Transverse process

The transverse processes are short, stubby bones that project out to the right and left of each oval-shaped vertebral body.

Each transverse process serves as an attachment point for spinal ligaments and spinal muscles that travel up and down the stacked vertebrae. In addition, the transverse processes help support the structure of the spinal canal, a long space through which the spinal cord travels from the base of the skull to the lower back.

Learning about spinal anatomy can help you make the best treatment decision if you are dealing with chronic neck or back pain. The knowledge you gain from education and research can help you ask the right questions of your physician and better understand the answers.

Common spine conditions

The spinal column can be damaged through an injury, or it can degenerate as part of the natural aging process. When the spinal column experiences damage or degeneration, it can result in pressure being placed on the spinal cord or its nerve roots. When nerve tissue in the spine becomes compressed, pain and other symptoms can radiate from the site of the compression to other parts of the body.

Some painful conditions that commonly occur in the spinal column include:

  • Spinal arthritis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Bone spurs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Ruptured discs

Treatment options

If you have been diagnosed with any of these conditions in the neck or back and your symptoms have not improved after months of conservative treatment, contact Laser Spine Institute for information about our minimally invasive outpatient spine surgery. These procedures are an alternative to traditional open back procedures because they use a muscle-sparing, less than 1-inch incision to access the spine, resulting in a faster, easier recovery period for our patients.^

For more information, contact Laser Spine Institute for a no-cost MRI review* to see if you may be a potential candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures.