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Lumbar rhizotomy: Risks and alternatives to surgery

About 80% of American adults will suffer from some type of back pain during their lifetime. According to Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute, about 16 million Americans will suffer from chronic or persistent back pain. Chronic pain can limit daily activities and quality of life. Many patients who have tried various pain therapies, such as steroid injections, NSAIDs, and physical therapy without relief, may consider undergoing a procedure called lumbar rhizotomy.

Candidates for lumbar rhizotomy have arthritis in the back and neck, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, chronic low back pain, whiplash, or degenerative disc disease. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, this procedure is also known as rizotomía facetaria porque afecta a los nervios de las articulaciones facetarias de la columna vertebral.

Surgical procedure

So, what exactly is lumbar rhizotomy? The treatment is performed in the lumbar region of the spine, which are five bones in the lower back. The Cleveland Clinic describes the lumbar vertebrae as L1 to L5, the largest in the entire spine. In that area, during this procedure, the nerves are treated in an effort to relieve pain. Rhizotomy, also known as neurotomy, involves the interruption of a nerve. A pain management specialist will consider performing this procedure if a patient is experiencing pain that does not respond to other treatments.

The procedure itself is considered minimally invasive surgery with the goal of relieving nerve pain in the back by dampening the nerve fibers responsible for carrying pain signals to the brain. The website performs the procedure under general or local anesthesia. Surgically, the nerve fiber is cut. The surgeon inserts an electrode using fluoroscopy to find the exact location of the problem nerve or nerves, which are cushioned to prevent pain messages from reaching the brain. Experts say that lumbar rhizotomy can relieve pain for several years, until the nerve regains sensation.

The intervention only lasts a few minutes and the pain is minimal. Recovery from lumbar rhizotomy is about a week, and there may be some localized pain, swelling, or bruising where the rhizotomy was performed.

Reports vary, but say that the success rate for this surgery ranges between €1 billion and €1 billion. 70% a 80% and in a few years, the pain may return with regrowth of the nerve.

Alternative to surgery with QC Kinetix

“If you are suffering from back pain and are looking for clinically unique alternatives before considering this pain relief surgery, you should seriously consider a consultation at QC Kinetix. At QC Kinetix, we understand how debilitating back pain can be. It can really affect your way of life. Our goal is to restore your quality of life through a series of non-surgical regenerative medicine practices for afecciones lumbares . We are a non-surgical regenerative medicine practice dedicated to helping you minimize inflammation and pain associated with conditions or Skeletal muscle injuries.”

Your visit to our clinic begins with introductory information and the opportunity to get to know you. We prepare a personalized regenerative treatment program and then inform you about it. Part of that treatment may include laser therapy. This is a very popular modality that can provide relief to joints and muscles. Laser energy is focused on the damaged area to create a photochemical response, which has the potential to speed recovery and improve mobility.

In association with your regenerative medicine treatment, you may choose to enhance your treatment using our natural biological suplementos . QC Kinetix’s Joint & Bone Health is designed to work in conjunction with your biologic treatment protocol as a natural solution for aches and pains. Our supplements are a natural scientific formula with ingredients specifically tailored to help promote overall joint health, joint mobility, and support joint comfort.

In addition to joint health, our hair health supplements can help improve hair thinning and loss. And QC Men’s Health is a scientifically formulated dietary supplement developed by a QC Kinetix physician, with ingredients specifically tailored to help improve men’s overall health.

Whether you are looking to improve your health or suffer from back problems and are looking for natural options, make an appointment for a free consultation and learn more about our regenerative medicine treatments and supplements.

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