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Managing Back Pain

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Jul 09, 2018

Nagging back pain can make getting through each day difficult. Walking, bending, turning, lifting, and even sitting or sleeping can all come with a price: pain ranging from minimal to severe. If you’re experiencing back pain, you don’t have to continue through life this way. Finding the right physician and treatment can make all the [...]

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What You Need to Know About Scoliosis

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Jun 27, 2018

It’s normal for your spine to curve a little bit, but a spine that curves too much is a condition called scoliosis. This abnormal curving of the spine is often bent into the shape of the letter C or S. What causes scoliosis? The most common type of scoliosis is called idiopathic scoliosis, which means [...]

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Spinal Stenosis

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Jun 20, 2018

Aging and general wear and tear on your body can be hard on your spine. One condition that may occur is called spinal stenosis, which is a narrowing of the spinal canal. This most often happens in the lower back (lumbar region) or the neck (cervical region). When the spinal canal narrows, it puts pressure [...]

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NBA Prospect, Michael Porter Jr. Back injury explained by a surgeon and a jelly doughnut.

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Jun 18, 2018

Dr. Fischer was recently interviewed by SBNATION.com about the back injury suffered by NBA Prospect, Michael Porter Jr.   click here to read the full story

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Non-Surgical Treatment Options for Back Pain

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Jun 14, 2018

Experiencing back pain can affect many aspects of your life, making it difficult to be active or even be still without discomfort. Finding the right treatment for your back pain will become an important goal so that you can return to your normal routine. You’ll want to regain the ability to function at home or [...]

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What is a Pinched Nerve in the Neck?

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Jun 06, 2018

A pinched nerve can cause minor discomfort or it can incapacitate you. It depends on the location of the nerve and the degree of compression. Nerves are located all over your body and help it function as it should, but when one of them is damaged from compression, very uncomfortable symptoms can result. A nerve [...]

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Epidural Steroid Injections

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • May 31, 2018

Epidural steroid injections are a common form of treatment for many types of lower back pain or sciatica. Pain and inflammation can occur in the spinal joints, nerves, muscles, ligaments, or disc space. Epidural steroid injections provide a combination of steroid medication and local anesthetic that proves beneficial in decreasing inflammation and reducing pain. Purpose [...]

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Lower Back Strains and Sprains

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • May 29, 2018

Your lower back, or lumbar spine, has a difficult job to do. It supports the weight of your upper body, and it is involved in movements like bending, rotating, or twisting. The lower back consists of five lumbar vertebrae, which are the largest of all the vertebrae in your back due to their important weight-bearing [...]

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Minimally Invasive Lumbar Surgery

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • May 22, 2018

There are two main approaches to spinal surgeries that are commonly practiced today. One is traditional open surgery, which usually involves making a long incision along the spine to provide open access to the area needing repair. The other approach is minimally invasive lumbar surgery (MILS), a more advanced and newer method that often provides [...]

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Neck Pain

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • May 16, 2018

The neck is a complex part of the human anatomy. Also referred to as the cervical spine, the neck is more susceptible to injury than the thoracic spine (upper and middle back) and lumbar spine (lower back) as it has less built-in protection than the other parts of the spine. It is also the most [...]

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Congratulation Dr. Fischer!

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • May 15, 2018

Dr. Fischer was named to SuperDoctors 2018 Rising Stars for orthopedics.

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Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • May 09, 2018

Experts in the medical field are constantly researching and designing ways to improve upon methods used to give patients the best care possible. This is evident in the area of spine surgery, where professionals have developed the technique of minimally invasive spine surgery. This method is available for a variety of spinal conditions and offers [...]

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What is a Herniated Disc?

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • May 01, 2018

You’ve probably heard of a slipped disc, or maybe a ruptured disc, that causes terrible back pain. The technical name for this injury is a herniated disc. Inside each of the discs that separate the vertebrae along your spine is an inner core called the nucleus pulposus. There is a tough outer layer of ligaments [...]

