Intracept® Procedure

Low-Back Pain Meets Lasting Relief

At OrthoAlabama Spine & Sports, we are proud to offer the latest evidence-based options focused on keeping you healthy and active. In fact, one innovative same-day procedure for low-back pain, the Intracept procedure, got its start with Dr. Bradly Goodman and Dr. Srinivas Mallempati

In the summer of 2018, Dr. Goodman became one of the first two doctors in the world to perform the Intracept procedure commercially.

A minimally invasive procedure, Intracept is designed to provide long-term relief for those suffering from chronic low-back pain. Dr. Goodman’s first Intracept patient, Kristin M., is an extremely active equestrian professional who is still pain-free today. 

How It Works

Using an MRI, your Intracept expert will visually identify endplate damage by seeing any signs of inflammation or degeneration stemming from the basivertebral nerve. This nerve runs through the vertebrae and transmits the pain signals associated with the specific type of low-back pain that the Intracept procedure can treat.

Through a small incision in the lower back, a special probe is inserted and guided toward the affected nerve. The probe releases radiofrequency energy, or heat, to stop the nerve from communicating the pain signals.

Shortly after the procedure, many patients will begin to experience relief and be able to resume some normal daily activities. If needed, your doctor will schedule sessions with our specialty-trained physical therapists to ensure proper healing and recovery.

Meet Your Intracept Specialists

Our Intracept experts are double-board-certified interventional pain specialists Dr. Goodman and Dr. Mallempati. Specializing in leading-edge technology and evidence-based treatment options, our providers will evaluate and assess your condition and determine if you are a candidate for this procedure. 

Why Choose Intracept?

In addition to being a minimally invasive procedure, Intracept has many other benefits, including:

  • Improved function & mobility 
  • Long-lasting low-back pain relief 
  • Return home the same day
  • Preservation of spine structure 
  • Shorter recovery period 

If you’ve been experiencing chronic lower back pain without relief, Intracept may be the solution for you. Our goal at OrthoAlabama Spine & Sports is to help you experience excellence and strength, so you can enjoy your life to the fullest. 

To learn more about Intracept or to discuss your options with one of our experts, please call (205) 228-7600 or schedule an appointment online