Dr. Kamson Treats Sciatica with Minimally Invasive Surgery

Read how Dr. Kamson at Spine Institute Northwest helped his patients with sciatic pain problems using minimally invasive surgery. Here is a link to past patient reviews.

Melissa Drewery – Life Changed by Back Surgery

Melissa, who has always been on the heavy side, felt let down by all the doctors she saw prior to her treatment under Dr. Kamson dismissed her problem as purely weight related. Not one doctor offered her anything positive and just told her to lose weight to relieve her pain.

Dr. Solomon Kamson of Spine Institute Northwest, however, offered her a solution the other prior physicians did not – minimally invasive surgery to ease the pressure on her sciatic nerve which was at the root of her back pain.

Melissa recalls her treatment at Spine Institute Northwest:

“Doctor Kamson never judged us as a patient. In less than a year my life has changed dramatically for the best.”


Tim Watts: Pain is 100% Gone!

Rancher Tim Watts could no longer do farm work effectively when sciatic nerve pain struck. Tim tried all traditional treatments including steroid injections, physical therapy, muscle relaxants and pain killers just to deal with the pain. None of these helped address the underlying cause of his pain which were two ruptured discs and spinal stenosis.

All of Tim’s pain were addressed with minimally invasive treatments from Dr. Solomon Kamson at Spine Institute Northwest.

Jim Perri: No Longer Paralyzed with Back Pain

Jim Perri’s pain before coming in for surgery at Spine Institute Northwest was literally off the scale. “I was virtually paralyzed with pain, not being able to do anything but lie on the floor,” says Jim.

“As soon as I met Doctor Kamson, I liked him immediately. His meeting with the doctor put Jim at ease for the surgery he was to undergo.  Jim’s procedure went so well that, to his complete amazement, he was able get up without any pain immediately after the surgery. Watch as he recounts his story above.

Darrel Lewis: Relieved of Foot and Back Pain

Darrel Lewis used to work deliveries on his truck before pain in his back reduced him to living “a diminished standard of living.” A sciatic nerve problem was causing him pain in his foot and back to the extent that he was having great difficulty just moving around and doing normal everyday motions that he took for granted before.

Darrel had a successful procedure that completely removed the numbness in his foot and has greatly brought down the pain he feels.

His comments about Dr. Kamson and Spine Institute Northwest?

“They worked miracles on what was wrong with my back. Don’t even think about it just head on down.”


Stephanie Proulx – Back to Taking Hikes After Surgery

Stephanie Proulx, who does quite a bit of lifting at work, was saddled with great pain from a sciatic nerve problem that made her feel completely exhausted after work. More than a year after her successful procedure at Spine Institute Northwest, Stephanie is able to take hikes with her dogs again – something which she could not do prior to her surgery. “It’s usually my knees that hurt now first,” Stephanie explains.

Glenn Steig – “I’ve Got No Pain My Legs. It’s a World of Difference There.”

What he thought was a simple muscle pain turned out to be much more serious for Glenn Steig, a package delivery worker. Glenn was hurt in an accident while at work which triggered sciatic nerve pain in his legs. Glenn decided the best course of action was to have minimally invasive treatment on his back from Dr. Kamson at Spine Institute Northwest. Dr. Kamson relieved the pressure on Glenn’s sciatic nerve by repairing one of his discs . Watch his testimonial in his own words:

Herniated Disc Treatment- David Hurlbut

Having had to suffer unimaginable pain after a herniated disc led to sciatic pain in the right side of his body, Alaskan resident David Hurlbut was not willing to put up with traditional surgery to address his pain. Going through traditional surgery, which meant an extended hospital stay and an even longer recovery period, would mean another round of waiting and dealing with more pain and possible complications.

All I can say is Dr Solomon saved my back…within two hours in the recovery room I walked the bathroom, sat down on the toilet with No Pain.

Thankfully, David got in touch with Dr. Kamson at Spine Institute Northwest for a quick minimally invasive procedure. Almost right after the surgery, David was on his way back to Alaska – without any pain. Read more about his story in his own words here: https://www.facebook.com/david.hurlbut.96/posts/10204238407574656:0 

When Is Spine Surgery Considered to be Outpatient?

