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Pain Management Specialists located throughout Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois


About Intracept

Lower back pain that fails to respond to conservative treatments might need a more advanced approach. At offices across Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois, Commonwealth Pain and Spine offers the Intracept® procedure. Intracept uses targeted radiofrequency energy to prevent pain nerves from working. Call your nearest office today or schedule a consultation online to see if you’re a good candidate for Intracept.

Intracept Q&A

What is Intracept?

The Intracept procedure uses radiofrequency energy to heat specific nerves in your spine. This damages the nerves that are causing your back pain.

Intracept targets the basivertebral nerve (BVN) close to the spinal bone’s center. The BVN sends signals to your brain that commonly cause long-term (chronic) lower back pain.

Intracept’s heat disrupts the nerve’s function so that it can’t send out pain signals. After Intracept, you could benefit from significant, long-lasting pain reduction.

Is Intracept right for me?

You could be a candidate for Intracept if you suffer from chronic lower back pain that other treatments fail to ease.

Lower back pain significantly affects your ability to work, enjoy leisure activities, sleep, and care for yourself. Continual or recurring pain and other common symptoms like weakness, prickling or tingling, and numbness reduce your mobility and lower your quality of life.

Commonwealth Pain and Spine has successfully helped many patients with lower back pain using conservative treatments like physical therapy and medication. Advanced treatments like epidural steroid injections ease more severe or long-lasting lower back pain.

If you’ve tried these treatments for several months without improvement, you could benefit from Intracept. It offers an alternative to surgery that’s helped many patients reduce or relieve chronic lower back pain.

What happens during Intracept?

The Commonwealth Pain and Spine team uses fluoroscopic (moving X-ray) guidance to insert the Intracept cannula into your spine. The cannula is a slim, flexible tube doctors use to create a path to the BVN.

Your doctor inserts the Intracept® probe into the cannula and delivers radiofrequency energy to the nerve. Intracept uses next-generation instruments for precise, predictable BVN targeting.

How long will it take to recover from the Intracept procedure?

Recovery time after Intracept varies, but most patients can get back to their routine and return to work within 1-2 weeks.

The BVN can regenerate in time, so your symptoms could eventually return. However, the pain relief Intracept offers is often long-lasting, with many patients continuing to experience benefits after two years.


Call Commonwealth Pain and Spine today or book an appointment online to learn more about Intracept and how it can relieve your lower back pain.