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Spinal Curves

All The Right (Spinal) Curves…

…in all the right places! (Part II)

In part 1 of this blog series, we discussed the importance of the sagittal or “side view” curves of the entire human spine. In part 2 of this blog series, I would like to go into greater detail as to why proper spinal curves are critical, when dealing with proper biomechanics, spinal health and back pain.

When we walk or stand, gravity maintains its pressure upon our body in a downward direction and this, in normal circumstances, will exert load upon on our spinal joints (facets), hips, knees and feet. When the appropriate spinal curves are in place, these spinal facet joints are able to disburse the load of gravity and body weight appropriately thus allowing the spine to function normally.

When these appropriate curves are lost, gravitational load is not shared evenly between the discs and facet joints, leading to an abnormal wear. The discs in the lumbar spine are not designed to absorb more than 70% of the load when we are standing, yet the antithesis is true upon sitting. It is normal however for the lumbar spine to absorb more load through the discs when we sit, thus making it difficult for people with discogenic lower back pain to sit for long periods of time.

So if for example, a patient has severe loss of lumbar spine lordosis (curve), they can expect an increased stress load through the disc that will over time create decay at the disc level. When a disc loses its height and becomes thinner on x-ray or MRI, we call this degenerative disc disease or “DDD”. DDD is a form of osteoarthritis and cannot be reversed. The changes that have taken place are permanent in nature and in severe case, only palliative “pain relief” care is warranted. If palliative care fails and the individual has an altered quality of life, surgery is sometimes an option.

Here at our office we try to teach our patients that a strong spine with good posture can deter the many effects of aging and its impact on our bodies. If we can stay active with a consistent and moderate exercise program, good nutrition and appropriate amounts of sleep, many spinal conditions can be avoided. We should all try to live these simple principles to stay as healthy as possible. Should you ever need advice on how to do this, please call us anytime, we are always here to help.


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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 eight 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.