You know what I think about all that magic surgeries like microdiscectomies and other? Well...
imagine a balloon filled with toothpaste. Put it between two bricks what will happen? Well... if the balloon is strong enough it will hold the weight and act as a shock absorber. Now... Imagine that there is a small tear in the balloon. First it is so little that is barely noticeable. The toothpaste gets out, eventually the hole gets bigger and even more gets out. With time it's getting even bigger. So you start to feel pain.
First it's very gentle. You go to doctor, he or she gives you some drugs to cover up the effects but not the cause. Then she or he will tell you to do some "very effective" PT, yoga, pilates or even go and pay lots of $$ for decompression or inversion table. Imagine that balloon being decompressed for like - 15 minutes? 30 minutes or even 1h. Cool eh? You feel some relief... But after walking for some time pain gets back - wow what just happened? Well the thing that hit you is called gravity. And even though you were laying down comfortably for 1h there is another 17 hours that compressed your balloon. Eventually because your balloon is in such a bad condition more and more toothpaste gets out and then smart people call it "disc herniation".
So... what next? Two options. You can fool yourself thinking that magical yoga classes will solve your problem because "I paid them so I want the results" or you can have enough of pain and stop wasting your money on something that won't work in long term - guessing that at this point you figured how does the concept of a compressed balloon works.
Now you're in deep s...pain. Again you go to a specialist and he suggest you a magical removal of your pain. "Yay! Finally no pain!".
You have the surgery which looks like this:
The surgeon finds the leaked tooth past removes it and gets the money for the job and tada! Done. But is it really done...
No, it's not. The hole is still there, the gravity is still there, but there is no pain!. For some people it's great. They forget about the pain going back to their daily lives.
But later on the same painful story starts again because the underlying problem was not taken care of. So you can have as many microdiscectomies as there is toothpaste left. Until there is no more left and the bricks start to touch each other - or grind each other.
Therefore herniated disc can not be fixed. The pain will be fixed but only for some amount of time. And you are left even worse because your "balloon" lost so much toothpaste and nothing was put to replace it.
So if you wonder why doesn't your pain go away after having surgery is because - 1. your nerve roots were compressed for long time and now they need some time "fix" or that some toothpaste came out of the balloon compressing the nerve again.
What am I getting to...
All that surgeries is only a waste of money - doctors don't care, coz they need to pay their bills. The only thing to treat this condition is either nucleus (the toothpaste) replacement or stem cells. Everything else is just a waste!
At the end of the lane for most of you is either ADR or Fusion and nothing else. So before you decide to have you cut open think again.
Just think about it… There are people on this planet that are rich and famous, but yet they have to fight with it. Instead of wasting money they should speed up the research on how to really fix the discs not the ******** symptoms.
Edited for bad language.
The Spine Health Moderator Team