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Understanding How Age Affects the Spine

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Gray hair and wrinkles may be a common part of getting older, but sometimes the effects of aging can have more pronounced consequences for a person’s general wellbeing. The spine is particularly prone to wear and tear over several decades of constant use. With the onset of these aging symptoms can come discomfort, restricted flexibility, and limited mobility. If you suspect that you may be experiencing one or more of the following spine conditions that often accompany older age, consult with a spine surgeon for further medical guidance.

Spinal Osteoporosis: As the body ages, bone density begins to decrease. Osteoporosis of the spine can occur in both men and women when they get older and produces several negative effects. Often, this disease will manifest as a hunched back in the elderly. Under some circumstances, it may also result in one or more broken vertebrae suffered during a fall. Spinal osteoporosis has no cure, but innovative spine surgery methods can effectively treat bone breakage due to this condition.

Spinal Arthritis: Spinal arthritis is common in many older individuals because of the constant bending and moving required of the spinal joints. Simple activities such as walking or sitting can be painful for those with spinal arthritis. As with spinal osteoporosis, no permanent treatment is available for spinal arthritis, but a spine surgeon can often administer minimally invasive spine surgery techniques to alleviate the pressure put upon the spinal joints for a reduction in discomfort. 

Degenerative Disc Disease: The discs between each vertebra allow for effortless and painless movement. With age, these discs may begin to shrink, which can prompt direct bone-on-bone interaction. Degenerative disc disease can be incredibly painful for those who have it, but help is available. If you suspect that you suffer from this debilitating condition, consult with a spine surgeon about your treatment options.

Dr. Gbolahan Okubadejo of The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care provides the most advanced treatment methods for the alleviation of age-related spinal problems. To learn more about our spine surgery services, please call our New Jersey Spine Care facility at (201) 285-5317 to set up a consultation.

What Is Degenerative Disc Disease?

Degenerative disc disease occurs when the discs between the vertebrae begin to deteriorate. This video animation discusses the factors that may contribute to degenerative disc disease.

Healthy discs are essential to proper back and spinal function. To remain flexible and soft, discs require ample nutrients and hydration. When they do not receive these needed elements, the discs will begin to shrink, allowing the vertebrae to rub directly against one another. Degenerative disc disease can develop over an extended period of time from natural wear and tear. It may also come as the result of repeated motion that puts unusual stress upon one or more discs. Though degenerative disc disease has no cure, its effects can be successfully maintained or eliminated with the help of a spine surgery specialist.

The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care provides effective solutions for a wide range of spinal problems. To schedule a consultation with spine surgeon Gbolahan Okubadejo, please call our New Jersey facility at (201) 285-5317.

Looking for Information About Your Spine Condition? Take a Look at These Online Resources

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A spine surgeon can perform laser spine surgery for regained independence and range of motion. To learn more about how spine surgery can restore your former mobility and well-being, please read the following articles.

  • A spine surgeon can offer highly effective treatment for many spinal disorders, including spinal arthritis. HowStuffWorks.com explains arthritis of the spine.
  • As The Wall Street Journal reports, spine surgery offers many benefits to those who undergo the procedure.

The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care offers the most advanced and effective treatment services for New Jersey area patients. If you are experiencing back pain and reduced mobility as the result of a spinal disease or trauma, please call us at (201) 285-5317 to schedule a consultation with a spine surgeon to discuss your spine surgery options.

How Lumbar Fusion Can Help Your Pain

Lumbar spine anatomy lateral view

Back pain can occur from a wide variety of spinal ailments. Spinal osteoarthritis, scoliosis, and degenerative disc disease are all common disorders that can bring on back discomfort. In the case of degenerative disc disease, the pain that a patient experiences intensifies as the afflicted disc continues to deteriorate. However, lumbar fusion by an experienced spine surgeon can be highly effective in eliminating debilitating back pain.

Why do you experience lower back pain?

Most lower back pain stems from damage to the bones, discs, or connective tissue that make up the spinal column. When the discs or connective tissues that protect and cover the vertebrae begin to deteriorate, it can lead to bone on bone movement. Once these structures begin to break down, they often cannot repair themselves without medical intervention.

