At ACELLerated Interventional Orthopedics, we’re always keeping an eye towards the future, which entails modern treatment options that go miles beyond prescription medications or invasive and complicated surgeries.
And as modern medicine evolves, new and revolutionary treatments become available that can provide our patients with long-term relief without interrupting their busy, everyday lives.
A prime example of modern options for chronic pain sufferers is the Vertiflex Superion Interspinous Spacer.
Used for lower back and leg pain that stems from Lumbar Spinal Stenosis, here’s a closer look at what you should know about this condition, and this streamlined and FDA-approved procedure.
So What Is Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis is a condition that stems from changes in the size and shape of the spinal canal that occur naturally as we grow older.
Specifically, Lumbar Spinal Stenosis refers to the narrowing of the spinal canal, which in turn compresses the nerves that lead to the:
- Lower back
These changes can occur at any time during a person’s lifetime. Still, because of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis’ nature as a degenerative condition, it tends to be most common in patients who are 50 years old and older.
What Are the Symptoms of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis occurs slowly and typically develops over the years, if not decades, so it may take some time for symptoms to be noticeable. Even so, sufferers of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis may notice the following:
- Growing pain, weakness or numbness in the legs and lower body
- Pain in the calves, which includes cramping and difficulty walking
- Pain that radiates into one or both legs and thighs
- Difficulty walking or standing for long periods
All of the above symptoms are indicative of a larger problem and should be taken as a sign that it’s time to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rich.
How Does the Vertiflex Superion Interspinous Spacer Help Lumbar Spinal Stenosis, and How Does the Procedure Work?
The Vertiflex Superion Interspinous Spacer is a small device that works as a “spacer” between the vertebrae. During a minimally invasive procedure, the Vertiflex Superion Interspinous Spacer is put in place along the spine with a tube that is about the size of a dime.
The implant then works by holding the vertebrae in place. This implant effectively reduces the pressure that’s put on the nerves throughout the:
- Lower body
What Are the Results?
There are a number of benefits to this simple and typically out-patient treatment. For one thing, the minimally invasive procedure ensures there are little to no complications. Also, there’s a fast recovery time, which is important.
But most importantly, the majority of patients who undergo this treatment notice a rapid difference after the procedure.
Because pressure is almost immediately removed from the nerves, you’ll likely experience a:
- Newfound range of motion
- Significant reduction in pain soon
Ready to learn more? Dr. Rich has a far-reaching range of treatments like the Vertiflex Superion Interspinous Spacer to get your chronic pain under control and your active life back on track.