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[VIDEO] Ergonomics For Your Workspace

Ergonomics For Sedentary Jobs | Progressive Spine & Sports Care


Video Transcript | Tips For Sedentary Jobs & Ergonomics?


Dr. Who: So, Let’s talk about sedentary jobs, like office work. How should a person who works behind a desk set up their workspace to make it less taxing on their body?

Dr. Kevin McElroy: Good Question, because obviously a lot of people have sedentary jobs…

So the thing to think about is 90 degrees. You want your body to be at 90-degree angles as much as possible. So, starting at your feet – you want your feet flat on the floor and you raise the height of your chair to get your knees to bend at 90 degrees. So most people are higher than that and so they’re kind of, having to lean forward a little bit to reach the rest of their equipment. Then their arms should be at 90 degrees as well. [Your] keyboard should be at hand height so you’re not lifting up or lowering your hands. Same as the mouse, everything that you’re doing should be at this level. Not to put pressure on your wrist or your elbows as well, so you want to rest on your forearms.

Then the most important thing for your neck and upper back is to have the screen height at the right height. So, what you want to do is [have] eye level at the top of the screen. A lot of people will have the middle of their screen at eye level if they’re trying to set up something ergonomically, but it really should be the top of the screen.

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Pain Management In Bergen County

stem cell injections for back painProgressive Spine & Sports Medicine provides pain management treatments for various conditions. At Progressive Spine & Sports Medicine in Ramsey, New Jersey, patients can avoid unnecessary tests and countless visits to specialists. Our Ramsey, New Jersey location can provide you with nonsurgical and non-invasive pain management treatments to get you back on your feet and feeling better in as little as one visit!

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Radiofrequency Ablation for Restless Leg Syndrome

Relief For Restless Legs at Progressive Spine & Sports Medicine

Dr. Steven Ferrer and Dr. Kevin McElroy are proud to offer Radiofrequency Ablation as part of their list of interdisciplinary treatment options at Progressive Spine and Sports Medicine in Ramsey, NJ. While we use it most frequently for the treatment of varicose veins and spider veins, Radiofrequency Ablation can also provide relief to people living with restless leg syndrome.

What is Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)?

Radiofrequency Ablation for Vascular Problems | Ramsey NJ Vascular DoctorRestless Leg Syndrome (RLS), also known as Willis-Ekbom disease, is a type of neurological disorder hallmarked by a distracting and irresistible urge to move the legs. Symptoms—which include uncomfortable sensations in the legs, often described as aching, pulling, throbbing, creeping, crawling, or itching—generally worsen at night or when a person is trying to rest. Moving the legs ease the symptoms (hence the condition’s colloquial name).

Understandably, people with Restless Legs Syndrom often have a hard time falling or staying asleep—and a lack of sleep (along with other factors such as stress) can worsen symptoms. The exact cause of RLS is unclear, but theories include genetic predisposition and the presence of other underlying conditions such as iron deficiency and end-stage renal disease.

Common treatment approaches for Restless Legs Syndrome include medications and surgically implanted devices such as spinal cord stimulators—both of which are considerably invasive, come with a variety of side effects, and have questionable efficacy. But a growing collection of data now shows that Radiofrequency Ablation is, as the authors of one 2016 case study noted, “neither susceptible to pharmacological tolerance nor exacerbation of RLS symptoms and also less invasive than spinal cord stimulators.”

The Evidence for Radiofrequency Ablation as a Treatment of Restless Leg Syndrome

Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that can be done in a simple outpatient office visit. During the treatment, one of our pain doctors inserts a small tube (known as a catheter) into a superficial vein in the leg. Then an electrical current emitted from a radio wave is sent through the tube. This current heats up the venous tissue and closes off the vein with scarring. In the case of varicose or spider veins, this procedure prevents blood from pooling in the damaged veins, thus minimizing their appearance.

But exciting new research has also shown radiofrequency ablation (applied to either lower extremity veins or lumbar nerves) can reduce the severity and frequency of restless leg syndrome. At least one study found an average of 80% improvement!

