Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease

Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease  is a gradual or rapid deterioration of the chemical composition and physical properties of the disc space.

Degenerative disc disease is a very common condition. Degenerative changes in the spine are often referred to those that cause the loss of normal structure and/or function. The intervertebral disc is one structure prone to the degenerative changes associated with wear and tear aging, even misuse (eg, smoking).

Long before degenerative disc disease can be seen on an x-ray, biochemical and histologic (structural) changes occur. Some of these changes are similar to those associated with osteoarthritis.

Over time, the collagen (protein) structure of the annulus fibrosus weakens and may become structurally unsound. Additionally, water and proteoglycan (PG) content decreases. PGs are molecules that attract water. These changes are linked and may lead to the disc’s inability to handle mechanical stress. Understanding the lumbar spine carries a large portion of the body’s weight; the stress from motion may result in a disc problem (eg, herniation).

Treatments

Conservative Treatments

At the Center for Spine Care, we offer a variety of non-surgical, conservative care approaches to treating back or neck pain. Most of our patients improve with these treatments and never need surgery.

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Adult Stem Cell Therapy

CSC is one of the first in Dallas to use adult mesanchymal stem cell therapy to treat degenerative disc disease. This groundbreaking approach promotes natural healing.

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Lumbar Interbody Fusion

Abnormalities or degeneration (wearing) of the discs between vertebrae may lead to abnormal motions causing back and or leg pain. If this pain continues following attempts at rehabilitation, surgery may be recommended. Surgical treatments for this pain commonly involve eliminating motion between affected vertebrae by initiating new bone growth, ultimately joining the two vertebrae together.

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ALIF

ALIF, which stands for “Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion” is a surgical procedure where the lumbar spine is approached through the front, via an incision in the abdomen.

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DLIF

Direct Lateral Interbody Fusion (DLIF) is an interbody fusion procedure is performed via an incision in the patient’s side (direct lateral).

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TLIF

Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion with Sextant is an operation that involves approaching the spine from the back.

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Technologies

4Web

CSC is using the modern 4Web implant for Lumbar and Cervical Interbody Fusion surgery. The modern implant has a truss design to help accelerate bone growth.

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Clarity Cross Fuse

CSC uses many interbody fusion systems because each patient is different. The Clarity Cross Fuse is a modern, pioneering approach to lumbar interbody fusion procedures.

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CoFlex: Non Fusion technology for stenosis and other back pain conditions

CSC’s John Peloza was the first in the country since FDA approval to use Coflex, the first and only motion-preserving treatment approved for degenerative spinal stenosis

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FUSE

CSC uses the most modern devices such as FUSE for interbody fusions.

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Longitude

CSC offers multitudes of minimally-invasive technologies such as the modern Longitude System to access the spine safely.

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METRx

A small, tubular device used for minimally-invasive procedures, CSC physicians are pioneers in using the METRx technology.

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nanOss Bioactive 3D

CSC uses advanced biologics for a safe and scientific approach to treating the spine . The nanOss Bioactive 3D is a modern, innovative technology used to stimulate bone growth.

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O-Arm

CSC utilizes the O-Arm Stealth Navigation System in our minimally invasive surgeries to see the 3-D structure of the spine in the operating room on a computer screen with amazing accuracy. This remarkable system is yet another of many methods that CSC uses for our patient’s safety.

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Pro-Disc-L

CSC offers the ProDisc-L, a modern artificial disc replacement for lumbar disorders.

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SEXTANT

We were early pioneers of the SEXTANT system. SEXTANT allows stabilization of the posterior spine with smaller incisions and less damage to the ligaments, fascia, and muscles than with a traditional “open” posterior spinal fusion

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Solera

CSC uses the latest and safest technologies when performing spinal fusions. The SOLERA system aids in helping patients with mid to lower back pain.

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Stealth Station

At CSC, patient safety is always first. We use some of the world’s most innovative technologies in our surgical approaches such as the Stealth Station. The Stealth is an image-guided system with amazing accuracy.

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Atlantis Vision Elite

CSC physicians use the Atlantis Vision Elite system which is an innovative system providing surgeons a better view of the spine.

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Stem Cell
Therapy

Center for Spine Care offers stem cell therapy as a conservative treatment to promote natural healing for back or neck pain. Utilizing mesenchymal stem cells, this new method is used to treat patients with neck and back pain caused from degenerative disc disease.