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Sports Medicine

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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Tendinitis

Tendinitis occurs when a tendon becomes inflamed, usually from exercising. Sports injuries or overuse are usually to blame for this type of injury. Poor posture and failing to stretch before and after exercising can also trigger tendinitis. What are the signs and symptoms of tendinitis? Pain and tenderness in the area Inflammation and swelling ... Read More »

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Mosaicplasty

Mosaicplasty is osteochondral autograft transplantation in which multiple plugs of healthy cartilage tissue are taken from the patient's knee joint and transplanted into several damaged areas of a joint.

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Osteochondral Allograft Transplantation

Osteochondral allograft transplantation is performed when the damaged cartilage is too large for an autograft. In most cases, this is an open procedure in which surgeons transplant cartilage tissue taken from a cadaver donor to damaged areas in the joint. The donor cartilage and bone tissue is larger than an autograft and can be shaped ... Read More »

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Osteochondral Autograft Transplantation

Osteochondral autograft transplantation is performed to treat cartilage defects in the bone. Using arthroscopic techniques, surgeons transplant healthy cartilage tissue taken from one part of the joint and transfer to an area of cartilage in another area of the joint. The graft is pressed into place, leaving a smooth surface on the joint.

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Drilling

In this surgical procedure, doctors use arthroscopy to make small incisions around the knee and insert a tiny camera to guide them through surgery. They drill small holes, or microfractures/a>, into the bone of the damaged area to stimulate the production of cells that create new cartilage. In some cases, the heat from the drill ... Read More »

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Microfracture Surgery of the Knee

This common procedure is performed through arthroscopy by making small holes, or microfractures, in the bone in the region of the damaged cartilage with an awl. The microfractures stimulate the production of cells in the bones, creating a healing response that produces new cartilage.

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