From Jay Resio, CEO of SpineNation

Has anyone ever heard that an enlarged ligament could cause back pain? As the CEO of SpineNation, a digital health and wellness company developing innovative products and services to empower people to overcome their back, neck, and spine conditions, I’m always trying to stay apprised of any and all options for potential treatment and innovations for my community.

More than 72.3 million adult Americans (that’s nearly 28% of the population) self-report they have chronic low back pain, or CLBP. That’s more people than report pain from arthritis (58.6 million), diabetes (37.3 million), or heart disease (30.3 million).

In addition, according to a recent Harris poll, 27 million Americans have never been told by a health care professional what exactly caused their CLBP and 78% of adult Americans with CLBP do not know an enlarged ligament can be the cause. Clearly, there are many misconceptions about chronic low back pain, its potential cause, symptoms, and treatment options. Sadly, while over 76% say that CLBP has interfered with their ability to complete everyday tasks, nearly 8 out of 10 (or 78%) have accepted their CLBP as part of their life.

Lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) is a condition in which the lower spinal canal narrows and compresses the nerves in the lower back. Up to 85% of spinal canal narrowing is caused by an enlarged ligament. People with LSS typically experience a variety of symptoms that affect daily life, including low back and leg pain and limited mobility. People with LSS often feel pain, numbness, tingling, or heaviness when standing or walking that is relieved by sitting, bending forward, or sleeping curled in the fetal position.

However, for those suffering from this condition, help is on the way. There is a new treatment, one that doesn’t involve using opioids. The American Society of Pain and Neuroscience (ASPN) identified an educational need for guidance on the prudent use of minimally invasive surgical therapies for the treatment of symptomatic LSS. The mild Procedure, as it is named, is an FDA-cleared early treatment option that addresses a major root cause of LSS—primarily a degenerative, age-related narrowing of the lower spinal canal that causes symptoms of pain and numbness in the lower back, buttocks, and legs. This procedure treats this condition by removing excess ligament tissue, restoring space in the spinal canal with a short, outpatient procedure that does not require anesthesia, implants, stitches, steroids, or opioids. Recovery time is typically less than 24 hours and doesn’t eliminate options for future surgeries if necessary. And this procedure is covered by most health care insurances nationally.

I encourage everyone that suffers from LSS or CLBP to learn more about the mild Procedure and consult with your physician to explore if you are a candidate for treatment. You can visit KnowYourBackStory.com for more details.