The Food & Drug Administration on July 16th approved the first the first artificial cervical disc.  According to the developers, the prosthesis simulates the function of a natural cervical disc and provides patients with the ability to move their necks compared to the traditional practice of spinal fusion.  The results of the clinical trial show that the disc is strong enough to withstand sudden movement and to support the head, so that patients are able to move their head up and down, and from side to side.  The new artificial disc, placed through an incision at the front of the neck, is designed to alleviate neck pain and other ailments associated with disc herniations, spinal arthritis and other spine degenerative conditions. The disc consists of a stainless-steel ball and trough that functions as a joint. It is attached to the vertebrae with screws. The components are designed to act as a pivot point, which may allow the spine to move more naturally.


The Shigley Law Firm  represents plaintiffs in wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases statewide in Georgia, and in other states subject to the multijurisdictional practice and pro hac vice rules in each state. Ken Shigley was designated as a "SuperLawyer" in Atlanta Magazine and one of the "Legal Elite" in Georgia Trend Magazine. He is a Certified Civil Trial Advocate of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, Chair of the Southeastern Motor Carrier Liability Institute and former chair of the Georgia Insurance Law Institute. He particularly focuses on cases arising from truck wrecks and accidents (tractor trailers truck wrecks, semi truck wrecks,18 wheeler truck wrecks, big rig truck wrecks, log truck wrecks, dump truck wrecks.