Posted on August 02, 2019
It can occur anywhere and seemingly come out of nowhere. Auto accidents are a risk of being a driver or a passenger. In Florida, almost one-third of vehicles are involved in some type of mishap.
In 2016, there were nearly 400,000 crashes in the state of Florida, averaging nearly 1100 wrecks a day. (https://www.dmvflorida.org/state-of-florida/crash-data/)
When one vehicle is hit from behind, or “rear ended,” by another, it can leave the driver as well as passengers with ongoing issues. A rear-end collision can cause disruption in the balanced alignment of the spinal column.
When a disc moves out of its proper position, it can press on nerves that lead to pain. This sudden and forceful jolt can trigger a number of spine-related problems that result in extreme, debilitating pain.
This is what happened to Pamela in 2016. A rear end collision left her with extensive pain that extended from her lower back, down her right thigh and into her right knee. At the advice of her doctor, she began physical therapy and massage therapy.
“I spent a whole year trying physical therapy and doing the exercises at home,” states Pamela. “It didn’t help. What they were doing just wasn’t helping my problem.” Still enduring pain a year later, Pamela decided, “I need more. I’m not going to live like this.”
Pamela sought out Dr. Jonathan Daitch, a Fort Myers pain management physician who founded Advanced Pain Management & Spine Specialists (APMSS) in 2001. “He’s a very positive man,” Pamela shares. “I remember him saying, ‘We will work through this.’” After a thorough evaluation to determine the precise source of her pain, Dr. Daitch recommended that Pamela have a series of injections.
Although Pamela experienced some relief, she still wasn’t where she wanted to be. “I still couldn’t sit and drive,” she states. As initial methods for pain relief, Dr. Daitch prefers conservative methods, such as steroid injections. In Pamela’s case, he discussed using a more advanced procedure to move her further to her pain-free goal.
Dr. Daitch recommended Percutaneous Disc Decompression. Sometimes referred to as ‘Perc D,’ this is a minimally-invasive procedure that is performed in the surgical center on the main level of the APMSS facility. In Park Center for Procedures, some of the most advanced pain management technology in SW Florida is utilized with all levels of anesthesia available.
In this quick, outpatient procedure, Dr. Daitch is able to remove a small portion of the disc that is pressing on nerves that are causing pain. There is no incision and the patient returns home to relax shortly after.
Pamela describes Perc D as “amazing – I felt better immediately.” She was instructed to wear a brace for two weeks while the disc healed. Although somewhat limited in movement, Pamela was comfortable and “a model patient” in her determination to achieve ideal results.
Ten days later, Pamela’s brace was removed and she began resuming life as normal. Just two weeks after her brace was removed, Pamela flew to Michigan for a vacation. “The plane was delayed 3 hours so we had a lot of time sitting,” she shares. In addition to lengthy air travel, Pamela was walking and driving a lot and “not once did the pain return.”
Pamela is pleased that she is “back to normal. I’m feeling good and able to sleep again.” And, she is pleased to know that her doctor was so committed to her success. “I remember him saying, ‘I know I can fix this,’ and this (Perc D) was the answer,” she states.
Percutaneous Disc Decompression is performed while the patient is comfortably sedated. The procedure takes place in under an hour and, as Pamela experienced, total recovery is within two weeks with the potential for total elimination of pain. (https://www.apmss.net/treatments/)
If you’ve experienced an auto accident and are enduring lingering effects of an injury, Ft. Myers pain doctors Dr. Jonathan Daitch and Dr. Ivan Samcam are board certified interventional pain physicians who are skilled, experienced, and committed to the optimal comfort and ease of motion for their patients.
APMSS doctors utilize modern approaches in pain management that often eliminate (or greatly minimize) the need for ‘pain pills’ that merely mask pain rather than resolve it. These procedures are essentially ‘non-surgical’ and have quick recoveries.
Begin by calling Advanced Pain Management & Spine Specialists for an evaluation at 239-437-8000. Getting back to normal may be closer than you realize!