The Disc Replacement Book – A Back in MotionDisc replacement book cover

Disc Replacement Book By Jim Rider

About the Author

When I decided to write this book on Disc Replacement it had been 15 years since my own disc replacement surgery. It all started in early 2002, I was watching the evening news and they ran a short piece on this FDA trial for something called Disc Replacement, What! Disc Replacement? What is that? I ran to the computer in the other room and did a Google search….more > >

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When it comes to your spine it’s all about the motion. Your spine provides strength and stability to your body as we stand, walk and function. If you take a look at the spine you should first consider the spine of an animal, say a horse, the spine is mostly horizontal, the vertebrae are across the bottom separated by soft discs and there are ligaments and muscles supporting it from above, much like a suspension bridge. This structure is fluid in its motion yet very strong. The discs have almost no weight bearing function, this is done by the ligaments and muscles. A brilliant design!

We refer to the three sections of the spine as the Cervical or Neck area, the thoracic, this is the area where the ribs form a cage like structure which also provides stability, and the Lumbar, an especially mobile area that allows us to bend and twist. The Spinal Cord runs through the spine and is protected by the vertebrae.

More Disc Replacement Book By Jim Rider – Motion – A Natural State

The Spinal Kinetics M6 Disc Replacement offers a “Quality of Motion” that is not present in any other implant we have seen!

Unlike early Disc Replacement designs, the Spinal Kinetics M6 cervical artificial disc is designed to replicate the structure and performance of a natural disc. Its innovative design incorporates an artificial nucleus to allow shock absorption and a woven fiber annulus for graded variable motion resistance in all directions.

These characteristics accurately replicate the natural disc, allowing the implant to work in concert with the remaining human discs. Unlike earlier “ball-in-socket” implants, with the M6 disc replacement the resulting natural functionality of the entire spinal curve will provide the best chance for a full recovery. In addition, future complications will be eliminated by reducing adjacent level degeneration and strain on the muscles and ligaments.

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