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Spinal Instability

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Specializing in Spinal Instability Treatments

What is spinal instability?

Spinal instability is a condition characterized by abnormal movement between adjacent vertebrae. Patients who have spinal instability usually have symptoms that occur in conjunction with bending, flexing, lifting, and twisting movements.

The facet joints and intervertebral discs of the spine are responsible for moving it. When the facet joints or intervertebral discs are diseased or damaged due to injury, vertebral anatomy changes and movement becomes difficult. In many cases, osteoarthritis can develop and quickly progress. Patients who are experiencing the symptoms of spinal instability are encouraged to make an appointment with Dr. Virella.

What are the symptoms of spinal instability?

Symptom recognition is the first step towards effectively treating spinal instability. Patients who choose Dr. Virella as their spinal instability doctor/surgeon will have all of their symptoms analyzed. Some of the most common symptoms that patients present with include the following: In many cases, nerve compression can be seen with spinal instability. Typical symptoms of a compressed nerve include pain, weakness, numbness, and tingling in the extremities. After Dr. Virella evaluates a patient's symptoms, performs a physical examination, and orders and reviews medical imaging studies, he makes an accurate diagnosis and creates an individualized treatment plan.

What are spinal instability treatment/procedure options?

The goal of Dr. Virella's treatment plan is to eliminate symptoms and treat the condition that is causing them. Dr. Virella treats spinal instability using the following nonsurgical treatment options: When the symptoms of spinal instability do not respond to nonsurgical treatment options, Dr. Virella may recommend spinal instability surgery. Dr. Virella specializes in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MISS). He is an expert at performing the following MISS procedures: The benefits of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery include less operative time, less postoperative pain, a shorter recovery, and a smaller small incision/post-surgical scar. Patients who are in pain and are interested in finding a spinal instability treatment/procedure option can contact our office at any time to make an appointment.

Anthony Virella, MD

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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Board Certified Neurosurgeon, Dr. Anthony Virella, is a pioneer in Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery specializing in Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement Procedures. If surgery is recommended, Dr. Virella specializes in minimally invasive procedures that often require an incision of only an inch or less.

Nervous or Apprehensive about taking the first step?

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.

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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 (805-449-0088) or 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.

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  • Board-Certified Neurosurgeon
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  • Minimally Invasive Techniques


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  • Los Angeles County
  • Ventura County
  • Orange County
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  • San Fernando Valley
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  • Bakersfield
  • Van Nuys
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