What Is Disc Degeneration Repair?
Disc degeneration repair (also known as artificial disc replacement) is a procedure that helps reduce the pain of worn discs along the spinal column.Â Disc degeneration is a natural symptom of aging and wear & tear.Â As we use our bodies, we wear down our bones, joints, and cartilage; especially along the spinal cord.Â Unlike muscle or skin, the discs cannot repair themselves, and thus, they require medical intervention.Â Â
Disc degeneration repair generally becomes a concern for those in their 50s to 60s.Â Studies have shown that by this age, daily activities and reduced shock absorption over time eventually erode the discs.Â This lowered resistance can lead to swelling, soreness, and back pain.Â
The repair is actually a replacement.Â The weakened disc is surgically removed, and replaced with an artificial disc.Â The recovery period varies based on the patientsâ€™ age, resilience, and infection.Â Physical therapy may last anywhere from a few weeks to several months.Â
Because it generally affects the lower spine, disc degeneration can affect use of the legs.Â Common tasks like standing or walking may become difficult.Â Without some form of disc degeneration repair, some people develop severe leg pain or numbness in the legs.Â A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan is usually used to reveal disc damage and highlight the areas in need of repair.Â Â