The Integrity Spinal Care System is designed to treat the following conditions:
A HERNIATED DISC,
also referred to as a protruding or extruded disc, is a condition where a portion of the gel-like center has migrated through the layers of the annulus fibrosis. As the spinal disc becomes less elastic, it can rupture. When the disc ruptures, a portion of the spinal disc pushes outside its normal boundary–this is called a herniated disc. When a herniated disc bulges out from between the vertebrae, the spinal nerves and spinal cord can become pinched. There is normally a little extra space around the spinal cord and spinal nerves, but if enough of the herniated disc is pushed out of place, then these structures may be compressed.
DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE,
the gradual deterioration of the disc between the vertebrae, is referred to as Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD). As people age, the composition of the cartilage of the body changes, resulting in thinner and more fragile cartilage. The changes cause the discs and joints that stack the vertebrae (also known as facet joints) to wear and tear over time. Degeneration of the disc in Degenerative Disc Disease is also referred to as spondylosis. Spondylosis can be seen on x-rays or an MRI scan of the spine as a narrowing of the normal disc space between adjacent vertebrae. The x-ray or MRI evidence is what confirms the diagnosis of Degenerative Disc Disease.
POSTERIOR FACET SYNDROME
is a lower back condition that is characterized by back pain, with or without local tenderness. This pain is often caused by an inflammatory reaction as a result of irritation in the synovial lining of the facet joints. Facets are the posterior joints of the spine that aid in keeping the vertebrae aligned. Facet syndrome can result from injury or degeneration of the disc and is characterized by pain, stiffness, and inflammation. The pain generally increases with motion and is relieved by rest.