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    The Patient's Guide to IDET

    Last updated 5 years ago

    If the nerve fibers contained within one of your spinal discs begin to grow past their normal location in the outer disc layers, they may extend into the interior surface of the disc. This excess nerve fiber growth can actually lead to the destruction of the outer layers of your spinal disc and irritate your spinal nerves. If the spinal nerves in these outer layers become irritated, you may begin to experience chronic lower back pain. Intradiscal electrothermic therapy (IDET) is a minimally invasive treatment that may be able to help you alleviate these painful sensations.  

    IDET uses heat to target excess nerve fibers

    During IDET treatment, a doctor inserts a hollow needle with a flexible tube and a heating agent into the damaged spinal disc. The heat allows the doctor to destroy the excess nerve fibers, repair any tears, and strengthen the outer tissue of the damaged spinal disc. After the needle is removed, the doctor will inject antibiotics into the treatment area in order to prevent spinal disc infection.

    IDET requires a recovery period

    The pain relief benefits provided by IDET are not immediately apparent. Some patients experience an increase in pain in the first couple of days following the procedure. In order for patients to recover effectively, they must undergo physical therapy and slowly incorporate certain kinds of stretches and exercises into their daily routines.

    IDET helps certain kinds of chronic back pain patients

    You may be a good candidate for IDET if you have experienced persistent lower back pain for a period of three to six months, are over the age of 18, and don’t have severe disc degeneration. Your doctor will be able to use a discography test to pinpoint the cause of your pain and determine whether IDET is an appropriate treatment option. 

    To learn more about IDET, schedule an appointment with SpineOne of Denver. Since 2000, we have been a premier spinal care center in the Colorado area. You can reach our office by calling (888) 721-0459.

    Anatomy of the Spinal Cord and How It Works

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Together, the spinal cord and brain compose the central nervous system. Just as the skull protects the brain, the vertebrae (back bones) create a protective barrier around the spinal cord. The nerves branching from these vital structures instruct the body to move and perform a wide variety of other functions.

    This video provides a brief introduction to the anatomy of the spinal cord and how it functions. The host discusses injuries that can occur in the spinal cord and how they affect body function. Watch to learn more about the importance of the spine.

    Do you still have questions about the role of the spinal cord in body movement and function? Contact the experts of SpineOne in Denver today at (720) 251-2687 for more helpful information.

    Tips for Managing Chronic Pain

    Last updated 5 years ago

    The American Chronic Pain Association estimates that approximately 86 million people in the United States suffer from some sort of chronic pain. In particular, back pain is one of the most common reasons why individuals seek medical treatment from their doctors. Even though chronic pain is associated with the aging process, it doesn’t have to be an inevitable part of getting older. 

    In order to effectively treat a patient’s back pain, doctors need to both control the painful symptoms and address the source of the pain. In this video, an experienced doctor explains some of the most common causes of back pain and discusses what steps individuals can take at home to help manage their painful symptoms.

    Have you been living with chronic back pain? Let SpineOne help you identify and treat the source of your pain. Schedule an appointment by calling us at (888) 721-0459.

    An Overview of Cervical Spine Disorders

    Last updated 5 years ago

    The cervical spine refers to the neck area and is comprised of many different structures, from bones and joints to muscles and ligaments. Any number of these parts can be affected by cervical spine disorders that cause you pain, so it’s important to understand these conditions and know when it’s time to seek treatment from a spine specialist for your pain.

    Muscle Strain

    Think about all of the positions your neck goes through every day. Do you cradle your phone to your ear or sit with your back hunched at the computer? Neck pain and stiffness are often caused by muscle strain within the cervical spine area, which can grow worse with repeated improper movement. This can result in other symptoms, such as headaches, shoulder pain, and back pain.

    Degenerative Disease & Arthritis

    Both degenerative disc disease and arthritis affect the discs separating the bones of the cervical spine, breaking them down and affecting movement while causing pain. These conditions cause inflammation and pain in the joints that result in neck pain that may spread to the shoulder blades and arms.

    Herniated Disc

    A herniated disc occurs when the fluid inside the discs separating spinal vertebrae leaks out and presses against surrounding tissues, causing pain in the spine and arms. The symptoms of a herniated disc often appear spontaneously, though the condition can be brought on by injury or trauma as well.

    Stenosis

    Cervical stenosis is a degenerative condition that affects the spinal cord and can lead to difficulties with coordination and movement as a result of pressure put on the spinal cord by the bones of the spine. Sufferers may experience weakness or loss of control of the legs, shooting pain in the arms and legs, and general difficulty moving.

    The experienced staff at SpineOne is dedicated to the health and wellbeing of your spine. We offer a number of treatments, including chiropractic, physical therapy, and minimally invasive procedures, to keep your back healthy. To find out more about how we can help you, visit us on the web or call (720) 251-2687.

    Dealing with Back or Neck Pain Following an Auto Accident

    Last updated 5 years ago

    With hundreds of millions of cars on the road each day, auto accidents are fairly common occurrences across the United States. While better safety features have led to dramatic decreases in serious injury and fatality accidents, millions of Americans still suffer from neck and back injuries due to auto accidents each year. Back and neck injuries are the most common injuries reported after car accidents, and major soft tissue damage can occur at speeds as low as five MPH. This infographic from the Denver back pain and neck pain specialists at SpineOne offers a closer look at common accident injuries and the symptoms to look out for. If any of your family members, friends, or coworkers has recently been in a car accident, please feel free to pass this infographic along!  

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