure. They use specialized instruments to access nerves inside your vertebrae and apply heat generated by radiofrequency energy to a specific nerve.

The Intracept Procedure targets the basivertebral nerve (BVN), which is close to the center of the vertebra. Studies show that the BVN transmits pain signals from the vertebral body endplates, a common source of chronic lower back pain.

The heat used during the Intracept Procedure interrupts the BVN, so it can no longer send pain signals to your brain. Following your Intracept treatment, you could experience a significant, long-lasting reduction in pain.

Am I a good candidate for the Intracept Procedure?

If you have chronic lower back pain, you might be a good candidate for the Intracept Procedure.

Lower back pain is a widespread problem that can have a significant impact on your ability to work or enjoy leisure pursuits. Constant pain and the symptoms that often accompany it, like weakness, numbness, and unpleasant sensations in your legs, can make mobility difficult.

However, at Michigan Pain Specialists, the team has considerable success in treating lower back pain using conservative approaches such as physical therapies, activity modification, medication, and for persistent cases, epidural steroid injections.

If these interventions aren't helping relieve your lower back pain after six months of treatment, the Intracept Procedure could be a good option. It's helped many people recover from back pain without needing to undergo surgery.

How long does it take to recover from Intracept treatment?

Recovery time after the Intracept Procedure can vary, but most people find they can get on with their regular activities and go back to work within one or two weeks.

The treated nerve can regenerate over time, but the pain relief Intracept provides is enduring, with many people reporting that after two years, they were still experiencing benefits from their treatment.

If you have chronic lower back pain and nothing else is relieving your symptoms, the Intracept Procedure could offer hope. Find out more by calling Michigan Pain Specialists today or book an appointment online.