Although low back pain can have many causes, frequently the problem is a "contained herniated disc." When a disc herniates, it expands beyond its normal size, forming a bulge on one side. If it is close to the nerves, it is likely to cause pressure that results in mild to severe pain in the lower back and/or leg.
For many people, the pain can be relieved by rest, medicines, injections, or physical therapy. Unfortunately, this does not always help. In the past, people who did not respond to conservative treatments were forced to consider major back surgery with weeks or months of recovery time. DISC Nucleoplasty (Disc Decompression) is a new technology utilized at the Pain Clinic.This diagnostic procedure allows for quick recovery. Typically, before a DISC Nucleoplasty procedure is done, your physician has already conducted a Lumbar Disc Stimulation Test.
What is DISC Nucleoplasty?
DISC Nucleoplasty is a form of Disc Decompression and is a significant medical advancement in the treatment of contained herniated discs. Because of its new technology, DISC Nucleoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure. It is a fast treatment that requires only local anesthesia and a mild sedative. Recovery is with no bracing needed.
How does it work?
The procedure is much like having an epidural steroid injection. First you will be given a local anesthetic.Then, your doctor will insert a needle into the center of the herniated disc. The needle emits radio waves that dissolve excess tissue, reducing the size of the bulge.This relieves the pressure inside the disc and also on the nerves. When the pressure is relieved, the symptoms are relieved.