Regular neck pain, radiating pain down your arm or recurring headaches
or stiffness could indicate a problem with your neck. When physical therapy
or medication isn't enough, artificial disc replacement in the cervical
spine might be an option. Recently, orthopedist
Dr. Benjamin Bjerke discussed this procedure with Denver's 7News.
He explains that by replacing the damaged disc with an artificial one,
patients are able to retain the natural motion in their necks which makes
it a good alternative to a spinal fusion. Once the disc is in place, recovery
time is about six weeks until you can do whatever you want. "In fact,
the whole point of this is to get people back to golfing, twisting, running
marathons, climbing the Flatirons, whatever you want to do," Dr.
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