Nerve root articles

Spinal nerve root compression is the source of many cases of back pain and can be caused by a variety of conditions. These are the first nerves to branch off the spinal cord and travel out to the body, enabling sensation and movement. Because the nerve roots exit the spine through narrow openings in the vertebrae, called foramina, they are prone to compression if another condition causes this opening the narrow.

Causes of nerve root compression

While many degenerative spine conditions, like a herniated disc or an arthritic bone spur, do not cause symptoms by themselves, it is easy for them to put pressure on a nerve root because the spine is so tightly constructed. The resulting pain, tingling, numbness and even muscle weakness can be debilitating — taking you away from the people and activities you love.

Finding the right treatment for your symptoms means seeing your doctor, but it is also important to gather as much information as possible on your own. The following library of articles is a great place to start. We hope this information will help you better to understand the functions and vulnerabilities of the nerve roots — and how Laser Spine Institute can help.

How Laser Spine Institute treats nerve root issues

To learn more about the minimally invasive outpatient procedures we perform at Laser Spine Institute and how they can release nerve roots from painful compression, contact us today. Our minimally invasive spine surgery can decompress nerve roots using a smaller incision than a traditional open spine procedure, leading to a shorter recovery period.^ To learn if you’re a candidate for these procedures, talk to our Care Team about getting your no-cost MRI review* today.