Minimally Invasive Interventions

At Spinal Diagnostics, we offer a number of minimally invasive interventions for patients with back and neck pain. We provide revolutionary treatments for spinal issues like spinal stenosis, herniated discs, CRPS, and degenerative disc disease.

Our minimally invasive intervention solutions aim to restore mobility, alleviate pain symptoms without disrupting nerves or tissue, and drastically reduce recovery times.

We understand how debilitating spinal and neck pain can become. That’s why we aim to enhance your lower back mobility issues and improve your health with these innovative procedures.

Compared to traditional surgical procedures, minimally invasive interventions have multiple benefits, including:

  • Faster results: Numbness, tingling, and lumbar pain are significantly reduced within a matter of days after undergoing minimally invasive interventions. As the spine and neck’s mobility becomes restored, you can return to your daily activities faster and with fewer complications.
  • Reduced pain, risk of complications, and recovery time: Minimally invasive interventions involve smaller incisions and less nerve disruption, significantly reducing procedure pain and recovery time. Opioids or general anesthesia are unnecessary, leading to decreased complication rates of less than 0.1%).
  • Restored quality of life: Minimally invasive interventions help you restore your quality of life by allowing you to exercise, attend recreational activities like concerts, or spend time with loved ones without worrying about lower back and leg pain.

Stellate Ganglion Block

A stellate ganglion block (SGB) is a minimally invasive intervention involving injecting a local anesthetic medication near the stellate ganglion, a collection of nerves in the neck. The stellate ganglion is part of the sympathetic nervous system, which plays a role in pain transmission. 

Blocking the nerve signals in the stellate ganglion can relieve pain and alleviate symptoms associated with certain conditions.

The procedure is typically performed under fluoroscopic or ultrasound guidance to ensure accurate needle placement. The anesthetic medication used in the block temporarily interrupts the sympathetic nerve activity, thereby reducing pain and improving blood flow to the affected area. 

Stellate ganglion blocks are commonly used to manage chronic pain conditions involving the head, neck, and upper extremities, such as:

  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Post-Herpetic Neuralgia
  • Sympathetic-Mediated Pain
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Vertiflex (Interspinous Spacers)

Vertiflex, or interspinous spacers, is a minimally invasive intervention that aims to create extra space between the vertebrae, helping to release pressure on the nerves and reducing symptoms caused by conditions like spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, or a herniated disc. 

Compared to traditional surgical procedures, Vertiflex offers smaller incisions, less tissue disruption, and a faster recovery time. Vertiflex also helps preserve the spine's normal anatomy since no bone or soft tissue removal is performed.

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MILD® Procedure

MILD® stands for minimally invasive lumbar decompression, an outpatient procedure that helps relieve spinal pressure, leading to decreased pain. Lumbar discomfort may be caused when the space within the spinal canal narrows. It usually occurs when standing for long periods or walking long distances.

With smaller incisions, reduced recovery time, and minimum nerve interference, the MILD® procedure offers multiple benefits. This less invasive treatment addresses spinal issues like spinal stenosis, herniated discs, or any other lumbar nerve-related problem. 

The procedure involves an incision in the lower back that aims to remove the small pieces of bone and ligaments causing nerve compression. Doing this creates more space in the spinal canal, releasing nerve pressure and reducing pain.

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Occipital Nerve Block

An occipital nerve block is a minimally invasive intervention in which a combination of anesthetic medicine and steroids is injected into your scalp near the occipital nerves. It is done to treat various kinds of head and neck pain.

The occipital nerves are located at the base of the skull and can sometimes become inflamed or irritated, leading to headaches or neck pain. Occipital nerve block can provide quick relief from the pain and the results can be temporary or long-lasting based on the underlying cause of your pain. 

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ZIP® Procedure

The ZIP® procedure offers a minimally invasive approach to spinal fusion. This implant is specifically designed to stabilize the spine and share the weight during fusion surgeries in the lower back.

It offers significant pain relief for patients dealing with moderate to severe lumbar spinal stenosis and degenerative disc disease.

Minimally Invasive Interventions in Tualatin and Newberg in Oregon

At Spinal Diagnostics, we focus on spinal and neuropathic pain management with a multidisciplinary approach. Our team of specialists are recognized leaders in clinical research and provide updated diagnostic processes and treatment options.

We have dedicated our practice to improving our patient’s quality of life without using opiate medications or traditional spine surgery. Over ten years of experience makes us the top choice for those with back and neck pain.

If you want to learn more about our minimally invasive interventions, call us, schedule an appointment online, or visit our locations in Tualatin and Newberg, Oregon. 

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