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Lumbar Spinal Stenosis/Vertiflex Specialist

Advanced Pain Solutions -  - Interventional Pain Management Specialist

Advanced Pain Solutions

Interventional Pain Management Specialists located in Ionia, MI & Grand Rapids, MI

Chronic lower back pain and sharp pain or tingling that travels down your leg are the top symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis, a condition that gets progressively worse without treatment. The specialists at Advanced Pain Solutions in Ionia, Michigan, have years of experience providing comprehensive care for lumbar spinal stenosis, relieving your pain with treatments ranging from conservative therapies and interventional options to minimally invasive procedures that safely decompress spinal nerves. If you struggle with low back pain, call the West Michigan area office or request an appointment online today.

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis/Vertiflex Q & A

 

What is lumbar spinal stenosis/vertiflex?

What causes lumbar spinal stenosis??

The spinal canal is an opening that runs through all the vertebrae, forming a protective space for the spinal cord. Spinal stenosis develops when the space in the spinal canal narrows.

Stenosis can occur if you suffer a lower back injury. However, lumbar spinal stenosis is usually caused by:

  • Herniated discs
  • Bone spurs
  • Facet joint arthritis
  • Thickened ligaments
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Slipped disc (degenerative spondylolisthesis)

Most of these conditions cause stenosis by protruding into the spinal canal, compressing nearby nerves, causing inflammation and nerve damage.

What symptoms develop due to lumbar spinal stenosis?

The symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis include:

  • Pain in your lower back
  • Pain that radiates down your legs
  • Tingling or numbness in your legs
  • Weakness in your legs
  • Leg cramping when walking or standing

With a pinched sciatic nerve, you develop sciatica. Sciatica causes pain that radiates down one leg.

How is lumbar spinal stenosis treated?

Your provider at Advanced Pain Solutions begins your treatment with the most conservative option possible, based on the severity of your symptoms. Non-surgical treatments include activity modification, anti-inflammatory medications, muscle relaxants, and physical therapy.

When your pain persists despite conservative therapies, your Advanced Pain Solutions provider may recommend interventional therapies such as an epidural steroid injection or a facet joint injection.

Both injections contain a steroid and a local anesthetic. Your provider uses real-time imaging to precisely inject the medications at the site of inflamed spinal nerves. Your pain improves as the steroid reduces inflammation.

You may also benefit from spinal cord stimulation, which disrupts the pain signals your nerves send to your brain, providing relief.

If your symptoms don’t improve after about 4-6 weeks, or the length of time recommended by your provider, the next step is minimally invasive surgery.

What minimally invasive procedures treat spinal stenosis?

Though you may need a minimally invasive procedure to treat a damaged disc, bone spur, or other spinal problem, most patients with lumbar spinal stenosis need relief from pinched nerves.

The Advanced Pain Solutions providers have extensive experience treating pinched nerves with the Vertiflex Superion® Indirect Decompression System.

The Vertiflex Superion is a tiny device that your Advanced Pain Solutions provider inserts between the two vertebrae causing your pinched nerves.

Your provider makes a small incision and inserts the device between the bones that stick out from the back of the vertebrae. After the device is in place, it gently separates the two bones and decompresses the nerves. 

If you develop lower back pain or pain that radiates down a leg, call Advanced Pain Solutions, or request an appointment online for a spinal stenosis evaluation.