Tips For Avoiding Back Injuries at A Desk Job

main stretching backSitting at a desk all day while on the job may not seem like a risk for acquiring a back injury. The truth is that it’s not just those who work at physically demanding jobs who end up with bulging discs and spinal stenosis. Even typing on a computer for hours by its sedentary nature can put you at risk for back troubles. Here are a few tips for avoiding back pain if you sit most of the day at a desk.

Learn Proper Sitting Posture: If your back, ears, shoulders, and hips aren’t properly aligned, you may experience back strain. Sit with these body parts evenly lined up and be sure you keep your feet flat on the floor and not crossed over one another. You can either sit back in your chair this way or move forward to the chair’s edge; as long as you stay aligned and don’t slouch.

Move Around: It’s important not to just stay in your chair for hours at a time. Get up every 30 minutes. Get a cup of coffee, visit the restroom, or just walk in a circle around the office. The important thing is to change it up every so often and prevent slumping in your chair.

Look Over Your Workspace: Make sure your desk chair is at the right height so you can use your keyboard without hunching over your shoulders. The computer monitor should be at eye level and right in front of you so you don’t have to turn your neck. The same is true of the distance of the monitor from your body. If it’s too far away, you may be stretching your neck to see it, which is not good. Move everything you use regularly on your desk to within comfortable reaching distance so you can maintain your posture. You’ll want to adjust your chair, the computer monitor, the telephone, and whatever else you need nearby to do your job.

Have The Correct Equipment: If you know your back isn’t feeling comfortable in the chair you have, you may need more back support. Perhaps your feet aren’t properly aligned and you need a small footstool. If your monitor is too low for your eye level, it may need to be raised. Whatever your situation is, make you get the right equipment to lessen your risk for back injuries. Speak with someone in your human resources department to see if the items you need are already available. If not, ask for help in obtaining what you need to do your job well and cut down on doctor and insurance costs in the long run.

Suffering from back and neck pain can occur, even at a desk job. If you are suffering from chronic pain, call Dr. Solomon Kamson, MD, PhD, at the Spine Institute Northwest today to schedule your consultation. Dr. Kamson will be able to accurately diagnose your issues and provide you with alternative solutions that are minimally invasive in nature. Contact the Spine Institute Northwest in Bothell, WA, at 206-496-0630 for more information.

How a Microdisectomy Can Get You Up to Speed Again

golf back painAfter professional golfer Tiger Woods underwent a minimally invasive microdisectomy in 2014 for a pinched nerve near his spinal cord, he was back on the golf course a few months later to play in the Quicken Loans National in Bethesda, Maryland.

Tiger Woods had been in constant agony prior to undergoing this surgery, one that is often performed by Dr. Solomon Kamson, MD, PhD, at the Spine Institute Northwest. Woods could no longer perform normal, everyday activities, leading him to get advice from other athletes, such as Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys, who had successfully undergone an endoscopically-assisted procedure for a herniated disc.

If you are suffering from numbness, weakness, and/or pain in your back or leg, you may be a candidate for a minimally invasive microdisectomy. A pinched nerve is also commonly referred to as a herniated disc. When you have a herniated disc, as Tiger Woods did, your pain may begin in the spine and then radiate down one or both of your legs. You can also experience a decrease of feeling in your leg, have tingling sensations, or feel weakness in your muscles. After getting up from a prone position, your pain may become worsened.

Dr. Kamson may advise patients who are experiencing this type of pain from a herniated disc to undergo a minimally invasive procedure called a microdisectomy. This procedure is often performed when your pain is stemming from nerve damage in the lumbar spine. The microdisectomy takes the pressure off the nerves in this area to relieve your pain.

During a microdisectomy, Dr. Sol Kamson will use an endoscope guided by a needle and Laser and Radiofrequency (RF) technology to repair the bulging disc from inside your body with just a small incision necessary to insert the scope. Tiny amounts of soft tissue and bone that are compressing the nerve and causing pain are extracted during the procedure. The entire surgery takes about 90 minutes for each vertebrae level being worked on. Although most patients opt for local anesthesia for this minimally invasive procedure, general anesthesia is needed for cervical decompression surgery.

