A herniated disc occurs when the center of the disc pushes through tears in the annulus fibrosus. It is NOT a slipped disc.
Bending forwards or twisting tears the disc, leading towards a herniated disc. Here's an interesting fact, which often suprises even spine surgeons: the pain associated with herniated discs is caused by the liquid nucleus pulposus gel leaking through the disc's tears and onto the pinched nerves, inflamming those nerves. This inflammation causes pain or numbness, and not the mechanical pressure of the herniated disc. This explains why epidural steroid injections provide temporary relief - they surely can't remove the pressure, but they temporarily stop the inflammation, thus stopping the pain or numbness short-term. This indirectly proves that leaky discs are the underlying cause of symptoms.
The Discseel® Procedure is the only procedure in the world that uses an FDA-approved Fibrin Biologic to repair the annulus tear in the herniated disc, preventing the continued seeping of the torn disc’s inner gel. The biologic may also restore some of the lost height of the leaking spinal disc, helping to return mobility and eliminate back pain. Stem cells alone cannot possibly do this.
The Discseel® Procedure does not require anesthesia and there is no high risk of infection that is associated with spine surgeries, such as spinal fusions and discectomy.
Although most herniated discs are found in the lower back (the lumber section), it is possible to have a herniated disc in your neck (cervical spine). The most common signs and/or symptoms of a herniated disc are:
Though it is not often the case, an individual can suffer from a herniated disc without knowing it. This could be due to minor herniation or a lack of pressure being applied to the spinal nerves. This type of herniation may only be found with x-ray images of the cervical or lumbar spine regions.
There are several treatment options for herniated discs and not all of them are the same. The common or traditional solutions included:
More aggressive surgical options have been known to be effective in severe cases of herniation. These should only be considered after conservative treatments have failed to improve your symptoms.
Non-invasive options for treating a herniated disc are limited as the goal is to relieve both the pain and pressure being applied to the nerves, as well as address any swelling; it is a complex problem. Any comprehensive procedure needs to restore a significant portion of the original disc height while repairing the annulus tear that is causing the leak from the inner disc gel.
The most successful results for non-invasive treatments have been found in the use of biologics. It is important to understand that not all biologic procedures are the same or have been shown to have the same results.