At New Jersey Neck & Back Institute, P.C., we specialize in surgical treatment options for conditions and injuries affecting the spinal column, which includes the neck. If you’re experiencing neck pain or stiffness, a decreased range of motion, numbness, tingling, weakness or other symptoms that disrupt your quality of life, contact Dr. LaRocca and his team today. Patients with persistent neck problems come to us when physical therapy, shots, pain management and other non-surgical approaches don’t work. We’ll examine your spine and develop a personalized treatment plan to bring you the relief you deserve.
Understanding the Cervical Spine
The neck is the uppermost portion of the spine, known as the cervical spine. It’s made up of seven vertebrae (C1 – C7) that run from the base of the skull to the top of the shoulders. These bones help protect the spinal cord, support the weight of the head, facilitate blood flow and enable movement. With such vital functions to perform, proper diagnosis and treatment of any condition are critical.
Conditions We Treat
At NJNBI, we perform surgery to correct a range of cervical spine conditions for patients who have been unable to find relief through other treatment methods. While some neck issues may be caused by aging, such as degenerative disc disease, spondylosis or spinal stenosis, others are caused by trauma from falls or accidents.
One of the most common spinal injuries affecting the neck is called a herniated disc. These discs, or cushions, are located between each vertebra in the neck. If one of the discs ruptures and compresses the spinal cord or spinal nerve, it can cause pain, numbness and weakness. It can lead to such syndromes as a radiculopathy or a myelopathy. This can occur due to aging, obesity, incorrect lifting habits, smoking, injury and other factors.
Cervical Spine Procedures
After evaluating your condition and symptoms, Dr. LaRocca will determine the best course of action for your unique needs. Whenever possible, he’ll take the least invasive surgical approach to ensure faster recovery. And for peace of mind, he and his team are highly experienced with access to the most cutting-edge equipment and techniques. Some of the procedures performed include:
- Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion – A minimally invasive procedure to help relieve pressure on the nerve roots or spinal cord
- Laminectomy and fusion – Helps decrease pain and discomfort caused by spinal stenosis
- Laminoplasty – Alleviates compression of the spinal cord caused by bone spurs, cysts, tumors, spinal stenosis or natural wear and tear
- And more…
Find an Expert Spine Surgeon Today
If your doctor has suggested surgery, let the team at New Jersey Neck & Back Institute, P.C. help. Dr. LaRocca is a board-certified spine surgeon who has offered relief to hundreds of patients with cervical spine conditions all throughout Ocean County, Mercer County and beyond. Contact us today to learn more and set up a consultation to address your symptoms of pain, stiffness, tingling, numbness and weakness.