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Finding Solutions for Sciatica and Pinched Nerves
A pinched nerve occurs when a nerve comes under pressure from surrounding bone, muscle, ligament, cartilage or other tissue, causing pain, tingling sensations and impaired function. A pinched nerve in the lower back is among the most common forms of this nerve compression. The sciatic nerve, the largest nerve in the body stretching from the base of the spine to the soles of the feet, is often subjected to such pressure. A pinched sciatic nerve results in a condition called sciatica, characterized by shooting pain to the legs. A pinched nerve in the lower back may occur secondarily to lumbar spinal stenosis. The narrowing spinal canal can impinge on nerves emanating from the affected segments of the spine. For patients with mild to moderate spinal stenosis who do not respond to conservative therapies, spinal fusion has been the traditional surgical option. But spinal fusion surgery eliminates the natural movement between affected vertebrae, and can actually promote degeneration of adjacent vertebrae. Now the TOPS™ System offers a superior surgical solution.
TOPS for Pinched Nerve Treatment
The TOPS™ System effectively replaces parts of the vertebrae removed during the spinal decompression treatment for spinal stenosis and secondary conditions including pinched nerve, spondylolisthesis and facet arthrosis. Traditionally spine fusion surgery has been performed after spinal decompression to stabilize the spine. But the fused vertebrae lose the ability to move independently. In contrast, the TOPS™ System allows normal motion in all directions – flexion, extension, lateral bending, and axial rotation. Now surgeons can perform a TOPS Posterior Arthroplasty as an alternative to spinal fusion back surgery with proven better outcomes. In fact, Premia Spine’s TOPS System has been demonstrated to provide better outcomes than lumbar spinal fusion surgery in clinical studies conducted around the globe since 2005. If you have moderate to severe symptoms of spinal stenosis, with or without pinched nerve or other secondary conditions ask your physician if Posterior Arthroplasty is the right solution for you.