Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy

If you suffer from chronic back pain, you have probably tried a variety of conventional and alternative treatments in your search for relief. And you are probably on the look out for new treatments — especially if they are minimally invasive.

Recently, there has been a lot of buzz about pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy. Although the technology has been around for 60 years and used to treat pain and swelling in soft tissue, it is now being touted as a treatment for chronic back pain.

A moving or resonating magnetic field can create currents that can alter cellular signals. Some research has shown that the magnetic currents may have a healing effect on muscles, ligaments, bones and cartilage. Although they are not approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of chronic back pain, a variety of PEMF devices are now for sale — mostly via the Internet — and used without medical supervision. Mats, cuffs and disposable patches are available in prices ranging from $200 to $3,000.

Because these devices are not FDA-approved for musculoskeletal pain, the efficacy of pulsed electromagnetic field therapy — especially related to the treatment of chronic back pain — is still unclear.

In contrast, the minimally invasive AccuraScope procedure directly treats the source of chronic back pain. During the 30- to 45-minute procedure, the physician makes a very small incision (just three millimeters) into the sacral hiatus — a natural opening at the base of the spine. A small catheter equipped with a high-definition camera and laser is then inserted into the spinal canal. Once inside, the physician can actually see the inflamed or damaged tissue that causes chronic back pain. Whether it is a bulging disc, herniated disc, spinal stenosis, sciatica, arthritis, degenerative disc disease or other painful condition, the physician can treat it with the laser — all in one procedure.

To date, North American Spine’s renowned partner physicians have performed more than 5,000 patients. Patients are typically released one hour after treatment, walk the same day and return to regular activity the next day. Read our patients’ testimonials.