The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care
Dr. Okubadejo and The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care are committed to excellence by providing the highest quality of spinal care in New Jersey and New York.

Patient Video Testimonial: Chintan

Take a look at Chitan's video testimonial as he remembers his life before his surgery, full of pain and unable to do normal day to day activities. 

He states that as soon as he woke up from the surgery he felt no more pain. And today, he is still leading a pain-free life!

If you are like Chitan, and struggling with back pain, give The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care a call today at (201) 285-5317

True Sciatica vs. Piriformis Syndrome

Spine doctors often see patients with sciatica, a condition commonly caused by herniated discs or other spinal conditions. However, sciatica is sometimes confused with piriformis syndrome. Keep reading for a closer look at the differences and similarities between sciatica and piriformis syndrome. If you experience any of the symptoms listed below, see a spine doctor promptly.

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Piriformis Syndrome

Piriformis syndrome, which is relatively rare, is a neuromuscular disorder. It involves the piriformis muscle, which is in the buttocks and helps perform a wide range of motions, including walking and lifting the thighs. Piriformis syndrome occurs when this muscle spasms, resulting in pain. It can also compress the nearby sciatic nerve and imitate sciatic pain. In addition to pain, the typical symptoms of piriformis syndrome include numbness and tingling in the buttocks and down the back of the leg. You may notice worsening pain while sitting for prolonged periods, climbing stairs, or applying pressure to the piriformis muscle. Although more research is needed, it is thought that piriformis syndrome is caused by spasms, tightening, swelling, or bleeding that affects the piriformis muscle. Diagnosing this condition is often challenging; your spine doctor may rule out other conditions and review your medical history for a diagnosis. Your spine doctor will likely suggest conservative treatments, such as ice and heat therapy, before recommending surgery.


Unlike piriformis syndrome, sciatica is a symptom, not a disorder. Sciatica refers to pain, numbness, and tingling that extends from the lower back through the buttocks and down the leg. The pain is often more severe while sitting, although you may be discouraged from standing up and walking due to a sharp pain. Sciatica is typically caused by the following spinal conditions: a lumbar herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, lumbar spinal stenosis, isthmic spondylolisthesis, or sacroiliac joint dysfunction. If conservative measures, such as injections, are insufficient to alleviate your pain, you may be referred to a spine surgeon.

Explore your treatment options at The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care in NJ. Please call (201) 285-5317 to make an appointment with Dr. Okubadejo, board-certified spine surgeon. Dr. Okubadejo has a wealth of experience providing personalized care for a comprehensive range of spinal conditions.

Dr. Bo Talks Spine Injuries & Proper Fitness Mechanics

Dr. Bo, an avid fitness enthusiast himself, has recently begun helping fitness instructors and their clients avoid spine injuries during their workouts. Take a look at this video and listen as Dr. Bo teaches the right way to prevent injuries!

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, the spine 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.

Causes and Symptoms of Sciatica

The sciatic nerve extends from your lower spine through the backs of the legs. If you have sciatica, you’ve likely noticed pain in these areas. Sciatica can cause intense pain that typically becomes worse while sitting. It can interfere with your ability to carry out your daily activities. Some of the other possible symptoms of sciatica include numbness and tingling in the same areas. For most patients, these symptoms only occur on one side of the body.

Learn more about sciatica by watching this video. You’ll learn which parts of the spine are involved with sciatica, and the spinal condition that often causes sciatic pain.

If you experience sciatic pain, schedule an appointment with Dr. Okubadejo of The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care. You can reach our NJ practice at (201) 285-5317 or visit us on the Web to learn about treatment options.

How to Prepare for Spinal Surgery

Undergoing spinal surgery is a big decision. One of the best ways to prepare for it is to discuss the procedure in-depth with your surgeon. Your spine surgeon will evaluate the results of a variety of imaging tests, such as MRIs and x-rays. You should also disclose your full medical history, including any other medical conditions you might have, previous surgeries you’ve had, and medications or supplements you might take. Certain medications and supplements might need to be discontinued for a period of time prior to the surgery.

Talk to your spine surgeon about what you can expect from the recovery process. It’s a good idea to arrange for someone to stay with you for a while to help you out around the house. Some spine surgery patients rearrange items in their home to make them easier to reach with limited mobility, while others cook meals in advance and freeze them.

