It is common for a spinal disc to heal over time with conservative treatments without a disc replacement procedure. However, surgery may help when all other treatment methods fail when this occurs your surgeon might recommend disc replacement.
Degenerative disc disease is caused by the imperfection of one or more spinal discs. When a disc is damaged, typically due to arthritis, it can lead to neck or back pain. The back pain originates from inflammation or muscle spasm. In some instances, pain and numbness can shoot to the arm from pressure.
Disc replacement is performed by a surgeon who removes the damaged spinal disc and replaces it with an artificial one. This procedure allows you to continue to move your spine, unlike spinal fusion.