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and extensive experience treating spinal degenerative disease, traumatic disor-
ders and spinal deformities.
Q: How does someone know when it’s time to see a spine specialist?
A: Back pain from muscle strain and sprains typically resolves within
about three weeks and can be managed by a general orthopedist. But pain that
lasts beyond that or pain associated with numbness, burning or weakness, radi-
ating into the arms or legs could indi-
cate more than a strain and should be
evaluated by a spine surgeon.
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Dr. Paul Kovatis, partner
Q: What is a solution for ankle
A: Though there is no cure
for ankle arthritis, carefully selected
patients with cartilage breakdown
from osteoarthritis or other conditions
are candidates for ankle replacement
surgery. This procedure rivals ankle
fusion—the proverbial gold standard that fuses the joint to eliminate
pain, but also eliminates motion. The
advantage of ankle replacement is that
it eliminates pain while preserving
some ankle motion.
Q: That is exciting news. Are
patients seeking it out?
A: Although current results
Paul E. Kovatis, MD.
Drs. Kenneth Kopacz and
Christopher Zarro provide
adults and adolescents with
care for degenerative conditions
of the spine, including disc
disease, cervical and lumbar
radiculopathy, deformity and
tumors. Their ultimate goal is for
patients to get back to enjoying
their lives without being restricted by pain.
The doctors, who work with
Dr. Casey K. Lee, spend a lot
of time with patients, getting
to know them as people. “It is
a great privilege for us to serve
this wonderful community and
we cherish the relationships
we establish with our amazing
patients,” says Dr. Zarro.
New Jersey Monthly Top
Doctors for two consecutive
years, Drs. Kopacz and Zarro
treat patients with the full spectrum of interventions, including
conservative measures such as
therapy and medications, as well
as injections and complex revision surgery. They also perform
disc replacements and provide
minimally invasive fracture care,
and often participate in clinical
trials to perfect new treatments.
Both doctors, who are clinical
assistant professors of orthopedics at Rutgers NJ Medical
School, travel the country teaching other spine surgeons the latest techniques.
Dr. Christopher Zarro*
Dr. Casey Lee
Dr. Kenneth Kopacz*
Spine Care and Rehabilitation
Spine Care and Rehabilitation
556 Eagle Rock Avenue, Suite 5
Roseland, NJ 07068
Other offices: Belleville • Rutherford
Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston; Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville;
Morristown Medical Center; University Hospital, Newark.
Dr. Kopacz: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (MD);
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (residency); SUN Y Upstate Medical Center (fellowship).
Dr. Zarro: UMDNJ (MD); University of Maryland Medical System/
R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center (residency); N YU Hospital for Joint Diseases (fellowship).
*Jersey Choice Top Doctors 2014