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Exercises and Stretches for Sciatica Pain

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Apr 25, 2018

The sciatic nerve reaches from the back of the pelvis, through the buttocks, through both legs, and ends at the feet. Sciatica pain occurs when the sciatic nerve becomes irritated or compressed. In addition to pain, many patients also experience weakness or numbness along the sciatic nerve. If you’re dealing with sciatica pain, some simple [...]

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Back Pain

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Apr 17, 2018

The second most common reason that Americans visit a doctor is back pain, with up to 85% of people experiencing significant back pain sometime during their lives. It’s difficult to perform your daily activities well when you’re having back trouble. Your back is comprised of a complex mix of vertebrae, discs, muscles, ligaments and tendons, [...]

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How Ergonomics Relates to Back and Neck Pain

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Apr 05, 2018

Maybe you’ve heard the word “ergonomics” but don’t really know what it means. It is the study of the workplace as it relates to the person working in it. Ergonomics involves designing and developing equipment, room layout, and strategies in a work environment to best protect the human body. The goal is to minimize discomfort, [...]

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Understanding Mid Back Pain

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Mar 27, 2018

Back pain can occur in various locations of the back, and the mid back is no exception. The muscles, ligaments, bones or discs of the thoracic spine may become irritated or injured, leading to various degrees of discomfort along the middle part of the back. The thoracic spine is the area below the neck and [...]

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Minimally Invasive Microdiscectomy Explained

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Mar 20, 2018

Back pain is often a condition that negatively impacts every aspect of your life, making day-to-day activities sometimes impossible. It can become unbearable to the point that surgery is a welcome solution. However, spinal surgery does not have to be the scary and overwhelming treatment that it was in the past. Minimally invasive surgery performed [...]

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Examining Neck Pain

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Mar 13, 2018

As you might’ve guessed, the neck is made up of many sensitive and delicate components that work together to support your head and give it mobility and function. Your neck is exposed to stresses all day long and sometimes even during the night when you’re sleeping. If you experience neck pain, you’ll want to find [...]

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Ways to Prevent Lower Back Strain

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Mar 07, 2018

Your lower back is a complex system of bones, nerves, muscles and more that combine to provide your body with strength and flexibility. This complexity also makes it susceptible to problems that can cause pain not only in your back but also other areas like your legs and hips. Avoiding lower back strain is an [...]

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What is Navigation-Assisted Spine Surgery?

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Feb 28, 2018

Computer, or navigation, assisted surgery is an innovative technology that has made its way to spine surgeries. Becoming increasingly popular with surgeons and patients, it provides better visualization and a higher degree of accuracy than traditional spine surgeries. Dr. Charla Fischer at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City is skilled at performing navigation-assisted spine [...]

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This Woman Was Left Temporarily Paralyzed While Doing Sit-Ups at the Gym

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Feb 27, 2018

Dr. Fischer interviewed by Allure about a woman injuring her spine at the gym while doing sitting ups. Click here to read the full interview

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Robot-Assisted Spine Surgery

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Feb 20, 2018

One of the goals of modern medicine is to continue to develop more innovative and advanced techniques to achieve optimum results with the least negative impacts on patients. In spine surgeries, this has happened in the way of minimally invasive endoscopic and laser spine surgeries. In recent years, robot-assisted spine surgeries have come to the [...]

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All You Need to Know About Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Feb 13, 2018

Back pain or sciatica related to herniated or bulging discs or arthritis can take you away from your normal activities. You might not be able to comfortably stand, sit, walk, or more when you’re experiencing this type of pain. Minimally invasive lumbar decompression is an innovative surgery that offers relief from discomfort and allows you [...]

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Six Ways the Super Bowl Can Mess with Every Part of Your Body

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Feb 09, 2018

Dr. Fischer interviewed by Men’s Health on how watching the Super Bowl can affect your body. Click here to read the full interview

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Sciatica and How it Affects Your Body

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Feb 06, 2018

Your sciatic nerve is the largest and longest nerve in your body. This nerve controls muscles in the back of your lower leg and knee, and provides feeling to your thigh, lower leg, and even your foot. When your sciatic nerve is compromised, you feel it. What is sciatica? Your sciatic nerve starts in your [...]

