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Living with Neck Pain? Here’s Advice from a Spine Expert.

By |2024-05-10T08:08:53-04:00July 9th, 2022|Categories: Health A-Z, Orthopedics|Tags: , , |

When conservative treatments don’t send neck pain packing, surgery may be the best option for relief. Below is some insight on common surgical procedures from orthopedic surgeon Justin Elkrief, DO, who recently joined CentraState’s medical and dental staff and specializes in diagnosing and treating various spinal conditions. [...]

A Blueprint for Better Quality of Life: Disc Replacement Surgery Relieves Architect’s Pain

By |2022-11-08T12:34:01-05:00April 20th, 2022|Categories: Health A-Z|Tags: , , |

Laura Mulroy is a hands-on architect, often rolling up her sleeves to help complete home renovation projects for her clients. When the active Freehold resident’s chronic neck pain began to impact her livelihood, Laura sought a long-term solution. Laura, 51, had neck pain, migraines, and tension headaches for decades. [...]

Back to the Slopes: Spine Surgery Ends Decades of Pain for Sports Enthusiast

By |2024-05-10T08:13:20-04:00January 18th, 2022|Categories: Health A-Z, Neuroscience, Physical Therapy|Tags: , , , , |

Andrew Ferrara was a three-sport high school athlete when he suffered a football injury that permanently sidelined his athletic career. He herniated two discs in his back as a teen. At the time, the surgery to repair it was risky. So instead, he wore a brace to stabilize his [...]

Walking Tall: Minimally Invasive Surgery Relieves Sciatica Pain

By |2024-05-10T08:08:59-04:00April 11th, 2021|Categories: Health A-Z, Neuroscience, Orthopedics|Tags: , , , |

A string of falls and a car accident left Whiting resident Nanette Neves in constant agony. Plagued with numbness and pain in her leg and lower back, she endured eight years of treatments to manage the pain. When she had trouble getting out of bed, she knew it was [...]

Back on the Trails After Posture Program

By |2022-11-08T12:37:30-05:00January 14th, 2021|Categories: Health A-Z|Tags: , , |

For years, Freehold resident and CentraState Associated Auxiliary member Marie Schubel dealt with stooped posture and pain due to spinal stenosis and degenerative disc disease that significantly decreased her ability to walk. “I walked hunched over and couldn’t straighten up or stand for more than 10 minutes,” explains Marie, [...]

Freehold Veteran on the Road to Recovery After Spine Surgery

By |2021-06-16T14:45:00-04:00January 14th, 2021|Categories: Neuroscience|Tags: , , |

When Freehold resident John Russo fell after a progressive decline in his ability to walk, he figured he’d have to endure another joint replacement surgery. But he was shocked to learn that a serious spinal condition was causing his pain—and partial paralysis. John, 54, was in the Navy during [...]

Pediatrician No Longer In Pain After Life-Changing Spinal Surgery

By |2024-05-24T09:43:08-04:00January 10th, 2020|Categories: Health A-Z, Patient Stories|Tags: , , |

When pediatrician Ramarao Gajula, MD, sought a permanent solution to his ongoing back pain, he turned to CentraState colleague Mark McLaughlin, MD. Dr. Gajula, 67, spent a decade in pain. He suffered from lower back pain, tingling, and numbness nearly every day. While walking, he often had to sit [...]

Color Guard Team Member Is Cheering After Physical Therapy for Scoliosis

By |2024-05-10T08:42:20-04:00October 10th, 2019|Categories: Health A-Z, Patient Stories, Physical Therapy|Tags: , , |

Monroe High School senior Sami Hughes, 16, was diagnosed with scoliosis during a routine screening in elementary school. She wore a series of back braces for three years to correct the curvature in her spine, but the treatment wasn’t a permanent fix. When back pain threatened to sideline her [...]

Fighting Fracture: Proactive Steps to Improve Posture and Strengthen Bones

By |2024-05-10T08:13:34-04:00September 25th, 2018|Categories: Health A-Z, Physical Therapy|Tags: , , |

Sixty percent of adults over age 60 have an underlying musculoskeletal disorder such as osteoporosis, but many aren’t aware until they experience a bone fracture. Unfortunately, a fracture increases a person’s risk of death nearly three times. The good news is that you can take steps to decrease your [...]


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