Spinal stenosis is a common problem that puts pressure on the spinal nerves, leading to debilitating pain and difficulty moving. At Premier Pain Solutions, Javid Baksh, DO, and Christopher Mallard, MD, specialize in interventional treatments that relieve the pain, as well as advanced minimally invasive procedures that decompress the nerves and restore spinal strength and stability. To learn more about spinal stenosis, call or book an appointment online today. They have six convenient locations in Asheville, Columbus, Southern Pines, and Wilmington, North Carolina; and Easley and Greenwood, South Carolina.
Spinal stenosis develops when the spinal canal narrows. The spinal canal is created by the opening in the center of each vertebra. The canal’s bony structure doesn’t narrow unless your spinal stenosis is caused by a traumatic injury.
Instead, the area inside the canal gets smaller due to conditions such as:
A slipped vertebrae affects the canal by throwing the spine out of alignment. The other conditions on the list cause spinal stenosis when they protrude into the spinal canal.
The symptoms of spinal stenosis occur because the narrowed area pinches the nerves. As a result, you experience symptoms such as:
Though spinal stenosis can develop in your neck, it most often affects the lower back.
Your treatment begins with posture and body mechanics, physical therapy, and avoiding activities that cause pain. You may also need interventional treatments to relieve your pain, such as epidural steroid injections, facet joint injections, or spinal cord stimulation.
Premier Pain Solutions specializes in several minimally invasive procedures that treat spinal stenosis:
The Vertiflex system is designed to ease the pain of spinal stenosis by decompressing nerves in the lower back. After making one small incision, your provider uses a narrow device to put the Vertiflex in place.
Then they release two winglike pieces on the device that gently separate the two vertebrae, creating just enough space to decompress the nerve.
Premier Pain Solutions typically recommends the Minuteman when the condition responsible for your spinal stenosis also causes spinal instability. The Minuteman stabilizes two adjacent vertebrae while the bones fuse together.
During a minimally invasive procedure, your provider inserts the Minuteman device between the vertebrae. The device serves to slightly separate the bone. It also has a special coating that promotes new bone growth. As the two vertebrae grow new bone over the device, they fuse into one strong bone.
The MILD procedure treats spinal stenosis caused by a thickened ligament. Using real-time imaging to guide the procedure, your provider makes a tiny incision and uses the advanced MILD device to remove the excess ligament. Trimming the ligament takes pressure off the nerves, relieves your pain, and restores spinal movement.
If you have ongoing back pain, call Premier Pain Solutions or use the online booking feature today.