An Lincoln hospital nurse has been thankful for the opportunity to walk her dog once more and take her dog on explore trails following a new treatment for crippling back pain which made it hard to sit, walk or do work. “I began experiencing lower back pain , and it was not like arthritis, but not to the point where I’d be prone to falling, or not be capable of walking,” Adrienne Wilson said. Wilson had been diagnosed as having autoimmune arthritis years ago, however her most recently-experienced back pain was intense and severe.”I was prone to falling numerous times. It was extremely scary,” Wilson said.She sought assistance from experts in pain for three years before finding an effective solution that was more long-lasting using a brand new procedure. “This therapy, this brand new procedure that we’re currently using is truly a groundbreaking method of treating back and neck pain.” stated the doctor. Kelly Zach, an interventional pain specialist at Innovative Pain and Spine Specialists in Omaha and Lincoln.Zach has utilized a treatment known as Intracept for over an entire year and a half treating between three and five patients each month through this at-home procedure.Under the general anesthesia Zach performs an cut near the spine and then inserts an instrument through the vertebrae to reach the nerve. A probe that is placed near the end of the needle is inserted and is heated, “…creating a heat lesion. This is basically cauterizing the nerve that is extending from the vertebrae themselves,” Zach said. Zach further explained that the heat kills the nerve permanently, ensuring that pain signals are not transmitted into the brain. Patients can leave the office following the procedure and return to normal activities within a day or two. Zach stated that patients are experiencing pain relief five years after the Intracept procedure.Wilson received the procedure in May. She returned to work just two days after and hasn’t stopped working since the time she had her procedure. Wilson helped save an animal Great Dane named Karma several months ago.”Now I’m able to walk Karma for more than two blocks without fearing she’s going to pull me along the road. I’m stronger. I’m able to exercise more. It’s nice being active” The 38 year old said. MRI images prove that Wilson was the ideal patient for the procedure as per Zach. The pain was located in her lower back in the area where one disc was not able to cushion the bones. Also, the vertebrae showed small cracks that indicated inflammation. Zach stated that 30-40 percent of back patients suffering from pain could have the same problem. Wilson stated that the procedure was life-changing for her, and she hopes to inspire those suffering from chronic pain. “I would like people to be aware that there is an option for them. There’s no reason abandon hope,” she said.To be accepted for the treatment, the patient must suffer from lower back discomfort in the L-3 region and below. They must attempt physical therapy, ice and other techniques that last at minimum six consecutive months without relief to be eligible for. For more information go to www.innovativepainnebraska.com or call 402-413-5010.Offices are located in west Omaha and Lincoln.
OMAHA, Neb. —
The Lincoln nursing home hospice worker is thankful that she can walk her dog once more and explore trails after the introduction of a new treatment to treat debilitating back discomfort that made it difficult for her to stand, walk, or do any other work.
“I began experiencing lower back pain , and it was distinct from arthritis, but not to the point where I could fall or I wouldn’t be in a position to walk,” Adrienne Wilson said.
Wilson had been diagnosed with arthritis autoimmune twelve years ago. The latest back pain was severe and intense.
“I had fallen several times. It was extremely scary,” Wilson said.
She sought out experts in pain for three years. However, she recently discovered an alternative that is more durable using a brand new method.
“This procedure, the procedure we’re using right now is truly a groundbreaking method of treating back pain that is chronic. back and neck pain.” stated the Dr. Kelly Zach, an interventional pain specialist at Innovative Pain and Spine Specialists in Omaha and Lincoln.
Zach has been using a procedure known as Intracept for over an entire year and a half treating between three and five patients every month using the procedure in-office.
In general anesthesia Zach creates a tiny cut near the spine and then inserts a needle through the vertebrae in order to reach the nerve. Then , a probe on the tip of the needle extends and is heated, “…creating a heat lesion. It’s basically cauterizing the nerve that is extending from the vertebrae,” Zach said.
Zach said that the heat kills the nerve permanently, so that pain signals can’t be transmitted through the brain. Patients can leave the clinic following the procedure and resume their normal routines within a week or two. Zach stated that patients are experiencing pain relief five years after the Intracept procedure.
Wilson was treated in May. She was able to return to work two days after and hasn’t stopped working since she was able to return. Wilson has rescued the life of a Great Dane named Karma several months ago.
“Now I can walk Karma over two blocks and not worry that she’s going to take me to the curb. I’m strong. I’m able to exercise more. It’s nice having a job and being physically active.” she said at 38.
MRI images demonstrate that Wilson was the ideal candidate to undergo the surgery, as per Zach. The pain was located in her lower back which is caused by a disc that’s not able to cushion the bones. The vertebrae also had tiny cracks that indicated inflammation. Zach claimed that 30-40 percent back pain sufferers could have the same problem.
Wilson stated that the procedure was life-changing for her, and she hopes to help people who suffer from chronic pain to do the same.
“I simply wanted to let people know that there is some hope. There’s no reason be discouraged,” she said.
To be eligible for this treatment, the patient must be suffering from lower back pain in the L-3 and below, and must test physical therapy, ice and other treatments that last at the least 6 consecutive months without relief in order to be eligible for.
For more information go to www.innovativepainnebraska.com or call 402-413-5010.
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