Why Our New Jersey Pain Doctors (And Their Patients) Like Radiofrequency Ablation

So far, our Ramsey, New Jersey-based pain management doctors have seen a lot of success with Radiofrequency Ablation for our patients living with restless leg syndrome, leg cramps, and varicose or spider veins. Our pain doctors specifically enjoy utilizing this treatment because it is:

  • Nonsurgical
  • FDA approved
  • Covered by most medical insurance plans
  • Suture- and anesthesia-free

Radiofrequency ablation also requires minimal downtime and involves little to no discomfort. Our patients can’t believe how quick and simple it is!

Treatment For Restless Legs Syndrome Available At Progressive Spine & Sports Medicine

Contact Progressive Spine and Sports Medicine at (201) 962-9199 to schedule a consultation with a Ramsey pain doctor today.

Radiofrequency Ablation Treatment

Radiofrequency Ablation Treatment for Leg Cramps at Progressive Spine and Sports Medicine

Vein Treatment Bergen County NJAre your legs frequently painful and achy? We encourage you to visit our comprehensive Pain Management clinic in Ramsey, NJ, serving Ramsey and surrounding Bergen County communities. We’re one of the few places in the area offering Radiofrequency Ablation, an innovative and minimally invasive treatment used for spider veins, varicose veins, and leg cramps caused by the latter.

3 Signs Your Leg Cramps are Caused by Varicose Veins

Leg cramps can occur due to a wide number of conditions. Some of these conditions are relatively mild, while others can be much more serious. For this reason, it’s important to consult with your primary care physician if you have persistent leg cramps.

Could your leg cramps be caused by Varicose Veins? Here are three signs indicating yes:

  1. You have veins in your legs that look bulbous and rope-like.
  2. Your lower legs are frequently itchy and/or swollen.
  3. You are pregnant, overweight, or obese (common risk factors for varicose veins).

Varicose Veins look the way they do because blood gets stuck in them. This is usually due to a dysfunction in the one-way valves which normally keeps blood flowing; increased pressure in the legs is the leading cause. Unlike spider veins (which are generally more of a cosmetic issue), varicose veins can lead to cramping, achiness, and a feeling of “heaviness” in the legs.

How Radiofrequency Ablation Eases Leg Cramps from Varicose Veins

Radiofrequency Ablation is beneficial for both cosmetic and medical reasons. Here’s how it works:

One of our experienced pain doctors inserts a small tube (also called a catheter) into the damaged vein through the skin. An electrical current from a radio wave is sent through the tube, heating the target tissue. This leads to scarring, which closes the varicose vein and prevents additional blood from pooling inside it.

Because blood can no longer get stuck in the veins, radiofrequency ablation can alleviate pain and leg cramping—in addition to reducing the appearance of the varicose veins themselves!

5 Benefits of Radiofrequency Ablation for Leg Cramps

Why are so many people coming to try out this new non-surgical and FDA approved technique for leg cramp relief? Just check out a few of the main benefits!

Radiofrequency ablation is:

  1. Covered by most medical insurance plans (including Medicare)
  2. Anesthesia-free (at most you may benefit from a local anesthetic)
  3. Suture-free
  4. Little discomfort
  5. Minimal to no downtime—you can walk right out of our clinic!

 

Do Your Legs Cramp and Ache? Find Out if Radiofrequency Ablation is Right for You

A simple outpatient visit or two could be the only thing standing between you and pain-free legs! To schedule an initial consultation with one of our pain physicians, Dr. Steven Ferrer or Dr. Kevin McElroy, or to learn more about our other non-surgical orthopedic and rehabilitative services, contact Progressive Spine and Sports Medicine today at  201 962 9199

 

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Leg Pain Relief With Radiofrequency Ablation

Leg Pain & Radiofrequency Ablation In Ramsey New Jersey | Progressive Spine & Sports Medicine

Leg Pain & Radiofrequency Ablation

As a respected multidisciplinary pain relief clinic in Ramsey, Progressive Spine and Sports Medicine stays on the leading edge of medical innovation. Our team, led by Dr. Steven Ferrer and Dr. Kevin McElroy, provides people from the Bergen County area minimally invasive treatments for a variety of pain conditions including treatments for Leg Pain.

One condition we see frequently is Leg Pain due to poor blood flow. Radiofrequency Ablation is a newer treatment option which we now proudly offer for men and women in need of relief.