For active patients who participate in sports regularly and are dealing with spinal and other sports-related issues, the Sports Medicine Clinic at the Spine Institute Northwest in Bothell, WA, also offers patients innovative treatment options. Contact Dr. Kamson today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how a microdisectomy can get you back in the game.

Find Relief for Chronic Pain with a Spinal Pain Pump

Oral medicines for back pain relief sometimes either don’t work sufficiently, have undesirable side effects, or take too long to begin working. The spinal pain pump delivers long-term targeted relief to your spinal cord to more effectively manage your symptoms and get you back on track to enjoying life once again.pain pump patientWhen Andrea Snyder was successfully operated on for bone cancer, she subsequently suffered from acute, chronic pain in her leg, the area from which the cancer had been removed. Her attempts at treating the pain were unsuccessful. Her last resort was a prescription for long-term use of a narcotic pain reliever, which still did not alleviate her agony.

After seven years of physical and mental anguish, Andrea found Dr. Sol Kamson at the Spine Institute Northwest. Dr. Kamson suggested a different course of treatment for Andrea: a spinal pain pump. Andrea agreed to try it and today she is back at work, back to spending time with her family, and no longer needs to take oral narcotics.

A spinal pain pump can provide you with effective pain relief and enable you to once again participate in the usual activities of daily life. You will need less oral medications, which should lessen your chances of experiencing unwanted side effects.

When you meet with Solomon Kamson, MD, PhD, he will help determine whether you are a candidate for a spinal pain pump. If Dr. Kamson finds that you have not responded to other treatments or have experienced severe side effects from alternative therapies, he may suggest a pain pump to reduce your symptoms. The pump the doctor will insert is a device that delivers medication to constantly eliminate or minimize breakthrough pain and spasms.

Dr. Kamson performs the procedure in two stages. First he will insert a temporary catheter to see if the medication relieves your symptoms and to preview any possible side effects. If all goes well with Stage One, then Dr. Kamson will be prepared to position the permanent device. During the procedure, a needle is inserted through the skin and deeper tissues, which are numbed beforehand to avoid most of any discomfort that may be felt. You can also be given IV sedation and pain medications during the procedure. The tubing for the pump is placed at the lower back, with the pump positioned on the side of your back. The entire procedure takes about two hours to complete, after which you will recover for a short period of time and go home.

The medication in the spinal pain pump lasts from one to six months. It is refilled in the office as needed, and takes a few moments to do so. The pump’s batteries can last for seven years or so. After that time, a new pump can be fitted.

For more information about Medtronic’s spinal pain pump, contact our office at the Spine Institute Northwest in Bothell, WA, where you may schedule a consultation with Dr. Solomon Kamson, MD, PhD.

Get Relief from Back Pain and Sciatica – Part III

Dr. Solomon Kamson, MD, understands that persistent back pain has a huge negative impact on your quality of life. He takes the time to help you choose the best minimally invasive treatment for pain relief. Sol Kamson is highly skilled at performing the most modern treatment procedures now available to relieve pain without resorting to invasive surgery.

The procedures that have been discussed for relieving various types of back pain include endoscopic decompression, facet fixation, interbody fusion, radio frequency neurotomy, and endoscopic nerve excision. Dr. Kamson can also treat your chronic back pain using a pain pump or spinal cord stimulators.

Pain Pump Implants

Some people can effectively treat their back pain with oral medications, but these often have undesirable side effects. Medications may also need to be increased in dosage in order to achieve higher levels of pain relief as your body becomes used to certain types of drugs.

A pain pump delivers medicine straight to the pain’s source. This delivery method requires a lesser medication dosage, as the drug will not have to pass throughout your entire body, but rather it will be delivered directly to the spinal fluid for quick, strong pain relief.

