Treat­ing chronic back pain

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Local News -

ROME, N.Y. >> Spinal in­jec­tions are now avail­able at Rome Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal as an al­ter­na­tive treat­ment for chronic back pain. Med­i­ca­tion in­jec­tions help re­duce in­flam­ma­tion and re­lieve pain and of­fer pa­tients an­other op­tion for pain re­lief be­fore con­sid­er­ing a sur­gi­cal in­ter­ven­tion.

Spine spe­cial­ist Dr. Ni­cholas Qan­dah, FACOS, med­i­cal di­rec­tor of neu­ro­sciences at Rome Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal, eval­u­ates the treat­ments most ben­e­fi­cial for his pa­tients in­clud­ing ex­er­cise, phys­i­cal therapy, med­i­ca­tion in­jec­tions, or surgery.

Un­like oral pain med­i­ca­tions, in­jec­tions de­liver med­i­ca­tion di­rectly to the source of the pain. The shots usu­ally con­sist of a numb­ing agent and a steroid.

Spinal in­jec­tions have been used to treat com­mon back pain prob­lems such as:

• A lum­bar disc her­ni­a­tion where the nu­cleus of the disc pushes into the spinal canal and puts pres­sure on the spinal cord and nerves;

• De­gen­er­a­tive disc dis­ease that may im­pinge on the nerves in the lower back;

• Lum­bar spinal steno­sis which com­presses the nerves in­side the spine caus­ing sig­nif­i­cant pain;

• Com­pres­sion frac­tures in the ver­te­bra; or

• In­flam­ma­tion or dam­age to a nerve usu­ally in the low back that re­sults in sharp pain shoot­ing down the leg or pain from the neck into the arm.

For these and other back, neck and nerve pain prob­lems, in­jec­tions can be an ef­fec­tive non­sur­gi­cal treat­ment plan.

In­jec­tions can also be used to help your doc­tor di­ag­no­sis the cause of your pain.

“Spinal in­jec­tions di­rect anti-in­flam­ma­tory-med­i­ca­tion right to the source of the pain,” said Qan­dah. “In­jec­tions are of­ten pre­scribed af­ter pa­tients have com­pleted oral med­i­ca­tions and phys­i­cal therapy.

“I look at each pa­tient as an in­di­vid­ual and eval­u­ate their treat­ment ac­cord­ing to their health, their lifestyle and their goals,” Qan­dah added. “Com­mu­ni­ca­tion with pa­tients and fam­i­lies is key to help­ing ev­ery­one feel at ease.”

Qan­dah, who is board cer­ti­fied in Neu­ro­surgery and Fel­low­ship trained in both Or­tho­pe­dic and Neu­ro­sur­gi­cal Spine, is ac­cept­ing new pa­tients at his prac­tice Cen­tral New York Brain & Spine Neu­ro­surgery in Rome at Chest­nut Commons, 107 E. Chest­nut Street, Suite 105.

Fel­low­ship trained in Com­plex and Min­i­mally- In­va­sive Spine Surgery, Qan­dah has spe­cial in­ter­ests and ex­per­tise in Re­gen­er­a­tive and Less In­va­sive Treat­ments of the spine to get his pa­tients bet­ter and back to en­joy­ing life.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to make an ap­point­ment with Qan­dah, call 315-3567780.

PHOTO COUR­TESY ROME ME­MO­RIAL HOSPI­TAL

Neu­ro­sur­geon Ni­cholas Qan­dah, DO, de­liv­ers spinal in­jec­tions guided by the lat­est imag­ing tech­nol­ogy at Rome Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal. The premium mo­bile C-arm is de­signed to meet the needs of a busy sur­gi­cal en­vi­ron­ment, pro­vid­ing sur­geons with the high­est qual­ity images dur­ing a variety of pro­ce­dures in­clud­ing spinal, uro­log­i­cal, or­tho­pe­dic, car­diac and gen­eral surgery.

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