16-Dec-2017

Single 10-minute treatment cures back pain with no side effects

 ROME Dec 1: A state-of-the art treatment cures back pain in more than 80 per cent of sufferers with no side effects, new research reveals.

After a single 10-minute treatment, which involves delivering 'gentle electrical energy' into patients' spines, discomfort was relieved in 81 per cent of sufferers for a year, a study found.
 
Some 90 per cent of sufferers were also able to avoid surgery to ease their pain after having a single session of the minimally-invasive treatment, the research adds.
 
Lower-back pain occurs when nerves become pinched and irritated, causing the vertebrae to constrict and reducing the distance between spinal discs.
 
According to the researchers, this treatment relaxes muscles, allowing the space between discs to return.
 
Lead author Dr Alessandro Napoli from Sapienza University in Rome, said: 'The results have been extraordinary. Patients have been relieved of pain and resumed their normal activities within a day. Following this treatment, inflammation and pain go away.' 
 
Lower-back pain affects at least four in five people at some point in their lives, with around one in five sufferers developing chronic discomfort lasting a year or more. 
 
Lead author Dr Tasha Stanton from the University of South Australia, said: 'People with chronic back pain and stiffness overestimated how much force was being applied to their backs.
 
'This suggests that feelings of stiffness are a protective response, likely to avoid movement.'
 
Lower back pain is a leading cause of global disability that affects around 9.4 per cent of the population. 
 
It becomes chronic in approximately 20 per cent of sufferers.