Lumber spine treatment options
Lumbar spine conditions are among the most common of spine conditions due to the degenerative nature of the lumbar spine (lower). The daily responsibility of supporting the body’s weight and movements causes the components of the lumbar spine to wear down and become susceptible to damage.
If you’ve been diagnosed with a lumbar spine condition, you are likely searching for treatment options to help relieve your pain. Typically, physicians begin treatment for a degenerative spine condition with a series of conservative treatments, designed to relieve pressure on the pinched nerve near the lower back. These treatments can include:
- Pain medication
- Physical therapy
- Chiropractic care
- Low-impact exercises
- Weight loss
- Corticosteroid injections
These treatments often provide significant pain relief after several months. Some patients, however, do not experience relief from these treatments and are recommended to undergo spine surgery.
Surgery as a lumbar spine treatment option
Before you decide to undergo spine surgery to treat your lumbar condition, be sure to research all of your available surgical treatment options.
At Laser Spine Institute, we offer minimally invasive alternatives to traditional open spine surgery. Our procedures use a smaller incision and muscle-sparing techniques, allowing our patients to experience a shorter recovery time^ and a lower risk of complications.
We offer multiple minimally invasive procedures to treat nerve compression — one of the main causes of lower back pain. One of the treatments we offer is a lateral lumbar interbody fusion (LLIF) procedure.
A LLIF procedure removes the disc that is compressing the nerve near the spine through a small incision made laterally, or on your side, in order to avoid unnecessarily disrupting the muscles surrounding your spine. The damaged disc will then be replaced with an artificial disc and/or bone graft to help stabilize the spine.
Conditions commonly treated with our minimally invasive lumbar spine stabilization procedure
The LLIF procedure is most often used to treat patients with:
- Degenerative disc disease — This is a condition involving the accelerated deterioration of the discs, which typically leads to the development of collapsed, bulging and herniated discs.
- Recurrent herniated disc — This involves the recurrence of one or more herniated discs, which have been surgically treated at least six months prior.
- Sciatica — This is a condition involving lower back pain, as well as shooting pain, numbness, weakness and tingling in one or both legs; arises as a result of sciatic nerve compression.
- Spine fractures — These are fractures in the vertebrae that may be caused by osteoporosis or high-impact trauma, such as a car crash or sports accident.
- Low-grade spondylolisthesis — This is a condition in which one vertebra slips forward over the vertebra beneath it; low-grade cases involve less than 50 percent vertebral slippage as related to the rest of the spine.
- Spinal stenosis — This condition involves the narrowing of the spinal canal caused by age-related degeneration and/or a spine condition; this can lead to spinal cord compression.
- Scoliosis — This is an abnormal curvature of the spine.
If you’re ready to take the next step toward treating your lumbar spine condition, contact Laser Spine Institute today. We can provide you with a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive procedures.