Kevin McCracken, MD
My name is Dr. Kevin McCracken. I am an Orthopaedic Surgeon practicing in Warren, NJ 07059.
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Kevin McCracken, MD
He has extensive surgical & academic training along with broad experience in the treatment of adult and adolescent patients with spinal disorders. He takes pride in providing compassionate, understanding and supportive care for his patients.
Dr. McCracken is a board certified orthopaedic spine surgeon, credentialed by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He graduated Cum Laude from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania and received his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey Medical School in Newark, New Jersey.
Orthopaedic and Spine Center of NJ
Address45 Mountain Blvd
Bldg D Ste 2
Warren, NJ 07059
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Service Locations:Hunterdon County, NJ, Morris County, NJ, Somerset County, NJ, Union County, NJ, Bernards, NJ, Bernardsville Township, NJ, Chatham Township, NJ, Harding Township, NJ, Millburn, NJ, Edison, NJ, New Brunswick, NJ, Woodbridge, NJ, Far Hills, NJ, Elizabeth, NJ
Anterior and Posterior Interbody Fusion
360 spinal fusion is another term for the anterior and posterior interbody fusion surgery of the spine. A spine surgeon may use this technique if the vertebrae need to be joined from both the front (anterior) and back (posterior) of the spine.
A Condition Causing Spinal Joint Fusion & Hunched-Forward Posture
Considered a form of inflammatory arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis (AS) causes inflammation of the spinal joints (vertebrae), which can lead to severe, chronic pain and discomfort. As it progresses, ankylosing spondylitis causes ankylosis (new bone formation in the spine). This leads to some of the vertebrae in your spine fusing, making the spine less flexible, and causing a hunched-forward posture.
ACDF for Neck Pain, Reduced Mobility & More
Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, often shortened to ACDF, is a spine surgery procedure designed to treat herniated discs and degenerative discs. ACDF is used to treat lower back pain, lumbar pain and to restore mobility. ACDF combines two distinct procedures: anterior cervical discectomy and cervical fusion to achieve results.
Advanced Back Pain Treatment
Anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) surgery helps surgeons join or "weld" two small bones of the spine (vertebrae) to each other. The surgery is used to treat back pain and is one of several types of spinal fusion surgeries.
Is an Inflamed Arachnoid Causing Your Spinal Pain & Neurological Problems?
The arachnoid, an important membrane which protects the nerves of the spinal cord, is essential for maintaining your spine's integrity. When the arachnoid becomes a target of chronic inflammation, a rare condition called arachnoiditis, may be to blame. A wealth of issues may ensue including chronic pain and neurological problems as a result of the spine's structures forcibly becoming fused.
Cushioning Support for Your Spine
If a disc collapses, bones of the back lose cushioning and shock absorption. This puts pressure on parts of the spine and can lead to arthritis, bone spurs, nerve pain and much more. You may need an artificial disc replacement to correct the problem.
Minimally Invasive Back Surgery
Axial LIF or lumbar interbody fusion surgery is a minimally invasive surgical technique that allows surgeons to fuse the last bone in the lumbar spine (low back) to the first bone in the sacrum - a part of the pelvis.
Could Your Severe Back and Neck Pain Actually be Tendonitis?
Most of us have probably experienced tendonitis at some point, the legs, feet and hands being affected very often, but back and neck tendonitis can cause just as much-if not more-pain and discomfort, interfering with your ability to conduct daily life.
Fight Back Against Pain
Back pain can occur in a number of ways. It can be dull or sharp, local or spread over a large muscle group. Back pain can be experienced as muscle spasms or numbness in the leg that extends below the knee.
Treatment of Bulging Disc
A disc provides a layer of cushion between the bones (vertebrae) of the back. Discs are also responsible for absorbing shock and vibration. The outside of a disc is made from firm cartilage and the center is softer and more sponge-like. Bulging discs occur when the disc begins to lose strength and pressure and the spine forces the disc to expand beyond its normal boundaries and into the spinal canal.
Injuries Experienced Before and After a Collision
It's estimated that every year 2.35 million Americans are injured in car related accidents, with that comes a host of symptoms, from the mild to the severe. Everything from soft tissue damage and whiplash, to head, chest, arm and leg injury are typically reported. Here are the most common...
Reconstruct Your Spine after Major Injury or Disease
When back surgery involves at least six spinal vertebrae and involves six or more hours in surgery, it is considered complex spine surgery. A complex spinal reconstruction surgery of this type is usually only required in the event of major spinal injury, spinal tumors or severe spinal deformities or curvatures.
A Spinal Fracture Caused by Osteoporosis & Aging
Compression fractures commonly occur in the spine due to osteoporosis and the aging process. They are a result of losing bone mass, which then causes cracks in your spinal vertebrae. A compression fracture is often accompanied with increasing back pain as your vertebrae continue to deteriorate over time. As you age beyond 50, your risk for compression fractures increases.