What is Radiofrequency Ablation?

Radiofrequency Ablation uses heat to damage tissue and create scar tissue in the target treatment area allowing blood to redirect away from damaged veins. Radiofrequency Ablation is a specific procedure which uses electrical currents from radio waves to ablate target tissues and trigger the scarring process. 

While this may sound counterintuitive, Radiofrequency Ablation resolves leg pain caused by poor blood flow by closing off damaged veins and preventing more blood from collecting in them. This procedure has also been approved to relieve Leg Pain caused by a number of conditions in the legs including various Vascular Issues.

How Does a Radiofrequency Ablation Session For Leg Pain Work? 

Here’s how this innovative new treatment works, performed in a simple outpatient procedure in our very own clinic!

  • The Ramsey Leg Pain doctor inserts a thin tube (called a catheter) into the vein through the skin.  The tube is very small, so you’ll only need a local anesthetic. 
  • Electrical currents from a radio wave are fed through the tube.
  • When this energy comes in contact with the target tissue, it will lead to scarring and subsequent closing of the vein. 

Research indicates Radiofrequency Ablation has a nearly 90% success rate for people with Leg Pain caused by poor blood flow. The Radiofrequency Ablation treatment can be applied multiple times to effectively close the damaged vein and relieve Leg Pain. However, most patients experience relief after just one session at our Ramsey office!

Top Benefits of Radiofrequency Ablation Treatment for Leg Pain Due to Varicose Veins

Radiofrequency Ablation is particularly effective for the management of Leg Pain caused by poor blood flow. It’s a minimally invasive procedure which requires a simple outpatient appointment. Patients are able to walk out of the office in no time!

Other reasons why Radiofrequency Ablation is so popular is because it is:

  • Non-surgical
  • FDA approved
  • Covered by most medical insurance policies
  • Free of general anesthesia

Radiofrequency ablation also leaves no sutures and requires minimal downtime.

Curious About Radiofrequency Ablation For Your Leg Pain?

If you have achy and painful legs with or without varicose veins, contact Progressive Spine and Sports Medicine. Our Ramsey, New Jersey Leg Pain Management team can help you feel better in as little as one visit! Contact us today at (201) 962-9199. We’d love to help you find relief. 

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Radiofrequency Ablation For Spider Veins Availble In Ramsey, New Jersey

The Ramsey, New Jersey physician duo Dr. Kevin McElroy and Dr. Steven Ferrer of Progressive Spine & Sports Medicine are known for bringing the latest advances in physical medicine and rehabilitation to Bergen County and its’ surrounding areas. In addition to our orthopedic services and sports injury services, our team is now proud to offer a new non-surgical pain management treatment for spider veins, a common vascular problem. 

What Are Spider Veins?

Spider Veins are a common vascular issue that results in tiny blue, red, or purple lines on the skin, typically in the legs. They occur due to some kind of problem with the way veins normally function. In some cases, for instance, Spider Veins happen when one-way valves inside the veins don’t close properly, causing blood to leak and get stuck in the vein. If left uncorrected, Spider Veins can build up enough pressure to weaken the vein walls, allowing the Spider Veins to grow larger.

Sometimes, but not always, Spider Veins can turn into Varicose Veins, which are larger, more twisted, and more bulbous. Varicose Veins can have a rope-like appearance under the skin (unlike spider veins, which are flat). Varicose veins can sometimes cause physical discomfort and, although rarely, may lead to medical complications such as blood clots.

People who are pregnant, overweight and obese, or older are more likely to have Spider Veins. Additionally, Women are more likely than men to have both Spider Veins and Varicose Veins.

How Radiofrequency Ablation Works

“Ablation” is a technique used to heat and damage tissue. In the case of Spider Veins, Ablation creates scar tissue which closes off damaged veins. This way, no more blood can get trapped inside.

“Radiofrequency” ablation involves an electrical current from a radio wave instead of a light laser beam. To do the procedure, our Bergen County doctors insert a very small tube called a catheter into the Spider Vein (via a small incision) and emit Radiofrequency energy through it. This creates scar tissue, which closes the vein. 

The success rate of Radiofrequency Ablation is impressive. According to at least one meta-analysis published in 2009, Radiofrequency Ablation works about 88% of the time.

