Should our soldiers continue to suffer after they have returned home from their tour of duty? That’s a resounding, “No.” Our troops have been forced to tolerate pain long enough to finish their assignments. Let’s not allow them to continue to suffer after the battle. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, approximately half of our returning vets experience on-going back pain – which is unfortunate!
Unlike civilians, who may suffer back pain due to too much sitting, our soldiers experience physical distress upon their bodies from being on the battle field – especially their back. 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.
Our troops shouldn’t have to suffer chronic back pain. 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.
Our soldiers have laid their life on the line just to serve and protect our country. They shouldn’t have to wait to receive the treatment they need to reduce their physical pain. 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.
Doctor Kamson wants to contribute to the healing of our nation by helping our soldiers get past the physical pain. Rather than waiting for a referral, there are other options. 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.
Patient with Sciatica: Melissa Drewery
Told by no less than 5 different doctors that nothing could be done for her back pain, Melissa Drewery was beginning to lose any hope for leading a normal, pain-free life in the future. After Melissa hurt her back in 2009, her pain got progressively worse, promoting her to seek treatment from traditional doctors.
Read Doctor Kamson’s patient testimonials on their experiences during their operations at Spine Institute Northwest.
Jim Perri’s Lumbar Disc Surgery
Jim was operated on by Dr. Kamson at Spine Institute NW for a ruptured L5 disc on his spine. After about 2 months post surgery, he is free from back pain, leg pain, and sciatic pain.
“A 100% change in my life…I have no more back pain, no more leg pain. My right leg, the sciatic nerve on it was the one that developed the pain on it. That pain has disappeared and gone away.”
Chronic Back Pain: Randall Huff’s Experience at Spine Institute Northwest
Intense back pain meant that Randall Huff could no longer play his favorite sport, softball, which bothered him greatly. After speaking with Dr. Kamson at Spine Institute Northwest, he was convinced that minimally invasive surgery was the way to go. Afraid of undergoing surgery at first but finally deciding to have it done, Randall says:
“My nerve was wrapped in there pretty bad between one of my discs causing a lot of pain…I needed it done, I knew I couldn’t go on working if I didn’t.”
Randall was also concerned about the possible outcome of his procedure:
“The only thing I was skeptical about was is it gonna be like what I’ve heard from other people that they got messed up and it’s worse or they had to have another back surgery ’cause it didn’t take or whatever the case is, you know. I haven’t had that experience at all. I actually felt great.”
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Here are some updates from Spine Institute Northwest patients from 2015.
“I couldn’t have worked thirty minutes before, it was wonderful.”
-Irma Stennes, Dr. Kamson’s 90-year young patient talking of her lumbar fusion procedure
Sissy Falcon Johnson – Back Surgery for Herniated Disc
“I had a blown disc..I lost feeling in my legs, I couldn’t even do dishes anymore…It felt so good to have folks like yourself and the staff that were just phenomenal…Coming from the pain that I was in to today, I’d say it was a good miracle.”
John Wieler Talks of His Lumbar Decompression Procedure Performed by Dr. Kamson
“I’ve had leg and back pain for the past four and a half years…I wasn’t able to lift very much or exercise or anything, it was bothering me more and more…I found this place (Spine Institute Northwest)…the immediate difference after surgery was that I did not have leg or ankle pain and my heel had feeling again which I haven’t had for a long time.”
Michael Shaffer – Slipped Disc Treatment
Six months after his successful operation, Michael Shaffer had this to say:
“My recovery is going really well, I have very little pain. Before I had surgery I couldn’t even walk, I was on the floor for days.”
Lori Kuzior – Fusion
After her spinal fusion procedure, Lori had this to say:
“It is such a relief to be normal again… it was just fantastic.”
Hear Lori’s testimonial about her procedure below:
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Here is what some of the patients of Spine Institute Northwest have to say after having their procedures performed by Dr. Solomon Kamson.
Watch Jesus Omar Belloso’s testimony on his successful pinched nerve operation in the YouTube video below.
“The incision is less than 10 cm, which is less than a quarter of an inch, and I can’t believe he did all this in that little bit of space to work in, but he did it and I am just astounded. The pain is gone – I mean literally 100% gone.”
– ERIC MINIER, on his procedure and his current condition after his successful operation performed by Dr. Kamson
TINA MORRIS urges other people experiencing similar pain to seek out treatment at SINW:
“Definitely have it looked at. This procedure is new… but it’s wonderful. I’d do it again, but I just don’t want to do it again right away! But I would if need be. It’s a great procedure. I’m just amazed.”
I remember walking around in this cloud of pain all the time. And life was just so shallow and dark, and pain is depressing in just general. And you don’t have to exist like that. You can free yourself, and get in and get help. It’s a quick and easy thing to do to go on to their website and submit your MRI’s for a free exam. I so glad I did, and it changed my life.
