Artificial spine discs are being used to soothe and repair certain spine conditions related to health traumas, as a result of the body’s spinal parts weakening from normal wear and tear, aging or injuries causing preventable pressure to the spinal nerves. In most cases, nonsurgical treatments may help to offer some relief, however, there are conditions where back surgery is the best option, and artificial spinal discs are being used as an alternative to replacing a natural disc.
Natural discs are replaced when physicians have determined that non-surgery treatments will not relieve the back pain or repair the degenerated or injured disc. There are acceptable health and medical practices for this procedure. One is spinal fusion, which help to relieve the pain associated with lower back pain. Physicians may opt to fuse two or more vertebras, graphing bone segments taken other parts of the body. The process is intended to re-enforce and stabilize the spine, while replacing the problem disc with a artificial spinal disc, made from plastic or metal, restoring the body’s movement and lessening the pain. Follow up on these procedures have been positive with some patients regaining levels of mobility at the end of the prescribed rehabilitation sessions. Continue reading
Spinal stenosis is a constricting of the spine in the lower back or neck, putting unnatural pressure on the spinal nerves and/or the spinal cord. This spinal compression can cause severe pain and weakness throughout the various extremities, making every day activities, such as sitting, walking or standing difficult. There is also pain in the areas of the body in which spinal canal nerves are in direct connection. This shooting pain, referred to as sciatica, travels down the buttocks and the legs. In addition to pain, there is also numbness in the back, neck, shoulders, arms or legs, loss of some motor coordination, lessening of extremity sensation and bowel and bladder function issues.
Spinal stenosis is age related and tends to take place usually later in life, usually beginning at the age of 50; however, individuals as young as thirty can suffer from a congenital form of this condition. This is a debilitative condition that affects millions. Also, a number of athletes suffer from this condition. In athletes, this is called a stinger, caused by detrimental neck or head trauma. Some of the treatment options are surgical as well as non-surgical. Continue reading