There are many individuals that have the misconception that having spinal surgery is a major surgery and they must stay in the hospital for an extended visit. With minimally invasive spine surgery, this is no longer the case. You will be recovering and relaxing in your own home, in your own bed.

Lumbar Miscrodiscectomy
Lumbar microdiscectomy is a non-abrasive surgery that provides excellent results to those who must undergo surgical treatment to help recover from their lumbar spinal condition. Those who suffer from foot or leg pain, certain amounts of weakness, or even numbness, may have a lumbar condition and may even need this surgery.

When Surgery is the Final Step
Those who exhibit the symptoms of a lumbar spinal condition may have one or more symptoms. There are pain management plans that Dr. Solomon Kamson will set into place in order to minimize the pain and difficulty for you. If one pain management plan does not seem to be working, then Dr. Kamson will try another method to help.

Performing Lumbar Microdiscectomy
This surgery will take approximately an hour to perform. In order to reduce the time needed for recovery, anesthesia that was designed for outpatient surgery is used. The surgeon will use x-ray technology in order to guide him without having to make a larger incision. The smaller the incision that is made, the less muscle and tissue is cut, and the less time it will take to recover from the surgery. This also makes it possible to be an outpatient surgery.

Once Surgery is Complete
Recovery time is cut in more than half compared to what the typical surgery recovery time used to be. When the surgery is done, you will return to your home. The patient is able to walk and even participate in non-strenuous activities. You will have relief from the pain that you have felt for so long. You will be free of the pain that has put difficulty in performing typically daily activities like grocery shopping and cleaning your home.

After Care
It is important to know that even though this surgery is an outpatient surgery, you will need to make preparations to your home prior to the surgical treatment. Placing daily necessities within reach is important. For example, any clothing that will be needed out of the bottom drawers of your bedroom dresser will need to be placed in a more convenient spot. If this is the case, then it is suggested to place a basket on top of the dresser and add the daily clothing to it so less bending is performed. Dr. Solomon Kamson will provide you with other instruction on how to prepare for an easy recovery time and it is highly suggested you follow the instructions and tips.

Q&A: Best Shoes to Prevent a Sore Back?

Question: Dr. Kamson, I haven’t suffered from any back injuries but by the middle of the week my back is constantly sore. I’m on my feet all day at work and believe this has a lot to do with my soreness. Can certain shoes or insoles help prevent my back from becoming sore?

Answer: The type of shoes you wear can have a big effect on the rest of your body. The feet are the foundation of your body and the spine is like the frame. If you don’t have the proper support for your feet then the alignment of your body can be off, which causes the pain. This can be especially true for the back and knees. It is a possibility that the type of shoe you wear is what is causing the discomfort in your back. In many cases a more supportive shoe or inserts can help resolve the problem. Your best bet to prevent pain that is caused by your footwear is to wear sneakers that have a rigid heal and midsole to give you the best support. Shoes that have laces will generally give you more support than those with Velcro straps or loafers.

For women who choose to wear high heels, these can drastically throw off the alignment of your body. With heels your center of gravity is changed and causes your body to be in an unnatural position while walking or standing. This will then cause strain and added stress on the lower back. The lower the heel you wear, the better off your body will be. Many doctors recommend that wearing heels from one inch to an inch and a half is acceptable, and any heels that are taller are not good for the body and will eventually cause discomfort. Remember that heels are not made to be worn for long periods of time or traveling distances. Although they are usually required in professional environments, you should wear them as little as possible. For instance, wear sneakers to and from the office, or while on lunch to give your feet a mid-day break.

If you wear less supportive types of footwear like sandals, flip flops, or Crocs for an extended period of time, you can cause strain and stress to joints and tendons. If you already have feet that are mechanically unsound, this can add to even more problems. It can lead to more severe pain in the arches, heel, ankles, and knees, which also leads to the back. When shopping for shoes it’s important to pay attention to several aspects of the shoe. You want a shoe that has a rigid heel that is vertical and doesn’t tilt to one side. It’s also important to have good shock absorption so the shoe absorbs the majority of the impact and doesn’t travel through the body. Generally a good pair of walking or running shoes will incorporate these important factors into their shoes. For some people, especially those with certain foot types, the extra support than can come with insoles can be very beneficial and provide relief.

