Comprehensive Pain Management
(Formally known as Franklin Pain and Wellness and Warwick Pain)

Attleboro, MA(508) 236-8333
Franklin, MA(508) 507-8818
South Kingstown, RI (401) 234-9677
Warwick, RI(401) 352-0007

Franklin, MA • (508) 507-8818
Warwick, RI • (401) 352-0007
South Kingstown, RI • (401) 234-9677

Franklin Pain and Wellness Center

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An Alternative to Open Back Surgery

- Thursday, October 25, 2012

Lumbar spinal stenosis is a common lower back pain condition that occurs mostly as we age.  The spine is a very complex system made up of many different parts that all come together to allow humans to walk upright, bend and twist.  In addition, the components of the spine protect the spinal cord from injury like a cylinder of armor.  

Stenosis, is the Greek word for “choking” so spinal stenosis is the actual constriction of the spine.  What happens is bone and tissue begin to overgrow in a specific area of the spine (the lumbar region), this becomes very uncomfortable and results in lower back pain.  Conventional methods, like injections and medications only provide temporary relief and require maintenance and management.  Open back surgery is an involved process that requires recovery time.  

An alternative to open back surgery for the treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis is a new minimally invasive procedure called mild©.  The mild© procedure is performed in the matter of two hours using a thin instruments that go into the spine through an opening the size of a baby aspirin.  The area of insertion is completely numbed and sedation is available for those who prefer a little extra relaxation during the procedure.  After the procedure, you get to go home and the recovery process is minimal.

To see video testimonials of patients who have benefited from mild© go to  To find out if you’re a candidate for the mild© procedure, contact The Franklin Pain and Wellness Center at (508) 507-8818 or e-mail