Spinal discs are the soft cushions between the bones of your spine, known as the vertebrae, which allow for smooth range of motion. If your disc is damaged from injury or has deteriorated over time, it can result in pain or loss of mobility.
Artificial disc replacement, also known as total disc replacement, is a treatment option that allows you to find relief by replacing the original damaged disc with an artificial disc device that imitates the functions of a normal healthy spinal disc. An artificial disc is often made of metallic surfaces, which attaches to the upper and lower vertebrae, providing you with relief from the pain and increasing your mobility.
If you have experienced back, neck, or leg pain for more than six months and conservative treatments such as physical therapy, medications, and injections have not provided relief, your physician can evaluate if an artificial disc replacement is the right option for your case.
While an artificial disc replacement has been found to provide faster recovery times compared to spinal fusion surgeries and can return the patients range of motion to that of healthy spinal discs, the treatment option may not be appropriate for your unique condition and may require thorough consultation and testing, which includes an MRI Scan, discography, CT Scan or X-ray.
If your back, neck, or leg pain is caused from a damaged spinal disc and has disrupted your daily activities, consult with Dr. Bruggeman to see if an artificial disc replacement would be the right treatment option for you.
Understanding the rate of damage or deterioration to the disc will influence what treatment option is best for your unique situation, along with undergoing the appropriate diagnostic procedures can help determine if an artificial disc replacement is the right course of treatment for you.
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