Intradiscal Electrothermal Therapy

Intradiscal Electrothermal Therapy (IDET) is a minimally invasive treatment for spinal disc related chronic low back pain. This type of persistent disc pain is thought to be caused by nerve fibers that have grown from their normal location in the outer layers (annulus), or from an injury to the disc, causing the material in the middle of the disc (nucleus pulposus) to move into the outer layers of the disc (annulus) where nerves are, causing pain. Under x-ray guidance a thin flexible catheter is introduced into the problematic disc, and heats up. The proposed mechanism is that the heat causes contraction of the collagen fibers that may seal up painful tears and destruction of the painful nerve fibers, and stimulation of new collagen formation.

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During this COVID-19 pandemic, we are deeply concerned and have taken action, for the safety of our patients, providers, and staff. Our goal at Pacific Pain Medicine Consultants is to provide patients with the highest quality pain management treatment while still optimizing their health and safety.

We are operational and able to meet the needs of patients, including telemedicine visits for new and established patients. We are also providing interventional pain procedures through partnerships with local facilities. Care is always provided according to strict safety protocols consistent with state and local guidelines. We are ready to help you reduce your pain in a safe and compassionate environment.