Like any procedure, Radiofrequency Ablation does carry at least some small risk for complications. Usually, these complications are mild, and may include prickling or burning sensation on the skin.

7 Benefits of Radiofrequency Ablation for Spider Veins and Other Vascular Problems

It’s FDA Approved

Radiofrequency Ablation is approved for use in the treatment of Spider Veins, Varicose Veins, and other cosmetic and/or medical reasons. 

It’s Completely Non-Surgical

Radiofrequency Ablation takes a minimally invasive approach to resolve vascular issues, manage pain and improve cosmetic appearance.

Most Medical Insurance Plans Cover It (Including Medicare)

Our front office team can help you determine if your health insurance will cover this effective treatment.

It Requires No Anesthesia

We may use local anesthesia or give you a simple sedative to make sure you’re comfortable. No general anesthesia necessary!

It Requires No Sutures

Just a small incision is required to allow the catheter to get into the vein. 

You’ll Have Little to No Discomfort

Most people report little to no pain after this procedure, which can be done in a short office visit. 

Downtime is Minimal

You’ll need to wear compression stockings for about a week and have a follow up with us to make sure the vein closed properly. But expect to be feeling as good as new before you know it!

Innovative Spider Vein Treatment In Ramsey, New Jersey

Connect with our Bergen County Pain Management team at Progressive Spine and Sports Medicine to learn about our exciting new treatment option for Spider Veins and other common vascular problems. We’d be happy to determine if this service is right for you, and help you address any other health concerns you may have using our wide-ranging and state-of-the-art tools and technology. Contact us (201) 962-9199 today.

Radiofrequency for Varicose Veins

Radiofrequency Ablation For Varicose Veins Available Now!

At Progressive Spine and Sports Medicine, our multidisciplinary team is always on the hunt for new ways to bring medical innovation to our patients from the Bergen County area. That’s why we’re proud to offer an advanced, effective, and non-surgical treatment — Radiofrequency Ablation —for people living with Varicose Veins

Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) For Veins At Progressive Spine & Sports Medicine

What Are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are superficial veins (usually in your legs) that become twisted and enlarged due to increased pressure. Many varicose veins simply pose a cosmetic issue. People often feel frustrated and embarrassed by the way their varicose veins look (generally dark blue or purple that are bulging or cord-like).

Some cases of varicose veins, however, can cause more problematic symptoms, including pain, achiness, skin irritation, and skin discoloration. While complications of varicose veins are rare (such as bleeding, blood clots, and ulcers), they can occur. If you have varicose veins, it’s a good idea to consult with a medical professional to see how you can minimize them or prevent additional ones from developing. 

What do our doctors recommend? Well, in addition to regularly exercising, maintaining a healthy weight and diet, and avoiding sedentary behavior, we suggest Radiofrequency Ablation. If it’s right for you, this treatment can drastically reduce the severity and appearance of your varicose veins. We now offer Radiofrequency Ablation at our Ramsey, New Jersey office!

What is Radiofrequency Ablation?

Ablation is a medical procedure that uses heat to damage tissue and create scar tissue on a target treatment area. Radiofrequency Ablation is a specific kind of energy (versus laser beams, for instance) that can be used to ablate tissues. This treatment is especially effective in treating vascular issues. Here’s how it works:

One of our Ramsey medical doctors inserts a thin tube (called a catheter) through the skin and into the vein. Then, Radiofrequency energy is directed through this tube into the vein where it scars and closes the vein tissue.

This may sound strange, but for the purposes of varicose veins, it helps close the vein so it no longer appears discolored and torturous. Research suggest that this Radiofrequency Ablation has a nearly 90% success rate in treating vascular conditions. If a varicose vein doesn’t close after the first treatment, the treatment can be provided again, in addition to other vein treatments.

 We can perform Radiofrequency Ablation treatment right in our state-of-the-art Ramsey, New Jersey clinic using only local anesthetic. Patients who receive this innovative vascular treatment can then walk right out the door! 

