The Low Down on Low Back Pain

MOST LOW BACK PAIN CAN BE TREATED NON-OPERATIVELY, SAYS ONS NEUROSURGEON SCOTT SIMON, MD. 

Did you know that 80 percent of Americans experience low back pain at some point in their lifetime? According to neurosurgeon Dr. Scott Simon of Orthopedic and Neurosurgery Specialists in Blog sizeGreenwich and Stamford, the majority of low back pain is due to a lower back muscle and ligament strain or sprain.

“This type of low back pain usually occurs as muscles tighten after exercise or other exertions,” he said, adding that stress has also been shown to make people more susceptible to episodic low back pain. Avoiding sudden lifting away from your body and stretching before or after exercise can often help prevent pain.

In most cases, back pain from strains or sprains lasts two to five days. It is best treated with heat and anti-inflammatory medication such as Naprosyn or ibuprofen. In the vast majority of cases, the pain subsides on its own without the need for additional treatment. Even as the pain dissipates, however, Dr. Simon recommends easing back into exercise. “Re-injury can occur if the muscles and ligaments are still healing,” he said.

Despite the claims of manufacturers, there is no conrete evidence supporting the use of a product to prevent or treat back pain.  “The best mattresses, pillows or chairs are the ones that are most comfortable according to the needs and prefences of the individual,” Dr. Simon explained.

Those who experience back pain that lasts longer than a week or produces leg pain, weakness, numbness or tingling sensations may have a more serious problem and should seek medical attention. Pain that radiates down one or both legs may be due to nerve irritation or pinching from either a disc herniation or arthritis. In the majority of these conditions, patients can be treated with physical therapy

Anyone should see a doctor immediately if the low back pain is a result of trauma or if the pain is accompanied by any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever and chills

  • Significant leg weakness

  • Sudden bowel and/or bladder incontinence

  • Difficulty passing urine

  • Severe continuous abdominal pain

15 ONS Physicians Rated Among Top Doctors in Connecticut

 

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Fifteen orthopedic surgeons with Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists (ONS) were named among Connecticut’s Top Doctors in a report published this month by Moffly Media. The doctors were selected by Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd, a well-respected national healthcare research and information company.

Among the physicians recognized for medical expertise and excellence were ONS’s entire neurosurgery team — Paul J. Apostolides, MD, Mark H. Camel, MD, Amory J. Fiore, MD and Scott Simon, MD. Orthopedic surgeons, Michael R. Clain, MD, James G. Cunningham, MD, Francis A. Ennis, MD, Steven E. Hindman, MD, Brian P. Kavanagh, MD, Seth R. Miller, MD, David P. Nocek, MD, Paul M. Sethi, MD, and Katherine B. Vadasdi, MD, were ranked among the top in their category as was Jeffrey M. Heftler, MD, for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. John F. Crowe, MD, who retired from ONS at the end of 2015 after 30 years of practice, was one of the leading physicians in his area of specialty, Hand Surgery.

 

ONS Docs Included in Castle Connolly New York Top Doctors Guide, 17th edition

14 Specialists from ONS included in New York Area Medical Guide Book top primary care and specialty care doctors in the tri-state metropolitan New York area.

Fourteen physicians from Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery Specialists (ONS) on Valley Drive are included in the latest edition of Castle Connolly Top Doctors, New York Metro Area guidebook. The resource directory, which is in its seventeenth edition, is a guide to finding the top primary care and specialty care doctors in the tri-state metropolitan New York area. It details information on over 6,400 physicians in 65 specialties. Physicians profiled in the guide were nominated by their peers and screened by a research team at Castle Connolly.

Castle Connolly Top Doctors® are nominated by their peers including physicians and hospital executives throughout the New York metropolitan region in an online survey process. Nominations are open to all board certified MDs and DOs. Nominated physicians are selected by the Castle Connolly physician-led research team based on criteria including medical education, training, hospital appointments, disciplinary histories and much more.

ONS physicians included in the 17th edition of the guide are neurosurgeons Paul Apostolides, MD; Mark Camel, MD;  Amory Fiore, MD; and Scott Simon, MD, orthopedic surgeons Michael Clain, MD; John Crowe, MD; James Cunningham, MD; Frank Ennis, MD; Steven Hindman, MD; Brian Kavanagh, MD; Seth Miller, MD; Paul Sethi, MD; and Katie Vadasdi, MD and physiatrist Jeffrey Heftler, MD.

“We congratulate our physicians who have been recognized as ‘Top Doctors’ by Castle Connolly,” said hand and wrist specialist Dr. John Crowe. “Having fourteen of our fine doctors included in this authoritative guide is a reflection of the commitment and quality of excellence of all our physicians and entire staff at ONS. The multidisciplinary nature of ONS makes it possible to provide patients with access to the most advanced care available in orthopedics, neurosurgery and physiatry.”

Survey recipients are asked to nominate those doctors who, in their judgment, are the best in their field and related fields– especially those to whom they would refer their own patients and family members.

Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery Specialists PC (ONS) is an advanced multi-specialty orthopedic and neurosurgery practice in Greenwich, CT. ONS physicians provide expertise in sports medicine, minimally invasive orthopaedic, spine and brain surgery, joint replacement and trauma. For more information, please visit www.onsmd.com.

14 Doctors from ONS included in Greenwich Magazine’s Top Doctors list

When you need the name of a good doctor, ask another doctor.  As a means to that end, each year Moffly Media asks Castle Connolly, the physician-led medical research team that vets doctors nationwide, to provide a list of top physicians in Fairfield County for their annual Top Doctors list. The January 2013 Top Doctors issue of Greenwich, Stamford, New Canaan/ Darien and Westport Magazines contains information on over 323 doctors in 48 medical specialties.  This year’s list includes 14 doctors from Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery Specialists, PC (ONS) in Greenwich Office Park:  neurosurgeons – Paul Apostolides, MD, Mark Camel, MD, Amory Fiore, MD and Scott Simon, MD; orthopedic surgeons – Michael Clain, MD; James Cunningham, MD; John F. Crowe, MD; Frank Ennis, MD Steven Hindman, MD; Brian Kavanagh, MD; Seth Miller, MD; David Nocek, MD; and Paul Sethi, MD; physiatrist – Jeffrey Heftler, MD.

“Once again, we are proud to have so many of our skilled physicians recognized in this year’s Top Doctors lists,” said Dr. Seth Miller.  “Our doctors are among the very best in the country. Each has been hand-picked for their superior credentials and experience”

Each year Castle Connolly’s experts ask medical leaders across the country to identify physicians they believe to be the best in their respective fields. The nominees’ credentials, including educational and professional experience, are then carefully screened and the list compiled.

Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery Specialists PC (ONS) physicians provide expertise in the full spectrum of musculoskeletal conditions and injuries, sports medicine, minimally invasive orthopedic, spine and brain surgery, joint replacement and trauma. The main office is located at 6 Greenwich Office Park on Valley Road, Greenwich, CT. For more information, visit www.onsmd.com or call (203) 869-1145.

International Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day

Today is International Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day!

Trigeminal Neuralgia, also called tic douloureux, is a disorder of the trigeminal nerves that carry sensation to the face. Patients afflicted with this disorder experience debilitating pain on one side of the face. This pain is often described as sudden, stabbing, electric shock-like pain in the forehead, nose, lips, and/or jaw. Because the second and third divisions of the trigeminal nerve are most commonly affected, the pain is usually felt in the lower half of the face, causing some people to first seek treatment from their dentist.

ONS neurosurgeon Dr. Scott Simon specializes in the diagnosis and
treatment of Trigeminal Neuralgia.

Learn more from this CNN story!

 

 

Register Now for a Free Sports Concussion Seminar on September 14

 

Sports Concussion: Know the Facts! a free sports injury prevention seminar for middle and high school-age kids will take place on Tuesday, September 14 at 7 p.m. at the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center in Old Greenwich.  The program, which is presented by the ONS Foundation for Clinical Research and Education and the OGRCC, is open to students, parents, coaches and trainers.  Neurosurgeon Dr. Scott Simon and Greenwich High School athletic trainer and concussion management coordinator/ImPACT test supervisor Peter Falla will discuss the latest concussion management strategies and the ImPACT Test. The seminar is free of charge. Refreshments will be served.  Registration is required. Call (203) 637-3659 or email ogrcc.execasst@yahoo.com to register.

The ONS Foundation wants to raise awareness about the risk of concussion and help educate athletes and their parents about concussion signs and symptoms. “Concussions are the hot topic in the NFL and on high school and college campuses across the country,” says Dr. Simon. “Concussion is the most common type of brain injury sustained in sports and most concussions do NOT involve a loss of consciousness. Many people don’t realize that you can sustain a concussion even if you don’t hit your head. Multiple concussions can have cumulative and long-lasting life consequences.” Continue reading “Register Now for a Free Sports Concussion Seminar on September 14”

ONS Foundation rolls out ThinkFirst program in area schools

On Friday morning, April 9th, the auditorium at Stamford High School was humming with morning chatter as over 350 students in the 9th and 10th grades slid into their seats.  Conversations quickly faded when Dr. Scott Simon, clad in a white lab coat, approached the lectern and introduced himself.  The neurosurgeon was there on behalf of the ONS Foundation for Clinical Research and Education and ThinkFirst, a non-profit Injury Prevention Foundation, which has chapters all over the world. ThinkFirst is dedicated to preventing brain, spinal cord and other traumatic injuries through the education of individuals, community leaders and the creators of public policy. The ThinkFirst Chapter at the ONS Foundation is one of four Chapters in New York and Connecticut and the only one serving Fairfield County. Continue reading “ONS Foundation rolls out ThinkFirst program in area schools”

Spine Surgery Seminar at Greenwich Hospital – Tonight

Neurosurgeon Scott Simon, MD will speak on Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MISS) – What makes it better than open surgery?

On Wednesday, March 31 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., the ONS Foundation for Clinical Research and Education will present a talk at Greenwich Hospital on Why Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MISS) is better than open surgery? Continue reading “Spine Surgery Seminar at Greenwich Hospital – Tonight”