Debilitating Back Pain Can Happen to Anyone


Although chronic back pain is often thought of as a condition related to older people or those who have jobs that are very physically demanding, the truth is that anyone, of any age, can be impacted by a back ailment. Even those who consider themselves to be in top physical shape can sustain an injury to a spinal disc while exercising or performing an everyday activity.

Think of the backpacks laden with heavy textbooks and laptops that elementary, high school, and college students tote around all day. Eventually, some of these students may suffer from damage caused by the weakening of vulnerable discs in their spine. One healthy young student, Mary Halabi, came to see Dr. Solomon Kamson, MD, PhD, at the Spine Institute Northwest because she was experiencing severe back pain. Though she’d thought she had simply pulled a muscle at the gym, her pain was stemming from a herniated disc caused by lifting weights that were too heavy. Her pain was so unbearable that she could barely do anything but lie down all day. She was missing classes and couldn’t participate in the sports and other activities she loved to do.

Dr. Kamson was able to bring Mary back to her active lifestyle minus the pain she was experiencing in her lumbar spine. She consulted with Sol Kamson, and together they opted for Mary to undergo a minimally invasive lumbar spine surgical procedure at the Spine Institute Northwest in Bothell, WA, where Sol Kamson is the Director. Eight days after her surgery, Mary was back at school and able to return to her young, active lifestyle.

One of the minimally invasive techniques that Dr. Kamson uses to repair damaged lumbar discs is endoscopically assisted spinal decompression. During this procedure, your surgeon at the Spine Institute Northwest uses a needle-guided endoscope after making a small incision in the area to be treated. The endoscope is used together with Laser and Radiofrequency (RF) technology to clearly see and be able to repair the damage from inside the body. This avoids the need for invasive surgery, with a much shorter period of recovery time needed. Most patients undergoing endoscopically assisted spinal decompression are able to go home the same day as the surgery is performed.

A lumbar interbody fusion and facet fixation can help someone who has developed degenerative disc disease, spondylolysis, or repeated incidences of disc herniation, among other conditions. During this minimally invasive procedure, Dr. Kamson uses a facet screw system to help stabilize the spine. He is then able to safely remove the disc or bone material that is causing pain and fill in a spacer with bone graft to fuse the spine back into the correct alignment. This is a more involved procedure than spinal decompression, with the need for physiotherapy for 6 to 24 months afterwards. The important thing to remember is that you will be able to return to your daily living tasks once again, with significantly less pain than in the past.

Contact Dr. Kamson and his team at the Spine Institute Northwest today for a consultation to discuss your spinal pain.

Dave Patten’s Success Story

dave-patten-2Dave Patten had been suffering with chronic back pain for years. As a programmer who had been on the job for over 30 years, this 46-year-old technical problem-solver had burning lumbar pain that traveled down both of his legs. He also experienced sharp, intense spasms that brought him to his knees. Dave began having difficulty with the simplest activities. It had gotten to the point where sitting at his desk and walking up steps were too difficult for him to manage.

While researching ways to solve his issues with back pain, Dave learned about Dr. Solomon Kamson. Dr. Kamson wanted to fix Dave’s problem, and he was happy to answer any of Dave’s many technical, detailed questions.

With the help of Solomon Kamson and the Spine Institute Northwest, Dave decided to take charge of his back pain so he could return to living a normal life. Dr. Kamson performed a two-level, minimally invasive lumbar fusion together with stem cell treatment.

Lumbar Fusion

This minimally invasive procedure is done using fluoroscopy to pinpoint the accuracy of the small incision and the subsequent placement of hardware. This type of lumbar fusion lessens tissue trauma and improves optics for surgeons like Dr. Kamson, so he can visualize the spinal structures through such a small incision. When compared with traditional spinal fusion, minimally invasive lumbar fusion results in less blood loss, requires a much smaller incision, lowers the risk of tissue and muscle damage and infection, and allows for a quicker recovery post-surgery. Special bone screws are put into place to fix the two or more vertebrae together.

With regenerative medicine, Dr. Kamson worked to also alleviate pain and repair damaged tissue in addition to help minimize scar formation.

Recovery from Minimally Invasive Lumbar Fusion

Dave Patten reports that his recovery was a bit slow in the beginning, as the fusion needs time to become appropriately established. In about two months’ time, however, he was back at work. With time, his body became stronger and, as a result, he is now a more active person. In fact, Dave is acutely aware of the difference in his life now that he is pain-free.

Without the stress and pain he was enduring before the treatments, Dave can now spend more time with his children, and his quality of life has been greatly improved. He’s also happy to refer anyone he knows who is having back issues to get in touch with Dr. Kamson at the Spine Institute Northwest in Bothell, WA.