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Archive for April 3rd, 2014

Total Disc Replacement Surgery Could Be Right For You

Spinal disc

Without a healthy back, it can be hard to stand, sit, walk, run, or even turn around. For people with degenerative disc disease, some or all of these activities can be painful, or nearly impossible, which can make it hard to live a normal life, doing all the things we need to do within a day. For this reason, many people are turning to total disc replacement surgery (TDR) to help.

Degenerative disc disease occurs when discs in your spine either lose fluid, making them less flexible and reducing their shock absorption capacity, or sustain cracks or tears in the outer shell. These tears can cause oozing of the jelly-like substance within the disc, which results in bulging, rupturing, or splintering. This triggers chronic neck and back pain, stiffness, and even numbness in the limbs.

Many people are hesitant to

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