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Good health starts with a strong spine. Any problem in your spine can cause a domino effect of health woes, from chronic pain to reduced mobility and even depression. One of the best ways to protect your spine is to strengthen your core. When they are in top condition, your core muscles work like an internal brace for your spine, keeping it properly aligned and pain-free. This infographic, from NJ’s Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care, explains why core strengthening is so important and shows how regular massages can help keep your core in peak condition. Back pain is a problem of epidemic proportions, so please share this useful advice with your family and friends.
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Back pain can be an incredibly frustrating problem if you cannot get the relief you need, especially when you suffer from lower back pain, which can make simple tasks such as sitting at your work desk highly uncomfortable. If you have already spent months or even years on unsuccessful conservative treatment for your back pain, it may be time to consider lumbar minimally invasive surgery.
What is lumbar minimally invasive surgery?
Lumbar minimally invasive surgery is a general term for several surgical procedures that can address issues of the lumbar spine. The lumbar spine is the lower region of the back where back pain often occurs. Minimally invasive lumbar decompression is one form of lumbar minimally invasive surgery that can alleviate spinal stenosis. This process lessens pressure on the structures of the lumbar spine by removing extraneous tissue. Minimally invasive lumbar spinal fusion is another procedure that can help patients with painful arthritic problems in the back. By joining together the afflicted vertebrae, a spine surgeon can eliminate the abrasion between them.
Why should you consider lumbar minimally invasive surgery?
Where other treatment methods have failed, lumbar minimally invasive surgery can help. When you and your physician have exhausted other care options to no avail, this form of spine surgery can provide the permanent relief you desire.
When should you contact a physician for lumbar minimally invasive surgery?
Upon recognizing that you have a back pain problem, you may want to seek a medical professional with a background in spine surgery. A spine surgeon can recommend more conservative forms of treatment, but should they prove ineffective for your needs, he can take the next steps to alleviate your discomfort. If you have yet to contact a spine surgeon, but continue to suffer from disabling back pain, now is the time to seek the permanent relief you desire.
Dr. Gbolahan Okubadejo is a spine surgeon with expertise in using the most effective minimally invasive measures. If you would like to speak with Dr. Okubadejo about your back pain, call The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care at (201) 285-5317. Our NJ facility offers swift and safe back pain treatment options for your ultimate health and wellbeing.
Last updated 18 days ago
Degenerative disc disease is a condition that affects the intervertebral discs in your spine. These cushion-like discs are located between the vertebrae of the spine. They provide shock absorption and flexibility, and they connect the vertebrae with the help of facet joints. Over time, the discs lose water content, which interferes with their cushioning abilities and deteriorates their structural integrity.
You can learn more about degenerative disc disease by watching this video. This helpful animation explains the anatomy of the discs and the complications that can occur when they break down. You’ll also learn about some of the symptoms of degenerative disc disease and what you can do to improve your spine health.
Minimally invasive spine surgeries for degenerative disc disease are among Dr. Okubadejo’s specialties. Schedule a consultation for a spine surgery by calling the NJ location of The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care at (201) 285-5317.
Last updated 25 days ago
Your spine is responsible for supporting your body weight and maintaining structural integrity. However, the cumulative effects of physical stress on the spine can gradually damage the intervertebral discs between the vertebrae. As you grow older, you become more susceptible to wear and tear damage of the spine, a condition known as degenerative disc disease. While spine doctors usually recommend trying conservative treatment measures first, you may be referred to a spine surgeon if your symptoms are severe or if they persist.
Type of Pain
The primary symptom of degenerative disc disease is pain and discomfort. Spine surgeons categorize pain in a number of ways, including whether it is acute or chronic. Acute pain is a sudden onset of discomfort that typically resolves within days or weeks. The severity level of acute pain is directly related to the severity of the damage. However, if you have degenerative disc disease, you’re likely to experience chronic pain, which is defined as discomfort that lingers for three months or longer. The severity level of chronic pain may not necessarily relate to the severity of the damage to your spine.
Location of Pain
If degenerative disc disease affects the cervical region—or neck area—of your spine, you are likely to feel pain in your neck and arm. If your spine surgeon diagnoses you with degenerative disc disease of the lumbar region—or lower back—the pain may radiate beyond your lower back to your buttock and leg.
Onset of Pain
People who suffer chronic pain may experience flare-ups of more severe pain now and then. Pain may worsen in the lower back if you sit for long periods of time, for example. Bending, twisting, and lifting can also aggravate the condition.
Symptoms of Nerve Compression
In addition to pain, it’s also possible to experience numbness and tingling that may radiate down a leg. This occurs if material from inside a disc protrudes through and compresses a nearby nerve.
Dr. Gbolahan Okubadejo, board-certified spine surgeon, is a recognized expert in the field of minimally invasive spine surgeries to treat degenerative disc disease and other conditions of the spine. Contact his NJ office at The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care by calling (201) 285-5317. Patients may also visit our website to learn more about conditions and procedures.
Last updated 1 month ago
Back pain is such a common condition that almost every adult will experience it at some point in their lives. It usually affects people between the ages of 30 to 50. Back pain is more common in people who lead a sedentary lifestyle. Regular exercise and stretching is crucial for spine health because it encourages healthy blood circulation, which delivers critical blood, oxygen, and nutrients to the areas around the spine. On the other hand, people who lead a generally sedentary lifestyle and then abruptly try to begin doing strenuous exercise are also prone to back pain due to muscle strain and ligament tears.
Back pain is often the result of poor posture. For example, an individual who has an office job and sits most of the day with the head bent forward toward a computer is likely to experience upper back pain. Back pain is also more likely to affect those who lift heavy objects frequently and incorrectly. Although back pain is less common in adolescents, kids may sometimes be affected by it if they frequently carry heavy backpacks.
If you experience back pain that does not respond to conservative treatments, Dr. Okubadejo of The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care can help. Call our NJ spine surgery practice today at (201) 285-5317 to learn about minimally invasive techniques.