Spine, Back & Neck Pain Experts

The Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey, specializes in treating injuries of the Spine, Neck and Back. We utilize the expertise of 18 Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Orthopedic Surgeons, Sports Medicine Specialists, and Physical Therapists to develop treatment plans based on your unique injury, lifestyle, and goals.

Locations in Wall, Toms River, Edison, Manahawkin, Freehold, and Red Bank.

Back Pain

Low back pain can often be attributed to complex origins and symptoms, and it does not discriminate. It can originate from identified muscle trauma, or an unknown non-traumatic event. Low back pain can also begin in other regions of the body and eventually attack the muscles or other structures in the lower back. Sometimes low back pain can even begin in the nerves or nervous system. Other origins for low back pain are postneural difficulties, congenital disorders, trauma, infections, degenerative disorders, inflammatory diseases, circulatory disorders or any of other 30 additional causes.
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Neck Pain
The neck is an extremely flexible part of the body. The bones in the neck (called the cervical spine) allow more motion than other parts of the spine. However, because it is less protected than the rest of the spine, the neck can be vulnerable to injury and to disorders that produce pain and restrict motion. For many people, neck pain is a temporary condition that disappears with time. Others need medical diagnosis and treatment to relieve their symptoms.
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Herniated Disc
Herniated discs are usually diagnosed via a qualified physical examination. However, often times, additional testing such as an MRI or a CT scan will help confirm the herniated disc or rule out other health issues that may be causing these symptoms.
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Sciatica is one of the most common causes of lower back and lower extremity pain. Sciatica is caused by the compression of the sciatic nerve—the largest nerve in the body. The sciatic nerve innervates lower back, buttock, thigh, and leg muscles. The most common symptom of sciatica is a sharp, radiating pain that travels from the lower back to the thigh and down the lower leg. Other symptoms include burning, weakness, numbness, and tingling. Symptoms usually only present on one side of the body. Symptoms may be worse when sitting or standing, depending on where the nerve is pinched. Common causes of sciatica include:

  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spondylolisthesis

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More a symptom than a condition, radiculopathy is a “pinched” nerve, which can occur from a wide range of spinal conditions, including herniated disc, myelopathy, bone spurs, and other issues. The treatment will depend on the cause, and our experienced team can identify the originating issue and help patients restore function and reduce pain.
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Degenerative Disc Disease
Age, injury, and disease can cause the discs between the vertebrae to become weak and damaged. When this happens, there’s a risk of herniation, which can cause pain, numbness, and disability. The latest treatments can help patients with degenerative disc disease address this concern and restore function and comfort.
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Spinal Stenosis
Like myelopathy, spinal stenosis is a type of spinal canal narrowing, one that is often caused by injury or trauma but may also come from degeneration of any part of the spine. Symptoms will vary depending on which area of the spine is affected, but stability issues, numbness, and other forms of disability are not uncommon. Non-surgical methods are often very helpful for patients with spinal stenosis.
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Spondylosis is a descriptive term for spine pain and spine degeneration. Spondylosis is not a formal medical diagnosis. If a patient experiences spondylosis, an Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey (OICJ) specialist finds out exactly what is causing it. The three main causes are:

  • Osteoarthritis. The vertebral bones and soft tissues wear and tear because of overuse and age.
  • Spinal stenosis. The spinal canal narrows and compresses the spinal nerve roots.
  • Degenerative disc disease. The intervertebral discs between adjacent vertebrae degenerate.

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A condition where a vertebra “slips” or becomes displaced with varying degrees of severity. This causes the spine to become misaligned and can lead to serious concerns, including lower back pain, upper leg pain, hypersensitive nerves near the affected area, and muscle stiffness and tightness. If left untreated, neurological impairment and reduced lung capacity may result. Several types of spondylolisthesis can occur, each with different causes.
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Thank you for taking such wonderful care of me. You are not only a great surgeon but a very kind and patient man.

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Dr. Goldstein has been extremely helpful in treating my lower back pain. Before surgery, he explained the entire procedure and answered my many questions.

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Dr. Goldstein

Dr. Lospinuso made me feel like I was the only patient he had. He explained my problem: no rushing, easy to understand language & art work of my problem.

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