Relieve Your Back Pain with Regenerative Medicine

When you’ve tried everything short of seeking out traditional, extensive surgery for your back pain, things can seem dismal. Perhaps over-the-counter medications, back braces, acupuncture treatments, cortisone injections, and even physical therapy have not eased your chronic pain. You may fear that surgery is the next unavoidable step, involving a long hospital stay and months of required rest and physical therapy.

The good news is that regenerative medicine may now offer patients like you the opportunity to restore new health to your aching spine. Dr. Solomon Kamson, MD, PhD, at the Spine Institute Northwest, uses regenerative therapies to treat many causes of back and neck pain. The medicine injected uses stem cell tissues in combination with minimally invasive surgical techniques to renew your spine and improve healing and function. The stem cells used are harvested from your own body, so the chances of complication or infection occurring are extremely rare. Dr. Kamson injects these regenerative stem cells into the tissue of your spine in the area where you are experiencing pain. Once the cells are put into place, they begin to regenerate, aiding in the restoration of your spine.
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Regenerative medicine does not simply treat your painful symptoms. The stem cells work to heal the underlying cause of your pain. Stem cells are called Master Cells because they have the ability to regenerate and develop into all other types of cells. One therapy Sol Kamson uses at Spine Institute Northwest is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP). Highly concentrated platelets from your own blood are injected into the area of pain, giving your body the potential to heal tissues and accelerate relief instead of simply masking pain. You will expect to see results in both pain relief and motor function within about a month after treatment. There is no hospital stay involved and very little post-recovery period.

At the Spine Institute Northwest, we can treat certain types of back and neck pain using regenerative medicine. Some types of conditions that Dr. Kamson and his team may treat in this way include herniated discs, annular tears, torn discs, or degenerative discs. If you suffer from chronic back pain, Dr. Kamson may be able to help you using regenerative therapies. When combining regenerative medicine with minimally invasive surgeries, a small incision is used to inject the treatment and complete the surgery. Scarring is minimal, recovery times are quicker, and complications are greatly reduced as compared with traditional back surgeries.

Contact Dr. Kamson at the Spine Institute Northwest in Bothell, WA, for a consultation and learn more about regenerative treatments.

Debilitating Back Pain Can Happen to Anyone

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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.

Q&A: Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery vs. Traditional Techniques

Question: Dr. Kamson, I suffer from lower back pain and have been told that minimally invasive surgery is a much better option than regular back surgery. Why is minimally invasive surgery such a better alternative and what are the benefits?

Answer: For close to 50 years traditional back surgeries have been destroying different structures in the back while trying to repair problems with the spine. In order to gain access to the spine, muscles are removed from the vertebrae, which can cause disturbances to tendons and lead to more extensive damage. Vertebrae are held together by ligaments that if they are removed can weaken the spine. These surgeries not only can cause more harm than they repair, they also usually require a lengthy recovery. There are still times when traditional surgery is required, but with the advancements in minimally invasive procedures, one day it will be a thing of the past.

A great benefit of minimally invasive spine surgery is that there is less damage to the tendons, muscles, ligaments, bones, and joints of the spine. This is all done with the use of small incisions. These are made to insert thin endoscopes that are equipped with high powered cameras, allowing the surgeon to visualize the procedure that is being performed. Additionally, some surgeons will also use data from MRI’s or CT scans to view computer-generated 3D models of the spine. The incisions that are made will generally be small, and most procedures require incisions the size of two small needles. Other procedures like a spinal fusion at one time required an incision of 4-6 inches, but as the field continues to advance, incisions from 1/2 to 1 inch can now be used in this procedure.

Once the procedure begins, instead of cutting muscle fibers like traditional surgeries, the fibers are separated so they can be put back in place. This results in very little scarring to the nerves that are exposed. If your surgery requires screws, clamps, or rods to be implanted to stabilize the spine, they can be inserted through these same small incisions. Procedures that require damaged discs to be removed can also be done through the incisions, as well as inserting artificial discs.

There are many great benefits that come with minimally invasive procedures. Shortened recovery time is perhaps the biggest benefit with this surgery. With traditional back surgery, patients are generally stuck in a hospital for 4-5 days before being released. At the Spine Institute Northwest, after most procedures patients are able to leave within an hour. The amount of blood loss is significantly reduced, and so is the risk of an infection. By using small incisions there is also much less scarring. With minimal damage being done to the tissues, there is a much quicker recovery time at home, and the potential of other injuries to the nerves is greatly reduced. A last great benefit is that many of those who were considered to be poor candidates for traditional back surgeries are able to be treated with minimally invasive procedures.

Want to learn more about Dr. Solomon Kamson, MD, PhD and the Spine Institute Northwest? Visit Dr. Kamson online at www.spineinstitutenorthwest.com.

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.