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Spine

Herniated Disc Treatment

As one of the most common injuries among athletes, herniated discs can be very painful. A disc can herniate in the neck (cervical) or the back (lumbar). Doctors at the USC Spine Center of Keck Medicine of USC use a team approach for initial treatment that includes oral medications, physical therapy and steroid injections. When Read more

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Microlumbar Discectomy

Microlumbar discectomy (MLD) is the most common surgery performed to remove a portion of a herniated disc. Using a minimally invasive surgery, doctors make a small incision in the lower back to remove the herniated part of the disc and any bone fragments to alleviate compression of the spinal cord and nerves.

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Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF)

Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion is a complex surgery in which the entire herniated disc is removed to alleviate compression of the spinal cord and nerves. The disc is replaced with a bone graft or metal plate and fused together to support the spine. Related content: The Keck Effect: More Perspective

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Herniated Disc

As one of the most common injuries among athletes, herniated discs can be very painful. A disc can herniate in the neck (cervical) or the back (lumbar). Doctors at the USC Spine Center of Keck Medicine of USC use a team approach for initial treatment that includes oral medications, physical therapy and steroid injections. When Read more

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Neck Problems

The neck is a network for bones, joints, muscles and nerves that connect the brain to the spinal cord. Irritation and inflammation in this area can cause pain in the neck, shoulders, head, arms and hands. Severe symptoms like such as tingling, loss of coordination and balance, the inability to grip or lift objects and Read more

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Nerve Grafting

A nerve graft replaces the damaged portion of a nerve with a healthy nerve segment taken from another part of the body or from a donor. Once the transplanted nerve is surgically grafted in place, it will grow new nerve fibers, the goal being that the patient will regain sensory and motor function.

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