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Spinal instability is a condition where there is actually too much range of motion due to extra space between vertebrae. This allows greater movement of the spine, resulting in a degenerating disc that prevents the patient from being able to adequately support their own weight. The body automatically tries to repair this damage, which can lead to the formation of bone spurs that can press on the spine. Dr. Sina Rajamand provides spinal instability treatment at Battle Born Brain and Spine in Reno.

Spinal instability can be caused by trauma to the spine, tumors in the spine, congenital defects in the spine, scoliosis or poor lifting techniques that allow inordinate wear on the spine. The typical symptoms generally include:

  • Pain, especially when lifting, bending or straightening up
  • Muscle spasms
  • Numbness in the arms and lower extremities
  • Radiating pain down the buttocks and legs, usually on one side

When these symptoms develop, you need to be examined by an experienced neurosurgeon in Reno who can pinpoint the exact location of your spinal instability and offer options for repairs and a return to full mobility and quality of life.

Minimally-Invasive Repairs for An Unstable Spine in Reno

Dr. Rajamand will use x-ray scans to observe bone structures, as well as CT and MRI imaging to determine the exact location and severity of your spine instability. Most cases of unstable spine occurs in the lumbar (lower) spine. The severity of your condition will dictate what options Dr. Rajamand will recommend for repairs.

Mild cases can get relief from physical therapy to strengthen the spine and pain meds and anti-inflammatory meds to handle discomfort. If this fails to bring results, or if your condition is worse, neurosurgery may be necessary. Dr. Rajamand can perform a microdiscectomy to remove a damaged disc that may be pressing on the spine. This typically also means a spinal fusion is necessary. Spinal fusion joins two adjacent vertebrae together to add strength and stability to the spine.

Dr. Rajamand is a recognized expert at minimally-invasive neurosurgical procedures and can perform these surgeries with a single incision to greatly reduce risks. Your downtime for healing will also be less, due to the reduced activity at the surgical site. Dr. Rajamand can explain more in a surgical consultation at Battle Born Brain and Spine in Reno. Contact our office today to schedule an exam.