Specializing in Spondylosis Treatment
What is 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:
- 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:
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
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.