Back pain is a leading cause of disability worldwide, and one of the most common reasons people miss work. In fact, most people will experience back pain at least once. Fortunately, there are measures that you can take to prevent or relieve episodes of back pain. Surgery is rarely needed, but sometimes preventative measures aren’t enough to provide long-lasting relief. Vertiflex treatment might be a good option for you.
The Vertiflex Procedure
Vertiflex is a great choice for patients who suffer from back pain when conservative treatment has failed. Vertiflex might be a good way of back pain relief for you if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Leg, buttock, or groin pain
- Numbness, tingling, weakness, stiffness, or cramping in the back, legs, or buttocks
- Difficulty and pain while standing upright
- Difficulty and pain while walking
- Decreased endurance during physical activities
Vertiflex is a minimally invasive approach to treating lumbar spinal stenosis, or LSS. LSS is caused by changes in the shape and size of the spinal canal. LSS occurs in the lower back and is a common cause of lower back pain, which can rigger leg pain and numbness. It is most common in people over 50. During the procedure, your doctor will insert a small implant through a small tube. This tube is only about the size of a dime, which means that there is little tissue damage and blood loss. This makes for a quick recovery time. Vertiflex is also an effective sciatica treatment.
How Does It Work?
The implant works by relieving pressure on the affected nerves. It is placed inside the spine and is designed to help to reduce the space between discs when walking or standing. It creates more space for your spinal cord and nerves in your spinal columns without removing any bone as in a traditional laminectomy. There are multiple implant sizes which can accommodate a wide variety of patient needs. This implant is approved by the FDA and is effective for up to 5 years. This procedure is safe and effective. Not only will you be back on your feet in no time, but you will maintain your range of motion.
Vertiflex recovery is very quick. All patients have different needs, so it is important to always follow your doctor’s instructions regarding post-operative care. For about 6 weeks after your Vertiflex procedure, you should limit lifting, bending, and strenuous activity. During this time, you can increase your light activity and enjoy activities such as walking or light exercise. After the procedure, you can expect some soreness, and your incision through which the implant was placed will have a few stitches that should be kept clean.
If left untreated, LSS can worsen over time and lead to excessive narrowing of the spinal canal. This can constrict the nerves in the spinal that run down into the legs and result in additional pain and discomfort and decreased mobility. If you suffer from back pain, talk to your doctor to see if Vertiflex is a treatment option for you.