Skip to main content

MILD Procedure for "Shopping Cart Sign"

What is Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?

Lumbar spinal stenosis is a condition in which the lower spinal canal narrows and compresses the spinal nerves in the lower back. This happens as the result of degenerative processes in the lumbar spine which includes a thickening of a ligament known as the ligamentum flavum. This disease causes increased low back and/or leg pain with walking and standing which is allevaited by sitting or bending forward like over a shopping cart.

What is MILD and how does it help?

mild® is an early treatment option to consider when conservative therapies (e.g., physical therapy, pain medication, chiropractic, and epidural steoird injections) are not providing adequate relief. The mild® Procedure addresses a major root cause of LSS by removing excess ligament tissue to restore space in the spinal canal. The mild® Procedure typically takes less than an hour and can be performed through a single, tiny incision smaller than the size of a baby aspirin (5.1 mm). This is done under sedation and is an outpatient procedure. The procedure also has a great safety profile and tolerated by patients who are not good surgical candidates. Patient's that undergo MILD improve their ability to walk further and stand longer.

Am I a candidate?

If you are greater than 65 years of age and are experiencing low back and/or leg pain with wlaking and standing that is alleviated by sitting down then you may be a candidate. If lumbar epidural steroid injections do not provide long lasting relief then that may be a sign that it is time to consider MILD. We will look over your MRI in detail to determine a safe treatment plan. 


You Might Also Enjoy...

CBD’s Role in Managing Pain

You’ve probably heard talk about CBD, or cannabidiol, if not tried it yourself for any number of conditions it is advertised to help. If you’re wondering what CBD is, if CBD helps control or lessen acute or chronic pain, and how to take or use CBD, you’ve

The Truth about Obesity and Chronic Pain

Does obesity directly cause chronic pain? Well, no, obesity is not a direct cause of pain. However, many conditions that cause chronic pain are far more common in people who are obese, and obesity and chronic pain often exist side by side.

Peripheral Nerve Stimulation for Chronic Pain

If you’re a patient who has tried all types of conservative treatment, such as physical therapy, medications, injections, nerve blocks, and more, without relief, peripheral nerve stimulation, or PNS, may offer you the pain relief you’ve been searching for.

How Tai Chi Can Help Combat Chronic Pain

Tai chi has become a method of stress and anxiety reduction, meditation, and serenity, in addition to being a form of exercise that increases flexibility, balance, and combats a variety of health conditions, including chronic pain.

Treating Lower Back Pain Without Surgery

Whether your back pain is a brand new occurrence or has been lingering for years, there are plenty of treatment options before you should even consider undergoing spine surgery. Talk to one of the doctors at PPP before considering invasive spine surgery.

CRPS: Treatment for a Commonly Misunderstood Pain Syndrome

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is a condition that causes chronic and debilitating pain. CRPS perplexes many physicians, but the team at Pacific Pain Physicians has been diagnosing and treating this condition successfully for many of their patients.