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When to Consider a Cervical Disc Replacement

Severe and chronic neck pain can affect a patient’s quality of life. Pain in the cervical spine (neck) can develop because of an acute injury, such as one from a car accident, or from a degenerative condition, such as spinal stenosis. Fortunately, surgical advancements such as cervical disc replacement can offer pain relief while preserving

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Understanding the Three Types of Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a common condition, and many mild cases require no treatment or intervention. For some patients, however, scoliosis can be debilitating to the point that back surgery is needed. Scoliosis may be idiopathic, degenerative, or neuromuscular. Based in northern New Jersey and serving patients throughout the area, Centers for Neurosurgery, Spine & Orthopedics (CNSO)

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What Is Cervical Spinal Stenosis?

Cervical spinal stenosis is a medical condition in which the spinal canal becomes narrow in the neck. The spine has a series of 33 stacked vertebrae, seven of which make up the cervical spine (neck). The spinal canal is the open area in the vertebrae that the spinal cord runs through. Nerve roots exit the

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Muscle Manipulation: Masseuse vs. Physical Therapist

Back pain caused by degenerative spine conditions can interrupt a person’s daily life, making it difficult to do the things they enjoy. Fortunately, working with an experienced healthcare professional can make a big difference. Centers for Neurosurgery, Spine & Orthopedics, based in northern New Jersey, offers advice to help people in pain understand when to

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Understanding Osteoarthritis of the Spine

Arthritis is a generalized term that refers to a type of degenerative joint disease, and there are multiple different types of arthritis for every joint in the body. Learning more about the arthritis type affecting a patient can help the patient better understand their condition and manage their health. At Centers for Neurosurgery, Spine &

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What Does a Herniated Disc Feel Like?

As one of the leading causes of neck, back, or arm and leg pain, disc herniation (or slipped disc) is a common ailment. It typically occurs in people 30 to 50 years old and affects more men than women. But what exactly does a herniated disc in the back or neck feel like? Centers for

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Patient Journey: Herniated Discs, From Diagnosis to Recovery

A herniated disc is one of the most common sources of back pain – but how does a patient go from diagnosis to recovery? Centers for Neurosurgery, Spine & Orthopedics (CNSO) understands that each patient’s experience and personal circumstances are unique. Finding the best spine treatment option for each individual and facilitating a quick road

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Shooting Back or Neck Pain: Radiculopathy and Its Causes

Spinal radiculopathy is a nerve root disorder that can cause sharp, shooting pain emanating from the spine then traveling down an extremity, shoulder or scapula. Fortunately, radiculopathy can often be treated with lifestyle changes and pain management. Learn more about radiculopathy symptoms and treatment options from Centers for Neurosurgery, Spine & Orthopedics, serving patients throughout

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What Type of Back Pain Is Relieved by a Transforaminal Injection?

Patients with chronic back pain know that it can interrupt their daily lives. While oral medications and physical therapy can mitigate symptoms, a transforaminal injection can help address the root cause of some types of back pain. Find out more about this pain management technique and procedure plus the kinds of back pain conditions it

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How Often Can a Person Have Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)?

Chronic back or neck pain caused by nerve damage can seriously affect a patient’s quality of life. For patients who do not experience pain relief from oral medication but do experience relief from a facet joint injection, also known as a medial branch block (MBB), a procedure called radiofrequency ablation (RFA) will help. Learn more

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Chiari Malformation: How Frequent Are the Headaches?

Many patients with Chiari malformation are asymptomatic and may be unaware they have this condition. Yet, one of the most typical symptoms of Chiari malformation is a headache, which can be severe. The team at Centers for Neurosurgery, Spine & Orthopedics (CNSO) in northern New Jersey is well-versed in diagnosing and treating people with this

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Tips for Recovery After Spine Surgery

Spinal surgery is a major step on the road to returning to your preferred lifestyle activities. Whether it is a discectomy, laminectomy, fusion surgery, or another type of spine surgery, most methods for a speedy recovery remain the same. Treating patients in northern New Jersey, Centers for Neurosurgery, Spine & Orthopedics (CNSO) specializes in in

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