Nerve root articles collection

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 a condition causes this opening to 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 muscle weakness can be debilitating and take 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 can help you better understand the functions and vulnerabilities of the nerve roots and the treatment options available.

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. If conservative treatments have been exhausted, 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 find out if you may be a candidate for these procedures, ask our caring team for your no-cost MRI review.*