Persistent neck pain, sometimes even radiating down to arm pain, can be the result of disrupted cervical discs. Cervical discs are the cushions between the neck bones of the spine, which can be damaged through traumatic injury or age-related degeneration.
Cervical disc replacement is one of the surgical options to safely and effectively alleviate neck pain by removing the damaged disc and replacing it with an artificial disc. Artificial discs attach to the upper and lower vertebrae, and the mechanisms within the artificial disc mimic the natural motion allowed by a healthy disc.
Treatment of pain triggered by damaged or degenerative discs may be attempted with nonoperative methods such as physical therapy, medications, and injections, but when these conservative treatments fail, cervical disc replacement is a safe and effective minimally invasive surgical option to relieve neck pain.
Offering a more rapid recovery time in comparison to traditional fusion surgery, minimally invasive cervical disc replacement allows for an equally or sometimes even better range of motion than the traditional cervical fusion surgery. Every case is unique, and Dr. Bruggeman can evaluate whether cervical disc replacement is right for you.
Are you experiencing neck pain from damaged cervical discs?
Cervical disc replacement is a safe and effective solution when nonsurgical methods fail to provide lasting pain relief. Let Dr. Bruggeman evaluate all the facets of your individual case to recommend treatment for your neck or back pain.
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