End Your Pain and Begin Your Life.
Living with 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 more 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:
- Pain management
- Complementary Therapies
- Sports Medicine
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 treatment of mechanical spine pain disorders. Our program achieved the highest functional outcomes in the Middle Atlantic states for four straight quarters, according to Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes
, a leading benchmarking organization. Patients treated here for injuries resulting in lower back pain are found to return to normal activities on average 50 percent quicker than the region’s average.
The Spine Institute of Central Jersey offers the expertise and innovation you need to end your pain and begin your—in one comprehensive program, in one convenient location.
Types of Pain.
Most pain can be treated effectively. 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 do a thorough evaluation to determine the best path of relief for your particular condition. Conditions that might be considered for pain management intervention include but are not limited to:
What is the first step in becoming a patient?
- Arthritis (rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis)
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Chronic muscle spasm
- Diabetic neuropathy
- Complications following back surgery
- Fibromyalgia (generalized muscular pain and fatigue)
- Low back pain
- Neck pain
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
- Sciatica ("shooting" leg pain) or other radiating pain
Patients are generally accepted by physician referral. A letter of referral from your primary physician should indicate your present condition along with his/her recommendation for a pain management evaluation. Please include the following information:
What should you expect on your initial visit?
- 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.)
- Upon receipt of this information, our staff will contact you to make an appointment.
Your first appointment will involve an initial evaluation consisting of a review of medical records, a complete medical history, and a pain-oriented physical examination.
- A specially-trained registered nurse will ask you to describe your medical history with special emphasis on your pain and how it affects you.
- The physical examination will help the physician to determine what other tests and treatments are necessary to help you.
- After your consultation, the pain specialist will describe what the program can offer in the management of your pain and establish an individualized treatment plan.
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.
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:
- Nerve blocks (celiac plexus, intercostals nerve)
- Intrathecal therapy (implantable therapy)
- 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:
Most back problems respond to nonsurgical treatments. If however conservative treatments fail to provide relief, you may be a candidate for back surgery. If your physician recommends surgery as your best option, we have outstanding surgeons on our team who specialize in spine surgery.
For more information on pain management services at The Spine Institute of Central Jersey, call (732) 637-6316 or (732) 294-2700.