Medical research

Like patching a flat tire: New fix heals herniated discs

A new two-step technique to repair herniated discs uses hyaluronic acid gel to re-inflate the disc and collagen gel to seal the hole, essentially repairing ruptured discs like you'd repair a flat tire.

Surgery

Age no barrier for back surgery benefits

Seniors can benefit from herniated disc surgery, according to the results of a study conducted by Mattis A. Madsbu, a medical student at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and colleagues at the Department ...

Medical research

Advancing ways to grow human spinal disc tissue in the lab

You're going to shrink today. You did yesterday, and you will again tomorrow. By bedtime every night, you're likely to be about an inch shorter than when you got up. But assuming you sleep lying down, each evening's rest ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

MRI can visualize effects of traction on herniated discs

(HealthDay)—Magnetic resonance imaging can be used to visualize the effects of continuous traction on herniated lumbar intervertebral discs and their surrounding structures, according to a study published in the June issue ...

Surgery

Neurophysiological assessment aids in identifying back injury

(HealthDay)—For patients with lumbosacral disc herniation, neurophysiological tests together with neuroimaging and clinical examination allow for accurate preoperative assessment of injury, according to a study published ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Limited microdiscectomy effective for disc herniation

(HealthDay)—In patients with lumbar disc herniation, limited discectomy with removal of the fragment is associated with good long-term outcomes, according to a study published in the February issue of the Journal of Spinal ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Evidence-based guidelines developed for disc herniation

(HealthDay)—Evidence-based clinical guidelines have been developed for management of lumbar disc herniation with radiculopathy; the guidelines have been published in the Jan. 1 issue of The Spine Journal.

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