Cryotherapy Herniated Lumbar Disc
When looking for a Cryotherapy Herniated Lumbar Disc specialist, make sure that you check out Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery of Texas, a medical clinic owned and operated by Dr. Scott Kutz, MD who is a distinguished practitioner in the industry.
For quick reference, search for minimallyinvasiveneurosurgerytexas.com online, but if a personal visit is preferred, go to their location at Plano TX. They are particularly very helpful to new patients seeking immediate help. Dr. Kutz clinic’s main service is robotic minimally invasive spine surgery.
Is Cryotherapy Good for Herniated Disc?
A herniated disc is a section of the disc annulus that is misaligned, and being pushed out of the annulus into the spinal canal. Symptoms include pain and numbness (that often extend to the arms and legs), and muscle weakness. Pain worsens at night or after sitting or standing. People with such conditions also experience pain after walking short distances.
Traditional medicine eliminates pain with pain relievers, but many of these medications have unwelcome side effects. We at Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery of Texas offer an alternative treatment that’s 100% natural and does not cause serious side effects. We can help relieve your pain using cryotherapy treatment or cold therapy, a procedure that employs low temperature applied locally or generally.
More commonly, cryotherapy is used to relieve muscle pain, sprains, and swelling, due to surgery or soft tissue damage. Intervention for pain relief ranges from immersion in ice baths and ice pack application, to the use of cold chambers.
For herniated disc patients, there are numerous benefits that you can get from cryotherapy treatment. These include decreased inflammation, increased performance level whether at home or work, reduced pain and fatigue, and if you want more beautiful-looking skin, increased collagen production.
Cryotherapy for Back Pain
Cold therapy specialists recommend using ice in the first 72-hours of an acute back strain. It is not recommended that we use heat during such times because, according to experts, this increases blood flow. On the contrary, ice restricts blood flow, thereby reducing swelling. Eventually, the swelling comes down.
Cryotherapy for Spinal Stenosis
Spinal stenosis is the condition where a spinal disc is decompressed. According to professional practitioners, whole-body cryotherapy may be recommended for such a condition, and may even be recommended for just anyone who wants to improve health and appearance. Particularly, the therapy may be recommended for:
- People suffering from an injury
- Athletes who want to improve performance
- People with a chronically painful condition like rheumatoid arthritis
- People who need to lose weight
- People struggling with anxiety or depression
However, if you’re planning to undergo such treatment, you should consult with their physician first. The FDA suggests that such a step is necessary because they still have not approved it for treating any medical conditions.
Minimally Invasive Lumbar Discectomy
A lumbar discectomy is performed to fix a spinal disc in the lower back. During a minimally invasive lumbar discectomy, the surgeon cuts a section of the damaged disc, resulting in a reduction of pressure on the spinal cord. Your surgeon can either insert a small tube through the skin on your back into the space where the herniated disc is located or he may recommend laser treatment. Surgery for herniated disc or lumbar discectomy does not remove any bone or muscle from the body.
Herniated Disc Surgery Success Rate
Who are candidates for herniated disc surgery? The following may consider undergoing such treatment:
- Those who have diagnostic tests showing a herniated disc
- Those suffering from significant pain or numbness in the leg or foot
- Those with leg pain that feels worse than back pain
- Those with pain symptoms that have not improved with medication or after undergoing physical therapy
- Those that have a loss of feeling in the genital area
- Those who have a loss of bowel or bladder control
Herniated disc surgery recovery has been documented in many patients, but those who underwent such treatment should take measures to avoid recurrence of the condition.
Recovery time varies from one to four weeks, depending on the patient’s general health and underlying disease treated. The pain may not be fully relieved right after surgery. Have a positive attitude and perform the prescribed physical therapy that your doctor would recommend.
Most people can go back to work within 4 weeks after surgery. This is for jobs that are not physically demanding. If your job requires you to lift heavy objects or operate heavy machinery, you may need at least eight weeks for you to be able to return to work.
Your doctor may advise you on the following for fast recovery:
- No smoking
- Positive attitude
- Relaxation techniques
- Ergonomic work area
- Appropriate exercise program
- Good posture (standing, sitting, moving and sleeping)
- Proper lifting techniques
- Healthy weight (lean body mass)
Aside from the promise of fast recovery, people prefer minimally invasive procedures because the approach requires only a shorter operative time and causes less muscle trauma and blood loss. However, despite the tremendous benefits that anyone gets from this procedure, it is always important for people to ask the opinion of their doctors first before making that decision to undergo herniated disc therapy.
Here at Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery of Texas clinic, we can help you decide whether or not this procedure is right for you. We can honestly tell you about your success rate and whether or not the pain will come back after you undergo surgery, and what you can do if that ever happens.
Call us now at (972) 244-3491 to book an appointment or to learn more about invasive neurosurgery services such as herniated disc therapy and robotic minimally invasive spine surgery of Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery of Texas.