Spinal Stenosis Specialist

Pain Institute of Southern Arizona

Pain Management & Pain Medicine located in Tucson, AZ & Southern Arizona

As you head into your 50s, your risk for spinal stenosis increases. To reduce pain and other symptoms of spinal stenosis, the experienced pain management specialists at the Pain Institute of Southern Arizona offer custom treatment plans tailored to your needs. At all of their offices, located throughout Tucson, Oro Valley, Green Valley, Safford, Benson and Willcox, Arizona, the medical team provides epidural steroid injections and other options to get you back to an active lifestyle. Find out more about treating spinal stenosis by calling the practice or request an appointment online.

Spinal Stenosis Q & A

What is spinal stenosis?

Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spine, often resulting from degenerative diseases, such as osteoarthritis. As the spinal vertebrae and their protective discs wear down, they can put pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. Pressure on the nerves can also result as the ligaments in your back thicken as you age, or if you have herniated discs due to injury or disease.

This pressure causes pain and a variety of symptoms that interfere with your mobility and overall quality of life. Your risk for spinal stenosis increases with age or if you suffer trauma to the spine from a fall or auto accident.

What are the symptoms of spinal stenosis?

Some people can have spinal stenosis without any symptoms, but typically symptoms of the condition develop gradually and worsen over time.

As a result of spinal stenosis, you may experience persistent pain in your back or neck, depending on where the spinal narrowing occurs. Pain can also radiate into your arms and legs, which can interfere with your daily activities and your mobility.

What treatments are available for spinal stenosis?

Pain Institute of Southern Arizona continues to be on the cutting edge of medicine, offering a ground breaking treatment for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis. Our physicians are the first and ONLY providers in Southern Arizona to perform the Vertiflex procedure, a long-lasting solution to the symptoms of lower back and leg pain.

The procedure is a simple, minimally invasive treatment which can provide effective long-term relief by lifting pressure off the nerves to alleviate leg and back pain:

  • FDA approved
  • Small incision
  • Out-patient procedure
  • Does not require removal of bone or tissue
  • Speedy recovery time
  • Low risk of infection or complications
  • More than 10,000 patients nationwide treated since 2016

How It’s Done

The Vertiflex procedure uses a small spacer designed to relieve pressure on the nerves. Your physician will place the spacer between the spinous processes through a small tube that is approximately the size of a dime. Once the spacer is placed, it is intended to relieve pressure off the nerves, and reduce the pain, without having to lean forward or sit down.

Learn more about treatment for your spinal stenosis pain by requesting a consultation online or by phone today. You can also visit the Webinar Library section on our website to view educational webinar recordings. Dr. Cornidez and Dr. Cubillo present an explanation of the procedure and describe the types of candidates who can benefit from it.

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