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.