This is a soft tissue injury to the muscles and just as orthopaedic surgeons have replaced worn-out hips, knees, and other joints in the body, now they have the technology to replace worn-out discs in the lower back (lumbar spine) and neck (cervical spine).
These artificial discs are in variable stages of approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Although European surgeons have implanted artificial discs in the spine for several years with good results, many of the implant devices are still being tested in the U.S.A.
The disc replacement is performed through the front of your spine.
After careful removal of most of the disc, an artificial disc replacement prosthesis is placed between the vertebral bones.
The prosthesis is usually a combination of metal and very hard plastic.
Not everyone is a suitable candidate for DISC Replacement. Conditions such as osteoporosis and severe arthritis could potentially produce poor results.
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