Back, Spine, Brain: Caring for Seniors’ Neurologic Needs

Jonathan ShermanJonathan Sherman, MD, a neurosurgeon at The George Washington University Hospital, treats seniors for cancers and tumors of the brain, as well as for degenerative spine conditions.

coupleAging sometimes comes with aches, and often with significant pain. GW Hospital maintains comprehensive neurological services, which can involve many parts of the body ultimately connected to the spinal column and brain.

For example, chronic back or leg pain may indicate a degenerative spine condition, such as lumbar spinal stenosis. In spinal stenosis, the spinal canal narrows, compressing the spinal cord and lumbar vertebra nerves. The pain can also be associated with a herniated spinal disc, osteoporosis or a spine tumor.

Lumbar spinal stenosis can be treated with a laminectomy, often utilizing a minimally invasive surgery that removes part of the lamina, a bone in the vertebra. The procedure requires a small incision and the adjacent vertebra are left intact. A patient’s recovery time is fast — often within a few days — and the pressure on the vertebra is relieved.

For seniors, it’s reassuring to know that quality care for neurologic conditions is available at GW Hospital. Not only has treatment for seniors become more advanced, but with GW Hospital’s qualified surgeons and technology, the best care is close to home.“

The tools and technologies we now have can treat many more conditions commonly seen in seniors,” Dr. Sherman says. “With minimally invasive surgeries, a senior can now be treated safely and, often, with much faster recovery.”

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