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Get relief and return to living your best life


 Dr. Robert Heary, Medical Director

If you’re among the surprising number of men and women of all ages who suffer from chronic back pain due to an injury or medical condition, we can relieve your suffering and get you back living life to its fullest.  Imagine enjoying day-to-day activities the way you used to – working, playing with children or grandchildren and exercising without pain or hesitation.

At the HackesackUMC Mountainside Spine and Pain Center, we provide the finest quality, comprehensive care.  We will build a treatment plan tailored to your unique condition by combining a range of complementary services. We’ll also communicate with you in clear,  understandable language and get you involved in your recovery.

We are experienced and skilled in full scope spinal surgery and revision, along with an array of minimally invasive procedures including:

  • Epidural steroid injections – Steroids  delivered directly into the epidural space in the spine to reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Facet joint injections – Numbing medicine and steroids put into the small joints of the spine, often to locate and relieve pain.
  • Trigger point injections –An anesthetic injected into a knot of a muscle that will not relax, providing lasting relief.  Only a brief course of treatment and can be performed on the arms, legs, lower back and neck.
  • Joint injections – Injections to relieve pain in a variety of joints including the knees, ankles, elbows and wrists.
  • Radio frequency ablation – A treatment option for facet-related back pain that destroys the nerves that supply the facet joint and transmit pain signals.
  • Sacro-iliac joint injections – A long-lasting steroid, such as cortisone, is injected into the joints in the lower back to reduce inflammation and swelling.
  • Discography – X-ray dye is injected into the discs of the spine to evaluate disc morphology.
  • Percutaneous disc decompressions – For minor herniated discs, a needle which emits radio waves is placed into a disc to decompress it from the inside and provide relief.
  • Intradiscal therapies – For damaged discs that cause pain by pressing on a nerve, a special needle is placed into the disc through which intradiscal therapies can be performed.
  • Spinal cord stimulator implants – An electronic device is inserted beside the spinal cord to treat chronic pain in the trunk and limbs. The device sends low voltage electrical impulses that prevent pain signals from reaching the brain.
  • Intrathecal pump implants – This treatment is done in two phases. Once a trial is successfully performed,  a permanent pump is placed under the skin to deliver concentrated amounts of medication into the spinal cord through a catheter.
  • Kyphoplasty –Restoration of bone height by repairing stress fractures of the vertebra. Our procedure fills the bone with cement from the inside.
  • Celiac plexus blocks – Injection of a local anesthetic into the nerves that surround the aorta, the main artery of the abdomen, to reduce pain as part of a treatment for chronic abdominal pain.
  • Stellate ganglion blocks – Blocking of the sympathetic nerves in the neck that go to the arms and face to reduce pain and swelling and improve mobility in the upper extremity.
  • Lumbar plexus blocks – After hip replacement surgery, blocking of post-operative pain from the set of nerves that go to the front part of the hip and thigh.





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