Laser Spine Institute treatment options for arthritis of the spine

At Laser Spine Institute, we offer several treatment options for patients who have been diagnosed with arthritis of the spine. If you have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis or another form of arthritis in your neck or back that has not responded to conservative treatment like physical therapy or anti-inflammatories, we may be able to help. We specialize in minimally invasive spine procedures that are safer and effective alternatives to traditional open spine surgery.^

Determining the right surgical approach for spinal arthritis

Depending on the specific location of spinal arthritis and the symptoms that you experience, several different treatment options might be recommended by the team at Laser Spine Institute. It depends entirely on your case. For instance, we might suggest:

  • Facet thermal ablation. This procedure is used to numb the nerve that affects the arthritic facet joint. In many cases of facet disease, this nerve becomes irritated by arthritis, so by cauterizing the nerve, the pain response in the joint is reduced. It is often performed at the same time as a decompression procedure.
  • Laminotomy or foraminotomy. These procedures use a less than 1-inch incision to carefully remove small amounts of bone in either the lamina or foramina in order to decompress an irritated spinal nerve. It is usually this nerve compression that causes painful symptoms. So after the nerve is decompressed, you may find that your symptoms will decrease.
  • Minimally invasive stabilization. This fusion procedure uses a small incision to stabilize a region of the spinal column where advanced deterioration is present. It can be recommended in a number of situations but is commonly associated with degenerative disc disease that has caused a spinal disc to lose its height and shape.

Learn more about Laser Spine Institute’s arthritis of the spine treatments

Perhaps the biggest advantage to the treatment options that we offer at Laser Spine Institute is that our procedures are minimally invasive in nature, allowing them to be conducted in an outpatient setting. Furthermore, because these procedures require only a small initial incision and limit damage to the muscles surrounding the spine, recovery and rehabilitation are much less difficult^ when compared to traditional open spine surgery. If you are interested in learning more about the treatment options that we offer for arthritis of the spine, contact us today.

At Laser Spine Institute, our commitment to our procedures has made us the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, allowing us to help more than 75,000 patients get their lives back from chronic neck and back conditions, like arthritis of the spine. Through a no-cost MRI review* of your spine, our dedicated team can evaluate your condition to see if you are a candidate for one of our minimally invasive spine surgery procedures. Reach out to us today so we can help you on your journey to wellness.