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A New Option to Stop Back Pain

A minimally invasive technique using a new implant — X Stop — is helping relieve back pain and restore mobility of spinal stenosis sufferers throughout metro Atlanta.

A condition that affects more than 400,000 in the United States, spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal in the lower back. As we age, wear and tear from everyday activities can cause the spine to deteriorate. This narrowing can pinch and irritate the nerves that branch out from the spinal cord, resulting in back pain, leg pain, weakness, and a loss of balance.

Most patients with spinal stenosis do not require surgery. They often can be successfully treated using nonoperative methods, including physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication, steroid injections or bracing. If these methods are not effective, X Stop may be a treatment option that your orthopedic physician offers.

Implanting the X Stop does NOT require removal of bone and tissue. The X Stop is a titanium device placed between the spinous processes — the bony projections at the back of the vertebrae — just underneath the skin. The implant opens up the space in the spinal canal to take the pressure off the nerves.

Says Dr. Erik Bendiks, spine surgeon with Southern Orthopaedic Specialists, “The X Stop is an excellent alternative for many patients. We are very pleased with the results we’ve seen from the dozens of patients who have undergone spine surgery using X Stop.”

Dr. Bendiks is fellowship trained in spine surgery. To schedule an appointment, contact Southern Orthopaedic Specialists at (770) 953-6929.

June 2008

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