An artificial disc replacement is intended to duplicate the rotation of a normal, healthy disc and retain motion in the spine, which lessens the risk of herniation at the other disc levels. Artificial discs have been used in Europe since 1987. Because of the FDA’s approval process, artificial disc [read more]
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In traditional spine surgery, the surgeon makes a three inch incision to access the herniated disc, which can disrupt ligaments and tendons making recovery longer and more painful. By contrast, a surgeon who is proficient in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery uses special tools called tubular retractors. A small 1-inch [read more]
Diagnosis: Severe spinal stenosis with bilateral leg pain Treatment: Decompressive laminectomy and foraminotomy For the past seven years, Frank and his wife Deborah have operated a popular brewery and bar in Alaska. For Frank, work in the brewery often involved some heavy lifting and a lot of standing. Frank [read more]
Sadly, many back and neck pain sufferers travel from doctor to doctor trying to find relief from recurring back pain symptoms and spasms. Along the way, a doctor may have recommended therapy as a non-surgical treatment option. Unfortunately, some people may be disappointed with the result. “Part of the [read more]
CentersforArtificialDisc.com was created to provide an unbiased source of information to consumers, primary care physicians and chiropractors about cervical and lumbar artificial disc technology and current research on spine care about potential disadvantages of traditional spinal fusion. Recognizing that individual physician web sites often are biased to the capabilities [read more]
Why is that all of the fun outdoor sports place extra strain on the back? The reality is that tennis and golf are perhaps the two most demanding “rotational” sports. Both sports require the core of the body to rotate, often in a bent over posture. For someone recovering [read more]
Surgery to relieve the symptoms of a herniated disc involves removing some or all of the damaged disc. But something has to be inserted between the two vertebrae in the place of the disc tissue that is removed. For the majority of patients a spinal fusion is the typical [read more]
Yoga is becoming a popular recreational activity for both men and women. Yoga, which has been around for thousands of years, is a form of exercise that involves holding various poses to develop core strength. To the casual observer yoga stretches look easy. Once you try them, you’ll find [read more]
Throughout Dr. Humphreys’ career, he has looked for ways to give back to patients and the communities in which he has served. Over the years, Dr. Humphreys has also found great personal satisfaction providing free spine care, knowledge, and expertise to patients suffering from back and neck pain in [read more]
How do you find centers that specialize in artificial disc surgery? Spine specialists can include neurosurgeons specialized in spine surgery, orthopedic surgeons specialized in spine surgery, physical medicine doctors, anesthesiologists and physical therapists who specialize... Read more How do you find spine centers that do artificial disc replacement? Centers [read more]