For the more than 14 million people in the United States who suffer from persistent leg and back pain due to lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS), new minimally invasive approaches might be able to produce lasting results. If your leg or back pain is due to narrowing in your spine, treatment through Spine & Joint Physicians of Frisco could be the solution you need. We offer treatment for leg and back pain with the revolutionary Vertiflex® Superion® system from our Frisco and Lewisville, Texas offices. Here’s what S. Justin Badiyan, MD recommends you should know about the uses and potential of this treatment to resolve your back and leg pain for good.
Could your leg pain be caused by problems with your spine?
Your body’s nerves come together along the length of your spine. For this reason, you often feel pain from spinal issues radiating into other areas of your body, such as your back or your lower legs. In particular, back and leg pain can indicate LSS.
When you have this condition, the spaces in your spine that allow your nerves to pass through and out to the rest of your body gradually start to narrow, collapsing inward. Your nerves get compressed or pinched, causing pain and other symptoms, including:
- Numbness and tingling
- Trouble walking
- Relief when bending forward
LSS occurs naturally, because of the effects of wear and tear over time. A degenerative condition, LSS typically grows progressively worse and worse — especially without treatment. With treatment, you may be able to reverse spinal stenosis and relieve your symptoms.
Minimally invasive, effective treatment options
We can take steps to support your spine and relieve pressure on your nerves. After trying conservative treatment options, like physical therapy, medical braces, and over-the-counter pain relief medications, we may need to explore more intensive treatments for your LSS, up to and including minimally-invasive procedures.
At Spine & Joint Physicians of Frisco, Dr. Badiyan offers highly effective but minimally invasive treatment for LSS with the FDA-approved Vertiflex Superion system. In this procedure, we insert a small spacer made of titanium alloy into the area around your nerves in your lower back area. The spacer protects your nerves from compression. The relief you gain can last for up to five years.
With the Vertiflex procedure, you can reduce your risk of spinal degeneration without having to undergo surgery on your spine itself. We can complete the procedure on an outpatient basis, so you won’t have to deal with extensive pain or hassle. We use a small tube, about as wide around as a dime, to place the spacer under your skin.
If you have pain, weakness, or tingling in your back, legs, or buttocks, you might be a candidate for minimally invasive relief with Vertiflex. To find out more, schedule a consultation with Dr. Badiyan. He can diagnose your condition and recommend the best treatment options for your health care needs. You can make your first appointment over the phone, or request an appointment with the online tool.