Spine Motion Preservation devicesSpine Motion Preservation devices are being investigated and clinically trialed as a more modern and effective solution to replace spinal fusion as a remediation of back pain and spinal immobility. There are three major diagnoses that preclude the recommendation of spine motion preservation procedures:

  • Spinal Stenosis: An affectation of the lumbar posterior spinal area that results in limited mobility, severe pain, and sciatic symptoms.
  • Spondylolisthesis: Lumbar displacement and the production of painful motion through the discthat cn also result in painful compression of nerves.
  • Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD): Vertebral disc damage that causes low back, leg, and sciatic pain in the lumbar area or arm, shoulder, and neck pain in the cervical area of the spine, referred to as discogenic pain.

One spine motion preservation device that has already been approved is the interlaminarspacer, Coflex. This device assists the efficacy of a laminotomy by keeping openthe central canal of the spine and stabilizes the motion segment to address the pain of stenosis and DDD. Preferred over spinal fusion for its minimally invasive insertion procedure the interlaminarspacer, Coflex, is an innovative alternative for surgery.

Other posterior spine motion preservation devices still in trial or under restriction of use are Posterior Dynamic Stabilizing Devices which are currently only used in tandem with spine fusion surgery or Facet Replacement/Total Element Replacement.