Posts Tagged ‘surgery’

Fix Back Disks without Surgery

December 16, 2008

The low back has disks that act as cushions between the back bones.  In order to fix back disks without surgery, the disk has to be repairedin some way.  This is because as we ageor the disks are injured, they can bulge and press on spinal nerves, causing sciatica.  Many things have been tried through the years, including spinal decompression therapy.  This newer form of traction is interesting, but in our clinic we have not seen a significant benefit over traditional traction to justify it’s high price.  Instead of this modality, consider an inversion table, which you can use at home.  Other non-surgical options haven’t existed until recently.  A new procedure injects your own adult stem cells into the low back disks to repair damage.  This can help repair the tears in the disc that caused the disk to bulge (which then presses on the exiting spinal nerves).  This new procedure can be performed through a needle, without the need for surgery or big recovery times.  A video that helps to explain how to fix back disks without surgery can be found at this link.  This video reviews how traditional low surgery removes the bulging part of the disc, which can weaken the disk and lead to more complications such as a re-herniation of the disk.  A case report with an MRI is discussed.

Avoid Back Surgery

December 3, 2008

As a physician who has treated thousands of patients with chronic low back pain, back surgery is a two edged sword.  Back surgery can be avoided in 99% of the cases and is performed 90% of the time when it shouldn’t be.  New treatments such as transforaminal epidurals work in many patients.  Back surgery has significant complications and often produces more back surgery.  If you have a disc bulge, treating your low back and leg pain with stem cells is now one way to avoid back surgery.  This new stem cell treatment can repair a disc bulge rather than cutting on the disc, which ultimately weakens the disc.