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Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery: What It Means to Me

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Jan 23, 2018

When you think of spine surgery, a long incision along your back is probably what comes to mind. That can scare away even the most courageous patients from undergoing surgery to repair their spinal problems. Medical advancements have improved upon the traditional “open surgery” involving a long incision for the surgeon to access the spine; [...]

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Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgeons

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Jan 16, 2018

Many spinal problems that once required major invasive surgery may now be treated with minimally invasive procedures. MIS, or minimally invasive surgery, is available for a variety of spinal conditions, such as herniated discs, scoliosis, kyphosis, spinal stenosis, tumors, and spinal column injuries. One of the keys to successful MIS treatment is finding a surgeon [...]

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What to Expect with Minimally Invasive Lumbar Fusion Surgery

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Jan 10, 2018

If you break down the name of this type of back surgery, it’s pretty easy to get an idea of what it is. You might think of it as “fusing the lower back bones together in the least intrusive way possible.” Lumbar fusion is a procedure to grow together a section of spinal bone with [...]

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Lower Back Pain

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Jan 03, 2018

The lower back, also called the lumbar spine, is a complex part of your anatomy that provides stability, flexibility, and strength for your whole body. It is comprised of bones, ligaments, muscles, nerves and joints that all work together. When your lower back is injured and the pieces don’t function normally, pain and significant incapacitation [...]

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Sciatica Explained

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Dec 26, 2017

Have you experienced pain, tingling, weakness or numbness that starts in your lower back and travels down your buttock and legs? Some people describe this type of pain as electric shocks running down their legs. If you’ve felt this way, you might have sciatica; this is not a medical condition in itself, but is a [...]

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Navigation Assisted Spine Surgery

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Dec 19, 2017

Surgeons and others in the medical field are always searching for ways to improve patient outcomes. Advancements in technology and the goal of making spinal surgery less invasive and easier to recover from, have transformed the methods for spine surgery. Navigation assisted spine surgery is one technique that has revolutionized this area of medicine for [...]

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Minimally Invasive Microdiscectomy and What it Can Mean for You

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Dec 12, 2017

A serious back problem like a herniated or bulging disc can cause a great deal of suffering and interrupt your normal activities. Even though spine surgery may be an alarming prospect, Charla R. Fischer, MD at NYU Langone Medical Center is here to help you decide if it is the best way for you to [...]

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Here’s the Surprising Reason Lindsey Vonn Spreads Cheese on Her Injuries

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Dec 12, 2017

Dr. Fischer discusses dealing with injuries on Health.com Click here to read the entire article.

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Dr. Fischer featured in Health.com Facebook Live

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Dec 08, 2017

Watch a discussion on the rise in back issues among millennials with Dr. Charla Fischer from NYU Langone Health. Click here to watch the video.

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Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Dec 05, 2017

Lumbar decompression is a surgery performed to lessen back pain due to pinched nerves. This common surgery takes pressure off certain spinal nerves to alleviate lower back and leg pain. A small part of bone over the nerve root or material under the root is removed to provide more space for the nerve root and [...]

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Exploring Robotic Assisted Spine Surgery

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Nov 28, 2017

A spinal operation is often a complex and scary procedure. As you can imagine, patients want their spinal surgery to be as accurate, safe and successful as possible. Robotic assisted spine surgery brings a promising new technology that provides patients with substantial benefits over traditional freehand surgical procedures. Charla R. Fischer, MD at NYU Langone [...]

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How to get a good night’s sleep when you’re away from home

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Nov 22, 2017

Staying with family over the holidays can be stressful for a multitude of reasons, but there’s one common issue that isn’t much discussed: the uncomfortable sleeping arrangements. We’re often relegated to sinking air mattresses, creaky sofa beds (if not just the couch itself) and rumpled sleeping bags on the floor. A recent survey from air [...]

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Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Explained

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Nov 21, 2017

Effective treatment options are the goal for almost everyone suffering from significant back pain, and the latest treatment of minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) is sometimes the answer. If non-surgical methods are unsuccessful, then Dr. Charla Fischer at NYU Langone Center For Musculoskeletal Care in New York City may recommend MISS to give you the [...]

