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The person with the most replaced parts wins and now the joint replacement race does not stop with hips, knees or shoulders. Spinal discs are the latest “joints” to undergo a technology overhaul. Disc replacement surgery, also known as disc arthroplasty, is on the minds of millions who have disc degeneration. These worn out parts of the spine generate an avalanche of problems. So why not exchange them for new ones? Donald has been so worried about his mother’s failing back. Nothing seems to be helping her. One of his friends told him about a new surgical implant that replaces the worn out discs in the spine. Wow! That might give his mother a brand new back and a brand new lease on life. Two years ago, she had her hip replaced. Within months of that surgery, she was back to ballroom dancing. If joint replacement worked for her hip, surely it could work for her back. Great, he calls his mom to share the news. Not so fast, the treatment of spinal disc degeneration is not...
A herniated (slipped) disk occurs when all or part of a spinal disk is forced through a weakened part of the disk. This places pressure on nearby nerves.
Acute low back pain
Chronic low back pain
Lumbar radiculopathy; Cervical radiculopathy; Herniated intervertebral disk; Prolapsed intervertebral disk; Slipped disk; Ruptured disk; Herniated nucleus pulposus
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
The bones (vertebrae) of the spinal column run down the back, connecting the skull to the pelvis. These bones protect nerves that come out of the brain and travel down your back, forming the spinal cord. Nerve roots are large nerves that branch out from the spinal cord and leave your spinal column between each vertebrae.
The spinal vertebrae are separated by disks filled with a soft, gelatinous substance. These disks cushion the spinal colum...
A recent study revealed that percutaneous disc decompression resulted in significant relief for painful herniated discs in sciatica patients for up to two years. The results of this first-of-its-kind study, conducted at the University of Athens in Greece, were presented at the Radiological Society of North America's 95th Annual Meeting earlier this month. Study Methods This was a randomized, controlled study that compared standard conservative therapy to the minimally invasive treatment known as percutaneous disc decompression. Subjects were divided into two groups, each containing 17 men and 14 women who complained of back and leg pain and were confirmed to have herniated discs and sciatica. Both groups had tried various conservative treatments in the past which were unsuccessful. The first group received six weeks of rigorous conservative therapy, which included analgesics, muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatory medications. The second group ...
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