Intracept Procedure
There are multiple causes of chronic low back pain. For many people suffering from lower chronic back pain, the culprit is often the pain-sensing basivertebral nerve, the nerve that branches out to your vertebral endplates. With age and degeneration of the spine, additional stress is placed on the vertebrae and can put pressure on the basivertebral nerve which can lead to chronic low back pain.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if there was a treatment that could render the basivertebral nerve unable to transmit pain signals, helping you to get your life back? There is such a procedure and it’s called the Intracept® Procedure.

The Intracept® Procedure

To date, there has not been a non-surgical or surgical treatment focused on the vertebral endplates. The Intracept® Procedure is a new, minimally invasive procedure that targets the basivertebral nerve for the relief of chronic low back pain. Intracept is for patients with chronic low back pain who don’t have a spinal instability or scoliosis, but do have changes present on an MRI, called modic changes. These patients generally have experienced chronic low back pain for more than six months and have not responded to nonsurgical treatments.

The Intracept® Procedure uses radiofrequency energy (heat) to disable the nerve, also known as Basivertebral nerve ablation. In other words, this procedure knocks that nerve out from performing its function, blocking the pain signals, thus eliminating your lower chronic back pain.

What Can You Expect from the Intracept® Procedure?

The Intracept® Procedure is a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure, so the recovery period is rapid – often not more than a couple of days. It is implant-free and preserves the structure of the spine. There are no restrictions placed on patients afterward, and in many instances the pain relief is almost immediate. Most patients that have undergone the Intracept® Procedure have been able to resume regular activities within a week or two after the procedure.

Contact Michigan Pain Consultants Today

Talk with your doctor to see if you are a candidate for the Intracept® Procedure.

Exciting medical procedures such as the Intracept® Procedure continue to keep Michigan Pain Consultants at the forefront of providing effective pain management in the West Michigan area.

Learn more about the Intracept® Procedure by making an appointment for a new patient consultation with one of our board-certified pain physicians. All of Michigan Pain Consultant’s physicians are Board Certified in Anesthesiology or Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and have advanced training and experience in Pain Medicine. You can begin first by visiting online at,, or by calling them at (800)281-3237. Michigan Pain Consultants – Better Treatments. Better Life.

With six locations throughout West Michigan, Michigan Pain Consultants comprehensive interdisciplinary approach to pain care offers patients and providers renewed hope for relief from chronic pain. Chronic pain should be treated like other chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma, or congestive heart failure. Chronic pain requires chronic treatment. The goal of the treatment is to optimize the management of the pain, as opposed to curing the pain.