Athletes put their bodies through more than the average person. Whether it’s on the football field, running a race, or anywhere in between, they need to get the most out of their physical ability at all times. In the past, however, a damaged spinal disc could mark the end of peak performance. In addition to its long recovery time, spinal surgery also reduced mobility and range of motion. Today though, newer techniques are available. Rather than fixing the vertebrae together as in spinal fusion, artificial disc replacement surgery implants a new prosthetic device in the spine. This device functions a lot like the original spinal disc, allowing for more mobility and providing a superior alternative for many.
The advantage of artificial disc replacement for athletes is obvious. Not only does greater mobility allow for a more likely return peak performance after an injury, but greater mobility also makes it easier for athletes to resume training sooner. In fact, a recent study looked at athletes who had artificial disc replacements in the lumbar region (lower back). This study found that 94.9% of athletes resumed activity of their sport after artificial disc surgery. And of those, 84.6% found that their athletic performance improved significantly.
This is good news for athletes who rely on their bodies to function at the highest levels. But it is also important for the rest of us, because even if we aren’t professional athletes we still rely on the health and wellness of our bodies on a day-to-day basis. Back pain can turn simple activities such as carrying groceries in from the car or playing with our kids into sources of pain and anxiety. A pickup game with friends is rendered nearly impossible. The physical activities that give us joy in our everyday lives are made no longer possible.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. For many, including athletes and non-athletes alike, artificial disc replacement has helped them overcome the pain and get back to doing what they love to do.
Are you among those whose lives have become limited by back pain resulting from degenerative disc disease or injury? Artificial disc replacement surgery may be the answer you’re looking for. Contact Los Angeles orthopedic surgeon and artificial disc expert Dr. Hyun Bae today at (888) 309-2848 to learn more or set up a consultation.
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