When Surgery Is the Last Option

Generally, doctors consider surgery to be the last resort for neck and back conditions. Many patients with severe symptoms are surprised to learn that non-invasive therapies work well for managing and potentially even resolving their problems. However, there are cases where surgery is called for, and Dr. Sandro LaRocca of New Jersey Neck & Back […]

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Siblings’ relief from herniated discs shows the difference surgery can make

Amanda Martino lights up when she talks about finishing college. Her brother Matthew talks about his love for sport shooting as he walks their dog Harley. Both Amanda and Matthew were worried they may never be able to do either activity, as they endured the agony of herniated discs.Amanda suffered with severe sciatica to the […]

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Tips for Reducing Your Recovery Time

If you are preparing for a back procedure, you likely have questions about your recovery. While the time it takes for each individual to heal will vary depending on the type of surgery and condition, there are a few things patients can do that may help to speed up spinal surgery recovery. While Dr. LaRocca […]

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When the diagnosis is scoliosis: Know your options for optimal quality of life

What Is It? When there is a C- or S-shaped curve in the spine, it is diagnosed as scoliosis. About 3% of the population will be diagnosed with scoliosis in youth. However, in adulthood the frequency is much higher, with an increase of occurrence relative to advancing age. Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is the most familiar […]

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From surviving to thriving: Pandemic wisdom must chart our course

The last 12 months saw many long-distance phone calls and extended time spent with loved ones that in other years was in short supply. Among the anxiety and workarounds, we endured a sort of tutorial that showed us what’s important and how fragile our society is. The period also was full of disruption, worry and, […]

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Safe Spine Surgery during COVID-19 (and Always)

For patients who need spine surgery, relief can’t come soon enough. However, some patients may worry about the safety of spine surgery, especially during a time like the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’re considering a procedure but concerned about surgery safety, learn about the precautions Dr. Sandro LaRocca and the staff at New Jersey Neck & […]

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Questions to Ask Your Back Surgeon

Many patients have questions before undergoing back surgery. As with any medical procedure, gathering the correct information can increase your confidence in your decision to seek treatment. In Central New Jersey, Dr. Sandro LaRocca is a specialist and surgeon at the New Jersey Neck & Back Institute, P.C. He is an experienced expert in a […]

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Returning to Normal Activities after Disc Herniation Surgery

When considering surgery for your herniated disc, it is important to know what you can expect on the road to recovery. Returning to normal activities may vary from patient to patient depending on the physical demands, and the more prepared you are, the easier it will be. At New Jersey Neck & Back Institute, P.C., […]

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2020 was tough all over, but what went right?

As we come into the holiday season and the end of the year, it is routine to take stock, remember the good times and set New Year’s resolutions. I suspect the conversations will be different this year for most of you given the suffering, challenges and uncertainty brought by what I refer to as “Annus […]

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