Non-Profit Trusted Source of Non-Commercial Health Information
The Original Voice of the American Academy of Anti-Aging, Preventative, and Regenerative Medicine
logo logo
Pain Management

Heat Treatment Offers Relief from Chronic Back Pain

19 years, 3 months ago

5782  0
Posted on Oct 07, 2002, 5 a.m. By Bill Freeman

Results of a recent study suggest that a non-surgical heat treatment could offer relief to thousands of people who suffer from chronic back pain. Researchers found that 81% of patients given intradiscal electrothermal treatment (IDET) experienced a 7-point or greater improvement in their physical functioning, whereas 45% experienced an impressive 28-point improvement.

Results of a recent study suggest that a non-surgical heat treatment could offer relief to thousands of people who suffer from chronic back pain. Researchers found that 81% of patients given intradiscal electrothermal treatment (IDET) experienced a 7-point or greater improvement in their physical functioning, whereas 45% experienced an impressive 28-point improvement. The treatment also improved the length of time patients were able to stay seated from an average of just 33-minutes before the treatment to 85-minutes at the 2-year follow up. Furthermore, patients also reported significant decreases in pain, and improvements in their quality of life and general health. According to study leader Dr Jeffrey A Salal, the findings suggest that IDET could be an option for patients wishing to avoid spinal fusion.

SOURCE/REFERENCE: Spine 2002; 27:966-973

WorldHealth Videos