Told He Would Never Escape Chronic Pain, Washington Man is Pain-Free Following Laser Spine Surgery
BOTHELL, Wash., April 27, 2016 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- From growing up on a ranch to serving in the US military to working on a miner, a life of physical labor had taken its toll on Daniel Schmalzried's back. Constant pain in his lower back and numbness in his left leg and foot had left Schmalzried unable to work. Though he was searching everywhere for relief, he kept being told his prognosis was grim.
"One doctor gave me a complete statement, 'At your age you do not want to have surgery on your back,'" Schmalzried recalls. "And I had physical therapists tell me, 'Well we can reduce your pain with muscle strengthening exercises, but we'll never get you out of pain.'" Today, Schmalzried is able to smile as he says, "I'm here to say well, I'm out of pain, people."
Schmalzried's research led him to explore minimally invasive spine surgery. He was skeptical at first—friends and family members had been dubious about surgery, though he notes that they were referring to older methods of performing spine surgery—but after meeting with Spine Institute Northwest founder Dr. Solomon Kamson MD, PhD, Schmalzried had "no second thoughts about it."
Minimally invasive decompression and fusion were performed to create space at Schmalzried's sacroiliac joint, where the disc was so worn that his vertebrae were grinding against one another and his nerves were severely compressed. Adult stem cells were injected at the treatment site to encourage healing.
When he woke up after the procedure, Schmalzried found that he could once again feel his left foot and wiggle his toes. "I feel like I've gotten a second chance," he says. "I know I'm not gonna go out and do some of the hardcore things I did, but I might still get to push the limits a little bit more for a few more years of my life."
"Daniel had been told that he would have to live with his pain, but his increasing disability meant that he could not accomplish even simple, day-to-day tasks," notes Dr. Kamson. "At the Spine Institute Northwest, we aren't just focused on treatment. We see our patients as people, not just sets of symptoms—and we want to help our patients get back their lives."
The Spine Institute Northwest offers minimally invasive solutions for finding relief from chronic back, neck, and joint pain. The different specialists on staff work together to provide coordinated care that incorporates cutting-edge techniques and technologies. To learn more about Dr. Solomon Kamson and the Spine Institute Northwest, visit www.spineinstitutenorthwest.com.
About Spine Institute NorthwestSpine Institute Northwest has been providing quality healthcare services since 2000. The medical team at Spine Institute Northwest strives to deliver excellent medical service and care with an emphasis on minimally invasive procedures such as laser spine surgery. The Institute's philosophy places a strong emphasis on early intervention, starting with an accurate diagnosis and initiation of proper treatment. At Spine Institute Northwest, the focus is on preventing the kind of chronic disability often associated with untreated or poorly managed, intractable pain. Learn more at www.spineinstitutenorthwest.com.
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