Pinched Spinal Nerve

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Dr. Virella is a Board Certified Minimally Invasive Neurosurgeon

Agoura Hills / Palmdale / Valencia

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Specializing in Pinched Spinal Nerve Treatment

What is a pinched spinal nerve?

The spinal cord runs from the brain to lumbar region of the spine. Nerve branches of the spinal cord exit spinal vertebrae to supply the muscles and organs of the body with nervous system intervention. A pinched spinal nerve occurs when a nerve branch is compressed or irritated. The most common causes of a pinched nerve are a herniated disc and osteoarthritis.

What are the symptoms of a pinched nerve?

The location of a pinched nerve determines the symptoms it produces. A pinched nerve in the cervical (neck) region of the spine may cause the following symptoms:

  • Neck pain
  • Tingling or numbness in the hand or fingers
  • Shoulder, arm, or hand weakness

A pinched spinal nerve in the lumbar spine/back may cause the following symptoms:

  • Lower back pain
  • Radiating pain (sciatica)
  • Lower back, hip, or leg weakness

Patients who experience the symptoms of a pinched spinal nerve are encouraged to make an appointment with a pinched nerve doctor/surgeon. Patients who make an appoint with Dr. Virella can expect to have their condition accurately diagnosed and effectively treated. All of Dr. Virella’s patients receive a customized treatment plan that eliminates symptoms and prevents them from returning.

What are pinched nerve treatment/procedure options?

Nonsurgical treatment options for a pinched nerve usually include a combination of the following:

  • Rest
  • Physical therapy
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Corticosteroid injections

When the symptoms of a pinched spinal nerve do not respond to nonsurgical treatment options, pinched nerve surgery may be recommended. The type of surgery Dr. Virella performs depends on the location and cause of the pinched nerve. Common minimally invasive spine surgeries that Dr. Virella specializes in include cervical and lumbar discectomies and laminectomies. Patients who undergo a minimally invasive spine procedure performed by Dr. Virella recover faster and experience symptom relief in a shorter period of time.

If you are ready to find a solution to your back, neck or spine condition contact us to make an appointment with Dr. Virella. With three convenient locations in Agoura Hills, CA, Valencia, CA, and Palmdale, CA, making an appointment is easier than ever.

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Anthony Virella, MD
Anthony Virella, MD is a Board-Certified, Fellowship Trained Neurological Spine Surgeon with advanced training in the management spinal disorders. He is also a graduate of the UCLA Neurosurgery Residency Program and completed his Complex Spine Resident Fellowship at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Additional work included a second Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at the UCLA Comprehensive Spine Center.  Dr. Virella is a nationally recognized spine specialist and has authored numerous articles and lectured nationally and internationally in the field of Complex and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery.
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People all over the world delay their treatments due to long-term anxieties and fears surrounding spine surgery and treatments in general. Our practice has worked with many patients over the years and we understand these valid concerns. If you have these general concerns, please click below to read “A Message from Dr. Virella“.
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Relieving your pain should not be a cause for anxiety, and we take every step possible to make sure our patients are comfortable, secure and relaxed from their first visit to their last. Remember, there is nothing scary about taking back control of your life and relieving your pain. Our practice is highly organized and provides step-by-step guided help the entire way to keep you relaxed with your focus where it should be- on you.

You’ve already taken the first step by searching for the right doctor and can soon be on a path to a pain-free life. Call our practice today (805-449-0088or request a callback to come and visit with me. We will sit down together and discuss your concerns. Then, I will provide you with a thorough analysis and review of a suggested care path and treatment options.

I pride myself in being extremely attentive to my patients, using extreme caution and putting to work my experience (of nearly two decades) in conservative treatments and minimally invasive procedures that have given thousands of patient their lives back. I have spent my life designing a new approach to spine treatments that reduce any anxieties of my patients by providing them with a comprehensive strategy that makes sense and is proven.

Don’t let your pain get worse by delaying getting the help you need. Neglecting needed treatment will (almost certainly) make your situation worse. We hope you decide to take control of your pain and your life. We welcome and look forward to meeting you and having the opportunity to shares our skills and successes with you. Thank you for taking the time to read and we hope to see you soon.

ANTHONY A. VIRELLA M.D., F.A.C.S