Living with a herniated disc can be excruciatingly painful. For some, the best course of action may be a herniated cervical disc replacement. This type of procedure may be an option for those with severe cases of conditions such as:
- Herniated/bulging disc
- Disc degeneration
- Collapsed disc
- Prolapsed disc
What is a herniated disc?
A herniated disc is one of the more common spine conditions associated with chronic neck and back pain. A herniated disc may be triggered through any of these risk factors:
- Age – One of the most common culprits of a herniated disc is day-to-day aging. As you grow older, the discs that cushion your spine slowly deteriorate. The more the discs become unstable, the more likely you are to experience a herniated disc. You can help prevent disc herniation brought on by normal aging by strengthening your core muscles.
- Obesity – Being overweight is also a leading cause of disc herniation. Added weight places additional strain and pressure on your spine, which can cause your intervertebral discs to deteriorate more quickly.
- Trauma – You may also experience a herniated disc if you were involved in a trauma such as a car accident or serious fall. The jarring during a trauma can cause a disc herniation.
- Family history – Even if you take all the precautions necessary to avoid a herniated disc, your genetics may come into play. If disc herniation or degeneration runs in your family, you may be more prone to have a herniated disc.
What is a herniated cervical disc replacement?
In cases of extreme herniation, your physician may suggest that you undergo a herniated cervical disc replacement. This procedure requires the replacement of the bad intervertebral disc with a new, synthetic disc to help alleviate pain. The implant is placed between the affected vertebrae to re-establish proper disc height and remove pressure from the nerves.