Symptoms and causes that may require disc decompression
Edit When a herniated disc pinches one of the 50 nerves coming out of the spinal cord, it can cause pain, numbness and weakness. The sciatic nerve—which runs from your spinal cord to your leg—is most likely affected. Compression or inflammation of this nerve causes a sharp, shooting pain in the lower back, through the buttocks and down the leg. This is sciatica, and its the most common symptom of a lower back herniation?Text Here
Contact Your physician if you're exhibiting any of these symptoms:
Leg pain symptoms
Usually occurs in only one leg
May starts suddenly or gradually
May be constant or may come and go
May get worse when sneezing, coughing or straining during bowel movements
May be aggravated by sitting, prolonged standing and bending/ twisting
Tingling ("pins-and-needles" sensation) or numbness in one leg
Weakness in onr or both legs
Pain in the front of the thigh
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When pain stops, life can resume
Identify and treat ypur back pain with disc decompression
A herniated disc can negatively affect your ability to perform everyday activities. If your discomfort isn't improving with conservative treatments—bed rest, pain medication, stretching or cold and/or heat therapy—disc decompression may be your best option. It has a high success rate,1.2 low complication rate, 1.2 and is covered by some private insurers.
Benefits of the procedure
Significant pain relied
Reduced use of pain medication
Return to previous levels of activity
Low complication and norbidity rates
Result compared to Surgery
Decreased complication rate compared to open surgical discectomy
Lower re-herniation rate compared to open lumbar discectomy
The procedure and what you can expect
Your doctor uses an imaging study (like an MRI or CT) to confirm a diagnosis. These tests help determine the location of the herniated disc and whether disc decompression is the most appropriate treatment.
If you are a good candidate, your doctor will ask you for the following information:
current medications, including herbal supplemnts and their dosages
known drug, iodine, x-ray dye or latex allergies
current health conditions
A doctor may advise you to:
abstain from aspirin, ASA- containing products (including Alka-Seltzer or Pepto-Bismol) and herbal remedies for five days before your procedure
abstain from ibuprofen or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for three days before your procedure
abstain from eating or drinking for at least six hours before your procedure, except necessary medications with sips of water
wear loose-fitting clothes that are easy to take off/put on
arrange for someone to drive you home
Disc decompression happens while you are awake, but sedated. First, a physician numbs your back with a local anesthetic. Then, using x-ray guidance, he or she inserts a small needle inserted through the skin and into the herniated disc. When the probe is in the correct position, the herniated disc tissue is removed, reducing the size of the disc herniation.
After the procedure, your vital signs are monitored. Patients usually go home within one to three hours after treatment. For the next three days, you will be advised to apply ice to the treatment area for one to two hours each day and to limit driving, bending, twisting or lifting weight over 10 pounds. Recovery time varies with each person, but many patients resume work and daily activities in one week.
1. Herniates disc
2. Under x-ray imaging, a needle is guided into the herniated disc, benind the nerve
3. Disc material causing herniation is removed through the needle
4. Decompressed disc relieves pressure on nerve