Top Benefits of Radiofrequency Ablation Treatment for Varicose Veins

Radiofrequency Ablation has several uses in the medical field, and it’s particularly beneficial for the management of varicose veins. Some of the benefits of the procedure are listed below:

  • Non-surgical
  • FDA approved
  • Covered by Medicare and most other medical insurance plans
  • Requires only local anesthesia 
  • No sutures
  • Results in minimal discomfort
  • Requires minimal downtime

Can Radiofrequency Ablation Help You With Your Varicose Veins? 

If you live near Ramsey NJ and are frustrated with unsightly and uncomfortable varicose veins, contact Dr. Steven Ferrer, Dr. Kevin McElroy, and the rest of the team at Progressive Spine and Sports Medicine at (201) 962-9199. Our new Radiofrequency Ablation program may be a great fit for you and can help you find relief from this common issue. 

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Everything You Need to Know about a Meniscus Tear

A meniscus tear can be excruciating like many knee injuries is no exception. Meniscus injuries are one of the most common injuries to the knee cartilage. The meniscus is the piece of cartilage that stabilizes and cushions. The knee joint protects the bones from rubbing against each other. Twisting the knee can cause the meniscus to tear; sometimes, a piece of broken-off cartilage can become lodged in the knee joint and cause it to lock up. Athletes often experience meniscus injuries, particularly older athletes.

Meniscus Tear Symptoms

Signs that point to a meniscus injury include knee pain and swelling. You may also notice a popping sensation when the damage occurs. Some people also have trouble either straightening or bending the knee. Or, the knee joint locks up or become “stuck.” The pain of a meniscus tear is not always severe at first, but it will usually intensify.

Meniscus Tear Treatment

The right treatment depends on a few factors such as the location and size of the tear or the age and activity level of the patient. If the damage is in the outer section of the meniscus, it may heal on its own as this area has good blood flow. However, the inner area does not; tears in this zone will require medical treatment. That doesn’t necessarily mean surgery – there are more conservative treatments to try first, and these are often successful. Many people achieve healing by resting the knee, icing the injured area, compressing and elevating the knee, taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs, and doing specific exercises to strengthen and stretch the knee. If you do require surgery, the procedure is a simple one, and most patients return home the same day.

Meniscus Teat Recovery Time

The length of recovery time will differ from person to person and injury to injury. If you have surgery, full recovery can take up to six weeks depending on factors such as the type of procedure. It’s important to follow your doctor’s instructions for recuperating. Don’t rush it – you shouldn’t return to your normal levels of physical activity until your knee can fully bend and straighten without pain, there is no more swelling, and you feel no pain at all when you walk, run, or jump. Putting too much stress on your knee before it’s healed can exacerbate your injury.

Meniscus Tear Prevention

Most meniscus injuries are accidents and therefore difficult to prevent. However, there are some precautions you can take to minimize your risk of a meniscus tear. Keeping your leg muscles strong with regular exercise can help, as can warming up before beginning a strenuous workout. You should also avoid pushing yourself to the point of exhaustion and be sure to give yourself enough recovery time between workouts. If you want to increase the intensity at which you’re working out, do so slowly and gradually – never escalate the intensity suddenly. Stretch after exercise to keep your body flexible and make sure the shoes you’re wearing are suitable for your activity and offer enough support.

If you think you may have sustained a meniscus injury, contact Progressive Spine & Sports Medicine. We can help.

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Trigger Point Injections: FAQs

Trigger point injections contain a local anesthetic and sometimes a corticosteroid and are a relatively easy and inexpensive treatment option that can provide an instant reduction in pain. In addition to the immediate pain relief, they can also provide long-term pain relief and help improve range of motion, helping patients return to their normal daily activities.

Trigger point injections are particularly helpful for patients whose pain has not responded to more
conservative treatments such as physical therapy and massage. They can be used to treat pain from
various conditions such as fibromyalgia, migraine, tension, myofascial pain syndrome, and more, efficiently reducing or even eliminating dependence on pain medications.

What are trigger points?
You can develop trigger points in any area of the body, but they are most familiar near bony attachments and in the shoulder and pelvic areas. These are tender, sensitive, or painful nodules or areas that can usually be identified using palpation. They have many different causes. These tender points may form as a result of an overuse injury or muscle strain, herniated disk, fracture, compressed nerve, postural problems, osteoarthritis, or surgical incision healing sites. However, a direct cause cannot always be found; sometimes, the section itself is the source of pain.

