Herniated / Ruptured Disc

Intervertebral discs act as shock absorbers between the vertebral bodies of the cervical spine. These structures can be damaged during an accident, trauma or during activities of daily living. Injury to the disc may occur when neck motion puts too much pressure on the disc. One of the most painful injuries that can occur is a herniated disc. When a herniation occurs, the material in the center of the disc, called the nucleus pulposus, is pushed out through the fibrous outer ring like structure of the disk called the annulus fibrosis. A herniated disc can put pressure on the spinal cord or nerves to the arms and legs. Pressure on the nerve root from a herniated disc can cause pain, numbness, and weakness along the nerve. There is also evidence that the chemicals released from the ruptured disc may irritate the nerve root, leading to some of the symptoms of a herniated disc – especially pain. In situations when a disc ruptures very quickly, as in the case of an accident, then the nerve does not have any time to adjust to the increased pressure and it may stop working.

Herniated discs are more common in early, middle-aged adults. A herniated disc may occur in a disc that has been weakened by the degenerative process. Once weakened, less force is needed to cause the disc to tear or rupture. However, not everyone with a ruptured disc has degenerative disc disease. Likewise, not everyone with degenerative disc disease will suffer a ruptured disc.

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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Foraminotomy

Cervical foraminotomy is an operation to enlarge the space where a spinal nerve root exits the cervical spinal canal to relieve the symptoms of a “pinched nerve.”

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Cervical Disc Replacement

Anterior cervical fusion is an operation performed on the upper spine to relieve pressure on one or more nerve roots, or on the spinal cord. The term is derived from the words anterior (front), cervical (neck), and fusion (joining the vertebrae with a bone graft).

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Cervical Interbody Fusion

CSC offers some of the most innovative and modern approaches to cervical spine fusion.

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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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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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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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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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Mobi-C

Cervical Disc Replacement technology has evolved quite a bit over the past several years. CSC remains at the forefront of Disc Replacement technology and uses one of the most advanced cervical disc replacements — the Mobi-C.

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Pro Disc-C

The PRODISC-C is another innovative cervical disc replacement technology that CSC uses.

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STALIF-C

CSC uses the innovative STALIF-C for patients with neck pain. The design conforms to the patient’s anatomy, making recovery quicker and easier.

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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.