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

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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

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

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

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.

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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

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.

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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.  

How Degenerative Disc Diseases Leads to Back Pain

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our spine is composed of vertebrae, or bones, and intervertebral discs. The discs have soft, spongy centers that allow them to provide shock absorption and flexibility for the spine. However, the discs can become drier and more brittle over time, leading to a condition called degenerative disc disease. Many patients seek treatments from spine surgeons for degenerative disc disease because the condition can become painful. Additionally, it may lead to the following complications, which can also cause discomfort.

Herniated Disc

Degenerative disc disease increases the risk of suffering a herniated disc. Also called a ruptured or slipped disc, this refers to the protrusion of the soft inner material of the disc through the exterior. This material can irritate and compress nerves in the area, resulting in back pain that can radiate down the leg.

Osteophytes

As the intervertebral discs lose fluid, they become thinner and the spaces between the vertebrae narrow. This results in a less stable spinal structure. In response, the body creates osteophytes, which are bone spurs. These growths may exert pressure on the spinal cord or spinal nerve roots, causing nerve pain.

Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis can occur as a result of the process of degenerative disc disease, the formation of osteophytes, or the herniation of a disc. If your spine surgeon diagnoses you with spinal stenosis, it means that your spinal canal is narrower than usual. This places pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. Although some people may not experience symptoms, this condition often causes pain, muscle weakness, and numbness.

If conservative treatments aren’t effective in relieving your back pain, consult a spine surgeon. Call the NJ office of Dr. Okubadejo, board-certified spine surgeon, from The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care at (201) 285-5317 to schedule an appointment. You can also visit our website to get a better idea of our spine services. We invite your questions about your spinal condition.

A Patient's Guide to Proper Posture

If you already have a back problem, your spine surgeon may have spoken to you about the importance of proper posture. Everyone can benefit from using good posture to prevent back pain from occurring or recurring. When you use proper posture, the bones of your spine are in the correct alignment, which lowers the risk of atypical wear and tear that can lead to degenerative arthritis. Proper posture also prevents pain and strain of the muscles around your spine. Keep reading to learn about the proper ways to stand and sit to reduce stress on your spine.

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Understanding Proper Posture
It’s a common misconception that the spine should be perfectly straight for good posture. In fact, thespine naturally has three curves. At the cervical, or neck region, the spine curves slightly forward. At the thoracic, or upper back region, it curves backward. Lastly, it curves slightly inward at the lower back, or lumbar region.

Using Good Posture While Standing
While standing, you can encourage the proper position of your spine by keeping your feet about hip width apart and distributing your weight evenly. Keep your head upright in a natural position and your shoulders relaxed. You should also pull in your stomach slightly. If you have trouble finding the correct posture, stand with your heels about two inches away from a wall. Your buttocks, shoulder blades, and head should touch the wall. Glide a hand between the wall and your lower back. If you’re using proper posture, there should be just enough space for your hand to fit at the curve of the lumbar region.

Using Good Posture While Sitting
Using good posture while sitting down requires an ergonomically correct chair. Select a chair in which you can sit with your feet flat on the floor. It’s also a good idea to use a chair with lumbar support to prevent lower back pain. Sit back comfortably, keeping your neck and upper back relatively straight and comfortable, with your shoulders relaxed. Avoid leaning your head forward.

At The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care, you’ll receive personalized patient care at a state-of-the-art facility. Please call our NJ location at (201) 285-5317 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Okubadejo, spine surgeon. Or, visit our website for more information about spinal conditions.

Preventing Back Pain Associated with Pregnancy

Is your impending bundle of joy causing you back pain? You can alleviate your discomfort with a few easy tips.

This video explains the steps to take to alleviate pregnancy-related back pain. During the initial weeks of pregnancy, taking doctor-approved painkiller medication and adhering to an increased rest regimen can lessen your discomfort. As you progress through pregnancy, though, physical activity can become an important part of your wellness. After getting the consent of your physician, use exercise to reduce your incidence of pain. Making sure that you sleep in positions that ease stress on your lower back can also lower your occurrence of pain.

Dr. Gbolahan Okubadejo of The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care can help you enjoy a future free from back pain. To schedule a consultation at our New Jersey spine surgery facility, call (201) 285-5317.

Understanding What Structures Make Up the Back

Back pain is a common occurrence partly because of the many structures that comprise it. Each has the potential for deterioration due to disease or injury. The vertebrae are the bone components that house the spinal cord. Though separated from each other by intervertebral discs, issues such as degenerative disc disease and disc herniation can cause harm to both the discs and vertebrae. The spinal cord and its accompanying nerves, which project from the spinal column through the back and into the extremities, also help to form the back. When the discs or vertebrae suffer damage, they may put pressure on these sensitive structures that result in intense pain. Muscles and their connective tissues make up the final major structures in the back. Like the back’s other components, though, both illness and accidents can lead to disabling muscle and tissue injuries.

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Let The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care help you achieve ultimate back wellness. If you are suffering from back pain, Dr. Gbolahan Okubadejo can help. Call us today at (201) 285-5317 to learn more about the minimally invasive spine surgery options we offer for individuals in the greater New Jersey area.

Tips for Preventing Low Back Pain

Millions of Americans suffer from back pain, but you can avoid becoming part of this growing demographic. As common as back pain may be, you can largely prevent it when you practice safe behaviors in all aspects of your daily life. The following tips can help you maintain your back health:

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Engage in Healthy Exercise
Doctors typically advise patients to establish consistent workout routines for good reason. Exercise can keep the muscles of the back strong and limber. It can also lessen the occurrence of arthritis pain. Physical activity can also lower the risk of obesity, as excessive weight can place undue stress on the back structures. However, make sure that the exercises you practice are safe for your back. If you exercise with incorrect form or at an overly high intensity, you may be putting your back in danger of injury and pain.

Avoid Dangerous Lifting Activities
If a friend asks you to help him move, be clear about your limits. When your boss asks you to move the printer, get another person to help you lift and carry it. No matter the circumstances, always approach heavy lifting situations with caution. If you attempt to lift an item that is too heavy or awkward, you can inadvertently strain a back muscle or rupture a disc. Repetitive lifting can cause lasting back pain as well.

Observe Your Body’s Needs
Back pain is a way for your body to communicate a problem. If you suddenly experience pain from swimming laps or carrying moving boxes, stop what you’re doing and evaluate your condition. Should you notice that your once mild back discomfort has now become acute and disruptive pain, do not wait for it to subside. Continuing to pursue the same lifestyle habits despite back pain can worsen an existing back problem. When you feel discomfort, consult a physician for a professional consultation and advice.

When back pain prevents you from enjoying a high quality of life, call The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care at (201) 285-5317. Dr. Gbolahan Okubadejo can help you determine the most effective course of action for your back pain problems. If you live in the greater New Jersey area, take a moment to schedule a consultation at our spine surgery facility.

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