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Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Nov 14, 2017

MIS TLIF is an acronym for Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion surgery. This is a spinal fusion surgery that joins together two or more vertebrae, and is commonly performed to eliminate a degenerative disc and release pressure on nerves located along the lumbar spine. The minimally invasive approach is ideal because it involves a [...]

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What is Minimally Invasive Lumbar Fusion Surgery?

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Nov 07, 2017

Many patients with lower back pain can find relief through a common technique called lumbar fusion. It is the process of surgically mending two or more lumbar spine bones together next to the sides of the bone, placing bone graft along the spine, and ultimately causing it to fuse together. There are different ways this [...]

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Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery and the Surgeons Who Perform It

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Oct 22, 2017

If back pain is making you uncomfortable and causing you to seek medical treatment, it’s important to find a doctor who can give you the best options for success and recovery. Often surgery is recommended for patients with spinal problems that aren’t resolved through non-surgical methods like medications or physical therapy. When choosing a spinal [...]

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20 Easy Things to do when you are recovering from Spine Surgery

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Sep 13, 2017

Do you have a spine surgery scheduled? It might seem scary, but with little planning, exercising, rest and of course fun, you can get the best results. Let’s know about the top 20 things that can help for a speedy recovery: High fiber foods: Pain medications, anesthesia, inactivity, and stress can lead to constipation, so [...]

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What is Sciatica Pain and what are the causes

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Aug 29, 2017

Sciatica, defined as severe leg pain along the course of sciatic nerve. The pain often starts from the buttock down the thigh, into calf and foot. Pain can be accompanied by numbness, tingling or weakness. Sciatica is not a medical diagnosis, but it is a symptom which underlies a medical condition. Common back problems that [...]

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What is Minimally Invasive Surgery and benefits associated with it

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Aug 22, 2017

Minimally invasive spine surgery offers many benefits if compared to traditional open surgery methods. This is because they involve smaller incisions and faster recovery. In general, this technique is associated with less pain, fewer complications, and shorter hospital stay. During a minimally invasive surgery, specialists make small incisions in the skin, which are of a [...]

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What are the Causes of Lower Back Pain and how to prevent it

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Aug 09, 2017

Most people tend to ignore lower back pain, hoping it’s just due to exertion and will go away with rest. What we do not understand is that lower back pain is body’s indication to let us know something is wrong. Those who have an office job sit for around 8 hours in a day, and [...]

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Lumbar Spondylolisthesis: What are the symptoms and possible treatments

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Aug 02, 2017

Lumbar Spondylolisthesis is a condition where one bone in the back slides forward over the bone that is present below it. It occurs commonly in the lower spine area and in some cases, it can cause your spinal cord or nerve roots to squeeze. This can lead to severe back pain, weakness or numbness in [...]

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A Note on Lumbar Disc Herniation and Treatment

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Jul 19, 2017

Lumbar disc herniation can be a common cause of lower back and leg pain and the symptoms of this condition are muscle cramping, dull or sharp pain, sciatica and loss of leg function. The pain gets intensified when one cough, sneezes, bends or twists. In rare condition, one may experience loss of bladder and bowel [...]

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Cervical Myelopathy: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Jul 12, 2017

Cervical myelopathy refers to the symptoms which are a result of spinal cord compression in the neck. The symptoms in most cases of cervical myelopathy can be subtle; hence it is difficult to diagnose the condition. People usually consider it as a normal sign of aging process. Though cervical myelopathy is a stepwise progression, whose [...]

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Slipped Disc: What It Is And How To Diagnose The Condition

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Jun 27, 2017

Discs are shock-absorbing pads between the bones of vertebrae (spine). Spinal discs are also known as an intervertebral disc, they do not usually slip but due to some conditions may tend to split, bulge or rupture. This can cause a nearby tissue or disc cartilage to herniate, which will allow the inner gel like a [...]

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Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery: How effective it is

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Jun 14, 2017

There are several back surgery procedures but one technique may not always be effective for everyone. Different types of surgeries are available these days and it is good to familiarize yourself with the different procedures and spinal products brought to use. Your symptoms and diagnosis by a specialist will determine which surgical procedure will be [...]

