My PM doc does a procedure called IDET:
IDET is a procedure in which the physician places a catheter under fluoroscopy (X-ray)guidance into the disc. The catheter is positioned along the outer aspect of the disc at the location of the tear within the disc. The catheter is then slowly heated to treat the tear. The heat is meant to destroy pain receptors at the location of the tear and remodel the outer layers of the disc tissue, healing any tears.
I don't have a torn disc but do have a bulge...wondering if anyone else has had this procedure and if it worked for them? I have an appt with the doc next week and will discuss more with him then.