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September 20, 2006: A Medtronic Inc. artificial spinal disc is a safe and effective replacement for degenerated discs in the neck area and should be approved, a U.S. advisory panel said Tuesday. Medtronic is seeking FDA approval of their artificial cervical disc, the new "Prestige" disc is an alternative to spinal fusion. If approved it will be the first artificial disc available to patients with degenerative disc disease affecting the neck area. Approval is expected by early 2007.

October 27, 2004: Theken Disc will present its new eDISC at a conference Nov 11, 2004 in Dallas Texas. The eDISC is an artificial spinal disc with embedded microelectronics. The new eDISC will allow surgeons to wirelessly collect data including motion and loads placed on individual patient discs after disc replacement surgery. Clinical trails are expected to begin in 2005 with the eDISC becoming commercially available in about 2009. Obviously the new device isn't FDA approved in the U.S. as of yet.

October 26, 2004: The US Food and Drug Administration approves Charite Artificial Disc. Artificial disc replacement has been anxiously awaited by american back pain sufferers for years, until now if they wanted the procedure done they had to travel outside the U.S. or be one of the lucky few who participated in a clinical trial.

September 30, 2004: Applied Spine Technologies will present its new Panjabi Dynamic Spine Stabilizer as an alternative to spinal fusion. The AST device will give support to a damaged or degenerated spine and still allow range of motion.

Unlike an artificial disc replacement the new device will be less invasive, requiring no tissue removal or replacement and the procedure will be reversible. This provides another option for back pain sufferers who may need surgery but are reluctant to go with the more invasive disc replacement surgery.

September 17, 2004: Ongoing physiotherapy treatments are no more effective than a single physiotherapy session and advice to stay active.

That's the conclusion of a recently published study which involved 286 patients. 142 patients were given 1 session of advice only along with a back book for guidance. 144 patients were given ongoing physiotherapy and the same back book for guidance.

After 12 months of follow up, the study found that "Routine physiotherapy for patients with mild to moderate low back pain is no more effective in the long term than advice given by a physiotherapist".

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