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Spinal arthritis is a painful condition that affects many as they age, but Laser Spine Institute offers relief at our Tampa surgery center

It is estimated that nearly 50 million American adults suffer from some form of arthritis. Arthritis is simply the deterioration of the cartilage and joints. Spinal arthritis, also referred to as arthritis of the spine and osteoarthritis, is the degeneration of the joints in the spine. Though there is no known cure for arthritis, at Laser Spine Institute we understand that living in severe pain caused by this condition can devastate your quality of life. For this reason we are committed to assisting patients in finding relief from their spinal arthritis.

Spinal arthritis symptoms

The symptoms associated with spinal arthritis generally include:

  • Tingling
  • Stiffness
  • Localized pain
  • Swelling
  • Weakness
  • Tenderness

These symptoms can greatly impact your ability to perform daily tasks, which is why our team at Laser Spine Institute has developed procedures that specialize in treating the symptoms associated with arthritis of the spine.

Spinal arthritis treatment

At Laser Spine Institute, we understand that it is hard to have hope when there is no end in sight to your pain and symptoms, which is why our Tampa surgery center offers multiple procedures that can treat arthritis as well as other debilitating symptoms. These minimally invasive treatment options include:

  • Facet thermal ablation — This is the most common procedure used to treat arthritis of the spine at Laser Spine Institute. During this procedure the surgeon deadens the surrounding nerves, while clearing the arthritic areas to offer patients relief from their chronic pain and symptoms.

  • Foraminotomy — This allows the surgeon to remove any arthritic material and other elements that are restricting the exit of the foramen.

  • Laminotomy — This allows the surgeon to remove material that is causing the spinal cord to become impinged.

  • Anterior cervical discectomy fusion — This procedure allows the damaged disc to be replaced with an artificial disc, while fusing the area for added stability.

  • Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion — During this procedure the surgeon will insert a spacer and bone graft into the disc space to add height and stability.

  • Lateral lumbar interbody fusion — This procedure allows the surgeon to remove any damaged disc material, while restoring height and fusing adjacent vertebrae.

For more information on how these minimally invasive procedures or other procedures offered at our Tampa facility may be able to treat your arthritis of the spine, or to learn about the advantages of minimally invasive surgery over traditional open back surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute today.