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Spine and Pain Management

Approximately 31 million Americans experience back pain at any given time. In most cases, this discomfort can be treated utilizing the latest noninvasive and minimally invasive techniques. At the Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey, our experienced orthopaedic surgeons offer a comprehensive range of spine and pain management options to help you minimize or eliminate temporary, chronic, recurrent, or neuropathic (nerve-related) neck or back conditions. Furthermore, we emphasize conservative treatment options, recommending surgery only in the event other modalities prove ineffective.

The following links provide additional information about some of the spinal conditions the Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey addresses, along with their treatment options. If you would like to know more about spine and pain management, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our orthopaedists, please contact our office today.

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Spinal Pain Management Process

Pain management involves multiple disciplines working together to address the wide range of conditions that can develop in the spine. This field includes the study, prevention, evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of back and neck pain. Oftentimes spinal discomfort is temporary and self-limiting, meaning it will resolve on its own with time, rest, and/or physical therapy. In other cases, more advanced techniques may be utilized to improve mobility and to enhance the patient’s well-being.

Spinal Pain Treatment Options

Our board certified orthopaedic surgeons employ an extensive selection of treatment options to help our patients return to comfort and regular activity as quickly and as safely as possible. Non-invasive and minimally invasive methods are available for each area of pain—upper back/neck, mid-back, and lower back. Your care will be customized to best suit your needs and goals. The surgical procedures we offer include:

Upper Back/Neck Pain – Cervical Spine

  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy & Fusion
  • Corpectomy
  • Foraminotomy
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminectomy with Foraminotomy
  • Laminoplasty
  • MIcrodiscectomy
  • Posterior Cervical Decompression & Fusion

Mid-Back Pain – Thoracic Spine

  • Corpectomy
  • Instrumentation or Fusion
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Laminectomy

Lower Back Pain – Lumbar Spine

  • Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALF)
  • Corpectomy
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Laminectomy
  • Lateral Approach
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Posterior Lumbar Decompression & Fusion
  • Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF)
  • X-Stop
  • Artificial Disc Replacement

Prior to trying a surgical intervention, our surgeons always lead with non-surgical and minimally invasive techniques, which can include:

  • Over-the-Counter and Prescription Medication
  • Physical Therapy
  • Epidural Injections
  • Exercise
  • Massage
  • Behavior Modifications
  • Heat/Ice
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)

Myelopathy Treatment

Treating the pain caused by a narrowing of the spinal canal (myelopathy) can help patients lead a more comfortable life with greater mobility. We offer surgical and non-surgical approaches, and we always lead with the least invasive techniques possible. Our skilled surgeons can help you find relief from discomfort.

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Radiculopathy Treatment

A pinched or damaged nerve within the spinal column is called radiculopathy. Just as there are many causes of this concern, so are there many treatment options, including minimally invasive procedures and non-surgical techniques. Our practice offers a comprehensive range of leading treatments to help patients restore function and reduce discomfort.

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Degenerative Disc Disease Treatment

For many people, non-surgical treatment of degenerative disc disease can prove highly effective. In the event that minimally invasive methods are unsuccessful, our experienced surgeons can perform state-of-the-art operations to repair the damaged disc and restore function and comfort.

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Herniated Disc Treatment

For many people, non-surgical treatment of degenerative disc disease can prove highly effective. In the event that minimally invasive methods are unsuccessful, our experienced surgeons can perform state-of-the-art operations to repair the damaged disc and restore function and comfort.

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Spinal Stenosis Treatment

Another form of spinal canal narrowing, spinal stenosis can occur at one or more levels and cause disability, pain, numbness, and other serious concerns. Our practice provides a wide range of time-tested and advanced treatments, including non-invasive, minimally invasive, arthroscopic, and surgical options.

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Spinal Cord Stimulation for Chronic Pain

Using pulses of electrical current, spinal cord stimulation can help to reduce chronic pain by inhibiting pain signals from the nerves to the brain. Currently in the trial phase, this innovative technique may be able to significantly address long-term discomfort for patients who have been unable to find relief through other methods.

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Pain management involves multiple disciplines working together to address the wide range of conditions that can develop in the spine. This field includes the study, prevention, evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of back and neck pain. Oftentimes spinal discomfort is temporary and self-limiting, meaning it will resolve on its own with time, rest, and/or physical therapy. In other cases, more advanced techniques may be utilized to improve mobility and to enhance the patient’s well-being.

If these conservative approaches fail to achieve the desired result, surgery may be recommended. Our experienced orthopaedists will develop a customized treatment plan that may involve multiple modalities to optimize results. Contact us today for more information or to schedule a consultation.