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Spinal Curves

All The Right (Spinal) Curves…

…in all the right places! (Part I)

“Doc, I know why I have lower back pain,” says the new patient in the exam room. “My general practitioner said I have curvature of the spine.”

Do I look at the patient in disbelief? Or do I assume that they are describing a scoliosis deformity or a congenital spinal problem? Only after a detailed history, examination and x-rays could we really understand what “problem” the patient was actually trying to describe.

When we assess our patients’ spine we make it a priority to look and see which HEALTHY CURVES are in place. That’s right folks, not all curves are bad, especially if they are in the right places.

You see, the human spine must maintain 3 natural curves. One in the neck (cervical), one in the mid-back (thoracic) and one in the low back (lumbar), of varying degrees in order to be considered normal and structurally sound. These normal angles vary anywhere from 40-60 degrees respectively. What is key to note, is these curves MUST ONLY be visualized from the side (sagittal posture) of the patient. There are measured degrees of what is ideal or “perfect

These normal angles vary anywhere from 40-60 degrees respectively. What is key to note, is these curves MUST ONLY be visualized from the side (sagittal posture) of the patient. There are measured degrees of what is ideal or “perfect” and measured degrees of ranges or “common” that help us ascertain normal, but they can only be measured with x-rays of a patient’s spine standing in a resting neutral posture. When someone’s curve angles are not normal, either too high or too low, various mechanical problems occur within the spine. The most common of which is a lack of side view curvature, known as lumbar

When someone’s curve angles are not normal, either too high or too low, various mechanical problems occur within the spine. The most common of which is a lack of side view curvature, known as lumbar hypolordosis, or in other words a drop in the measurement of sagittal or side view angle of the lumbar spine. Lumbar

Lumbar hypolordosis is commonly associated with degenerative disc disease and herniated lumbar disc. The disc problems just mentioned result from increased load or force on the disc over time.

The point? Glad you asked…….When an anatomical structure has a physical load exerted upon it over time, the integrity of the structure can either get stronger OR weaker depending on what the structure is intended to do AND how it is positioned. I know it sounds weird, but it’s much like a decaying road bridge over a river that has a

I know it sounds weird, but it’s much like a decaying road bridge over a river that has a 5-ton limit when a 10-ton truck tries to cross it! Yikes!

In part 2 of this blog series, I will explain how having the normal curves of your spine can prevent decay, long-term pain and spinal failure. See you soon!

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INTERVENTIONAL PAIN MANAGEMENT CLINIC HELPING PATIENTS LIVE PAIN-FREE LIVES THROUGH A VARIETY OF PROCEDURES AND TREATMENTS

If you’re looking for a multi-specialty medical group that offers interventional pain management, sports medicine, chiropractic care, acupuncture therapy, and orthopedic surgery, look no further than NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine.

We have six offices and one ambulatory surgery center (ASC) located in and around Monmouth County, NJ and Ocean County, NJ, and we have many patients that visit us from the following towns:

  • Jackson, NJ
  • Point Pleasant, NJ
  • Barnegat, NJ
  • Brick, NJ
  • Lakewood, NJ
  • Manchester, NJ
  • Aberdeen, NJ
  • Marlboro, NJ
  • Freehold, NJ
  • Monroe, NJ
  • Glassboro, NJ
  • Any many others

Since the beginning, our doctors and staff have been committed to treating patients who suffer from several different types of painful spine, joint, and orthopedic conditions. Furthermore, our goal is not only to reduce pain through physical rehabilitation, therapy, or any of our procedures and treatment options, but to help all of our patients have their functionality and quality of life restored.

Doctors with Superior Medical Knowledge and Compassion

One of the many benefits of choosing NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine is that we only use the most innovative and modern treatment options and procedures. Furthermore, every service and treatment option we offer is available at each of our six offices. Therefore, you should expect to receive the treatment you need whether you visit our office in Jackson, NJ, Point Pleasant, NJ, Barnegat, NJ, Manchester, NJ, Aberdeen, NJ or Tinton Falls, NJ. Furthermore, when patients come to one of our offices, they are always greeted with smiles and treated with kindness.

Every member of a team is respectful and empathetic, and will go to great lengths to ensure your pain management needs are addressed. Another reason to choose our medical practice is because our team makes it one of their highest priorities to stay at the forefront of medical research so that they’re offering the best care possible. Lastly, our physicians and staff also make certain that patients have the knowledge they need to help them live pain-free lives.

Comprehensive and Customized Care Provided by NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine

While some patients may only require one service and/or treatment option and procedure, others may require customized care plans to help them get back on their feet. After your initial evaluation, your physician will create a custom-tailored treatment plan that they feel will offer you with the pain relief you want. In fact, you should not only expect to be recommended with a treatment plan that will help to reduce and/or eliminate your pain, but one that will aid in increasing your activity level, and reducing the amount of pain medicine you take. In the end, you will be provided with a comprehensive and customized care plan that will greatly improve the quality of your life.

Even though pain is an unavoidable part of life, it doesn’t mean you must suffer from it all throughout your lifetime. To learn more the doctors and staff at NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine, our pain treatment options and procedures, and our locations in and around Ocean County, NJ, and Monmouth County, NJ, please browse our site. To make an appointment, please don’t hesitate to do so online, or give one of the offices closest to your home in Brick, NJ, Lakewood, NJ, Marlboro, NJ, Freehold, NJ, Glassboro, NJ, or another area a call today.