Intradiscal electrothermal therapy (IDET) for lower back pain

Health Technology Advisory Committee
Record ID 32003000452
Authors' objectives:

This report aims to assess the effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and safety of intradiscal electrothermal therapy (IDET) for lower back pain.

Authors' recommendations: While the initial data are promising, large randomized controlled trials are needed to determine safety, cost, effectiveness, and long-term outcome. Published research is limited and unrefined due to small sample size, poor study design, and lack of long-term data. Studies comparing IDET with other standard medical and surgical treatments are needed. Pain relief, which varies, is experienced by some patients, but not all. Pain may return due to new or preexisting disc damage.
Authors' methods: Review
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2001
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: United States
MeSH Terms
  • Costs and Cost Analysis
  • Electric Stimulation Therapy
  • Low Back Pain
Organisation Name: Health Technology Advisory Committee
Contact Address: Queries should be referred to the Minnesota Department of Health (
Copyright: Health Technology Advisory Committee
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