A discectomy is a common surgical procedure, especially for patients with injured or aging spinal discs. Although the surgery may cause some discomfort and radiculopathy, the likelihood that a patient recovers from these complications is high. What is a discectomy? Centers for Neurosurgery, Spine & Orthopedics (CNSO) offers some insights into the procedure and the
A pinched nerve, or cervical radiculopathy as it is properly called, may happen for many reasons and can be uncomfortable for the patient. At Centers for Neurosurgery, Spine & Orthopedics, patients throughout northern New Jersey may receive care for a pinched nerve and related symptoms from a multi-specialty group of physicians. CNSO providers outline the
For patients who’ve experienced an injury or developed a condition in the back or neck that is not improving with conservative treatment care, there is the possibility that there is a structural problem which only spine surgery can resolve. When patients consult with the specialists at Centers for Neurosurgery, Spine & Orthopedics, conservative as well
The term stenosis is medically used to describe an abnormal narrowing of an anatomic structure. Thus Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal through which the spinal cord and nerves travel. The lower part of the back is called the lumbar spine. Spinal stenosis in the lower back is specified as lumbar stenosis.
Degenerative changes in the spine can result in a variety of medical conditions and yield many symptoms, such as limited motion, spinal deformity, pain, and nerve issues. Treatment for degenerative spinal conditions varies depending on the type, location, and severity. In New Jersey, Centers for Neurosurgery, Spine & Orthopedics specializes in treating patients who are
In a normal spine, vertebral bodies are positioned perfectly on top of one another. Healthy discs, facet joints, and ligaments are responsible for maintaining this proper alignment of the bones with movement. However, in certain individuals, the bones do not properly align. When this happens, and a vertebra slides forwards or backward in relation to
The brain communicates with various body parts using a complex network of nerves. These nerves send instructions from the brain to the muscles, and they bring sensory information from the various body parts back to the brain. For these nerves to function properly, they must pass unobstructed from their origins in the brain and spinal
Over time, a patient’s spinal discs may deteriorate. In many cases, this is a natural part of the aging process. When these progressive changes cause pain and other issues, this condition is known as degenerative disc disease. This medical condition occurs when a patient’s spinal discs that cushion the vertebrae wear down, resulting in various
What is a Tumor? All the cells in the body are strictly regulated in terms of their growth size, whether they can reproduce, and when they can divide into new cells. Through new cell production, the body can adapt to changing needs, repair tissue damage, and replace tissue loss. When this system is altered, it
From the base of the skull to the tailbone, the bones and joints of the spinal column create a well-protected canal through which the spinal cord and nerves travel. In normal health, this spinal canal is wide enough to allow plenty of space for the neural elements within. When this canal becomes too narrow, and
Spinal tumors are abnormal growths that could develop in the spinal cord, the surrounding tissue, or within the spine bones called vertebrae. Tumor growth occurs when normal cells produce abnormal or cancerous cells that begin to rapidly reproduce other abnormal cells Centers for Neurosurgery, Spine & Orthopedics can detect tumor growth, explain the medical condition,
Bone spurs, also known as osteophytes, are overgrowths of bone. Spurs can develop along bone edges, at ligament or tendon attachments, and within joint spaces, such as knees and hips. When bone spurs develop, they can cause pain through nerve impingement, friction against surrounding soft tissue, and changes in the joint’s normal patterns of motion.