Treating Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA)

Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes red, patchy, raised areas of skin inflammation accompanied by scaling. About a quarter of people who suffer from psoriasis also develop associated joint inflammation, leading to a diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis (PsA).

Phil-Mickelson-PsAGolf champion Phil Mickelson suffers from PsA. He discovered his ailment while he was preparing for an important tournament and his joints started to ache as though he had seriously injured his wrist, finger, and ankle. At 39 years old, Mickelson assumed it was part and parcel of having been an athlete, enduring many years of training and playing. When the pain got so bad that he couldn’t walk, he made an appointment to see a rheumatologist at the Mayo Clinic. That is when he discovered he had PsA. Although Psoriatic Arthritis cannot be cured, there are effective treatments to ease symptoms. Phil Mickelson was prescribed a drug called Enbrel (Etanercept) to relieve his pain from this chronic disease.

Although a strong drug like Enbrel may work for Mickelson, whose symptoms came upon him very suddenly and fiercely, this is not always the first line of treatment for most patients with PsA. There are many potentially serious side effects and risks associated with this drug; one of these decreases the body’s immune response to infection. Though suffering the painful symptoms associated with psoriatic arthritis is not easy to bear, there are alternative options for many people looking to get back to their golf game or simply to move around the way they used to.

For instance, different types of regenerative medicine offered by Dr. Solomon Kamson, MD, PhD, at the Spine Institute Northwest, can help lessen arthritic joint pain. Injections of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a way to attract the stem cells needed to form new tissue and initiate healing. Regenerative treatments such as PRP use the cells extracted from your own blood. Your blood sample is centrifuged to concentrate the platelets, and it is then injected into the area in need of help. New, healthy tissue can take hold within a few weeks, when improvement in movement can be noticed.

Dr. Kamson may suggest another kind of regenerative therapy to incite healing and lessen the pain associated with PsA. Stem cell therapy uses cells that are taken directly from your own bone marrow or fat. The stem cells are then injected into the sites that need assistance. Dr. Sol Kamson presented a lecture concerning stem cell therapies for chronic pain at the 2016 World Stem Cell Summit in West Palm Beach, Florida. He discussed the different types of regenerative therapies offered at the Spine Institute Northwest, including PRP and MariStem A-Cell injections.

If you suffer from Psoriatic Arthritis and would like to get your life back on track, call the Spine Institute Northwest in Bothell, WA, to consult with Dr. Kamson today.

It Was Unbelievable! The Wyatts on Back Surgery

Don and Betty Lou Wyatt’s experience with Dr. Kamson at Spine Institute Northwest was, in their own words, life-changing. Don had been struggling for more than a decade with back pain from a pinched nerve that caused him tremendous pain which interfered with his walking. Read the transcript of their testimony and how their lives have changed for the better after undergoing minimally invasive treatment. Watch the full testimonial on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHLroiq2WHw . Read my latest blog posts here.


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The Wyatts are extremely thankful for the care they received at Spine Institute Northwest.

Betty-Lou: Our experience at Spine Institute Northwest could not be any better. It’s been a total blessing. We have experienced life-changing surgery here.

The moment we walked in the door we were completely welcomed and everyone was calm and collected – we have had a really hectic morning getting here, we had some trouble at the airport and when we got here, every problem that we had they took care of. It was just super relaxed and comfortable. Dr. Kamson is amazing.

I did tons of homework looking for just the right surgeon for my husband. He’s had back surgery before, he’s got a blood disease that we are dealing with. After much, much, much homework, Spine Institute is where we ended up and what a blessing.

Don: Hi, my name is Don. I’ve been living in this pain. I had back surgery in ’99 and ever since I haven’t been right. I’ve had trouble in my back. About a year ago I slipped at work deicing and caught myself and it twisted. Ever since then I’m in a lot more pain. I went to the doctor and they gave me some injections to try to see if that would help and they helped a little bit but it didn’t take care of it and I was going to go back to the surgeon and he wanted to fuse my back and I did not really want to do that with my blood disease because of the bleeding and the hemorrhaging and so we started researching.

My wife really researched all around just trying to find a laser or anything that would be less invasive and she found Spine Institute Northwest. It’s been just unbelievable. When I came in here, I was in so much pain my right leg.  I had that herniation and it was pinching that nerve and it was shooting pain down my leg all day long, couldn’t sleep nights.

When I cam in here, I couldn’t even hardly stand to fill out the paper work. It was hurting so bad and I was so glad to get in. When they got me in everyone here was just wonderful just like family. Walked in they knew who we were asked us if they could help us went over the procedures with us told us exactly what to expect. I got my blood drawn, came back, had the MRI  the doctor went over everything with me and showed me what he was gonna do and when I went in, I was even awake through the procedure.

It was unbelievable. I thought I’d be out.  I was kinda in and out but I heard him , I felt everything, talked to him and it was unbelievable. When I got out they wheeled me out and I don’t think I was out maybe a half hour talking, drinking water, going over everything, got up and walked out and it’s been just a life changing experience. Unbelievable. I am so thankful for everybody here. I’m so glad I did it and I wish I could have gotten it done back in 1999 because I would’ve lived a life like I wanted to. I really love the outdoors and now I’m getting it back.

Betty Lou: I have my best friend back.

Din: I can walk upright, walk with no  pain. I’m very, very happy. I recommend this to anybody. I just wish that everybody would look at this instead of wanting to get cut open and taking their chance. The recovery time is gonna be so much shorter. I’m expected to be off work next week and relax and get walking around and I’m going back to work the following week.

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“He ate half a pizza last night.” “Please don’t tell Dr. Kamson about that!”

Betty Lou: When I saw him stand up out of that wheelchair..he stood up and he stood straight for the first time since I can’t even remember and walked. He used to drag his leg and now he just walks like a regular person. That in itself is just amazing. That’s the day after the surgery. That was hours..not even an hour after the surgery he stood up like that.

So I can, and will tell everyone that I meet that this is where they need to be. If they’re tired of pain, if they’re tired of living in pain, if they’re tired of their quality of life being very minimal, I will tell them this is where they need to be.

Don: I was out for 6 weeks during my first surgery and everyday I was just walking real easy shuffling my feet because it hurt so bad getting up and getting down. And they wanted me to walk and do things I did walk but it was hurting so bad still and this here I can’t believe it – when I walked out last night and went back to the motel room it was unbelievable. Slept good. I got up this morning. Today I got up and it’s what – 1 o’clock in the afternoon and (I’m) walking around – no pain! Thank you again,

Betty: That last thing I want to say is God bless Doctor Kamson and his staff and the Spine Institute Northwest.