Spondylosis

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Dr. Virella is a Board Certified Minimally Invasive Neurosurgeon

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Specializing in Spondylosis Treatment

What is spondylosis?

Spondylosis refers to the degeneration of the spine. Most commonly, spondylosis is used to refer to osteoarthritis and its associated symptoms. It is also used to refer to conditions like spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, and neck and back pain. The causes of spondylosis include age-related degenerative changes and accidents, injuries, or traumas. Board-Certified Neurosurgeon Dr. Virella is a spondylosis doctor/surgeon who treats all degenerative conditions of the spine.

What are the symptoms of spondylosis?

Spine spondylosis (neck and back) can produce a number of symptoms. The most common of which include the following:

  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decreases range of motion

These symptoms present in the area that is affected by the condition. In some cases, spondylosis may compress spinal nerve roots or the spinal cord and cause extremity pain, weakness, or numbness.

Symptom recognition is a very important part of diagnosing spondylosis. Patients who choose Dr. Virella can look forward to an accurate evaluation of their symptoms and the creation of personalized treatment plan.

What are spondylosis treatment/procedure options?

Spondylosis in its early stages may be treated using nonsurgical treatment options. Usually, a holistic treatment plan that includes any combination of the following is used:

  • Rest
  • Pain and/or anti-inflammatory medications
  • Physical Therapy
  • Steroid Injections

Spondylosis that does not respond to nonsurgical treatment or spondylosis in its severe stages may require spondylosis surgery. The most common minimally invasive surgeries Dr. Virella specializes in and commonly performs include the following:

  1. Lumbar/Cervical Discectomy. Dr. Virella performs this procedure to decompress a pinched nerve. He carefully removes pieces of the intervertebral disc, bone, and/or soft tissue that put pressure on a nerve.
  2. Lumbar/Cervical Fusion. This procedure is a discectomy with an extra step. Dr. Virella uses bone graft and small rods and screws to fuse adjacent vertebrae and stabilize the spine. Dr. Virella commonly performs this procedure on patients who have pain associated with movement.

The benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery include a smaller incision, less postoperative pain, and a faster recovery.

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