Spinal discs are essentially shock absorbers for the spine and sit between the vertebrae. As people age these discs can weaken and develop cracks, causing back and neck pain along with loss of motion. In the past spinal fusion was a go to remedy but artificial disc replacement is being used more often. Replacement preserves range of motion, offers faster recovery time, and offers a long-term solution to spine pain. Candidates for this procedure are patients who aren’t obese and have not responded to six months of non-surgical treatments.
- Discs are the areas between vertebrates in the spine that may degenerate over time.
- This degeneration may cause neck and back problems, which doctors used to solve by fusing two vertebrates together.
- Now, surgeons can insert artificial disks allowing us to relieve neck and back pain and also offering more flexibility than fusion did.
“Degenerative disc disease can cause back and neck pain, loss of motion, and, in some cases, numbness and tingling in the arms and legs.”