Treatment of Bursitis, Tendonitis, and Arthritis
Cortisone injections, sometimes called cortisone shots, are a common treatment for pain relief and inflammation reduction. While they can be used in nearly any part of the body, cortisone injections are most commonly associated with the joints. Cortisone shots are considered a less-invasive pain treatment, as there is no surgery or incisions involved.
A Spinal Condition Involving the Gradual Wearing of Intervertebral Discs
Degenerative disc disease is most often due to the aging process. As you grow older, everyday wear and tear from daily activities simply causes intervertebral discs to lose their effectiveness. As a result, you become less flexible over time, the spine shrinks and back pain increases.
Facet Blocks May Stop Your Nagging Back or Neck Pain
Facet joint blocks or faucet injections are a diagnostic tool and therapeutic pain relief treatment for those who suffer from debilitating intermittent back, leg and neck pain as a result of facet disease (inflammation and deterioration of the facet joints in the spinal column).
Slipped Discs, Bulging Discs & How They're Treated
A herniated disc, often called a slipped disc, is a painful condition that many people suffer from. The spine is made up of many vertebrae, each of which is cushioned by semi-solid discs. When one of these disks ruptures, shifts or becomes worn, it can lead to a herniated disc.
Treat Pain at the Source
The best way to treat pain is at the source. Therapeutic injections do just that. Introduced directly to the affected joint, vertebrae, or muscle, therapeutic injections result in fast, comprehensive and lasting pain relief. Simple injections can even be used to gently manipulate nerves, diminishing their ability to transmit pain signals to the brain.
Knees, Elbows, Hands and Tension
Living with joint pain can hurt, but it doesn't have to be hard. Your joints are crucial to comfortable movement and everyday life. Symptoms of joint pain include inflammation, soreness, discomfort, and reduced range of movement.
A Surgical Procedure that Restores an Injured or Collapsed Vertebrae
Kyphoplasty is a surgical procedure to help restore the shape of vertebrae and to relieve spinal compression that results from vertebral compression fractures. Its goal is to help you stand straight, reduce pain and increase mobility. It is often used as a solution for spinal injury or for patients suffering from recent osteoporotic issues.
Removal of the Lamina Section of the Spinal Vertebrae
A laminectomy, also known as a lumbar decompression, involves the surgical removal of the lamina section of the vertebrae in the spine to take pressure off of spinal nerves. It is a treatment for spinal stenosis. A laminectomy may also be performed to remove bone spurs in the spine or to create access for surgical treatment of a herniated disc.
Lower Back Pain Treatment
Lateral lumbar interbody fusion is a type of spinal fusion surgery. Spinal fusions are often used to stabilize two bones of the spine (vertebrae). Your provider may recommend a lateral lumbar interbody fusion if you have low back pain and you've been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease. The procedure is also called an extreme lateral lumbar fusion, or XLIF.
Treatments, Causes and Risks
The lower back is defined as the area that begins below the ribs and ends just above the legs. Pain can occur in this region in a number of ways. It can be dull or sharp, local or spread over a large muscle group. Lower back pain can be experienced as muscle spasms or numbness in the leg that extends below the knee.
XLIF to Repair Herniated & Damaged Discs
Minimally invasive lateral interbody fusion, sometimes known under the trade name XLIF, is a surgical procedure designed to treat a number of spinal health problems. Minimally invasive lateral interbody fusion is a type of spinal fusion treatment that is performed without significant incisions or scarring.
A Less-Invasive Approach to Spinal Surgery
Minimally-invasive spine surgery - commonly referred to as MIS or MISS - is a type of medical treatment designed to provide the benefits of traditional back surgery while making a smaller "footprint." These surgical methods make use of advanced technology and techniques to improve the patient experience.
Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention
Neck pain can be local, or in the case of a compressed nerve caused by a herniated disc or bone spurs, the sensation can shoot down your arm resulting in a loss of strength or even numbness.
Pain Relief with Nerve Block Injections
Nerve blocks and nerve block injections are used to control or block pain signals in the body. There are a several different types of nerve blocks, but all use medications that are injected through the skin into the body to stop pain or block pain signals being sent from the nerves to the brain.
Less Invasive Approach to Scoliosis Treatment
Scoliosis refers to the deviation, or misalignment, of the spine. Scoliosis can be a condition present from birth (infantile or juvenile scoliosis) or affect an adult (adult scoliosis). Scoliosis may also emerge as a symptom of another medical condition.
Alternative Care for Chronic Pain
Back pain can arise as a number of symptoms. You may experience it as a dull aching pain in a large group of muscles, or a sharp shooting pain emanating from an exact location. Sometimes the pain extends through the leg. It can limit your range of motion or even affect the correctness of your posture.
A Corrective Spinal Surgery for Lower Back Conditions
Oblique lateral lumbar interbody fusion is a spinal surgery specifically intended to restore mobility and reduce pain for those who have disc issues in the L5 - S1 section of their lower back. This outpatient surgery involves removing the damaged disc and replacing it with a medically-developed polymer implant.
