Most people sometime in their life will suffer some type of back pain. While there are many new and effective treatments, it all depends on what's causing your back pain. A new treatment designed for pain that comes from the tiny joints between vertebrae.
Back pain turns out to be a complicated problem. The spine is a complex structure made up of muscles, bones, ligaments, disks and joints. There are decent treatments for most of these but not for the joints between vertebrae called facet joints that cause a lot of back pain.
But now there's a new, minimally invasive procedure that can relieve pain coming from the facet joints by heating the pain carrying nerve coming from the joints.
The key is first using X-rays to position needles in exactly the right spot. Then the doctor inserts a thin wire that acts as a antenna, emitting radio waves that heat and destroy the facet joint nerves, relieving pain.
Studies have shown that 80 percent of patients get significant relief within two weeks. Experts say the key is the right diagnosis, since radio wave treatment won't help if your pain isn't coming from your facet joints.