A recent study revealed that percutaneous disc decompression resulted in significant relief for painful herniated discs in sciatica patients for up to two years. The results of this first-of-its-kind study, conducted at the University of Athens in Greece, were presented at the Radiological Society of North America's 95th Annual Meeting earlier this month. Study Methods This was a randomized, controlled study that compared standard conservative therapy to the minimally invasive treatment known as percutaneous disc decompression. Subjects were divided into two groups, each containing 17 men and 14 women who complained of back and leg pain and were confirmed to have herniated discs and sciatica. Both groups had tried various conservative treatments in the past which were unsuccessful. The first group received six weeks of rigorous conservative therapy, which included analgesics, muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatory medications. The second group ...
A herniated (slipped) disk occurs when all or part of a spinal disk is forced through a weakened part of the disk. This places pressure on nearby nerves.
Acute low back pain
Chronic low back pain
Lumbar radiculopathy; Cervical radiculopathy; Herniated intervertebral disk; Prolapsed intervertebral disk; Slipped disk; Ruptured disk; Herniated nucleus pulposus
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
The bones (vertebrae) of the spinal column run down the back, connecting the skull to the pelvis. These bones protect nerves that come out of the brain and travel down your back, forming the spinal cord. Nerve roots are large nerves that branch out from the spinal cord and leave your spinal column between each vertebrae.
The spinal vertebrae are separated by disks filled with a soft, gelatinous substance. These disks cushion the spinal colum...
If something sounds too good to be true, then chances are it probably is not so good after all and should be monitored with a watchful eye. All eyes in the spine community have been watching the results of many trials related to total disc replacement for low back pain. In a recent review, members of the Cochrane Collaboration have rendered a warning about the effectiveness and safety of total disc replacement for low back pain.
The idea of replacing a worn out spine disc was first introduced in 1966. Because of very poor results from this pilot procedure, the idea was put away until the technology could catch up. In the past two decades, several disc replacement concepts have come knocking on the FDA’s door: CHARITE (DePuy Spine) and ProDisc (DePuy Synthes Spine) are approved by the FDA and the Maverick (Medtronic) and Flexicore (Stryker Spine) are in the investigational stages. The difference between them is in the amount of movement each one will allow with the ultimat...
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