Solomon Kamson at Spine Institute Northwest will surgically implant a pain pump beneath the skin of your abdomen. From there, a tiny catheter runs the medicine from the pump to your spinal column. This minimally invasive treatment is especially suitable for those who suffer from chronic, severe back pain when other treatment modalities have not worked well enough or the side effects of oral medications are too severe.
A pain pump is installed in two steps. First, the doctor inserts a temporary catheter to determine its effectiveness on relieving your pain. If the first step is successful, Dr. Kamson will then schedule the surgery to insert a pain pump. This outpatient procedure takes about two hours to perform. Every few months, the doctor will refill the pump, which only takes a few moments and requires no surgery.

Spinal Cord Stimulator Implants

Electrical signals delivered to the spinal nerves can relieve back pain, though inserting a spinal cord stimulator is an invasive procedure. For certain patients, however, this technique can work wonders as an analgesic. When other avenues of pain relief have failed to work, spinal cord stimulators may be the answer to solving chronic back pain issues. Dr. Kamson can place a tiny stimulator beneath the skin of your lower back or buttocks.  There is a thin wire attached which travels from the stimulator to the area of pain. When the device is turned on, patients may feel a tingling when the electrical current stimulates the nerves. Before Dr. Kamson inserts a spinal cord stimulator, he will test your body’s response to the low electrical current to ensure the effect is not uncomfortable.

If you’d like to get  more information, please schedule an appointment with one of our patient advocates by contacting the Spine Institute Northwest in Bothell, WA, today.

Get Relief from Back Pain and Sciatica – Part II

If you suffer from back pain and/or sciatica, you’ll be happy to know that Sol Kamson, MD, at the Spine Institute Northwest, is always on the lookout for the most up-to-date ways to offer patients relief. Dr. Kamson is a skilled surgeon who utilizes minimally invasive surgical procedures to relieve your discomfort and have you back to performing your normal everyday routines in a short period of time. Aside from procedures such as endoscopic decompression, interbody fusion and facet fixation, Solomon Kamson at the Spine Institute Northwest, offers other treatment modalities that can help you feel better without having to undergo invasive surgery.

Ease Nerve Pain with Radio Frequency Neurotomy

This minimally invasive procedure works to deaden the nerve that is causing your pain. A radio frequency neurotomy can provide you with pain relief for months, and some patients report having no painful symptoms for a year or even longer.

Using a fluoroscopy, a kind of X-ray showing live images as he works, Dr. Kamson can guide radio frequency needles to the area from which pain is originating. When the needles are in the exact spots they needs to be, Dr. Kamson then applies thermal energy. In this way, the radio waves interrupt the nerve impulses that tell the brain to feel pain.

This is a quick procedure that can be completed in less than an hour. A radio frequency neurotomy is done in the outpatient surgical center, with a short recovery period before you are then sent home. Some patients of Sol Kamson will need a second treatment after six months or up to a year later, while others experience relief for longer than a year.

After Dr. Kamson performs this procedure, you will likely feel soreness at the insertion site of the needle and heat energy infusion. Patients are advised to rest for the next 24-48 hours, after which they may go back to their normal routines in most cases.

Relief Using Endoscopic Nerve Excision

Dr. Kamson also performs endoscopic nerve excision, which is similar to radio frequency neurotomy, with the difference being the use of an endoscope to help in removing the nerve rather than just deadening it. The main cause of your pain, such as a bulging disc, will not be removed, but the nerve that is causing you to feel painful symptoms will be excised in order to halt discomfort.

The soreness and recovery time period for undergoing endoscopic nerve excision is just a few day’s rest longer than what you would need following a radio frequency neurotomy.

These two procedures may be very helping in relieving the pain associated with a facet disease. Call Solomon Kamson MD at Spine Institute Northwest in Bothell, WA, to schedule your appointment for a consultation. There is no need to live with chronic pain, as Dr. Kamson can provide you with many alternative treatments so you can live an active life once again.