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Format: 04/23/2014
Format: 04/23/2014


WTAE-TV: Procedure providing major relief for those with serious back pain

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

KITTANNING, Pa. -- Debra Painter once experienced such serious back pain that she thought she couldn't go on and took medication that caused her to have trouble functioning, but thanks to a recent procedure she's now pain free.

"Just about suicidal. That's how frustrated I was," said Painter.

Painter's frustration was the result of sacroiliitis, an inflammation of the sacroiliac joint that is one of the most common causes of lower back pain.

"It's like somebody is stabbing you every hour of the day. When you wake up in the morning, you hurt. When you go to bed at night, you hurt," said Painter.

She tried just about every pain pill that could be given to her, but nothing worked.

That's when she opted for a SR rhizotomy, a procedure covered by her insurance.

"This is what is new and innovative. This needle allows us to place it all along the sacroiliac joint. Once we're there, it takes eight minutes to perform this procedure," said Dr. Jack Kabazie, of West Penn Hospital.

Kabazie said the procedure is changing lives.

To read more or see the video, visit the WTAE-TV web site.


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