Decompression for spinal conditions has traditionally taken the form of highly invasive open spine surgery performed to take pressure off a compressed nerve in the spine. In this type of procedure, a large incision is required to access the spine and remove spinal anatomy to create the needed space.
At one time, this was the only option for patients whose neck or back pain was too debilitating to manage through conservative treatment or spinal decompression by a chiropractor. However, advances in medical technology and surgical technique have allowed for the development of minimally invasive decompression surgery that offers many advantages compared to traditional procedures. The following information can help you better work with your doctor to make an informed treatment decision and give you a better chance for lasting relief.
Conditions that cause spinal nerve compression
Almost everyone will experience neck or back pain at some point, and in many cases, it can be attributed to more minor causes like a muscle strain. Chronic neck or back pain is often the result of nerve compression caused by a degenerative condition affecting the spine. Conditions that are the source of nerve compression may include:
- Osteoarthritis — the joints connecting the vertebrae deteriorate, producing bone spurs and decreasing spinal mobility
- Spondylolisthesis — one vertebra slips out of place over another, usually because of disc degeneration or joint cartilage deterioration
- Herniated discs — the outer layer of a disc tears or ruptures and allows the gel-like nucleus to push into the spinal canal
- Bulging discs — the disc wall weakens and partially extends out of its normal boundary into the spinal canal
Minimally invasive decompression for spinal conditions
When these conditions cause nerve compression, symptoms such as pain, tingling, numbness or muscle weakness can occur. For many patients, the symptoms associated with nerve compression can be managed with conservative treatments like pain medication or physical therapy. When chronic pain persists despite weeks or months of conservative treatment, contact USA Spine Care.
Our minimally invasive spine surgery, including minimally invasive decompression procedures, are a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery. By using a less-than 1-inch incision, our surgeons can decompress spinal nerves while sparing important supporting muscles. This leads to a streamlined outpatient experience for our patients.
To learn more and receive a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures, reach out to our dedicated team of Patient Empowerment Consultants today.