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Spine Rehabilitation Program

Control Your Pain, Return to Function, and Begin Living Your Life to the Fullest.

Living with an acute onset, recurring or chronic pain takes a toll on your ability to function normally – negatively impacting your daily activities, your mood, work, energy and even your interactions with others. The experienced clinicians at The Spine Institute of Central Jersey at CentraState work with you and your physician to provide evidence-based treatment options and customized solutions for relieving your pain and improving your function. Conveniently based in CentraState’s Star and Barry Tobias Ambulatory Campus, our multidisciplinary team of spine experts specialize in:

  • Rehabilitation
  • Pain management
  • Complementary Therapies
  • Sports Medicine
  • Orthopedics
  • Neurosurgery
We are one of only 15 certified spine centers in the United States and one of only two in New Jersey certified by the world renown McKenzie Institute International

. The McKenzie method offers advanced non-surgical treatment of mechanical spine pain disorders. Our program achieves the high functional outcomes nationally, according to Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes, a leading independent bench-marking outcome organization. These treatments assist patients treated here for injuries resulting in lower back pain to return to normal activities quickly.

The Spine Institute of Central Jersey offers the expertise and innovation you need to control your pain, return to function, and restore your quality of life—in one comprehensive program, in one convenient location.

Types of Pain.

Most pain can be treated effectively using conservative non-surgical management approaches. Depending on factors such as age, personality, perception, pain threshold and past experiences, pain affects each person differently. Psychological factors such as fear, depression or stress also can influence the degree of pain experienced. Insomnia, fatigue and anxiety can lower the pain threshold, while rest, sleep and diversion can raise it.

When you receive care through The Spine Institute of Central Jersey, we provide a coordinated and comprehensive evaluation of your problem including lower back pain, sciatica, work compensation injury, chronic muscle spasms, tendinitis or bursitis, fibromyalgia, complications following spine surgery, peripheral or diabetic neuropathy, arthritis (rheumatoid arthritis osteoarthritis), etc. Based on your evaluation findings, customized treatment options are recommended following evidence-practice guidelines for both non-surgical and surgical conditions.  

What is the first step in becoming a patient?
Patients are generally accepted by self referral or physician referral. Please be prepared for your initial consultation and bring the following information to your spine center appointment:
  • Medical history describing your past treatments
  • Diagnostic tests (please bring recent X-rays and MRI’s on the day of your appointment
  • Present medications
  • Insurance data (if you are covered through an HMO, you must have a referral by your HMO primary care provider)
  • Personal information (address, telephone number, etc.)
What should you expect on your initial visit?
Your first appointment will involve an initial evaluation consisting of a review of medical records, a complete medical history, and through physical examination.
  • A specially-trained physical therapist or registered nurse will ask you to describe your medical history with special emphasis on your pain and how it affects your function and quality of life.
  • The physical examination will help the physician to determine what other tests and treatments are necessary to help you.
  • After your consultation, an individualized treatment plan and treatment options will be discussed to fir your individual needs and preferences.

Rehabilitation Treatment Methods
Rehabilitation for your musculoskeletal problem will be prescribed by skilled physical therapist trained in the McKenzie approach, stretching, core trunk stabilization, upper and lower strengthening, soft tissue interventions, balance activities, and functional movement techniques to improve your ability to work, play sports, and remain active.

Pain Management
Pain is the most frequent cause of suffering and disability, impairing the quality of life for many people. It can be acute, such as after an operation or injury. It also can be a long-standing problem for which common pain-relieving therapies provide little or no relief. Regardless of the type of pain you experience or its source (for example, nerve injury, muscle spasms, back problems or cancer) steps can be taken to control it by reducing its incidence and severity. 

At CentraState, our board-certified physicians specialize in the treatment and relief of pain. They take a team approach to your care by working closely with primary care physicians, specialists, physical therapists, social workers and other appropriate professionals. Our staff are committed to quality, personalized treatment that provides you relief from pain, restoration of activity, improved quality of life and peace of mind in the shortest amount of time. 

Pain Management Treatment Methods
How will we treat your pain?
A variety of treatment methods exist to help you manage your pain. Treatment is based on your particular symptoms and diagnosis and is modified to meet your changing needs. The advanced pain management approaches we offer include:

  • Epidurals
  • Nerve blocks (celiac plexus, intercostals nerve)
  • Intrathecal therapy (implantable therapy)
  • Discography
  • Minimally invasive disc procedures such as nucleoplasty and IDET (Intradiscal Electrothermal Annuloplasty Therapy)
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Joint injections
  • Facet blocks
Some treatments may include exercise and activity programs; others may incorporate other specialized therapies. People suffering from chronic conditions may wish to explore complementary and alternative therapies as well. CentraState's Star and Barry Tobias Health Awareness Center offers complementary therapies provided by trained professionals that can aid in the management of pain. These include:
  • Acupuncture
  • Aromatherapy
  • Massage
  • Nutrition
  • Reiki

Many musculoskeletal problems respond favorably to nonsurgical treatments. If however conservative treatments fails to improve your condition, you may be a candidate for surgery. If your physician recommends surgery as your best option, we have outstanding surgeons on our team who specialize in spine surgery.

Contact Us

For more information on services at The Spine Institute of Central Jersey, call (732) 637-6316.