Bulging Disc Sacks Superstar Quarterback Peyton Manning
Four-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning has fended off some of the toughest defensive players in the game, but he couldn’t beat a bulging disc in his neck. Following a minimally invasive laser spine surgery last May, Manning’s recovery has been slower than expected. In addition to neck pain, the $90 million-dollar man has also been experiencing back pain that has thrown off his passing game. Yesterday, the saga took another turn when Manning underwent a one-level cervical fusion that will sideline him for two or three months—at least.
Bulging discs are a common cause for debilitating back pain. And with nearly 65 million Americans affected by back pain, it’s safe to say that a lot of them have a bulging disc. If you are one of them, the IntelliSpine procedure could be the pain solution you’ve been looking for.
Unlike a cervical fusion during which physicians remove the damaged disc and replace it with a bone graft, the IntelliSpine procedure doesn’t cut through muscle or bone. Instead, physicians access the spinal canal through a three-millimeter incision in the sacral hiatus—a natural opening at the base of the spine. Once inside the spinal canal, the physician uses an endoscopic camera to identify damaged or diseased tissue that is the source of pain. A laser is then used to treat the problem areas.
“This is the least invasive way to access and treat the problem—whether it’s a bulging disc, herniated disc, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease or arthritis,” says Dr. Kelly Will. “The recovery time is less, patients are up and around a lot quicker, they don’t have the scar tissue and all the things you have with conventional open back surgery.”
And unlike a cervical fusion that often limits mobility, the IntelliSpine procedure can help patients regain a fuller range of motion. Patients who undergo the procedure are typically released one hour after treatment, walk the same day and resume normal activity the next day. Most importantly, the overwhelming majority report they are pain free.
Are you ready to get back in the game? Attend a free back seminar to learn more about the revolutionary IntelliSpine procedure.