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In some cases, the way you’re sitting at work all day, repetitively lifting things, staring downward at your phone and so on, is largely the cause of your pain. We will work with you to help change and address these factors.

  • Rest 
  • Modification of activities that worsen symptoms
  • Posture coaching and improvement
  • Ergonomic coaching and environment changes for sedentary work
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Medication can be utilized to manage your pain. We will advise you about which medications might work best and prescribe specialized medication to help treat the pain. We offer a variety of medication options.

  • Over the counter: Tylenol or anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) such as Aleve, Advil, or Motrin
  • Topical creams and patches: Lidocaine, Voltaren, or Capsaicin
  • Prescription medications: prescription NSAIDs, muscle relaxers, oral steroids, and others


We provide a range of therapies to help treat your pain. These therapies, often done in conjunction with other non-surgical care, can often be quite effective in resolving the pain and returning your quality of life.

  • Personalized physical therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Ice pack or moist heat to the affected area for 15-30 minutes at a time
  • Lumbar support brace (used sparingly for comfort as needed)


With injections or ablation, the nerves or muscles that are causing the pain can be specifically targeted and eased without surgery. We provide a number of non-surgical injection options that can provide lasting relief for patients.

  • Trigger point injections 
  • Cortisone injections
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Facet joint injections
  • Radiofrequency ablations

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We will begin with a thorough consultation to fully understand your pain concerns. Based on this consultation, we will create a non-surgical treatment plan that is personalized to your exact needs. 

You may need more than one treatment while receiving non-surgical care. These treatments can be done on their own or in combination with each other. We will guide you through which treatment combination is best for your condition, and work with you to help achieve the pain free results you want.

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At Progressive Spine and Orthopaedics, we specialize in diagnosing the source of your neck and back pain, and achieving relief. While minimally-invasive surgery may need to be done to ultimately fully resolve the underlying causes of your pain, we start with non-surgical care. We are proud to provide a wide range of treatment options that don’t require surgery to help you get back to a life free from back and neck pain.

Headed up by Dr. Rovner, the leading spine surgeon in NJ, our practice uses the most advanced level of care available. Dr. Montero-Cruz specializes in the non-surgical treatment of neck and low back pain as well as other musculoskeletal complaints such as shoulder, elbow, hip and knee pain.

You can trust that your back and neck pain will be understood and that you will be treated with professionalism, compassion, and a personal dedication to helping you achieve a happier, pain-free life going forward. When you arrive at Progressive Spine and Orthopaedics and experience the difference here, you can be confident that you’ve come to the right place. 

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If you are suffering from back or neck pain, it is crucial for you to receive a professional diagnosis as soon as possible. Dr. Rovner is one of the best spine surgeons in NJ who has the experience and expertise necessary to help patients actualize successful outcomes with orthopedic spine surgery.

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