Discomfort in Men and Women
When the symptoms of chronic pelvic pain begin to affect the way you function in your daily life, it is time to seek the help of a health care professional. Your doctor will most likely start with a physical exam to determine the exact area in your pelvis that the pain is originating from.
Learn about the Pain, Tingling and Burning of Pinched Nerves
A pinched nerve (compressed nerve) is a painful experience, regardless of the cause, playing a sport, injury, or sleeping in a weird position, it can be a pain in the ass... literally. Pain and other symptoms are a result of bone or connective tissue placing too much pressure on a nerve.
Bone Grafts to Strengthen the Cervical Spine
Neck pain is a problem for many men and women. When neck pain becomes too much to bear, drastically inhibits mobility or reduces quality of life, surgery may be the recommended option. Posterior cervical fusion surgery is a procedure designed to reduce neck pain by strengthening the cervical spine.
Minimally Invasive PLIF Procedure
Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF) is a spinal surgery that accesses the spine from the back to stabilize a joint and stop back pain or other problems. As with any interbody fusion surgery, the goal is to replace the padding between two bones of the spine (vertebrae) with a graft that will grow together over time and stabilize the area.
Treatment of SI Joint Pain
The sacroiliac joint (SI joint) is located in the lower back where the bones of the spine just above the tailbone (the sacrum) meet up with the bones of the pelvis (the ileus). The SI joint is responsible for stability of the pelvis and transfers weight from the upper body to the legs and feet.
A Possible Answer for Your Back & Leg Pain
Sacroiliac (SI) joint injections/ joint block is a temporary pain relief and diagnostic test to confirm Sacroiliac joint dysfunction, a painful inflammation causing 'lower back pain and/or sciatica (back/leg pain).
Nerve Pain Treatment
The sciatica nerve begins in the lower spine, and extends down into the back of each leg. Some of its motor functions include moving the muscles behind your knees and in your lower legs. Sciatica symptoms can show up in a number of ways. Sufferers may experience pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling.
Causes, Risk Factors and Treatment of Scoliosis
Scoliosis is a medical condition in which the spine curves resembling the letter S or letter C instead of a straight line. There's no known cause of scoliosis for most people. A few others may have developed scoliosis after an injury, disease or birth defect.
A Selective Epidural May be Key for Lasting Relief
Some pain can be debilitating. For those who suffer from intolerable back pain, a precise injection known as a selective nerve root block (SNRB)/ transforaminal epidural steroid injection, a selective epidural or SNRB for short, has been adapted from diagnostics to help relieve your excruciating discomfort.
Learn More About Complete and Incomplete Spinal Cord Injuries
A spinal cord injury (SCI) is one of the most severe injuries you can have. The spinal cord is the main pathway for the brain to send and receive nerve signals that control our movement, sensations and organs. Any SCI can result in permanent damage, affecting strength, bodily functions and senses.
Relieve Back Pain & Improve the Quality of Your Life
Pinched nerves lead to an extreme amount of pain, especially when they are present in the spine. Lumbar spine decompression refers to several orthopedic surgical procedures designed to alleviate this pain. Spinal decompression is used to reduce pain, restore movement range and boost quality of life.
Surgical Treatment for Low Back Pain & More
The spine is made up many vertebrae, connect by soft issue. To correct some problems, these vertebrae may be joined -or fused - together. This process is known as spinal fusion. Spinal fusion surgery is useful to treat many different conditions.
Spinal Stenosis Pain is Gradual, but the Treatment Needn't be.
Presenting with a gradual onset and typically affecting those around-and after-the age of 50, spinal stenosis (the closing of a nerve pathway) can cause intermittent pain in the lower back/legs, clumsiness, as well as, numbness and paresthesia (a painful pins & needles sensation), even paralysis if ignored.
Understanding Spondylolysis and Spondylolisthesis in Children and Adults
When a spinal vertebra in the lower back is fractured or weakened (spondylolysis), it can slip forward onto the vertebra below it, causing spondylolisthesis. Arthritis, bone disease and fractures are common causes in adults, while a birth defect can lead to spondylolisthesis in children. Treatment ranges from physical therapy or braces to surgery.
An Outpatient Procedure to Alleviate Symptoms of Fractured Vertebra
Vertebroplasty is an outpatient procedure where cement is injected into fractured vertebra with the goal of restoring mobility and alleviating pain. The procedure involves some risk, but is especially recommended when serious complications like chronic pain, deep vein thrombosis or respiratory problems develop.
A Neck Injury Involving Neck Muscles, Tendons and Vertebrae
Whiplash injury most often takes place when you are in a car accident. However, any injury that involves a forceful, rapid back and forth motion or rotation of the head can cause muscle strain or sprain in the neck. In severe whiplash cases, neck vertebra can also be impacted, resulting in a herniated or ruptured disk.