Injectable treatment to improve lower back pain?

Posted on 20 May 2011

Lower back pain could be improved through a new injectable treatment, which may bring relief to many sufferers using home care.

Research published in journal Soft Matter reports that University of Manchester scientists have developed a durable and elastic gel by linking microgel particles.

In previous studies, researchers showed how microgel particles were able to transform into a gel which is able to repair the mechanical properties of injured intervertebral disks.

This substance could potentially be injected into the patient, improving their lower back pain.

Study leader Dr Brian Saunders said: "Our team has made a breakthrough through innovative materials design that brings the prospect of an injectable gel for treating degeneration of the intervertebral disc a step closer."

This follows news that the brain changes seen in chronic lower back pain could be reversed when the pain is relieved, according to research published in the Journal of Neuroscience.

Posted by Nigel Murphy



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