Life with formanimal pain is unpredictable. One day you feel fine, but ride a bike or work at your desk for a long stretch, and suddenly you feel an excruciating burning in your neck or shoulder. You’ve felt this before, but brushed it off. But now it’s getting more frequent and intense.
Foraminotomy may be the answer. Don’t let the long name (for-a-min-AH-to-mee) put you off. It is a minimally invasive spine procedure that widens the tunnel through which nerve bundles pass from the spinal cord to the rest of the body. The procedure relieves pressure on the nerve root that is causing your terrible pain. The result is freedom of movement without pain.
Foraminotomy can help if you have been diagnosed with:
Foraminal pain is difficult to relieve without surgery. Traction or avoiding certain activities can offer relief – but that puts big restriction on your life.
The good news is foraminotomies can be done in a minimally invasive way. That means: