Many people with disc herniations would like to avoid surgery if at all possible. I’ve helped scores of patients with advanced disc herniations get fast relief and long-term resolution of their symptoms, without surgery.
Here is an example of one of the many challenging cases I’ve resolved over the past 25 years:
A 40 year-old man came in with progressively worsening neck pain, radiating down the entire left arm, with numbness and 70% loss of function (couldn’t hold a pencil) in the left hand. His MRI showed a 6mm protrusion (that’s big!) at C5, with severe narrowing of the left nerve opening. He was scheduled for surgery three weeks out, but wanted to avoid it if he could. I told him that his MRI findings appeared to indicate that surgery was his only option. But I also told him that the tremendous tension in the muscles and joints throughout his neck and especially his upper back would need to be effectively released if he wanted a long-term positive outcome with surgery. On that basis, I proceeded to carefully release tension in his upper back, avoiding any contact with the affected disc. In three weeks, his neck pain was 50% improved, his hand function was 90% restored (he could write, but couldn’t squeeze a gas pump), and his surgeon cancelled his procedure. A couple months later he was symptom free.
If you know someone who is contemplating surgery for a disc herniation, please tell them to call me first.