Cures for Disc Desiccation

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Cures for Disc Desiccation
Surgery on the spinal disc may ease the pain of disc desiccation. (spine x-ray image by Julianna Olah from

Disc desiccation usually is a natural occurrence from ageing. Sometimes a traumatic injury can cause disc desiccation. Disc desiccation is the result of fluids in a spinal disc evaporating or being released. In the past, people who suffered from disc desiccation only had the option of physiotherapy or medications to ease the pain. Now surgeries target the cause of disc desiccation and rid patients of all the pain of disc desiccation.

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Spinal Fusion

Spinal fusion gets rid of a degenerative disc and eliminates back pain. Screws and rods are fastened to discs adjacent to the degenerative disc. Graph material is placed where the disc was. Depending on the surgeon, graph material also may be placed along with the screws.

Spinal Decompression

Spinal decompression is a surgery that slowly separates the bones of the spine and reduces the pressure between the spinal discs. This process creates negative pressure that pushes water, oxygen and nutrients into the disc. The disc becomes rehydrated. Repeated spinal decompression treatments realign the gelatinous core of the spinal disc, thereby relieving the pressure on the spinal nerve.

Artificial Disc Replacement

Artificial disc replacement removes the degenerated disc and replaces it with an artificial one. Artificial disc replacement has become the most common form of treatment for disc desiccation. The procedure has a high success rate for relieving the back pain of those suffering from disc desiccation.

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