A disc is just a pad that sits between the bones to keep things cushioned, and as we get older, that disc can push out against the nerve and be very painful. So, how do you fix that? A new procedure is making it a lot easier.
Doctors insert a needle into the disc with a new tool that uses a circular motion to actually remove the bulging part of the disc and take the pressure off the nerve. That was explained on Thursday in our segment HealthWise at 5:00 by Dr. Johnny Qubty, who says this five minute procedure is a great improvement over traditional surgery to fix a bulging disc.
"The traditional treatment requires surgery to make an incision, open the back, and take a part of the disk out so the recovery time can be anywhere from two to six weeks, the expense is significantly less, the old way was anywhere from $10-$20,000 and this can run about $3-$4,000," explains Dr. Qubty, Director of Pain Management at Covenant Medical Center.
"I guess the biggest difference I can tell so far, last summer, I had a real hard time coaching baseball. This summer I had a real hard time coaching my kids in baseball, this summer my kids, we're throwing balls, hitting everyday, I'm not missing any practices, and so the team's getting better too," said John Ward, patient.
John says he went back to work three days after the procedure. If you suffer from back pain, Dr. Qubty says start with your family doctor to find out what is causing the problem.
If it is a bulging disc, you may be a good candidate for using a needle instead of a surgical knife to relieve your pain.