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What Is Slipped Disc And How Can It Be Treated

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Jun 06, 2017

A slipped disc occurs when a soft gel-like inner portion of the disc leaks out to the outer tissues. The symptoms of a slipped disc may vary depending on the location where the slipped disc has occurred and if it compresses any of the spinal nerves which cause excessive and unbearable pain. The condition is [...]

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​5 Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Back Pain

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Jun 05, 2017

Dr. Charla R. Fischer was recently featured in Women’s Health Magazine discussing signs that back pain may be more serious and worth a visit to a specialist.

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What is Lumbar Disc Herniation and the Risk Factors attached to it

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • May 23, 2017

Lumbar ruptured or herniated disc is the common cause of lower back and leg pain. The symptoms of herniated disc include low or sharp pain, cramping, muscle spasm, sciatica, weakness or loss of leg function is some cases. Conditions such as coughing, sneezing or bending forth or backward can intensify the problems. In some cases, [...]

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All You Must Know About Sciatica Pain

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • May 16, 2017

Sciatica is the name given to excessive pain caused due to the sciatic nerve irritation. Anything that irritates sciatic nerve causes pain and the severity can vary from mild to severe. Usually, it is caused due to the compression of a nerve root in the lumbar spine. People often confuse sciatica pain with back pain, [...]

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What Steps Should Be Taken For Maintaining Bone Health

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • May 03, 2017

Protecting your bone health is much easier than you think, but you need to understand what impact your physical activity, diet, and lifestyle can have on the bone mass. Bones provide structure to the body, anchor muscles and store calcium. It is important to have good bone health as it will keep you strong and [...]

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Best and Worst Shoes for Ankylosing Spondylitis

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Apr 27, 2017

Dr. Fischer was recently interviewed by Everyday Health about to choose the suitable shoes for people with Ankylosing Spondylitis..

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7 Driving Tips for Ankylosing Spondylitis

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Apr 26, 2017

Dr. Fischer was recently interviewed by Everyday Health about how to live comfortably with ankylosing spondylitis..

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What is Anterior Cervical Decompression and Spine Fusion

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Apr 25, 2017

Anterior Cervical Decompression and Spine Fusion is a kind of neck surgery, where damaged disc is removed to relieve the spinal cord or nerve root pressure. This helps in reducing pain, tingling sensation and numbness caused otherwise. Discectomy is a kind of surgical decompression and this is the reason that procedure is called as anterior [...]

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Now seeing patients at the NYU Westchester location

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Apr 21, 2017

Dr. Fischer is now seeing patients at the NYU Westchester location.  Click here to

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Simple Tips To Keep Your Spine Healthy As You Age

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Apr 10, 2017

Strained muscles, spinal stenosis, and herniated disc can take some time for diagnosis and treatment. There are millions of people who are affected by the back pain and this condition can hinder their quality of life to a great extent. To prevent yourself from back pain or to keep your spine healthy, you need not [...]

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Featured in AAOSNow

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Apr 10, 2017

Dr. Fischer was recently featured in the magazine AAOS Now, the magazine of the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons. The article covers her research into understanding how to prevent bone loss as well as her enduring commitment to research.Click here to read full article

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Robotic Assisted Spine Surgery: A New Opinion for the Spine Surgeries

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Mar 29, 2017

There have been numerous advancements in the field of spine surgery in the past decade. This has been in the favor of patients who are enjoying the benefits of recently developed minimally invasive spine surgery techniques. Not only this, today’s highly sophisticated intra-operative imaging has enhanced visualization a great deal. Now reduced radiation and better [...]

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Steps to prepare to see an Orthopedic Surgeon

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Mar 22, 2017

People fear seeing an orthopedic surgeon because of the fear of surgery recommendation. They might think that an orthopedic surgeon might tell them they can’t return to the sports or running routine they loved. Though, some injuries are worth getting checked. Here are few tips that can help you have a better experience meeting the [...]

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What Are The Causes, Diagnosis and Treatments of Lumbar Disc Herniation

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Feb 15, 2017

One of the common causes of lower back and leg pain is a herniated disc or lumbar ruptured disc. Dull or sharp pain, muscle spasm, cramping, leg weakness, sciatica or losses of leg function are some symptoms of it. The pain gets unbearable due to sneezing, coughing or bending. In rare cases, patients, lose bladder [...]

