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How Degenerative Disc Treatment Can Help Relieve Your Lower Back Pain Aug 8th, 2019

Among the natural effects of getting older, the discs of your spinal column lose moisture and volume, and they become less protective of the stresses your body faces. For many people, this may mean a bit more morning stiffness, perhaps some reduced mobility, or they get sore more quickly after...

5 Symptoms That May Indicate You Have Spinal Stenosis Jul 25th, 2019

Spinal stenosis is a painful condition that develops when the spaces within your spine narrow. These changes put pressure on your spinal canal and constrict your nerves or nerve roots. In most cases, spinal stenosis develops because of degenerative changes in your spine, including: Thickened ligaments Herniated or slipped discs...

What to Know About Preparing For Spinal Fusion Surgery Jun 3rd, 2019

Spinal fusion is a specialized surgical procedure that relieves back pain by reducing movement in the spine. To perform spinal fusion, Dr. Benjamin R. Cohen fuses two or more vertebrae in your spine together using a bone graft held in place by metal plates, rods, or screws. This strategy increases...

3 Effective Treatment Options for Scoliosis May 6th, 2019

Scoliosis affects 6-9 million people in the United States. While it’s most common in children, it can develop in adults, too. Scoliosis describes a sideways curvature of your spine that resembles the letter “S” or “C” instead of a straight line. The severity of these spinal curves varies from person...

Resection of Lumbar Giant Cell Tumor Apr 15th, 2019

After failing all means of conservative treatment for back pain, a man in his 40s presented with neurological deficits and spinal instability as well as intractable, worsening pain that traveled from his right hip and buttock down the posterolateral aspect of his right leg to the foot. A needle biopsy...

Recent Advances in Techniques & Technology Transform Adult Spine Stabilization Surgery Apr 15th, 2019

Recent Advances in Techniques & Technology Transform Adult Spine Stabilization Surgery   Advancements in fixation techniques and technology are revolutionizing spine stabilization surgery for adults with spinal column deformities. Marc Agulnick, MD collaborates at Winthrop-University Hospital with neurosurgeon Benjamin Cohen, MD to correct adult spine deformities that cause progressive, debilitating...

Lateral Extracavitary Corpectomy for Spine Tumors is Effective & Safe Apr 15th, 2019

Lateral Extracavitary Corpectomy for Spine Tumors is Effective & Safe    A patient presented with persistent, progressive back pain unrelated to level of activity and refractory to medication. An X-ray and MRI revealed the presence of a tumor on his spine. To stabilize the spine and resect the tumor, Dr....

Pilot Study Explores Efficacy of Hypothermia for Spinal Cord Injury Apr 15th, 2019

Pilot Study Explores Efficacy of Hypothermia for Spinal Cord Injury  One of the latest approaches to treating traumatic brain injury, hypothermia has been gaining increasing attention for its potential use after spinal cord injuries. Recent media reports featured the remarkable recoveries of a young gymnast and professional football player who...

A Novel Approach to Revision of Anterior Cervical Instrumentation Apr 15th, 2019

A Novel Approach to Revision of Anterior Cervical Instrumentation    Following a motor vehicle accident, a man in his 40s presented with bilateral facet fractures. He had undergone an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) nearly a decade earlier. An MRI showed that his spinal cord was being stretched; flexion...

Choosing the Best Spine Surgeon Apr 15th, 2019

Choosing the Best Spine Surgeon   If you have seen your primary care physician and they recommend that you see a surgeon for further examination what is the next step? Your health is not something to take lightly, therefore you should spend time researching your best options. Research, Research, Research......

How to Approach Back Pain Apr 15th, 2019

How to Approach Back Pain   Most of us experience acute low back pain at some point in our lives. While these episodes can be extremely painful and cause significant disruption in our daily lives, most episodes of low back pain will get better with time (about 2 to 12...

