Drs. Mitchell Reiter and
Mark Drzala, spine surgeons
Q: When do patients with
spine-related issues come
to your practice?
A: Dr. Reiter: While we are
happy to treat patients at any
stage of their care, most who come
to see a spine surgeon have already tried standard conservative
treatments such as anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy
and chiropractic care. Many have
already undergone an MRI scan
and possibly worked with a pain
management specialist. Patients
who fail these treatments typically
come to our practice so that they
can properly consider all of their
options, including surgery.
Q: Would coming to see you
early in the treatment process
be more beneficial?
A: Dr. Drzala: For most spine
disorders, doing so is not helpful.
Some patients prefer to come in
earlier to get a better understand-
From left: Mark R. Drzala, MD; Heidi M. Hullinger, MD;
Mitchell F. Reiter, MD
ing of their
we are conservative by nature
and surgery is
considered unless less invasive
Q: What’s the
Q: Why do patients ultimately
ideal time for
come to you?
A: Dr. Reiter:
Barring a more
function, patients should typically
see us when their spine or pinched
nerve pain has failed to improve
with some nonoperative care and
is significantly impacting their
quality of life.
choose your practice for
A: Dr. Drzala: We have resisted
the trend to become a cog in the
wheel of a large hospital or mul-tispecialty group. We spend a lot
of time with each patient so that
they receive personalized care and
are not rushed through the treatment process. We also work hard
to use the least-invasive surgical
techniques available, so that our
patients are feeling better and can
get back to their normal lives as
quickly as possible.
New Jersey Spine
33 Overlook Road, Suite 305
Summit, NJ 07901
Hospital, Harries Pavilion
2nd Floor, Suite 5
1 Bay Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07042
Dr. Mark Rieger, managing partner
Q: What can be done to
injuries in adolescents?
A: We emphasize attention
on the speed of training, correct
stretching and proper strength
training. We also recommend
playing sports on the appropriate surface, being fitted for and
using the correct equipment, and
participating in activities that the
body is more adept to perform
Q: What is the most common
injury you treat nonsurgically?
A: That would be sprained
ankles, which can be prevented
by a good strengthening program.
Usually kids who require surgery
for ankle reconstructions end up
From left to right: Back: Vivek Natarajan, MD; David Lin, MD;
Tamir Bloom, MD; Joshua Strassberg, MD; Front: Jaime Ann
Morley, MS PA-C; Samara Friedman, MD; Mark Rieger, MD.