Chronic back and neck pain can cause serious health issues and have a tremendous impact on a person’s quality of life. If you are looking for a nonsurgical procedure to relieve your pain, look no further than Dr. Yashar and spinal decompression in Los Angeles.
What is Spinal Decompression
Nonsurgical spinal decompression uses traction to apply gentle pressure to the spine, thus stretching the spine and getting the space back in between each pair of vertebrae. As the spine is stretched, the displaced discs that cause the pain can slide back to their normal positions while the flow of oxygen and spinal fluid is returned to normal.
Nonsurgical spinal decompression is best known for treating the following sources of back and neck pain:
Patients who are pregnant or who suffer from advanced osteoporosis, spinal fractures, tumors or artificial discs or plates should not undergo spinal decompression.
Surgical Spinal Decompression
According to the Cleveland Clinic, spinal decompression surgery is “a general term that refers to various procedures intended to relieve symptoms caused by pressure, or compression, on the spinal cord and/or nerve roots.” Those suffering from spinal compression have several options including a corpectomy, a discectomy, a laminotomy, a foraminotomy or osteophyte removal.
Spinal nerve compression can cause numbness, tingling, pain, weakness or even unsteadiness. In severe cases, those suffering from nerve compression can experience paralysis or issues with bladder and bowel control. A discectomy involves removing a portion of a disk to relieve the pressure that is causing issues to nearby nerve roots.
Another procedure removes a small portion of the lamina, or the bony arches of the spinal canal. When a laminotomy is performed, only a section of the lamina is removed. When a laminectomy is performed, the entire lamina is removed, which will increase the size of the spinal canal and relieve the pressure causing the pain. Another procedure expands the nerve root openings as they exit the spinal cord by removing bone and other tissues. The difference in the procedures is determined by the amount of bone and tissue removed. In a foraminectomy, a large amount is removed.
Choosing the Right Surgeon
If you are experiencing back pain, you might be a viable candidate for spinal decompression in Los Angeles. Dr. Parham Yashar has become a preeminent neurosurgeon in the Los Angeles, San Fernando and Santa Clarita areas since completing his fellowship and residency in 2012. With his broad experience, interest and accomplishments in spine, brain and neuro-interventional procedures, Dr. Yashar is a high skilled and exceptional neurosurgeon, focusing on all aspects within the field of neurosurgery, along with a special emphasis on both brain and spine surgery.
At Yashar Neurosurgery, Dr. Yashar specializes in spine treatment and minimally invasive procedures. He has an extensive background in neurosurgery with an emphasis in spinal treatment and surgery. He is dedicated to educating his patients on their conditions and developing a customized treatment plan to most effectively address their symptoms.
With his commitment to providing compassionate care and empathy to all his patients, Dr. Yashar treats each patient individually, providing them with the necessary tools to direct their own care, and guiding them through each step of the treatment process, whether that includes non-surgical options, as well as both before and after any surgical procedure.
If you are considering spinal decompression in Los Angeles, make an appointment with Dr. Yashar today.