Patient Education

Your Spine Deserves Special Care
Your spine is at the center of a delicately balanced system that controls all of your body’s movements. Bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves all work together to balance the weight of your body. Even minor damage to one component of your back’s structure can upset this fragile balance and make movement painful.

It is not surprising, then, that back pain is second only to headache as the most common cause of pain, or that 8 out of 10 people will have a problem with back pain at some time. The causes of back pain can be simple or complex; the vast majority can be treated nonsurgically, but in some serious cases, surgery is necessary.

The Spine:
Herniated Disk
Low Back Pain
Spinal Stenosis
Cervical Fracture
Cervical Radiculopathy
Herniated Disk
Spondylolysis and Spondylolisthesis

Orthopaedic Spinal Treatment Pathway
To ensure the most accurate diagnosis, Dr. Merola has access to a complete range of advanced diagnostic equipment such as high-speed magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computerized tomography (CT scan), bone densitometers, myelography, and discography. More than 90% of back and neck pain responds to conservative interventions, so we also keep current with and provide the latest physical and occupational therapy programs and equipment, including:

• Individualized spine rehabilitation program
• Back school instruction
• Exercise physiology
• Job site evaluation
• Aquatic therapy
• Posture correction

Nonsurgical interventions such as epidural steroids, trigger point injections, nerve root blocks, and facet joint injections offer additional therapeutic alternatives when more conservative measures prove inadequate.

Surgical procedures are chosen only after non-surgical options have been exhausted, and are individualized to your particular condition and situation. Dr. Merola is board certified and qualified to perform a full spectrum of spinal procedures. Dr. Merola has performed thousands of spinal surgeries, including the latest minimally invasive procedures. In this type of surgery, microscopic camera lenses and specialized instruments are inserted through very small incisions. While viewing the transmitted image on a video monitor, Dr. Merola is able to repair the damaged area of the spine. Most patients with disc surgery are able to go home the same day and can resume regular activity within 1 to 2 weeks.


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