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Minimally Invasive Joint Fusion for Sacroiliac Pain

Statistics show that up to 85% of all people have lower back pain at some point in life. It's estimated that 15-25% of all lower back pain is caused by the sacroiliac joint - a joint that forms the lowest segment of the spine. The function of the sacroiliac joint is to provide stability for the pelvis and bear the load of the upper body as it moves.

Sacroiliac problems may begin with degenerative sacroiliitis and joint disruptions caused by trauma or pregnancy. When there is injury, a person can feel pain - including numbness, tingling and weakness - in their back or buttocks, particularly when lifting, running and walking.

"Sacoiliac joint pain is the great masquerader and can often be misdiagnosed as back and hip problems," explained Carl Spivak, MD, board certified neurosurgeon with Executive Spine Surgery P.C. Once diagnosed, sacroiliac joint problems can be treated with physical therapy, exercise and, in some cases, therapeutic injections. For those who don't respond, to those options, surgery may be another option to consider.

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New Pulmonary Screening Program Available

We all know that careful monitoring and early inter vention are two keys to good health. If you agree with that philosophy, are over age 55 and have a history of heavy smoking, you may want to consider a Pulmonary Screening.

A Pulmonary Screening is a low dose cat (C/T) scan of the lung. Covered by most insurances, this screening is Medicare approved and is used to monitor and/or diagnose cancer, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), emphysema and other pulmonary conditions, with the goal of identifying abnormalities early, when they are easiest to treat.

A patient interested in the screening should talk with their physician, and, if the physician concurs, a prescription is given and the patient can make an appointment for a pre-screening by a Registered Nurse in the Cardiopulmonary Department. During the pre-screening, the nurse goes over smoking cessation options (how to quit smoking), if needed, and offers information on any support groups that may also benefit the patient.

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Morristown Medical Center

100 Madison Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960
973-971-5000

Overlook Medical Center

99 Beauvoir Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901
908-522-2000

Newton Medical Center

175 High Street
Newton, NJ 07860
973-383-2121

Chilton Medical Center

97 West Parkway
Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
973-831-5000

Hackettstown Medical Center

651 Willow Grove Street
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
908-852-5100

Goryeb Children's Hospital

100 Madison Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960
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