Chronic back pain can affect day-to-day functioning during work or to just being able to sleep, let alone enjoying daily activities. Conservative treatment for back injuries and pain can include medications, exercise, physical therapy, massage, etc. However, when this type of pain management fails to achieve progress and improvement, more invasive procedures may be considered including surgery. There are different kinds of intermediate pain management procedures to try that may elicit improvement in pain symptoms before headed for surgery, and one of these is called neuroplasty.
Neuroplasty can treat conditions such as:
- Spinal stenosis
- Spinal compression fractures
- Inflamed or pinched nerves
- Degenerated, bulging, or herniated discs
- Facet joint syndrome
- Epidural inflammation or fibrosis
- Chronic pain following back or neck surgery
- Refractory back pain
(Beuaclair – Spine Universe, 2020)
Neuroplasty is a medical procedure aimed at relieving scar tissue that is compressing and irritating spinal nerves caused by trauma to the spine or back, or repetitive motion-related injuries. Neuroplasty is a same-day outpatient procedure using a fluoroscopically guided catheter which is placed into the spinal scar tissue, followed by an injection of medication through the catheter to open the scarring and relieve the pressure on the nerve(s). The medication used is typically an enzyme mixed with saline, steroid, and a local anesthetic (Beauclair- Spine Universe, 2020).
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Beauclair, M. (2020). Neuroplsty: your questions, answered. Spine Universe. Retrieved from