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Joining the faculty at NYU Langone Medical Center

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Feb 13, 2017

January 23, 2017   Dear Valued Patient:   Effective March 31, 2017, I will be leaving the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center and joining the faculty at NYU Langone Medical Center. I value you as a patient, and am committed to making sure you continue to receive the best orthopedic spine [...]

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Lower Back Pain Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Feb 08, 2017

About 80 % adults experience low back pain at some point in their lives. And, if on time actions are not taken it can lead to chronic and unbearable pain. Dr. Charla Fischer is a top rated best in a class specialist, who routinely diagnoses and offers support for Low Back Pain Treatment NY. Lower [...]

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Detailed Note on Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Jan 23, 2017

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery NYC is an option for those requiring surgical procedures for treating different spinal disorders such as spinal herniated disc and spinal stenosis. Some time back, spinal procedures were carried out only as open surgeries and it resulted in long incisions so that the surgeons can see a larger area of the [...]

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Best Orthopedic Treatment And Surgery NYC

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Jan 09, 2017

Dr. Charla Fischer is one of the best orthopedic surgeons NYC who aims to provide top-class and evidence-based treatment for orthopedic disorders and various sports injuries. She combines her expertise in the areas of patient care and clinical research for making available highest level of specialized services to her patients. Her primary aim is non-invasive [...]

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Understanding Herniated Cervical Disc: Diagnosis and Treatment

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Dec 23, 2016

Human backbone or spine is composed of a number of connected bones which are called as “vertebrae”, they surround the spinal cord and protects it from all kinds of damages. Nerves branch off the spinal cord and are spread across the body, which allows for the communication between your body and brain. Your brain can [...]

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Dr. Fischer featured in Bustle.com

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Dec 16, 2016

Dr. Fischer was featured in a Bustle.com article on surprising, yet common, causes for back and neck pain.

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Cervical Myelopathy Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Dec 13, 2016

What is Cervical Myelopathy? Cervical myelopathy is a common condition which is caused due to the narrowing of the spinal canal which leads to the cord dysfunction. The most common causes of this are degenerative stenosis and congenital stenosis which are caused by spondylosis. When this condition is caused due to spondylosis, it is referred [...]

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Dr. Fischer featured in Becker’s Spine

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Dec 12, 2016

Dr. Fischer was featured in an article in Becker’s Spine on techniques and approaches that are changing the way spine surgery is helping patients around the country.   Click here to read full article  

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Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease and Treatment

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Nov 22, 2016

Degenerative disc disease in the lower back or lumbar spine refers to the syndrome in which a disc that is compromised causes pain in the lower back. Although few of the cases of Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease can be due to the genetic component, but majorly the reasons are multi-factorial. It can be because of [...]

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Gerald Klein

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Nov 17, 2016

My wife Theresa suffered with daily pain in the hip area for 5 years, and in this time saw numerous doctors in Rockland County and always received epidurals in the hip area and had no relief. A friend recommended a doctor at Columbia Presbyterian and a different test was done and found the cause of [...]

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Robotic Assisted Spine Surgery

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Nov 04, 2016

The spinal surgery is carried to get the patient out of back pain so that he can return to his normal life again. As spinal surgery has evolved over the years, it lays more focus on minimizing he trauma that is caused to the body during surgery. It also accelerates healing process as only minimal [...]

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Spondylolisthesis and Lumbar Disc Herniation Treatment

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Oct 27, 2016

Spondylolisthesis refers to the anterior (forward) or retro (backward) displacement of a bone present in the vertebral column. This displacement can lead to the misalignment of vertebral bones, this is not like a herniated disc, but the condition can coexist. In spondylolisthesis, usually bony vertebra slips while in herniated disc, soft interior of the spinal [...]

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Anthony Baker

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Oct 18, 2016

I’m writing to you regarding one of your excellent doc Charla Fischer and her staff at the Allen Hospital. They treated me so good that I really didn’t want to home. D. Fischer is my first female surgeon and I am very pleased with her work. The staff was so considerate with me during my [...]

