The treatment known as Intradiscal Electrothermal Treatment, IDET, is still utilized at some pain clinics but has fallen out of favor at most. One reason is that although the procedure has a fairly low risk profile, it did not show overwhelmingly effective results in numerous research studies (2009 Pain Physician). A significant amount of insurance companies therefore no longer reimburse for the procedure, although some pain clinics will perform the procedure as a fee for service.
For those who have significant chronic low back pain, effective treatment is typically a combination of efforts. This may include medication management either with narcotic medication or anti-inflammatories along with PT, chiropractic, and injections. Research has shown that the most effective nonoperative treatment for DDD actually involves low impact aerobic activity such as swimming or cycling.
How Often do People With Degenerative Disc Disease Need Surgery?
Overall, individuals with degenerative disc disease who undergo conservative treatment are able to achieve a baseline pain that is tolerable and avoid surgery over 75% of the time.
The pain doctors at Arizona Pain Specialists incorporate comprehensive pain management for degenerative disc disease including options of medication management, interventional procedures, physical rehabilitation and chiropractic treatment along with spinal decompression therapy.
One of the most exciting treatment options available now is the stem cell injection clinical trial for chronic low back pain due to degenerative disc disease.
If you have chronic low back pain, Arizona Pain Specialists can help and provides all of the above options with an Award Winning, Board Certified team of pain management doctors and chiropractors.
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