Saint Agnes Medical Center

Winter 2018

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Back Care H ave you ever felt a sharp stabbing pain in your back or experienced a shooting pain down your leg and wondered if it could be a symptom of a more serious problem? A thorough exam by an interventional pain physician, along with diagnostic studies such as X-rays and an MRI, could provide you with some answers. Interventional Pain Management Specialist Jonathan D. Grossman, MD, of Saint Agnes Care Brain & Spine Institute first determines if the source of the pain is muscular, fracture-related, or caused by a pinched nerve or disk injury. A simple procedure to help you "If the pain is concentrated in the lower back and leg, it may be nerve pain such as sciatica," he says. "With muscular and discogenic pain, it can usually be positionally relieved with lying down. However, with spinal vertebral compression fractures, the pain is typically constant regardless of positional change and can be unrelenting for long periods of time." Jonathan D. Grossman, MD Interventional Pain Management Specialist According to Dr. Grossman, spinal compression fractures are most commonly diagnosed in individuals who suffer from osteoporosis. Those individuals tend to be post- menopausal women, due to the overall weakening of their bones from lack of estrogen levels, which consequently results in less calcium absorption into the bone. "This is why vitamin D, which enhances calcium absorption into bones, and calcium supplementation, are both so vital in this population," he says. Others at risk include individuals requiring chronic steroid use (as treatment for COPD, for example), 4 H E A LT H Y S P I R I T W I N T E R 2 0 1 8 w w w . s a m c . c o m PHOTOS BY PERRY COOPER

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