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That Line of Thinking Could be Hurting Your Back

When it comes to human health, back pain is just about universal — sooner or later over 80 percent of us will have back pain. Who said becoming homo sapiens and getting up off our arms and onto two feet was a good idea? At our four Coastal Spine locations, we see all sorts of […]


Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

At Coastal Spine we’re using more and more minimally invasive spine surgery for our patients. This method of surgery involves smaller incisions, which reduces the tissue damage beneath the skin, without reducing the quality of the end result in any way. What is minimally invasive spine surgery? In minimally invasive surgery, our team typically uses […]


What is a Microdiscectomy?

When a patient has a herniated disc that is pressing on a nearby nerve root, the pain can be chronic and radiate down into the legs. If the disc herniation has continued for some time, the patient may even have numbness, weakness, or other neurological symptoms in the leg and foot. At Coastal Spine, our […]


Can You Really Pinch a Nerve?

We’ve all heard a friend or co-worker talk about sleeping wrong and “pinching” a nerve in their neck. Can you really do this, or is it something else? You can pinch a nerve. The human body has nerves extending from the brain and spinal cord outward. Those beyond the brain and spinal cord are known […]


What is Spinal Osteoarthritis?

Just about all of us over the age of 45 or 50 have arthritis. You read that right, but it’s not the type you think of where a person’s joints become so painful it’s hard to function. The immune system mistakenly starts attacking your own joints. That’s rheumatoid arthritis. No, for most all of us […]


How’s Your Neck Feel?

After one of our famed New Jersey ice storms, at Coastal Spine we often see a rash of neck injuries as people slip and fall on the sidewalk or get in accidents on roads that have morphed into ice rinks. The most well-known neck injury is whiplash, which takes its name from the whip. The […]


When Your Spine Curves Too Much

It’s easy to think of our spines as straight. Actually a healthy spine has gentle curves as it progresses from the cervical spine down to the lumbar spine of the lower back. When viewed from the side, the spine has those gentle curves, moving slightly backward at the shoulders, moving back inward at the bottom […]


Spondylolisthesis

You could ask 100 people what spondylolisthesis is and you’d get nothing but blank looks. It’s actually difficult to understand how spondylolisthesis can even happen. This long word is the term for a condition where one of your vertebrae slides forward over the bone below it. It is most common in the lumbar spine, the […]


Understanding Spinal Disc Problems

Our spines are made up of 33 vertebrae. Of those 33, as adults we really only deal with 24 — seven in the cervical spine (neck), 12 in the thoracic spine (torso), and five in the lumbar spine (lower back). In adults, the sacral and coccyx parts of the spine have become fused. Each of […]


The Pain in the Butt that is Sciatica

OK, so you’re stuck in traffic on the Turnpike and suddenly your leg on the accelerator starts burning and is painful. Even worse, your butt could start to burn. The pain could be shooting down one or both legs. Not the best recipe for a happy rush hour. Sounds like you may be having a […]


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