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. Bjerke said.

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