In between spinal vertebrae, there are discs, gel-like cushions that allow for spinal mobility, act as shock absorbers, and hold the spine together. As individuals age, these discs dry out, becoming stiff and less flexible. In addition, this degeneration can occur due to injury. In either case, the discs can begin to bulge outwards, increasing inflammation and stress on nearby nerves. In some individuals, this can be painful.
In order to relieve the symptoms, individuals can undergo treatments that stretch the spine, removing pressure from the degenerating disc(s). This also allows water and other nutrients to return to the disc, allowing it to heal. Here at Loop Medical Center, we offer minimally invasive lumbar decompression (MILD), percutaneous disc decompression, and vertiflex procedures.