Osteoporosis & Back Pain

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OCEAN COUNTY – Approximately 700,000 people in the U.S. each year develop a spinal compression fracture as a result of osteoporosis. A compression fracture is usually defined as a vertebral bone in the spine that has decreased at least 15 to 20% in height due to fracture.

This type of fracture can cause severe back pain. Left untreated, one compression fracture can lead to multiple fractures that, in turn, could alter the shape of your spine and adversely affect your overall health.

Traditional treatment for these fractures is limited to bed rest, bracing and management of pain, often with medication. Although appropriate in some cases, this type of treatment does not address the deformity that can occur with multiple fractures. If conservative treatments fail to provide relief, a minimally-invasive out-patient procedure called kyphoplasty may be suggested.

Kyphoplasty is a minimally-invasive treatment that can stabilize the fracture and reduce back pain, as well as restore height and spinal alignment. It can be performed in an out-patient surgical center and requires no over-night stay.

Through a needle the physician injects a bone cement into the damaged vertebra to stabilize the fracture. This cement hardens to create a permanent “internal cast”. This provides immediate pain relief and restores the patient’s mobility. It also restores vertebral body height, reducing spinal deformity. Patients can go home 30 minutes after the procedure.

Surgery isn’t for everyone. That’s why we focus on bringing non-surgical pain relief options within reach of those suffering from chronic pain.

Garden State Medical Center is staffed with the area’s leading pain management physicians. We can work with you to help take better care of your body by promoting healthy joints, staying pain free and becoming more active.

For more information, call: 732-202-3000

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He is a diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiology, a diplomat of the American Board of Pain Medicine and is TEE Board Certified by the National Board of Echocardiology. Dr. Mann has taught at St. Barnabas Hospital, has been published in numerous journals, and has contributed CD-ROMs for medical training. Now a Board Certified Anesthesiologist and Pain Management Specialist, Dr. Mann has dedicated his career to helping those with pain. Having a surgical background, Dr. Mann saw that there are many people who need help managing their pain. “It’s a new field,” Dr. Mann says. “It’s not like any other field and I just wanted to help people in pain.” He chose Whiting as his first location to open his practice due to the large population of senior citizens there with conditions causing acute and chronic pain. Dr. Mann succeeds in his goal of giving patients the ability to live with pain at a functional level through his comprehensive services and diagnostic capabilities. He is committed to providing patients with the most advanced and state of the art technologies and medical equipment. It was important to Dr. Mann that he build a strong staff that is highly capable and follows the mission and goals of the practice. He feels fortunate to have found such a great staff comprised of 30 professionals including five doctors, two nurse practitioners and multiple medical assistants. One of Dr. Mann’s colleagues is his wife, Dr. Sunita S. Mann, who is the practice’s Neuroradiologist. Together they have three children. Though he runs a busy practice, Dr. Mann always makes time for his family, attending his children’s sports activities and family events. Dr. Mann and his wife have struck a positive balance of home and work life, and Dr. S. Mann commends her husband’s work ethic. “He works six days a week and he loves it,” she says of her husband. “You could send him to the office all seven days and he would be completely fine because he loves what he does.” “If I could help somebody and they come back to see me and say, ‘thank you doctor,’ that makes my day,” Dr. Mann says. “If we change their life and put a smile on their face…that’s the main thing.”