Anyone with back pain knows how it can negatively impact their quality of life. From getting out of bed to putting on socks or shoes, sitting at a desk or standing at the water cooler, the pain is always there. It’s more than frustrating; it’s debilitating.
In years past, spinal fusion was the best surgical option for patients with a herniated cervical disc—the primary cause of the intense neck pain, as well as headaches, shoulder and arm pain, muscle weakness between the shoulder and hand, and tingling in the arm and fingers. Today, however, more patients are benefiting from artificial cervical disc replacement.
Years ago, the phrase “spine surgery” would send shivers down…well…the spine. In recent years, however, technological advances have progressed so far that many back conditions can be treated with procedures that deliver excellent results through much smaller incisions with less risk.