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What to expect during your appointment

During your initial consultation at our New Jersey office, Dr. Rovner will begin by gathering detailed information about your symptoms. He’ll ask about their onset and duration, and whether or not certain activities exacerbate them.

From there, he will perform a full physical examination to evaluate your condition. He will also order imaging tests (such as an x-ray, MRI, or CT scan) to visualize your spine and help confirm the diagnosis. He will talk to you about the permanent surgical treatment options that are appropriate for your condition and, as a leading back surgeon NJ has to offer, he will be able to help you determine which one is in your best interest.

Common causes of chronic back pain

Your spine is an integral part of your overall health. As such, severe back pain can be a sign of a serious condition that needs to be addressed. Some of the most common causes of chronic back pain include:

Spinal Stenosis.

With spinal stenosis, the open spaces within your spine narrow abnormally, placing pressure on the spinal cord and its associated nerves. The symptoms tend to occur in the neck and lower back, and may include pain, numbness, muscle weakness and problems with bladder and bowel function.

The condition is commonly caused by changes in the spine due to osteoarthritis. However, it can also develop due to a herniated disc, tumors and spinal injuries. In severe cases, surgery is recommended to create new spaces for the spinal cord or nerves and offer long-term – and often permanent – pain relief.

Herniated Disc.

Spinal discs are rubbery cushions located in between your vertebrae (the small bones that form your spine). They contain a soft center and a tough exterior. With a herniated disc, the soft center protrudes through a tear in the disc’s exterior. When this occurs, the disc can irritate the nearby nerves, causing chronic pain, numbness or weakness.

This condition typically occurs due to normal wear and tear known as disc degeneration. With age, the spinal discs naturally lose their water content which decreases their flexibility and makes a rupture more likely. Initially, a herniated disc will be treated conservatively. However, if the condition does not improve with medication and physical therapy, a surgical procedure known as a discectomy may be necessary.

Congenital Skeletal Irregularities.

In some cases, chronic back pain is caused by a skeletal abnormality that was present at birth. For example, curvature of the spine can cause ongoing discomfort and limited mobility. In severe cases, surgery is needed to treat the abnormality, stabilize the spine and provide pain relief.

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If you are suffering from chronic back pain that’s not responding sufficiently to conservative treatments, it’s time to speak with a leading back surgeon NJ has to offer.. After identifying why you’ve been unable to treat your symptoms non-invasively, Dr. Rovner will help you find a treatment that can deliver the long-term – if not permanent – pain relief you need.

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