ONE® Brain & Spine Center® specializes in cervical spine arthroplasty, a minimally invasive procedure that involves the placement of an artificial disc after the removal of a damaged disc.
The discs of the spine are located between the vertebrae and act as shock absorbers or cushions between the vertebrae. Age, trauma, or injury can compress the discs outward, where they are at risk for irritation or compression of the spinal nerves. Since the nerves of the spine are connected to other parts of the body, irritation of these nerves can cause pain in the arms, hands, legs, back, and neck. When the cervical or lumbar spinal nerves are compressed or irritated, this may result in pain, numbness, or tingling in the upper extremities.
The surgeon will perform a physical exam and diagnostic imaging (MRI, CT, x-ray) and explain the risks and benefits of spine arthroplasty before determining whether the procedure will relieve the patient’s pain symptoms.
Regardless of the location of the cervical and lumbar spine arthroplasty, the surgeon will make only a very small incision. Following the procedure, the patient will be given post-operative instructions that may include the use of bracing for support and stability, low-impact exercise, and physical therapy to maintain flexibility, improve range-of-motion, and maintain strength.
ONE® Brain & Spine Center® in Southern California is the leader in innovative and comprehensive treatment and care for neurological, back, neck, and spine disorders. Call (949) 383-4190! or contact us for an appointment today.