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Herniated Disc Treatment with Best Physical Therapy

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Oct 13, 2016

Physical therapy plays a vital role in herniated disc recovery; it not only offers immediate relief from pain but also teaches you how the body must be conditioned so that further injury can be prevented. There are a number of physical therapy techniques which consist of passive treatments such as hot and cold water therapy, [...]

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Featured in Becker Spine

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Sep 28, 2016

Dr. Fischer was featured in a recent Becker’s Spine article about moments that change a career. Click here to read article.

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Bill Northhacker

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Aug 30, 2016

In 1971, Lieutenant Colonel William H. Northhacker of Fleischmanns, NY, injured his hand and neck during an army parachute jump. As a result, he struggled with pain for most of his life. He tried various medications and several rounds of physical therapy over more than four decades. Nothing helped. “After 43 years of unrelenting back, [...]

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Skip Funt

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Aug 29, 2016

Skip Funt had certain members of the medical community scratching their heads. He wasn’t your typical case. Over a period of ten years, a number of doctors had treated the energetic, now-72-year-old from Midtown Manhattan for chronic pain in his right hip. The therapies they offered weren’t just ineffective . . . according to Skip, [...]

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Madeline

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Aug 19, 2016

I will be eternally grateful to Dr. Charla Fischer and the New York Presbyterian staff. For many years, I suffered from sporadic back pain which had been misdiagnosed as a pulled muscle. At the end of February 2013, the pain returned but this time it lasted for 6 long agonizing months. I tried every type [...]

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About Dr. Charla R. Fischer, MD

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Aug 17, 2016

Charla R. Fischer, MD, specializes in the operative treatment of spinal disorders in adolescents and adults, with a particular focus on the cervical spine. Dr. Fischer uses advanced clinical expertise in state-of-the-art, minimally invasive surgical techniques for the treatment of degenerative disc diseases of the cervical and lumbar spine, herniated discs, scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, trauma, and [...]

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Danielle Pizarro

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Aug 13, 2016

You’ve changed my life for the better. Thank you so much for your professionalism, compassion and bedside manner. But most of all, thank you for performing a successful surgery. My quality of life has improved 10 fold and it’s only been 2 months. I’m more confident with my body and can’t wait to show of [...]

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AKTNA FM Radio Interview

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Aug 06, 2016

On August 6, 2016, Dr. Fischer provided an in-depth and insightful interview on spinal problems that occur in a wide range of patients on local New York radio station WNYE 91.5-FM. She fielded a variety of questions from the host and the listening audience.

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iHeart Radio Interview

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Jul 25, 2016

Dr.Charla Fischer Featured on iHeart Radio Discussing Ways to Protect Your Back This Summer Charla Fischer, MD, was recently featured as a guest on Fearless Fabulous You, a radio program on the Women 4 Women Network and iHeartRadio podcast network, to discuss protecting your back in the summer months. Dr. Fischer is an Associate Professor [...]

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Hello world!

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Jun 21, 2016

Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start writing!

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Dr. Fischer Named to SuperDoctors

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Jun 06, 2016

Each year The New York Times Magazine features the Super Doctors Rising Star List. This year Dr. Charla Fischer was named to this list for her excellence in spine surgery and patient care.

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Dr. Fischer Featured in Becker’s Spine Review

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Sep 16, 2015

Dr. Fischer was featured in an article in Becker’s Spine Review on September 16, 2015 on the value in minimally invasive spine surgery. Click here to read article.

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Dr. Fischer Featured in Allen Insider

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Sep 01, 2014

Dr. Fischer was featured in an article for Allen Insider, the publication of the NYP-Allen Hospital in September 2014. This article focused on Dr. Fischer’s expertise in minimally invasive spine surgery.

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AKTNA FM Radio Interview

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Dec 07, 2013

On December 7, 2013, Dr. Fischer provided an in-depth and insightful interview on spinal problems that occur in a wide range of patients on local New York radio station WNYE 91.5-FM. She fielded a variety of questions from the host and the listening audience. To listen to the interview, click here.

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