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Everything You Need to Know About mild® for Spinal Stenosis

When you’re suffering from chronic back pain or limited in your mobility due to spinal stenosis, you may be a candidate for treatment with mild®, a safe, minimally invasive procedure available at Pain Specialty Group.

Our interventional pain management specialists offer comprehensive care for spinal stenosis, using the mild system to improve your overall quality of life without traditional surgical risks.

Understanding the pain of spinal stenosis

Spinal stenosis is a condition often associated with the natural aging process or trauma to your spine. It causes your spinal canal to get squished closer together, which can put pressure on nearby spinal nerves.  The main causes are usually one or a combination of events including a slipped disc, ligamentum flavum hypertrophy, and facet enlargement.  This narrowing is what causes the nerves, traveling in the spinal canal, to become squished and inflamed, hence causing pain.

When your spinal nerves are compressed, you can experience a variety of symptoms, especially chronic back pain that radiates down into your legs and arms. Nerve compression can also cause weakness and numbness in these areas, which increases your risk for injuries from falls.

While trauma and degenerative spine changes are often the root cause of spinal stenosis, you may also develop pain and other symptoms from additional issues and it is recommended to be evaluated by a qualified pain specialist.  

How the mild procedure works for lumbar spinal stenosis

Minimally invasive lumbar decompression (mild) is an effective and safe procedure designed to treat mild to moderate lumbar spinal stenosis. This treatment is cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and has helped thousands of patients find long-term relief of pain and other symptoms.

During a mild procedure, your Pain Specialty Group provider uses specialized surgical tools and innovative imaging technology to decompress your lumbar spine. 

They only need to make a tiny incision to remove small pieces of bone and ligaments to create more space in your spinal column.

By creating more room in your spine, the pressure on your nerves is significantly reduced, immediately resolving pain and other debilitating symptoms.

The mild procedure is minimally invasive with fast recovery

One of the biggest benefits of using the mild procedure to treat lumbar spinal stenosis is the minimally invasive nature of the surgery. 

The small surgical tools won’t cause unnecessary trauma to surrounding tissue. Since only a small incision is necessary for the procedure, you usually won’t even need stitches when your treatment is complete.

The team at Pain Specialty Group performs mild on an outpatient basis typically in an hour or less. You won’t need general anesthesia and can expect to go home to recover soon after your surgery.

Enjoy a better quality of life with the mild procedure 

The small incisions required in the mild procedure heal quickly. After a few days of recovery, you can return to light activities to further enhance your recovery.

And within weeks of surgery, you can resume your usual routine. In fact, you should be able to enjoy a higher quality of life with less pain and increased mobility.

To find out if you’re a candidate for trying the mild procedure for treating lumbar spinal stenosis, contact Pain Specialty Group by phone or request an appointment online today.

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