Thursday, October 27, 2011

Dr. Kenneth Light Appears on ABC News - Back Pain Treatment

San Francisco spine surgeon Dr. Kenneth Light is interviewed with his patient in this video from an ABC TV news story on new technology to help correct a painful and debilitating back problem, which is becoming more prevalent among the baby boomer generation.

Dr. Light's patient, Tim Taylor is recovering from a back problem so severe, he says it was ruining his life. "I couldn't stand up straight," he says. "It was just too painful."

Tim was  suffering from spinal stenosis, a degenerative condition that strikes most often in people over the age of 50. The condition is impacting aging baby boomers in increasing numbers.

"It's definitely an orthopedic epidemic," says Dr. Light, who recently made news when he performed the first spinal fusion reversal procedures in the U.S. "Within the coming decade, the number of people reporting these types of back problems is only going to increase." Dr. Light says spinal stenosis is caused by a narrowing in the spinal canal, often caused by bone spurs that form on the vertebrae, which compress surrounding nerves. "Correcting severe cases like Taylor's can involve a combination of delicate procedures."

Dr. Light says advanced technology is making it possible to safely reshape the spine with much better results. "The hardware is better and we have stronger instruments that take up less room," he says. "It allows us to manipulate the spine in ways we couldn't have done before."

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