Not all neck and back ailments are the same, so why should treatment be one size fits all? Sometimes physical therapy works just fine. Other times, a patient needs surgery.

This is where New Jersey Neck & Back Institute comes in. Dr. Sandro LaRocca and his staff at NJNBI are dedicated to excellence in surgical spine care and treatment, and to healing through individualized care, compassion, and education in a state-of-the-art facility. The main goal, after all, is to improve the lives of patients who need relief from some of the most debilitating and nagging ailments and injuries they might ever incur.

Since 2001, when he first opened his private practice, LaRocca has treated the gamut of back and neck problems, from degenerative issues and herniations to auto accidents and sports injuries. When such ailments warrant the surgeon’s touch, LaRocca and his staff employ an array of procedures to get patients the relief they need, from removing squashed discs to the latest in motion-preserving technology that allows patients to keep as much of their mobility as possible. LaRocca is skilled in advanced open and minimally invasive techniques.

LaRocca’s expertise lies in a range of ailments, including trauma, strains and sprains, degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, radiculopathy/sciatica, tumor, infection, inflammatory disorders, and scoliosis.

The important thing to remember is that each patient is different and each patient requires individual attention, compassion, and care. “We give care that will transform people’s lives,” LaRocca says. And that’s not just in the treatment procedures, it’s at every stage, from the first consultation to the aftercare. In fact, a guiding principle for New Jersey Neck & Back is “supporting your journey until your back supports you.”

LaRocca’s journey to top-notch spinal care began when he was a boy, fascinated by engineering and mechanics — how things move and how to make them move better. It was in college when he realized his love of engineering and mechanics translated into biomechanics and medicine. “The spine,” he says, “was especially intriguing.”

It’s also especially challenging. “The back is sometimes tough to treat,” LaRocca says. Like any advanced machine, it is durable and spectacular and vital. But it’s so intricate that it can be fragile and delicate and in need of a skilled mechanic to repair its precision.

In the end, though, the task is rewarding and a privilege, LaRocca says. “I love what I do. When patients come in and they thank you and they hug you for healing them … I don’t know if you can describe that.”

New Jersey Neck & Back Institute, 3131 Princeton Pike #106, Lawrenceville. 609-896-0020.

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