Dr. Greg Khounganian, Spine Surgeon February 1, 2022
As an alternative to spinal fusion, Cervical Disc Replacement may be considered to replace a degenerated or damaged disc in the upper spine with an artificial disc.
Here’s what to know about cervical disc replacement.
Back pain and pain in the spine are incredibly common. Frequently caused by disc degeneration, (also referred to as disc disease or degenerative disc disease), this painful, chronic condition can affect people of all ages, although it is more common in older adults.
A diagnosis of Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) can be a little bit misleading, in that this spinal condition is not a "disease" in the way most men and women think about disease. Instead, Degenerative Disc Disease is a condition occurring in the spine, wherein the intervertebral discs in the spine become damaged, causing pain in your back and spine.
Dr. Greg Khounganian, Spine Surgeon April 28, 2020
Millions of men and women experience back pain each year. For many, the pain will be acute, and resolve with conservative treatments. Others will experience chronic back pain, which will last for more than six weeks and will require medical interventions to successfully treat.
Dr. Greg Khounganian, Spine Surgeon February 15, 2020
Between the vertebral bodies in the spine are discs which act as cushions, to minimize impact between the bones of your spinal column. A disc can be thought of as a jelly donut type of cushion, with a soft central component called the nucleus pulposus.
Dr. Greg Khounganian, Spine Surgeon January 15, 2020
Osteoarthritis of the spine is diagnosed when cartilage in your spine, which provides a cushion between your bones (vertebra) wears away over time. When you are young, the cartilage in your spine is firm, and smooth, allowing for movement without friction.
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