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Foraminal Narrowing

A foramen is an opening in a vertebra through which the nerve roots leave the spine. Each vertebra has two foramina, one on either side. From the foramina, the nerve fibers travel to all regions of the body. With foraminal narrowing, this opening becomes partially blocked, causing a painful compression of the nerves.

The nerve roots attached to the top section of the spine (cervical section) are connected to areas of the upper body such as the shoulders, torso, hands and arms. At the lower (lumber) section of the spine, the nerve roots branch off to the legs and feet. Depending on which vertebra is affected by the narrowing, your symptoms might include pain and/or numbness in any of the above areas.

Foraminal Narrowing: Forming a Diagnosis
Foraminal narrowing can be a very painful condition and should be diagnosed as early as possible. MRI, CT, and X-ray equipment can all help your doctor to make a firm diagnosis. Often pain medications and physical therapy are not enough to combat the symptoms of foraminal narrowing. In many cases a surgical approach is required to relieve pressure on the nerves.

The Bonati Institute for Arthroscopic Surgery, located near Tampa Bay, Florida, offers a safe, effective, minimally invasive procedure designed to treat foraminal narrowing. Using an endoscope and extremely accurate lasers, such obstructions as scar tissue, diseased disc material and bone spurs can be efficiently removed with a minimum of complications and a relatively short recovery time. To request a free MRI review and to learn more about The Bonati Procedures and facilities, please see www.bonati.com.

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