A 37-year-old member asked:
Trypsin and chymotrypsin to treat a herniated disc?
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Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
Less popular now: These enzymes dissolve the disk and so lead to indirect decompression of the nerves. They are used less frequently since they tend to increase low back pain (probably by shrinking and destabilizing the disk). Chymopapain is associated with rare by very serious complications (transverse myelitis, anaphylaxis).
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Pain Management 18 years experience
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Last updated Jul 28, 2014
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