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    Exploring the Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments of Degenerative Disc Disease

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Do you suffer from ongoing pain in your lower back? It could be the result of degenerative disc disease. This condition affects countless people, many who might assume their pain to be a normal aspect of the aging process. You don’t have to let degenerative disc disease impede your mobility and movement as you get older, though. Consider the following information on this condition. If you suspect you have degenerative disc disease, consult a spine surgeon about your treatment options.

    What Signs are Present with Degenerative Disc Disease

    Unless pain presents, many people with degenerative disc disease are unaware that they have this condition. For the remainder of sufferers, pain is often the primary symptom. The discomfort of degenerative disc disease may contain itself to the spinal column, or it can extend to other regions of the body. Should any of the intervertebral discs push upon nearby nerves, it can produce radiating discomfort in the limbs as well. A breakdown in the integrity of the discs may also cause restricted range of motion in the back.

    Why Degenerative Disc Disease Happens

    Degenerative disc disease can develop in several ways. In some cases, it may start as the result of another spinal condition or injury. A herniated disc, which causes the interior of the disc to breach the disc membrane, can initiate degenerative disc disease. If no other problems present in the spinal column, degenerative disc disease can still occur. After years of wear and tear on the intervertebral discs, they can succumb to deterioration and generate pain.

    How a Spine Surgeon Can Treat Degenerative Disc Disease

    If a spine doctor makes a diagnosis of degenerative disc disease, he can treat it with several strategies. He may first prescribe medication to lessen inflammation and the sensation of pain in the back. He could also recommend physical therapy. If noninvasive measures provide insufficient pain relief, minimally invasive back surgery might also be an option.

    Would you like to learn more about degenerative disc disease? Then call The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care at (201) 285-5317. Our New Jersey facility can determine if the pain you are experiencing stems from this condition. Dr. Gbolahan Okubadejo can also advise treatment options to eliminate your discomfort.

    Beat Lower Back Pain by Improving Your Posture at Work

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Is your job impacting your health? If you have back pain, it could be due to hours spent behind a desk. This video explains back pain causes and remedies. Sitting for many hours at a time can put stress on your lower back. Staying seated in the same position offers no opportunity for your muscles to work and stretch as they should for healthy function. You could also be eliminating your back’s natural curve when you lean into a chair. To alleviate back pain, it’s important to maintain proper posture in your chair at all times.

    The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care can help you find relief from your chronic back pain. Call our New Jersey location at (201) 285-5317 to schedule an appointment with spine surgeon Dr. Gbolahan Okubadejo.

    Yoga Moves That May Ease Neck Arthritis

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Improve your flexibility and help alleviate pain with gentle yoga moves that ease neck arthritis. After properly bringing your head into alignment, perform a head tilt by dropping your head toward each shoulder and holding for several seconds. Then slowly turn your head from side-to-side, pausing for a moment on each side. Next, drop your chin down and hold to stretch the back of your neck. Lastly, place your hands behind your head and slowly release your head back while cradling the base of your skull. Watch this video to see a demonstration of the yoga moves that may ease neck arthritis.

    If you are suffering from chronic back or neck pain, contact The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care at (201) 285-5317. Led by board certified spine surgeon Dr. Okubadejo, we provide the highest quality of spinal care in New Jersey and specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of spine disorders and injuries. We also specialize in minimally invasive spinal surgery, so you can be back on your feet in less time. 

    Tips for Speedy Spine Surgery Recovery

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Though spine surgery technically ends when your operation is finished, if you factor in recovery time, the process is actually significantly longer. You can help facilitate a healthy, expedient recovery by properly planning ahead of time and being as informed as possible about what the road to recovery entails. The following tips will help ensure that you are on your way to a speedy recovery following your spine surgery.

    Place pots and pans, clothing, and toiletries on countertops and upper cabinets that allow for easy access. Follow through with all physical therapy and rehabilitation exercises prescribed by your physical therapist or spine surgeon. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Tylenol and ibuprofen can help reduce pain, though it is important to consult your spine surgeon first.

    At The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care in NJ, your health is our number one priority. With several locations in New Jersey, our friendly and caring staff offers comprehensive diagnosis and treatment options to ensure that your spinal health. Give us a call at (201) 285-5317 or visit our website to learn more about our minimally invasive spine surgeries

    Signs Arthritis Is to Blame for Your Back Pain

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Have you been experiencing chronic back pain? While you may attribute your back pain to a strain or pulled muscle, the real cause may actually be arthritis of the spine, which affects 15 percent of Americans. Be sure to consult with a spine surgeon if you experience any of the arthritis signs described below.

    Pain that Worsens Over Time
    Osteoarthritis, or arthritis of the spine, begins as a gradual pain that worsens over time. You may experience a twinge that eventually becomes an almost-daily, chronic backache. Pain may come and go, disappearing for several weeks or months, and then return, intensified. Back pain occurs when the cartilage between the vertebrae wears down, providing less cushioning and resulting in inflamed joints.

    Numbness in the Hands or Fingers
    If you find yourself experiencing numbness in the hands, arms, or fingers that radiates from the shoulder down through the arm, osteoarthritis may be the source. Pain may come and go, and it may feel like you are losing your fine motor skills.

    Pain or Weakness in the Legs
    As osteoarthritis of the spine progresses, you may experience weakness that begins in the buttocks and travels down into the leg. This may feel like numbness, tingling, cramping, or buckling.

    Neck Pain
    Another sign of arthritis of the spine is neck pain. This type of pain originates in the neck and then radiates into the base of the skull or shoulders. Some individuals may experience chronic headaches as a result. You may also experience neck a tingling or numb sensation in your neck.

    Are you experiencing chronic back pain and don’t know what’s causing it? Find answers to your back pain at The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care. Give us a call at (201) 285-5317 to learn more about our spine surgery specialties, including minimally invasive spine surgery and disc replacement. Led by board certified surgeon Dr. Okubadejo, The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care provides the highest quality spinal care for patients in NJ.  

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