Spinal stenosis can affect any part of your spine, but when it develops in the lower back, it’s the top cause of spine surgery. At Spine & Joint Physicians of Frisco, S. Justin Badiyan, MD, helps many spinal stenosis patients avoid surgery with customized interventional pain management. To learn if you’re a good candidate for one of the many minimally invasive options for spinal stenosis, call the office in Frisco or Lewisville, Texas, or schedule an appointment online today.
The spinal canal is formed by an opening in the center of each vertebra, creating a protective passageway for your spinal cord. Spinal stenosis occurs when the space inside the spinal canal narrows. This problem develops over the years due to degenerative changes caused by conditions such as:
Each of the above conditions can intrude into the spinal canal, compressing the nearby nerves and causing inflammation and pain.
You develop pain in the area of your spine where the spinal stenosis occurs. You’re also likely to experience tingling, numbness, and pain along the nerve. In many cases, the pain radiates down an arm or leg, depending on whether the spinal stenosis is in your upper or lower spine.
Dr. Badiyan at Spine & Joint Physicians of Frisco specializes in a wide range of minimally invasive treatments that effectively alleviate your symptoms and help many patients avoid surgery for spinal stenosis.
Interventional therapies target the source of your pain, either decompressing the nerve or preventing the nerves from transmitting pain signals to your brain. You can’t feel the pain if your brain doesn’t get the message.
The following are a few examples of interventional therapies often used for spinal stenosis.
Using real-time X-ray imaging to guide the needle, Dr. Badiyan injects steroids into the epidural space near the targeted nerves. Since the epidural space is an area between the spine and its protective outer covering, the medication flows around the nerves, reducing inflammation and relieving pain.
The Vertiflex Superion is one of today’s most advanced options for treating lumbar spinal stenosis. Dr. Badiyan inserts the small device between two vertebrae, then deploys two wing-like pieces that gently separate the bones just enough to take the pressure off the nerve.
The minimally invasive procedure requires only one small incision without cutting any muscles, so your pain is minimized, and recovery is quick. The device stays in place, supporting the vertebrae, and continuously relieving your pain, while also preserving spinal mobility.
The HF10 spinal cord stimulator uses a mild electric pulse to calm the affected nerves and stop them from sending pain signals to your brain. After a trial period to be sure the HF10 alleviates your pain, Dr. Badiyan implants the device. Then you use a handheld remote control to turn it on and off.
If you suffer from spinal stenosis, relief is available at Spine & Joint Physicians of Frisco. Call or schedule an appointment online today.