Sparked by an increasing demand to provide nonoperative, multidisciplinary alternatives to its many patients in debilitating pain, Spine Ortho Center has opened its own pain management division.
The division is headed by Dr. Adam Hammer, who trained at New York City’s prestigious Mount Sinai Medical Center and is double board-certified in Pain Management and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Hammer’s unique background and skill subset allows him to offer patients a fresh multidisciplinary approach to pain management.
With a focus on low back pain and neck pain, Dr. Hammer often utilizes a combination of medications, physical therapy, pain injections and acupuncture to achieve pain relief as quickly and as effectively as possible. Some of the state of the art pain injections offered include epidural steroid injections (lumbar, thoracic, and cervical), facet joint blocks, radiofrequency neurolysis, and sacroiliac joint injections.
Also certified in medical acupuncture, Dr. Hammer contends that just as pain is often multifactorial, so too its effective treatment often involves attacking the pain source from multiple angles.
Focus: The MILD procedure, Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression, a New Nonsurgical Alternative for Treatment of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Following the increasing demand for nonsurgical alternatives for debilitating low back pain and stenosis, Spine Ortho Center is pleased to offer its patients the latest in interventional pain techniques. Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression, also known as the MILD procedure, is appropriate for select patients with lumbar spinal stenosis in whom physical therapy and other conservative treatments have failed. The procedure involves the xray-guided insertion of a needle through the skin, into the involved low back region, and the subsequent removal of the ligamentous material causing the stenosis through the needle tip. MILD is performed on an outpatient basis, takes approximately 30 minutes to complete, and has yielded very good results thus far. It continues to save a subset of spinal stenosis patients from having to proceed with spine surgery. Ask your pain doctor if the the MILD procedure might be appropriate for you.