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Q&A: Injections for Pain Relief

Question: Hi Dr. Kamson! I suffer from lower back pain that often causes muscle spasms and pain in my hip. I’ve been told that injections can help relieve my pain. What kind of injections are there, and how long will they last?

Answer: Spinal injections are a quick and more conservative option for treating lower back pain. Generally injections are performed after medications, or you have finished therapy, they are also given prior to surgery or in conjunction with it. These types of injections are not only useful for relieving pain, but also work as helpful diagnostic tools to determine the source of your pain. Spinal injections are much more effective in relieving pain than with oral medication because this medicine is injected directly into the area where the pain is generating. Generally a steroid is injected, which delivers an anti-inflammatory solution to the area of pain.

There are several different types of injections, and depending on which one you receive, you can experience either long lasting, or temporary relief from pain. The most common types of spinal injections include epidural, selective nerve root block, facet joint block, sacroiliac joint block, and extremity joint block. The Epidural Steroid Injection (ESI) injects steroids directly around the sac that contains the fluid that nerve roots are bathed in. This procedure is able to be performed at the lumbar level, thoracic, cervical, or by per caudal approach. The steroid that is injected can help decrease the inflammation that is associated with conditions like; disc herniation, degenerative disc disease, and spinal stenosis.

The primary use of a Selective Nerve Root Block is to diagnose the exact source of the pain, and then provide relief for lower back pain, and/or leg pain. A nerve root can become compressed and inflamed which is what causes pain in the back or leg, and sometimes image studies are unable to show the nerve that is producing the pain. This injection helps the physician isolate the source of pain so it can be treated. This type of injection is also useful for treating herniated discs.

When the facet joint is known to be generating the pain, the facet injection can be used to provide relief. This injection is similar to the selective nerve root block and is used as a diagnostic tool to isolate the exact source of pain. A facet joint block relieves the pain by numbing the source and soothing the inflammation. These injections can also be performed at the lumbar, thoracic, or cervical regions of the spine.

The Sacroiliac Joint Block is an injection used to diagnose lower back pain that is associated with sacroiliac joint dysfunction. With the use of a live x-ray, a needle is inserted into the joint, and a numbing agent and anti-inflammatory medicine is injected to relieve the pain. The Extremity Joint Injection works the same way but can be performed at the knee, wrist, elbow, shoulder, or other joints.

Talk to your doctor about your options, and which type of injections are best for you. He or she will also help you determine if injections seem like a good solution, or if you may require minimally invasive spine surgery to truly get at the root of your pain.

The Spine Center of Expert Spine Surgeons

We understand that a painful back can be extremely disabling. On the plus side, there exists a help. Every surgeon at The Spine Institute Northwest is dedicated to reducing your pain and achieving you moving in the right direction. We provide you with many therapeutic options in a comfortable environment and we’ll make sure you have the best possible experience.

Dr. Kamson is a board certified surgeon who has gone through approved teaching program in addition to valuation program, which connect to the medical knowledge, judgment capacity and also clinical skills of the surgeon to become a specialist.

To receive most effective treatment and care for spine, neck, and lower back pain you have to contact Dr Solomon Kamson. He is a well proven, qualified and experienced physician who specializes in interventional pain management and non-invasive surgical procedures. He has been honored the Full Tuition Scholarship in 1975, 1976 and 1977. He was also honored by Sidney Schwab Honors Prize in Psychiatry, Washington Univ. Med School in the year 1982.

Dr. Kamson started his medical journey in 1976 at Western Illinois University and accomplished his Surgical/Medical Internship at Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI., from the University of Michigan in 1983. Solomon Kamson has carried out medical research on different area of interest associated with spine. His scientific studies are based on worldwide scientific research and he is an associate member and Diplomat of several medical organizations.

Call (206) 457-2933 or visit http://www.spineinstitutenorthwest.com to find out more about how exactly we can help you to stop struggling with back pain.