The medical team at The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care in NJ is happy to answer all of your questions about preparing for your spine surgery. Please give us a call at (201) 285-5317 to schedule your appointment today.

A Brief Overview of Spinal Tumors

Hearing the term “spinal tumors” after an evaluation can make you feel stressed and afraid. Still, you can prepare yourself for what lies ahead by becoming an informed patient. There are many different types of spinal tumors. Talk to your doctor about the type you have and the treatment options available. Remember that not all tumors are cancerous. Keep reading for an overview of the types and symptoms of spinal tumors.


Spinal tumors are classified according to their location in the body. Anterior tumors are in the front of the spine, while posterior tumors are in the back. Tumors may also be cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and sacrum, which refer to the areas of the spine in descending order. Metastatic spinal tumors occur when cancer from another area spreads to the spine. This can occur with many different types of cancers, including cancer of the lungs, prostate, breast, and thyroid. Tumors that occur in children are referred to as pediatric spinal tumors.


Discuss all of your symptoms with your doctor. With spinal tumors, you might experience back pain that radiates to other areas, decreased sensitivity to heat and cold, and loss of bladder or bowel function. Other possible symptoms include paralysis, muscle weakness, loss of sensation, and trouble walking.


Even if a tumor is noncancerous, it can lead to additional complications. If you experience loss of sensation, it likely means that the spinal nerves are compressed by the tumor. Some nerve damage may be permanent, particularly if treatment is delayed.

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Treatment Options

Your treatment options depend on many factors; your doctor will customize a treatment plan that is right for you. Noncancerous tumors that aren’t causing complications may simply be monitored, while other tumors may require radiation therapy and/or spinal surgery.

If you experience troubling spinal symptoms, don’t delay getting a diagnosis. Talk to Dr. Okubadejo and the rest of the medical team at The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care. Call us at (201) 285-5317 to schedule an appointment at our NJ practice.

Patient Video Testimonial: Michelle

Take a look at Michelle's video testimonial as she recaps her struggle with chronic neck pain and how she is enjoying a pain free life after having a minimally invasive spinal procedure. 

If you are like Michelle, and struggling with chronic neck or back pain, give us a call today. Dr. Gbolahan Okubadejo is a renowned Orthopedic Spine Surgeon that helps patients in the New York and New Jersey area. Call today (201) 285-5317

I Had Enough!


When taking pills "as needed" becomes taking them everyday. Then will it be enough for you to get the back and neck pain care you deserve?

The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care can help! Call us today! 

What Are the Conservative Treatment Options for Low Back Pain?

Low back pain is a common problem; in fact, it’s a leading cause of lost productivity and work-related disabilities. Your spinal pain might be acute or chronic; either way, it’s important to seek treatment for it. At a spine care center, your doctor will likely recommend conservative treatments first. If the following treatments do not alleviate your condition, spine surgery might be necessary, depending on the cause and severity of your condition.

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Physical Therapy

Spine doctors often refer patients to physical therapists. Physical therapy may alleviate your pain, improve your mobility, and prevent recurring pain. Your physical therapist will show you exercises and stretches to strengthen the area. Prior to exercising, it’s a good idea to apply heat to the spinal area, followed by ice packs after exercising. Your physical therapist might also recommend electrical stimulation.


If the low back pain is mild, your spine doctor might recommend taking an over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) like ibuprofen to alleviate the inflammation and pain. Severe back pain might be treated with opioids like hydrocodone. Your doctor might also recommend anticonvulsants (for nerve pain) or antidepressants.

Injection Therapy

Certain types of back problems are cause for injection therapy, which means that a medication is injected directly into the area. These might be recommended if you have spinal stenosis of the lower back, or if you have radiculopathy, which refers to damage to a nerve. Epidural injections are commonly used to treat these conditions. The spine doctor first numbs the area with an anesthetic, and then injects a corticosteroid. A nerve block is another commonly used injection for low back pain. Nerve blocks can be helpful for diagnosing the source of the pain in addition to relieving it.

Don’t suffer from low back pain any longer. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Gbolahan Okubadejo of The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care. You can reach our New Jersey practice at (201) 285-5317 or visit us on the Web for more information about spinal conditions.

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