Atlantic Neurosurgical Specialists
Atlantic Neurosurgical Specialists
310 Madison Avenue • Suite 300, Morristown, NJ 07960
(973) 285-7800 • www.ansdocs.com
Dr. Kyle Chapple completed medical school at The Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, Ohio and then completed his residency in Neurological Surgery at The Weill Medical College of Cornell University, where he was chief resident. He also trained at Memorial Sloan Kettering in Oncologic Surgery of the brain and spine. Dr. Chapple is board-certified in neurosurgery and fellowship-trained in endovascular neurosurgery. In addition to spine, he specializes in strokes, aneurysms, vascular malformations and acoustic neuromas.
What are some of the common causes of back pain?
In the majority of cases, lifestyle is the main contributor to the problem. We spend a lot of time each day seated in cars, at a desk, in front of the TV or computer, and lack the kind of weight-bearing exercise that strengthens the body’s abdominal core muscles. When these muscles get weak from lack of use, they don’t support the vertical bony structure of the spinal column the way they should. This causes stress on the spine. The vertebrae and discs take on too much work, and when they begin to wear out, the result is back pain. Then, when we try to do an activity that uses a new movement or is more strenuous than usual, the result can be an injury that causes disabling pain. People with back pain tend to put off going to the doctor, but the longer you ignore the problem, the worse it can get. We can put lifestyle changes in place to ease the pain and help prevent future recurrences.
Are there non-surgical options for back pain that actually work?
Yes, absolutely. At Atlantic Neurosurgical Specialists (ANS), our physicians start with a conservative, nonsurgical approach that may include yoga, physical therapy, and strength training to improve that core strength. The first priorities are to decompress the nerves that are causing the pain and make lifestyle changes that will help maintain core strength and mobility. With this kind of program, the problems that caused the pain and stiffness can often be reversed. We encourage people suffering needlessly from back pain to seek help from our specialists at ANS. Back pain is definitely treatable – and preventable – without surgery.
What if I do need back surgery?
You can have every confidence that at ANS, you have access to some of the most highly trained neurosurgeons in the world. We specialize in innovative treatments that don’t necessarily involve surgery. Surgery should only be considered when noninvasive measures have been exhausted. In most cases, a program of conservative maintenance will improve your function and quality of life. In the less likely event that surgery is needed, we use cutting-edge, minimally invasive treatment strategies.
Why would someone suffering from back pain in Staten Island come to ANS for treatment?
Some people automatically think they have to go to Manhattan for the best medical care. However, there is exceptional care – without the hassles of New York City traffic and parking – close by in New Jersey. Building on the expertise of our doctors who trained in in the city, ANS has grown to be the largest neurosurgical practice in New Jersey and one of the most advanced in the country. We are amongst a select few nationwide who are changing the way we treat patients with back issues based on “Big Data,” a powerful tool that helps us identify the right treatment for the right patient at the right time. Easily accessible from Staten Island, an increasing number of borough residents come to us for treatment and recommend us to family and friends.