– AMY KLINGELE, On how having her operation done at SINW changed her life for the better
“Let’s put it this way..it took me an hour to straighten out..when I couldn’t even bend straight up when I got out of bed, that’s gone. The pain that would shoot around the hips, that’s gone. This nagging, dive-me-crazy-up-the-wall pain that I would lay on my bed trying to get to sleep and you could never find a position and I don’t care how hard or soft your bed was – that’s gone. These are the things that I came in to get rid of, and they’re all gone.”
– MITCHELL PIORKOWSKI, On living without pain after his back surgery at Spine Institute Northwest Read the rest of this entry »
When patients come to the Spine Institute Northwest for treatment, many of them want to know about things to do in Seattle. Although Seattle has many great things to do and see, you don’t have to go to the big city when you have a small town atmosphere with the big city life. With a slogan like, “Why be a tourist when you can visit like a local,” you will easily feel at home and enjoy every minute of your visit. The town of Bothell has many fun and interesting things to do and see all year round. As the town continues to grow year after year, it only keeps getting better.
The summer months offer many fun events and attractions that bring in visitors from all over. Starting June 7th and going on until October 4th, the Bothell Farmers Market will be open every Friday from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm. This market can be found at Bothell’s Country Village at 23718 Bothell Everett Highway. If you enjoy a large selection of locally grown produce that comes directly from the farm, this is the market for you. You can find flower bouquets that are freshly cut, as well as; oils, balsamic, pasta, hummus, baklava, dried fruits, teas, fruit leather, homemade bread, and even locally made dog treats. You can also find native, plants, shrubs and trees for sale, along with candles, soaps, and lotions that are locally made. The market has more of a festival feeling with many things for the whole family to enjoy. Every week you can hear local musicians entertain with music that is family friendly, as well as other performances. There are also over forty different shops and restaurants in the village to enjoy great foods and unique shopping. For the children there are train and pony rides, along with many other fun activities like face painting.
While on the subject of locally grown produce, how about some locally produced wine. Bothell is just minutes away from Woodinville Wine Country, and over one hundred wineries. Throughout the country side you can enjoy Washington State’s most recognized and internationally acclaimed producers of wine. Not many people are aware that this area is the second largest wine producer in North America. Many of Bothell’s hotels have a Sip & Stay package that offers free tastings for two, at 15 different local wineries. These packages are very affordable, not to mention a safe way to sample wine. The Warehouse Wineries is home to over 40 different wineries, and on the third Thursday of every month from June to October, you can enjoy a wine walk. Every month has a different theme and even includes dog walks. There are many other great packages that local businesses offer like wine and dine. You can relax and be escorted around to at least three wineries with unique access that regular tours don’t have. There are also winemaker dinners that consist of five courses that are paired with five wines.
As you can see there is always something going on in Bothell no matter what time of year it is. With everything going on and the many different things to do, you may want to start calling Bothell home.
The state of Washington is full of beauty and many things to do all year round. When visiting Seattle alone, you could spend weeks with everything this busy city has to offer. But outside of the city there are amazing day trips you can take to see the breathtaking beauty throughout this scenic state.
One of the most popular places to visit in Washington and the entire United States is the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. It was only back in 1980 when this enormous mountain exploded, devastating the whole region in its path of destruction. The ash from the eruption not only covered the entire area but could even be found hundreds of miles away. With much to do, the park offers a visitors’ center so you can learn all about its history. There is also a beautiful viewing area that can be found at the Johnson Ridge Observatory. The park also has several great hiking paths so you can take in as much beauty as you want. Getting there is a bit of a drive and takes about four hours, but is well worth the trip. This could easily be turned into a two- or three-day trip with excellent lodging that can be found nearby in Grand Mound. With lodging like the Great Wolf Lodge, you may want to stay a little longer to enjoy the water park and spa.
A much closer day trip that is loaded with fun for everyone is the San Juan Islands. Just under an hour away, you can explore art galleries, a wide variety of shops, and many different restaurants. The San Juan Islands also have guided tours with amazing wildlife spotting and even whale watching. Along with many different great water activities is some world-class kayaking that’s very popular. If you decide you want to stay longer, all across the island are cozy little bed and breakfasts.
Perhaps hand-blown glass is an interest or hobby of yours. With about a forty-minute drive, you can visit Tacoma and see hand-blown glass at its best. The popularity of this art has exploded across the country, and Tacoma has the Museum of Glass where you can view all different types and sizes of this skillful art. There is also a great walking tour through the Tacoma Art Museum.
If you appreciate history, you can spend all day going through the excellent exhibits at the Washington State History Museum. Since Tacoma has gone through revitalization, there are many other great activities and places that are fun for the whole family. One of these great attractions is the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. With many different exhibits and species of animals, it’s not only fun but educational for the whole family. You could always drive to Tacoma which would be more convenient, or you could make it a little more interesting by taking the bus – or, better yet, why not take a train? Train companies like Amtrak and Sound Transit offer weekday commutes in the mornings and evenings.
With all the fun and exciting things to throughout the whole state, the problem won’t be finding something to do but deciding if and when you have to leave.