Who can benefit?
These injections are typically recommended for patients whose trigger points can be found by palpation. Your doctor will assess to ensure that you do not have joint disorders such as chronic shoulder pain or lower back pain that could become disabling if not treated properly. That’s because trigger point injections are not a cure, but rather a pain management technique. Patients who should not undergo trigger point injections include those with a hemorrhagic syndrome, allergies to local anesthetics, anticoagulant use, or psychiatric disturbance. They are also not recommended for patients with multiple trigger points who also have another condition such as hyperthyroidism, estrogen deficiency, or Cushing disease. However, for other patients, they represent a highly effective treatment with only a small risk of complications.

What to expect
Patients will discuss the procedure with their doctors to ensure that they understand the procedure and what to expect. Sometimes, the immediate pain relief is followed by a return of the pain; follow-up
Injections can provide the desired results. After the procedure, patients can often resume their daily activities and even return to work. Continuing a treatment plan of physical therapy, stretching exercises, or rest – as recommended – can maximize the results of the procedure.

Progressive Spine and Sports Medicine now offers trigger point injections alongside a range of treatments designed to address back pain, neck pain, sports injuries, car accident injuries, and Workers’ Compensation cases.

Stem Cell Injections: Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of conditions are treated with stem cells?

Stem cell therapy is at the forefront of modern medicine and has the potential to treat some diseases and conditions. Research into stem cell therapy is advancing at a rapid pace, and it is essential for us to at Progressive Spine and Sports Medicine to utilize stem cell therapy only in conditions that are researched. We focus on using stem cell therapy to treat injuries to the body, specifically significant joints (shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, and ankle), muscles and tendons, and the spine.

What are stem cells?

Stem cells are the “building blocks” of the human body. They have the potential to develop into many different cell types in the body. Serving as a sort of repair system, they can theoretically divide without limit to replenish other cells for as long as the person or animal is still alive. When a stem cell divides, each cell has the potential to either remain a stem cell or become another type of cell with a more specialized function, such as a muscle cell, a cartilage cell, or a brain cell.

What are the different types of stem cells?

  • Adult stem cells
  • Embryonic stem cells
  • Induced pluripotent stem cells

What are the different types of adult stem cells?

  • Hematopoietic Stem Cells (Blood Stem Cells)
  • Mesenchymal Stem Cells
  • Neural Stem Cells
  • Epithelial Stem Cells
  • Skin Stem Cells

What types of stem cells do we use at Progressive Spine and Sports Medicine?

We utilize adult stem cells. Specifically, the mesenchymal stem cells, take from the patient’s fat or bone marrow. Fat cells are usually preferred as they are easily obtainable and have the potential to develop into cartilage cells, bone cells, muscle cells, and tendon cells.

What is involved in the procedure?

The procedure is performed at an outpatient surgical center, typically with light sedation. The entire procedure takes 30 to 60 minutes. If fat cells are used to obtain the stem cells, a small amount of fat is removed out of the “love handle” area. If bone marrow cells are used, a small amount of bone marrow will be withdrawn from the pelvis. The cells are then processed in a specialized centrifuge to extract the stem cells. The stem cells are then injected into the area
that is being treated.

What is the recovery time after the procedure?

There is minimal to no downtime after the procedure. Typically the patient is advised to rest on the day of the procedure. Patients can return to work and light exercise the following day. Patients can typically resume their full exercise/training regimen a week after the procedure. Patients are advised to avoid anti-inflammatory medications, like naproxen and ibuprofen, for 12 weeks after the procedure.

What are the risks of the procedure?

The risks of the procedure are minimal. Some patients can experience bruising, redness, or mild soreness at the site of the fat or bone marrow removal. This typically lasts 24-48 hours. For patients with a sensitivity to anesthesia, there may be headaches or nausea that resolve with 24 hours. There are no known long-term side effects from the stem cells.

When will I see results?

The time frame for seeing results varies by patient, but most patients report improvement between 4 and 12 weeks. Some patients may have improvement up to 6 months following the procedure.

Do I have any options if I don’t know want to use my cells?

