Vertiflex for Spinal Stenosis
When the lower back hurts, many people fear that the only two options are to either live with the pain or have spine surgery. For most, neither of these are ideal options. Living with back pain can be miserable and have debilitating effects on your life. Yet, undergoing spine surgery requires months of rehab, and there is no guarantee that the results will be 100% successful.
Vertiflex is an FDA-approved, outpatient treatment procedure that offers a minimally invasive approach to treating back pain. The Vertiflex procedure gives the spinal cord and its associated nerves space and relieves the symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis.
The spine is a complex feature of the human body. Inside the spine is a channel called the spinal canal. The vertebrae surround this canal, and the canal protects the spinal cord. Damage to the spinal cord can cause irreversible damage and paralysis, which is why the body was designed with such intricacies to protect the spinal cord.
Lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) is an abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal. It is an unfortunate side effect of aging, but as the body ages, the joints of the spine slowly start to break down. This degeneration can cause the onset of many different conditions that reduce the space around the spinal cord. The most common conditions are bulging discs, bone spurs, enlarged joints, and the thickening of spinal ligaments. When the narrowing of the spinal canal finally constricts too much, it will start pinching nerves. The most common symptoms of LSS are:
- Shooting pain in the back, which can travel down the buttock area
- Numbness in the leg
- Weakness in the leg or foot
- And, of course, pain in the lower back
Vertiflex is a solution for back pain patients for whom injections or medications have failed. It is also a reasonable option for those who may not be good candidates for surgery. Vertiflex works by inserting an implant to spread the compressed vertebrae apart and hold them in the proper position.
Contact Medici Spine & Pain to discuss Vertiflex.
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