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With 17 Orthopedic and Sports Medicine providers, there is no need to travel far from home to get excellent orthopedic and musculoskeletal care.

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Our Spine Program

For those suffering chronic back or neck pain due to a spinal condition, the comprehensive spine team at OSM utilizes the expertise of physiatrists and Board Certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeons to treat spinal conditions. Our patient centered approach ensures that each patient’s care plan is based on their lifestyle, activities and goals. Our team will collaborate to explore all treatments options including non-surgical treatment, minimally invasive surgical treatment, chiropractic or physical therapy. If surgery is recommended, OSM offers the most advanced minimally invasive surgical treatment options anywhere in Connecticut.

Conditions:
Herniated Discs
Between each vertebrae of the spine there are small gelatinous discs that serve as shock absorbers.  Over time, or due to sudden injury, these discs may begin to bulge or rupture and create pressure on the nerves of the spine.  This nerve irritation may result in localized back or neck pain as well as pain that radiates into the shoulders, arms, legs or feet.
Sciatica
Sciatica is a term used to describe pain that originates in the lower back and radiates into the buttocks and legs and also may cause burning or numbness in those areas.  Although it is a common term, Sciatica is not an actual diagnosis but rather a symptom of an underlying spinal condition, such as a herniated lumbar disc, spinal stenosis or spinal arthritis.  If you are suffering from Sciatica, it is important to consult a spine specialist as the symptoms can become permanent if not addressed quickly.
Radiculopathy
Radiculopathy is a term used to describe pain that originates in the neck and radiates into the shoulders, arms and hands and also may cause burning or numbness in those areas.  Similar to Sciatica, Radiculopathy is not an actual diagnosis but rather a symptom of an underlying spinal condition, such as a herniated cervical disc, spinal stenosis or spinal arthritis.  If you are suffering from Radiculopathy, it is important to consult a spine specialist as the symptoms can become permanent if not addressed quickly.
Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative Disc Disease is not an actual disease but rather an umbrella term used to describe the wear and tear of the spinal discs due to aging or injury.   This process begins when small tears occur in the wall of the spinal disc, called the annulus. These tears can cause pain and nerve irritation. As these tears attempt to heal,  scar tissue is  created which is not as strong as the original disc wall. If the spinal discs are repeatedly stressed, the process of tearing and scarring may continue to weaken the walls of the disc.
Spinal Stenosis
Spinal Stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal which can result in pressure on the spinal nerves.  This can also lead to the deterioration of the joints that surround the spine or the formation of bone spurs in the spine.  Spinal Stenosis becomes more prevalent with age and is sometimes due to the aging process. Spinal Stenosis occurs most frequently in the lumbar spine and are less frequently in the cervical spine.  
Spinal Fractures
The majority of Spinal Fractures occur as the result of severe accidents such as car accidents, severe falls or sports injuries.  However, some Spinal Fractures can occur over time as a result of Osteoporosis of the spine. It is important to seek the opinion of a Spine Specialist if the symptoms of a Spinal Fracture are present including, sudden onset pain, pain or numbness in the extremities and paralysis of the extremities.
Treatments:
Physical Therapy and Physiatry

Physical therapy is an integral part of the treatment of orthopaedic and sports injuries. At OSM, our providers work closely with one another to provide the ideal care for each patient.  Many times, physical therapy is used in conjunction with therapeutic injections to maximize pain relief and strengthening.

 

 

Minimally Invasive Microdiscectomy
This Minimally Invasive Spine Procedure is used to alleviate the symptoms of a herniated spinal disc.  During this procedure a small incision is made so the surgeon is able to access the herniated disc. Next, small surgical instruments and a surgical camera are slipped between the muscle fibers and into the area of the spine where the herniation has occurred. Using fluoroscopic guidance, the surgeon will then identify the herniation and specialized instruments are used to remove only the herniated portions of the disc.  Removing the herniated portions of the disc will relieve pressure on the spinal nerves and alleviate the symptoms associated with a disc herniation or Sciatica.  
Minimally Invasive Spinal Fusion
Minimally Invasive Spinal Fusion procedures are performed to alleviate the symptoms of spinal conditions and spinal instability.  Depending upon the of the spinal condition, your surgeon may recommend different forms of spinal fusion procedures including ALIF, TLIF, PLIF, XLIF or ACDF.  During the procedure, a small incision is made so that the surgeon can access the affected spinal disc.  Under fluoroscopic guidance, small surgical instruments are used to remove the spinal disc which alleviate pressure on the spinal nerves.  Next, a small plate and small screws are used to stabilize the spine.
Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement
Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement is an innovative procedure where a damaged cervical spine disc is replaced with an implant that allows for continued spinal flexibility and mobility.   During this Minimally Invasive procedure a small incision is made at the level of the cervical spine where the herniation has occurred.  Under fluoroscopic guidance, small surgical instruments are used to remove the spinal disc which alleviate pressure on the spinal nerves.  Next, an implant is placed between the vertebrae to restore the normal height and spacing of the cervical spine.

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Dr. Girasole Testimonial

by Terriann C.
Most sweet, courteous, educated, great personality, and nice Dr. that I have ever had the chance to meet. I have been with him since 2001 and would never go anywhere else. When I first went to him I literally couldn’t walk…..today I do everything….

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by Pam E.
Awesome orthopaedic surgeon. Very compassionate and full of facts as well as expectations. Great bedside manner. Follow up appointments have been informational and all of my questions answered. I can’t say enough about Dr. Girasole. He was tremendous!!!

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Dr. Barnes Testimonial

By Mary C.
Over the past two years, Dr. Benjamin Barnes has treated my lower back pain with a conservative (non-surgical) hands -on approach. His treatment plan reduced my pain and improved my flexibiality to allow me to return to my golf and exercise program without restrictions. Dr. Barnes is a Chiropractic Physician whose goal is to restore and maintain the overall health of his patients. I would recommend Dr. Benjamin Barnes to anyone experiencing back problems.

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Trumbull Office

888 White Plains Road
Trumbull, CT 06611

Shelton Office

100 Beard Sawmill Road
Shelton, CT 06484

Stratford Office

2499 Main Street
Stratford, CT 06615

Fairfield Office

1055 Post Road
Fairfield, CT 06824

Westport

1800 Post Road East
Westport, CT 06880

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