Another minimally invasive spinal procedure going through clinical trials
ABC7 news here in LA reports today about a minimally invasive spinal procedure called the Wallis Stabilization System. It basically is a little spacer that is placed between the spinal processes (those bits that stick out of your vertebrae) and are held there by little straps. It acts almost like a spinal fusion, limiting "bad" movements of the vertebrae and provides a load sharing effect.
I don't believe I would have been a candidate for this due to the prior surgery and the state of the disc degeneration indicated on my MRI. However, this might be good news for those of you who might be getting to that point where your doctor is thinking that fusion might be a good option.
I know this is like the 20th time I have posted about the next great procedures, yet the only two I have had are good old fashioned barbaric ones.
Remember to look over at the top right of the page for some more information about sciatica and back pain issues. Also, if you have had anything like this that you want to share, please leave a comment or email me a link.
I have found it helpful to do the stretching exercises my physical therapist recommends. Do some core strengthening exercises, such as the ones highlighted at The Mayo Clinic. By keeping your core strong, your back won't put itself in a position to cause that sciatica pain you are having.