Spine Doctor and Police Officer Treated at Spine Institute Northwest

Spine Expert Treated by Dr. Kamson at Spine Institute NW

Dr. Steven Levine, who has his own practice in Indiana, recently visited Spine Institute Northwest (SINW) in Washington to undergo minimally invasive surgery under the care of Dr. Solomon Kamson.

Dr. Levine, is no stranger to back pain and the complications that may arise from leaving it untreated or worse, treating it the wrong way.  Dr. Kamson performed a decompression on Dr. Levine’s spine which was less invasive and less risky than a spinal fusion. While Dr. Levine respects the work that traditional neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons do, he knew from experience that minimally invasive was the way to go.

“Dr. Kamson is one of the few physicians I know in the United States that can do what needs to be done less invasively, cares about his patients, and has taken the time to travel around the world to educate himself.”

Asked why he opted for treatment at SINW from Dr. Kamson, Dr. Levine says that to find the level of care he needed would mean going overseas in countries such as China, Germany, England, or France. Dr. Levine recognizes the fact that Dr. Kamson is one of the select physicians in the United States that does the minimally invasive procedure he was looking for.

Surgery Saved My Job Says Police Officer

Washington police officer Garrett Baxter had been suffering through back pain while performing his job as a deputy sheriff. Officer Baxter had been trying to deal with the pain through more traditional methods such as physical therapy, upon the recommendation of other physicians, to no avail. His back pain would subside only to return again.  His condition was at its worst on February of 2016, when he could not walk at all no matter what he did.

“I would have lost my job if I didn’t have this surgery,” Garrett says.

Deciding that he needed to look for an alternative treatment for his back, he found Spine Institute Northwest and consulted with Dr. Solomon Kamson, who specializes in minimally invasive surgery.

Officer Baxter felt immediate relief after his procedure, a lumbar decompression. He credits the surgery with “saving his job” and calls his experience at Spine Institute NW as “one of the best experiences of his life.”


Restoring the ‘Quality of Life’ for Our Veterans

What kind of a life do our Veterans lead once they’ve come home? Unfortunately, life isn’t easy for our troops. After they are forced to tolerate long-term pain on the battle field, they experience complications and physical discomfort, which can diminish their quality of life once they have come home. Surprisingly, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs, as many as half of all returning veterans experience chronic pain lasting as long as six months.

Civilians have a lot of control when it comes to managing back pain. They can change the way they sit, change their posture — but back pain for the Veteran is a different story. Though there are certainly troops who have desk jobs, those whose assignments involve carrying lots of equipment or wearing heavy protective gear for long periods of time are prone to wear-and-tear injuries. Veterans may also experience back pain as a result of injury, which can complicate the treatment process.

Life is difficult enough for members of the military because they are more likely to experience chronic back pain due to battle. For anyone experiencing chronic pain, there is the risk of developing feelings of frustration, despair, and depression. This risk can be even greater for veterans, even those returning from non-combat missions. Back pain and back injuries can limit your ability to work. For those who have made serving their country their career, back pain can seriously inhibit successfully performing their duties.

Obtaining immediate medical attention for our troops who suffer chronic back pain doesn’t come easy. Beginning in 1998, the Veterans’ Administration has used a protocol for handling veterans’ pain issues known as the National Pain Management Strategy. However, the lengthy wait times and inefficiencies of the VA system have been well documented. Returning troops are faced with bureaucratic hurdles and frustrating lags, especially for seeing specialists. Though efforts are being made to overhaul the VA, chronic pain can make each day feel like an eternity.

If you would like to restore your quality of life by eliminating chronic back pain, don’t wait for a referral from the VA. Solomon Kamson, MD at the Spine Institute Northwest offers a comprehensive array of treatment options, and we make every effort to make sure you don’t need to wait to come see us.

What are Bone Spurs?

A technical term for bone spurs is osteophytes. Bone spurs are also known as “parrot beaks” due to the shape formations they make when developing. They are bony protuberances that form next to joint borders. Bone spurs should not be confused with enthesophytes. Enthesophytes are bony protuberances that form at the attachment of ligaments and tendons. An expert physician like Dr. Solomon Kamson will be able to identify which is bothering you with x-ray results.

Due to increased damage to the surface of joints, osteophytes will form. It causes joint movement to be limited because of the paint that the spur causes. Bone spurs normally form on the spine, and they are located on the back side. They being to form as the individual ages. It is also a sign of degeneration of the spinal column. If this is the case, Dr. Solomon Kamson will educate you on the cause of the pain. The spurs are a side effect of the spinal degeneration. Spurs that are located on the spinal column may intrude into the spinal nerves and the nerves that lead to other parts of the body. The impingement will cause excruciating pain in all of the limbs. It can cause numbness and tingling in the feet and even in the hands.

Other common places that individuals may develop bone spurs are in their toes and in the heels of their feet. They can also form in the hands. In severe cases, spurs can develop along the entire skeletal formation. Some individuals that turn to Dr. Kamson for help come from different corners of the nation as well as Canadian patients to receive help with spurs that have developed along their knees, in their hips, on their shoulders, in their ribs, on their arms, and in their ankles. Most of these individuals have become victims of multiple exostoses.

A disease may also cause osteophytes. Osteomyelitis is an infection of the bone and will leave the adjacent bone with a formation, which is a bone spur. Ultimately, osteophytes or bone spurs are reported as being connected to any sequential and significant changes within the individual’s bone structure. These changes are due to degeneration, the aging process, instability related to mechanical movement, and diseases. Arthritis is a common factor in developing these painful growths.

In most cases, the doctor will perform a surgery in order to remove the points of the spur. This will rid the individual of the pain of having a spur. If this is the option for you, you will be provided will full details of what is to be expected. If you have any questions or concerns about what options are better for your personal situation, speak with Dr. Kamson, and he will educate you on the options and procedures available.