Low Back Pain - Other Treatment continued...
New and experimental
treatments are constantly being developed and offered to people with low back
pain. If you are considering such a treatment, be sure to ask your doctor for
The scientific evidence that shows that the treatment works and is safe. The results that your doctor has seen in his or her own practice.
Experimental treatments include:
Surgery to replace a
ruptured or herniated disc with an artificial disc. This treatment has
been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Long-term studies
have not been done. Botulinum toxin (Botox) injection. This may relax painful muscle spasms in the low back. Radiofrequency ablation of nerves. This may reduce chronic
low back pain in some people by preventing pain signals from reaching the
brain. It is sometimes used for pain from problems with the small joints in the
spine called facet joints. An intrathecal pain pump. This is a small tube inserted under the
skin and deeper tissues along the midline of the back and into the spinal canal. The tube connects to a
small reservoir of medicine inserted under the skin of your belly. The medicine
is regularly delivered to the area of pain through the tube. 13
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
May 05, 2011
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