Finding treatment for conditions affecting the vertebrae and discs

Spinal injuries and degeneration are common but when a course of conservative treatments do not result in relief, it’s easy to wonder if a return to a normal level of comfort and activity is possible. Whether the problem is with the vertebrae or a disc in the spinal column, symptoms are often the result of compression of spinal nerves that result in pain, numbness, tingling or loss of mobility.

If other forms of treatment have been exhausted, your doctor may ask you to consider surgery. Many people are reluctant to undergo spine surgery because they associate it with a highly invasive traditional open spine procedure. However, Laser Spine Institute offers a safer and effective alternative^ with minimally invasive spine surgery.

Common spine conditions

Our highly skilled surgeons can help treat conditions of the spine, including the most common conditions, such as:

  • Herniated discs. This is a condition in which a spinal disc experiences a tear due to injury or aging. This may cause the gel-like material inside the disc to leak into the spinal canal, potentially compressing the spinal cord or spinal nerve roots.
  • Bulging or protruding disc. This is a condition where the weakened outer wall of the disc is protruding beyond the circumference of the vertebrae. Disc bulges can also cause spinal narrowing and compression nerve roots or the spinal cord.
  • Spinal canal stenosis or foraminal stenosis: This is a general term referring to narrowing or constriction of the nerve passages in the spinal column caused by degenerative conditions affecting the vertebrae, joints and discs.
  • Facet disease: This is a degenerative condition that weakens the facet joints in the spine. These joints stabilize the spine and allow for basic movement. Over the years, however, the cartilage in these joints can wear down, causing inflammation, pain and other symptoms.

Minimally invasive treatment

Many common spinal issues can be treated effectively with a conservative approach, including rest, heat and cold therapy and pain medication, among other options. However, not all patients will respond to these conservative methods.

If your doctor recommends traditional open back surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute today. Our board-certified surgeons+ may be able to help you find relief using our minimally invasive decompression and stabilization treatments. Using muscle-sparing techniques, our outpatient procedures offer many advantages to our patients, including a lower risk of complication compared to traditional open back surgery.

Call Laser Spine Institute for a no-cost MRI review* to find out if you’re a potential candidate for one of our procedures.