Yes. If you prefer to not undergo harvesting of your stem cells from either fat or bone marrow, you do have the option of using donated stem cells from umbilical cords. The cells are from live births that are freely given, so there are no ethical concerns. The umbilical stem cells are screened for disease and can be utilized in the same ways stem cells from your fat, or bone marrow are used

Are stem cells covered by insurance?

In most circumstances, if a patient is determined to be a candidate for stem cell therapy, it will be covered by insurance. Using donated umbilical stem cells is not covered by insurance.

Am I a candidate for stem cell therapy?

To determine if you are a candidate for stem cell therapy, you will need to schedule a consult with one of our physicians. Our doctors will perform a complete history and physical exam and review your medical records, if available. They will then discuss your treatment options, including stem cell therapy, and answer any questions you may have.

Contact us at 201-962- 9199 or info@pssmramsey.com to schedule your appointment.

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Spinal Stenosis Diagnosis, Evaluation & Treatment with Our Ramsey Pain Doctors

Diagnosis & Treatment of Spinal Stenosis at Progressive Spine & Sports Medicine in Ramsey, NJ

 

With decades of combined clinical experience behind them, Ramsey pain doctors Dr. Kevin McElroy and Dr. Steven Ferrer have worked with hundreds of men and women struggling with dysfunction related to spinal stenosis. If you have recently been diagnosed with this condition or are simply wondering what’s causing your pain, then we invite you to visit Progressive Spine & Sports Medicine for answers–and help.

Spinal Stenosis Diagnosis, Evaluation & Treatment with Our Ramsey Pain Doctors

What is Spinal Stenosis & How is it Diagnosed?

 

Spinal stenosis is a progressive condition that causes a narrowing of the spinal canal and/or spaces between the vertebral bones through which the spinal cord and spinal nerves travel. As this space narrows, nervous tissue can become pinched, leading to a variety of symptoms discussed subsequently.

 

Spinal stenosis can be diagnosed based on a comprehensive physical examination, patient history, and diagnostic imaging. It’s typically caused by degenerative changes in the spine such as arthritis or degenerative disc disease, but in rarer cases may be caused by factors such as trauma, tumors, and certain bone or connective tissue diseases.

What are the Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis?

 

Everyone who comes to see us for help with spinal stenosis tends to present with slight variations in their symptom presentation. The exact signs and symptoms will depend on what’s causing the stenosis, which nerves (if any) are being impinged upon, and how severe the degree of stenosis is.

That said, common symptoms include:

  • Back stiffness
  • Back pain
  • Pain, weakness, and/or numbness in an arm or leg

With stenosis, a person’s back pain and other symptoms may improve if a person bends forwards or walks around a little bit.

In extremely rare cases of severe stenosis, the distal part of a person’s spinal cord may become so compressed that a person experiences symptoms such as incontinence, saddle anesthesia (numbness in the groin and perianal area), and/or sexual dysfunction. This is called cauda equina syndrome and is considered a medical emergency. If you notice any of these symptoms, then call 911 right away.

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If I Have Spinal Stenosis, What Kind of Treatment Options are Available to Me?

 

At our pain management clinic in Ramsey, NJ you’re more than just your diagnosis. Whether you come to us for help from spinal stenosis or any of the many other conditions we treat, we’re confident that we can devise a custom-tailored treatment plan to meet your unique needs and address your individual challenges.

When it comes to spinal stenosis, typical treatments may include:

The goals of treatment is to reduce pressure on compressed nerves, maximize spinal mobility and spinal joint space, reduce symptoms, and maximize function. We’ll adjust our treatment as necessary to meet your changing needs and help you get back to your normal active lifestyle. In the rare cases where surgery may be indicated, our team can help connect you with the right providers to meet your needs.

 

Have You Been Diagnosed with Spinal Stenosis or Need a Second Opinion? Call Our Ramsey Pain Doctors To Reclaim Your Spinal Health Today

 

Dr. Ferrer and Dr. McElroy, along with the rest of their multidisciplinary team, are committed to helping every one of their patients maximize their quality of life through effective symptom management and prevention of recurring problems. To schedule an initial consultation or to learn more about our pain management services, then call Progressive Spine & Sports Medicine today at 201 962 9199.