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Thinning Disc 2017-03-31T16:45:29+00:00

What is a thinning disc?

In the same way that muscles get smaller and bones get weaker as we age, the soft cushion-like discs that separate the bones of the spine begin to deteriorate. They begin to lose water content within the gel-like center, and the disc’s tough outer wall can become brittle and weak.

This combination reduces the disc’s ability to serve as the shock absorber between vertebrae. The resulting pressure from the vertebrae above and below can lead to a bulging or herniated disc.

What You May Be Feeling

Thinning disc can cause tingling

Tingling

Thinning disc can cause isolated pain to one side

Isolated Pain to One Side

Thinning disc can cause shooting pains

Shooting Pains

Thinning disc can cause pain in extremities

Pain in Extremities

Thinning disc can cause leg numbness

Leg Numbness

Thinning disc can cause leg weakness

Leg Weakness

Potential Treatment Options

Disc Replacement

Disc Replacement

Used when the problem disc is in the cervical portion of the spine, the procedure completely replaces the damaged disc with an artificial one, typically providing pain relief.

ACDF

ACDF

Removes the damaged disc in the neck, relieving pain and pressure, while at the same time providing new much needed stability with a reinforced implant.

Lumbar Fusion

Lumbar Fusion

Removes damaged disc from the lower back (lumbar spine), and fuses two vertebrae together with a reinforced implant to create much needed support.

Radio Frequency Ablation

Radio Frequency Ablation

Also known as an RFA, this procedure uses high-energy radio frequency to ablate the trouble nerve, essentially eliminating the source of pain.

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