Bernard J. West, Sr., looked forward to spending his retirement years on the move. Having spent his career working for Baltimore Metro, he was done sitting—on buses, at desks, in control centers, etc. He was going to the gym and enjoying his retirement life until he started to experience unbearable pain in his back and legs, especially when moving or standing.
When his primary care physician was unable to resolve the pain, he referred Bernard to Mark Coleman, M.D. at National Spine & Pain Centers. Dr. Coleman determined that Bernard, like many people his age, was suffering from spinal stenosis and arthritis. A series of nerve root injections helped alleviate much of the pain in his back, but Bernard was still suffering from significant leg pain.
So Dr. Coleman recommended Bernard to consider the MILD procedure (minimally invasive lumbar decompression). Using fluoroscopic (x-ray) guidance, Dr. Coleman located and removed small pieces of bone and excess ligament tissue in Bernard’s back to restore space in the spinal canal and decrease the compression on nerves that were causing the pain in his legs. For Bernard, the results were nothing short of miraculous. “I have no pain at all,” he said.
“Dr. Coleman really took the time to talk to me and explain everything in detail. The whole staff at the office were excellent. I would definitely tell others who are dealing with the same kind of pain I had to look at this procedure. I’m very pleased.”
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