Scoliosis Myths and the Truth Apr 15th, 2019

Scoliosis Myths and the Truth   Scoliosis, while a common problem for people of all ages, is frequently misunderstood. We would like to clarify some of the misunderstandings about this spine condition, one we commonly treat with great success. 1. Having scoliosis does not mean that you will be unable...

Spinal Stenosis Information Apr 15th, 2019

Spinal stenosis is a painful condition resulting from the compression of spinal cord caused by bone degeneration and the loss of dura space surrounding the spinal cord. The condition tends to worsen with age. Cervical Spinal Stenosis Cervical spinal stenosis occurs in the neck area, from C1 to C5, and affects the...

What is Spinal Fusion Surgery? Apr 15th, 2019

Spinal fusion is a surgical technique that fuses affected vertebrae together in order to stop motion between them. A spinal fusion may be done to relieve symptoms of many back conditions, including: Degenerative disc disease Spinal stenosis Scoliosis Fracture Disc slippages Disc herniations     Procedure   During the procedure,...

Stress Related Back Pain Apr 15th, 2019

We all get stressed sometimes, but how that stress affects us is different for each individual. I’m sure you have all heard the saying “Where do you hold your stress?” For some it can be mentally fatiguing and for others it can have physical effects. What you will learn in...

Orthopedic Spine Care Apr 15th, 2019

Back Pain is the leading cause of disability in the United States with 80% of Americans being affected by back pain in their lifetime. Dr. Benjamin Cohen and his team are adept at diagnosing and treating the many causes of back pain. Dr. Cohen is a diplomate of the American...

Spinal Fractures Information Apr 15th, 2019

Spinal Fractures Information Spinal injuries can range from as mild as a minor whiplash, to as serious as a spinal cord trauma. Spinal fractures are one type of spinal injury which can benign as a simple compression fracture or as serious as a “burst fracture” or other complex fracture which...

Spinal Injuries in Sports Apr 15th, 2019

Back and neck injuries are possible in any sport – from football all the way to golf. In fact, 1/5th of all sports injuries occur in the lower back or neck. It’s important to understand how and why these injuries occur in order for us to do everything that we...

Protect Your Back This Winter Apr 15th, 2019

During an average snowfall, a person with a normal sized house and driveway will usually end up shoveling over a thousand pounds of snow. This makes it quite easy to strain or hurt your back. If you do hurt your back, stop shoveling immediately and take a hot shower or...

Back Issues for Athletes Apr 15th, 2019

Occasionally, young athletes who play sports injure their neck or backs. Many issues occur after repeatedly overusing the structures of the spine. Consequently, suitable treatment of a young athlete is comprised of a thorough doctor evaluation with imaging studies whenever necessary. Although the vast majority of athletic injuries to the back...

Thoracic Spine Surgery Apr 15th, 2019

The thoracic spine is made up of the 12 vertebrae between the lower back (lumbar spine) and neck (cervical spine). Injury to the thoracic spine is much less common that lumbar and cervical injury because the thoracic spine is more heavily protected by the rib cage and other internal organs....

Spine Glossary Apr 9th, 2019

Our spine glossary explains some common terms related to spine surgery and back conditions. 1. Arthritis – Inflammation of a joint usually characterized by swelling, pain, and restriction of motion.2. Bone Plate – Usually a relatively thin metal device which is affixed to bone via screws. Bone plates are used to immobilize...

Caught in the Vicious Pain Cycle Apr 9th, 2019

While the internet age has offered up many modern-day conveniences, if often proves futile when patients research their health issues, self-diagnose and subject themselves to a myriad of inappropriate, and occasionally harmful, treatment methods. A patient may be taking over the counter medication for head pain or using a hydrocollator...

Herniated Discs 101 Apr 8th, 2019

Herniated discs can be a trying injury to overcome for many people. Approximately one out of three adults who do not have current or previous back pain has significant disc abnormality. This means that there is a very good chance that they have or will develop a herniated disc sometime...