Introduction to The Steadman Clinic | Neck & Back | Greater Denver Spine Surgeon Dr. Donald Corenman


lower back pain experts estimate that nearly eighty five
percent of americans will suffer from it at some point though pain in the lower back or lumbar
region occurs for many reasons one of the most common causes is a herniated
disc the low back otherwise known as the lumbar spine is a
crucial part of your back because its a lower structure that helps support us when we are sitting or standing throughout the day the disc is sandwiched inbetween two vertebra the disc is the shock absorber spine it absorbs impact when you jump up and down
it allows you to move to rotate the reason why it’s important to have the disc
in between the lumbar spine is that when a disc degenerates it can degenerate enough
where there is less space for the nerves so not only do you get back pain but you can
also get nerve pain which goes down to the legs that can create a lot of problems because you can have leg
pain that can lead to weakness and an inability to do the daily activities ruptured or herniated discs can be the
result of overuse injury or aging disc degeneration can certainly be caused
by genetics a large portion of that but it can also because of environmental factors we found that vibration can create disc
degeneration because the constant loading and unloading of the disc can
create an environment with the disc degenerates more easily even traumatic injuries were falls from
height or=jumping off of the ski jump those can create disc degeneration also even something trivial or small such as
a small slip that may cause initially a herniation or a disc bulge can create a disc that is more susceptible
to injury down the road if there’s an injury to the disc it doesn’t heal so injuries are permanent and accumulate treatment options vary depending on
the severity of the tear in the disc according to doctors about eighty
percent of cases can be treated by conservative or non operative therapies
however for those patients who require surgery there is an advanced new procedure called transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion
or TLIF it’s a mouthful which really means that you’re doing a
fusion of both the front of the spine and the back of the spine through a very
small incision in the center of the spine what it does is it allows the two vertebral
bodies which are moving painfully together to become one piece of bone
so it eliminates the pain because transforaminal lumbar
interbody fusions are minimally invasive they may present less risk to patients
and study shows that TLIF procedures had the highest fusion success rate
three years ago i was able to run and as we came to two years
i was only able to walk and then as we came to the last year wasnt able to do any
exercise be physical ski or even enjoy some of the normal
things i’d like to do in life this procedure that we called the TLIF is a procedure that heals remarkably
well and very quickly normally within four to six months you have an absolute
solid fusion and you can go out and play golf you can go back and bungee jump and
rollerblade pole vault do all those other wonderful things you want to do my recovery has taken about six months four to six months after two months or so
you feel really strong almost feel like a normal person again and it only gets
better from that point forward the success rate for a TLIF for back pain is on the order of about
ninety percent for two-thirds relief of pain so patients who get this procedure are normally quite happy once the fusion
become solid before undergoing TLIF or any
spinal surgery experts stress the need for a thorough
diagnostic evaluation and advise back pain sufferers to consult a spinal
specialist we always try to stress to the patients we need to find where the pain is coming from because if you dont know where the pain is coming
from you can’t treat it i think the most significant way to do that is
selective injections diagnostic tests such as an MRI or even a CT scan and certainly a good therapy session
can be helpful back pain had pretty much cut-out all my
activity and i’d had maxed out on pain pills and seen a physical therapist have tried accupuncture tried steroid
shots and i still was at the point where i had pain most of the time if lower back pain is keeping you from
enjoying an active lifestyle let the experts at the steadman hawkins
clinic help stop your suffering at the point where my pain overtook my life i consulted my
physician about what were my choices he suggested steadman hawkins
the steadman hawkins clinic provides thorough diagnostic services and their highly
experienced team of physicians will find the right treatment option for you we have a very comprehensive range of
services that we offer at steadman hawkins it includes non operative care injections therapy aquatics even surgical
care for the people who need that my fusion surgery resulted in fact that i
have no pain whatsoever anymore and the promise of going back to an
extremely active life specializing in orthopedics and sports medicine the goal
of the steadman hawkins clinic is to help each client reach optimum recovery by providing the highest level of care
and personal attention the clinic is very accessible and was
very easy to get to and course they re world renowned for
their successes orthopedically my experience here was exceptional my hospital care the surgeons care the PA’s care everything was exceptional for unparalleled expertise and
committ to care choose the vail spine institute at the steadman clinic in
vail colorado

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