What is lumbar fusion?

Lumbar fusion is a minimally invasive spine surgery procedure. First, the spine surgeon will locate the inflamed or damaged area that is causing the patient’s back pain. Next, he or she will remove the damaged discs or other materials that are contributing to the back pain. Then, your doctor will administer a bone graft across adjacent vertebrae so that they can fuse together.

How does lumbar fusion eliminate lower back pain?

By removing the diseased spinal components that were contributing to the patient’s pain and encouraging bone growth to stabilize the spinal column, lumbar fusion can help patients regain their former range of motion without discomfort. If you are suffering from chronic back pain, you may be a candidate for lumbar fusion surgery. For more information, consult your spine surgeon.

The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care offers extremely safe and effective spine surgery options for patients suffering from ongoing and debilitating back pain. Call our New Jersey facility at (201) 285-5317 to schedule a consultation with a spine surgeon to learn more about our laser spine surgery services. 

A Look at the Treatment Options for Degenerative Disc Disease

Backbone intervertebral disc anatomy posterior view

The spine is a complex structure whose many parts permit extensive movement. Yet over time, certain areas of the spine can break down and cause considerable discomfort and limited range of motion. One condition that impedes spinal movement is degenerative disc disease. Degenerative disc disease stems from the deterioration of the supportive pads that protect each vertebra in the spine. Because these discs do not receive any of the body’s blood supply, once damaged, they cannot heal on their own. When left untreated, they will continue to break down and cause pain. However, a spine surgeon can perform one of several spine surgery procedures to remedy degenerative disc disease and restore pain-free movement to the patient.

Degenerative Disc Disease Causes: As its name implies, degenerative disc disease takes place over an extended period of time. Healthy spinal discs are well hydrated and highly flexible. As people age, their spinal discs begin to dry out and become more rigid, which makes them prone to deterioration.

Spinal Fusion Surgery: When conservative treatment methods fail to alleviate the symptoms of degenerative disc disease, a spine surgeon may recommend spinal fusion surgery. Spinal fusion surgery is a procedure in which the damaged disc is removed and replaced with a bone graft. The graft is inserted between the two surrounding vertebrae to induce fusion of spinal structures. Once fusion is complete, the spine is more stable, and the patient can engage in his former everyday activities without experiencing pain.

Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery: During this procedure, the spine surgeon removes the traumatized disc and replaces it with an artificial disc. As with spinal fusion surgery, the recovery time after artificial disc replacement surgery may be considerable. However, once a patient is fully recovered, he can enjoy a higher quality of life without chronic pain or hindered movement.

The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care provides expert medical treatment for a wide range of spinal conditions. For more information regarding our spine surgery options or to schedule a consultation with a spine surgeon in New York or New Jersey, please call (201) 285-5317.

Understanding the Basics of Scoliosis

 

Scoliosis is an irregular curvature of the spine. As this video demonstrates, depending on its severity, scoliosis can affect a person’s posture, digestive system, and even heart and lung function, necessitating spine surgery.

Scoliosis can occur in both children and adults. Adolescent scoliosis may result from sporadic or sudden body growth. Adult scoliosis can stem from diseased musculature, partial paralysis, or bone degeneration. When abnormal spinal curvature is less than 40 degrees, an individual will often only show symptoms of irregular shoulder or hip height. As the abnormal curvature becomes more pronounced, patients experience more severe medical issues. In the most serious scoliosis cases, both cardiovascular and respiratory functions are affected.

Do you suffer from scoliosis? The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care can help. Our minimally invasive spine surgery procedures can restore your spinal health and alleviate your scoliosis symptoms. Please call our New Jersey facility at (201) 285-5317 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gbolahan Okubadejo.

Online Resources: How Your Spinal Issues Can Be Treated

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Maintaining the health of your spine is a great way to promote your overall wellness. Check out these links from around the web for more information on the advantages of minimally invasive spine surgery and the difference between traditional discectomies and endoscopic discectomies. Give The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care a call at (201) 285-5317 for more information on our spine surgery methods.

What Is an Endoscopic Discectomy?

