London: A good news for those suffering from acute back pain. British scientists have claimed that a ‘swellable’ gel can wipe out the misery of back pain. They have created a solution which could fill holes in damaged spinal discs that trigger aches.

Just a squirt could be enough to ease years of pain, according to the scientists from Manchester University who say that their new recipe is ready to be tested on animals and humans, after 25 years of hard work.

According to the scientists, the answer lies in tiny particles that are submerged into the gel. Once injected into the spine they will swell to fit the space left by natural damage.

After stress, back pain is said to be the leading cause of long-term work-related absence. A recent study found that one in every 10 people reported having chronic back pain.

Although the condition is common, few breakthroughs have been made in its treatment. Patients either have to opt for physiotherapy exercises, posture exercises, and acupunctureor in more extreme cases, surgery.

Prof Tony Freemont, who led the research, said, "Degeneration of the inter vertebral disc results in chronic back pain which costs the country billions of pounds per annum and causes untold misery for sufferers and their families.”

"We have been working for 25 years to identify methods for treating degeneration of the intervertebral disc."

(Agencies)