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, non-surgical treatment, we may be able to help. We specialize in minimally invasive spine procedures that are effective alternatives to traditional open spine surgery.

Determining the right surgical approach

Depending on the specific location of the 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 desensitize the nerve that innervates the arthritic facet joint. In many cases of facet disease, this nerve becomes irritated by the arthritis, so by cauterizing the nerve, the pain response in the joint is reduced.
  • Laminotomy or foraminotomy — These procedures are used 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 abate.
  • Minimally invasive stabilization — This state-of-the-art fusion procedure is used 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 an intervertebral disc to lose its height and shape.

Why Laser Spine Institute

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 muscle surrounding the spine, recovery and rehabilitation are much less arduous with our procedures^ 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 at Laser Spine Institute, contact us today for a review of your recent MRI or CT scan.