Let’s break it down.

Intracept® is a targeted procedure to relieve vertebrogenic chronic low back pain (CLBP).

Intracept® is a targeted procedure to relieve vertebrogenic chronic low back pain (CLBP).

Vertebrogenic pain is a specific type of chronic low back pain.

Patients with chronic low back pain may suffer for many years, trying many therapies to relieve their pain. Historically, patients were often diagnosed with discogenic pain (originating from the disc) – and treated with a course of care that focused on the disc itself.

Research over the past 30 years has shown that for many patients with CLBP, their pain is vertebrogenic (originating within the vertebrae) and not discogenic. Only recently have doctors been able to relieve vertebrogenic CLBP.

Pain from your vertebral endplates is transmitted through the basivertebral nerve.

Vertebral endplates – found on either side of the disc – can become damaged over time. When damaged, small fissures in the endplates may allow spinal disc material to enter the vertebra itself, causing inflammation.

The Basivertebral Nerve (BVN), found within the vertebra, becomes sensitized when endplates are damaged. When it senses inflammation, the BVN transmits back pain signals from the vertebra to the brain.

Modic changes indicate your pain is vertebrogenic.

Your doctor will utilize a routine MRI of your spine to specifically look for Modic changes – a biomarker that identifies inflammation caused by endplate damage – which indicates your pain may be vertebrogenic.

Modic changes help your doctor understand where your pain is coming from, and are an important indicator that you may be a candidate for the Intracept Procedure.

Intracept stops the BVN from transmitting pain signals.

Intracept is the only procedure specifically approved to stop pain transmitted through the BVN.

The procedure starts with your doctor making a small incision in your lower back to reach the painful vertebra.

After creating a channel inside the vertebra to reach the basivertebral nerve, your doctor will use radiofrequency energy to heat the nerve – stopping it from transmitting pain signals.

Your doctor may repeat this step in several other vertebra, after which the incisions are closed – leaving nothing behind.

Now you can return to the activities you enjoy - long-term.

Following the procedure, your doctor may recommend some precautions to take – and after a brief healing period, most people resume normal activities. Some even start to feel relief immediately after the procedure.

Different from other nerves in your body that regenerate, the BVN has not shown an ability to grow back following the Intracept procedure.

In fact, Intracept patients in a recent study reported their improvements in function and pain lasted more than 5 years following the procedure – with over a third of these patients indicating they were totally pain-free at that time.

Success Stories

Real patients. Real relief.

  • Kourtney K.

    “My best friend said to me I have not heard you talk about your back in so long.”

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  • James S.

    “I don’t have aching in my low back after a day of fishing or boating anymore.”

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  • Alison T.

    “I have really been able to experience life as I’ve always felt I should.”

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  • Karen R.

    “It’s just been life changing for me, and for my family.”

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  • Dave H.

    “I went scuba diving recently and I had nothing – no pain – I had goosebumps. It was amazing.”

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  • Shaun H.

    “I could finally be who I’m supposed to be.”

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