Laser Spine Institute Treatment Options for Foraminal Narrowing
When you visit Laser Spine Institute, we’ll gladly tell you about the many treatment options we have for foraminal narrowing in the neck or back. Our team has perfected a variety of state-of-the-art procedures that are compelling alternatives to traditional open spine surgery. That’s because the techniques we offer at our surgery centers are minimally invasive and are conducted in an outpatient setting. Rather than submit to a highly invasive open spine surgery that requires several days of hospitalization, take the time to see if you might be a candidate for one of our advanced procedures for foraminal narrowing — you might be glad you did.
What is foraminal narrowing?
The foramina are openings that exist along the spinal column that allow nerves to enter and exit the spinal column. These narrow passageways are extremely important because they help facilitate the free flow of information between the brain and the rest of the body by way of the central nervous system. Foraminal narrowing occurs due to a degenerative spine condition that causes one or more of these passages to become narrowed by bone or soft tissue, which can constrict the nerve infrastructure in the process. When one of the nerve roots becomes irritated, it can affect the nerve’s ability to do its job and the body will typically respond with painful symptoms — either at the source of the constriction or somewhere along the nerve’s path.
Treating foraminal narrowing
While conservative, non-surgical treatments can typically manage the symptoms of foraminal narrowing, surgery is occasionally warranted when the pain, tingling, muscle weakness and numbness does not respond to other treatments. At Laser Spine Institute, we offer a variety of procedures that might be recommended depending on the patient’s diagnosis. Two examples include:
- Foraminotomy to open up space within the foramen
- Minimally invasive stabilization in more advanced cases
To learn more about the treatment options we offer at Laser Spine Institute for foraminal narrowing, contact us today and request a review of your recent MRI report or CT scan.