A state-of-the art treatment cures back pain in more than 80 per cent of sufferers with no side effects, new research reveals.
After a single 10-minute treatment, which involves delivering ‘gentle electrical energy’ into patients’ spines, discomfort was relieved in 81 per cent of sufferers for a year, a study found.
Some 90 per cent of sufferers were also able to avoid surgery to ease their pain after having a single session of the minimally-invasive treatment, the research adds.
Lower-back pain occurs when nerves become pinched and irritated, causing the vertebrate to constrict and reducing the distance between spinal discs.
According to the researchers, this treatment relaxes muscles, allowing the space between discs to return.
Lead author Dr Alessandro Napoli from Sapienza University in Rome, said: ‘The results have been extraordinary. Patients have been relieved of pain and resumed their normal activities within a day. Following this treatment, inflammation and pain go away.’
Lower-back pain affects at least four in five people at some point in their lives, with around one in five sufferers developing chronic discomfort lasting a year or more.