Tips to Improve a Long Recovery

A woman in a hospital bed rests after a procedure, preparing for a long recovery

A long recovery from a major surgery or operation is an ongoing process that requires discipline in self care, mental stamina, and emotional fortitude. Recoveries can span months or even years depending on the severity of the procedure. Medical professionals carefully tailor rehabilitation strategies based on individual patient needs, and it’s crucial to follow these…

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What is CTE? What You Need to Know about Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

boxers in a ring trade blows to the head, which can contribute to a risk of CTE

What is CTE? Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, otherwise known as CTE, is categorized as a neurodegenerative condition resulting from continuous trauma to the head. This disease can cause mood changes, mental impairment, learning disabilities, and memory loss. It is commonly the result of intense physical activities, military service, and professional sports. The disease has become a…

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Orthopedic Surgeons vs. Neurosurgeons

neurosurgeons perform a brain surgery

Neurosurgeons and Orthopedic Surgeons are both qualified and trained to perform complex operations on the spine of a patient. Over the years, the line between these two types of surgeons has continued to blur and understanding the differences between them comes down to evaluating their key specializations and qualifications. In determining which type of surgeon…

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What is a Concussion?

concussion

A Concussion is a form of traumatic brain injury caused by the brain moving rapidly and violently within the skull. This is normally the result of a hard blow or jolt to the head during contact sports, car crashes, bike riding, and falls. In the U.S., over one million traumatic brain injuries occur each year. …

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What is a Herniated Disc?

herniated disk

A Herniated disc is one of the leading causes of back pain, as 20 out of 1000 people are diagnosed with the condition. According to the American Chiropractic Association, studies show that over 80% of the population will experience some form of back pain over the course of their lives. Small discs cushion the vertebrae…

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Dr. Balar appointed as Medical Director of Rehabilitation for CentraState Medical Center

Princeton Brain, Spine and Sports Medicine is pleased to announce the appointment of Dhimant J. Balar, DO, as Medical Director of Rehabilitation for CentraState Medical Center, which began January 2019. Dr. Balar will lead and advise staff to enhance the quality and efficiency of medical care for Rehabilitation Services, while facilitating communication with other departments.…

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Princeton Brain, Spine and Sports Medicine Launches Redesigned Website  

New Site Includes Enhanced User Experience & Multimedia Education   As part of our goal to blend compassionate care with the industry’s most advanced neurosurgical and sports medicine treatment, Princeton Brain & Spine recently launched its redesigned patient website. Since Dr. Mark McLaughlin opened PBS in 2005, the practice has grown exponentially. Our medical team…

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The Laser Myth in Spine Surgery

“Do you use a laser in your spinal surgeries?” That question makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck. I reply calmly and with authority, “No.”  I continue, “I am trained in laser surgery. It has almost zero usefulness in your spine surgery and in fact, may be harmful.” Let me explain.…

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