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A discectomy is a spinal procedure in which all or a portion of intervertebral discs between your vertebrae are removed. However, there are a number of variations to the procedure. Check out this overview to learn more about endoscopic discectomy procedures.

About Endoscopic Discectomy Procedures:

An endoscopic discectomy is a type of minimally invasive spine surgery in which the spine surgeon utilizes a small tube with a light and lens, also known as an endoscope, to view and remove the damaged discs under direct x-ray visualization. Unlike other discectomy procedures that access the disc by cutting through various layers of tissue, endoscopic discectomy can be performed using an extremely small incision less than one centimeter long.

Ideal Candidates:

While the best way to determine if an endoscopic discectomy is right for you is to consult with your New Jersey spine surgeon, there are a number of signs that you may benefit from the procedure. For example, an endoscopic discectomy may be the solution for you if you are suffering from:

  • Chronic lumbar, thoracic, or cervical pain.
  • Sciatica.
  • Leg pain.
  • Nerve-related symptoms such as tingling or numbness in the extremities, generalized weakness, and loss of bladder or bowel control.
  • Deep muscle pain or muscle spasms.

Benefits:

Endoscopic discectomies provide a number of benefits over traditional discectomy procedures. This endoscopic procedure not only reduces the need for standard surgical incisions but also reduces the risk of surgical bleeding, post-operative bruising and swelling, and pain. Individuals who undergo endoscopic discectomy also experience much shorter periods of downtime than those who undergo a traditional discectomy.

Whether you are interested in an endoscopic discectomy or laser spine surgery, Dr. Gbolahan Okubadejo with The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care is here to help. Get rid of your spinal pain by contacting our New Jersey office at (201) 285-5317.

The Advantages of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

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Back and neck pain are some of the most common ailments suffered by individuals in America. In the past, patients suffering from chronic back or neck pain due to an underlying spinal condition were forced to undergo invasive, open surgery. Fortunately, advances in the field of medicine have led to the development of minimally invasive spine surgery methods. Continue reading to learn more about the advantages of undergoing minimally invasive spine surgery with your New Jersey spine surgeon.

Smaller Incisions:

Minimally invasive spine surgery uses various surgical techniques in conjunction with specially designed instruments to assist in the visualization of the surgical field. Common instruments include tubular retractors, endoscopic cameras, and ultrasound imaging technology. By using these specially designed instruments, your spine surgeon can create smaller incisions, resulting in smaller scars following the procedure.

Reduces Damage to Surrounding Tissues:

In addition to reducing the size of scars, the small incisions utilized during minimally invasive spine surgery reduces the risk of damage to the adjacent tissues. This not only leads to less blood loss during surgery and decreased post-operative pain but also significantly reduces the mortality rates associated with traditional open surgery methods.

Shorter Recovery Period:

Unlike other spine surgery techniques, minimally invasive spine surgery procedures are often done on an outpatient basis, resulting in shorter recovery periods and less downtime.

At The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care, our spine surgeon is devoted to providing all of our patients with the highest quality spinal care possible.  Learn more about the uses and benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery by contacting Dr. Gbolahan Okubadejo at (201) 285-5317. Dr. Okubadejo also offers laser spine surgery as well as various treatment methods for spinal osteoarthritis, sciatica, lumbar stenosis, and cervical stenosis. Give us a call or visit us online to get started.

Techniques Used in Spinal Surgery

The thought of undergoing spine surgery used to strike fear in patients due to long recovery periods and postoperative pain. Thanks to the development of minimally invasive spine surgery, however, the complications associated with previous procedures are no longer an issue.

In this news report, Dr. Gbolahan Okubadejo discusses the uses and benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery. Minimally invasive spine procedures such as endoscopic discectomies and laser spine surgery are performed using extremely small incisions that enable your spine surgeon to access and correct the problem without cutting through your muscles and deeper layers of tissue. This not only results in smaller scars and less blood loss but also significantly decreases postoperative pain and recovery time. Watch this clip to learn more.

Learn more about your minimally invasive spine surgery options by contacting The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care at (201) 285-5317 today.

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