Blog Archive

Am I at Risk for Osteoarthritis? Nov 14th, 2021

Our team at Yale Neurosurgery New London, led by neurosurgeon Dr. Patrick Doherty, specializes in patient-focused care for painful spinal conditions that threaten your mobility and overall quality of life. We’re known for providing the highest quality treatments available for back and neck pain that’s often linked to joint changes...

What Is the Cervical Spine? Oct 13th, 2021

At first glance, your spine appears to be one continuous line of backbone that travels from the base of your skull to the roughly triangular shaped sacrum and coccyx (tailbone) region. Take a second look, however, and you’ll find that each of the five segments of the spine is quite...

Correct Your Posture, Fix Your Neck Pain Sep 9th, 2021

Do you spend a lot of time at a desk with your head thrust forward and your shoulders slumped? Then that pain in the neck you’ve been grumbling about may be caused by poor posture rather than the overtime you’re putting in at work. Dr. Patrick Doherty and our team...

You Don't Have to Live With Back Pain Aug 17th, 2021

Dr. Patrick Doherty and our team at Yale Neurosurgery New London in New London, Connecticut, are dedicated to treating back pain of all shapes and sizes. Once he’s discovered what’s driving your symptoms, Dr. Doherty’s attention shifts to designing a customized treatment strategy that addresses your discomfort and the underlying...

Can You Avoid Another Herniated Disc? Jul 20th, 2021

You can’t always prevent a spinal disc from herniating or rupturing, but there’s much you can do to correct bad habits that might have contributed to the malfunction. Dr. Patrick Doherty of Yale Neurosurgery New London is a board-certified neurosurgeon who is highly regarded for his significant surgical skills and...

The Link Between Smoking and Back Pain Jun 29th, 2021

Board-certified neurosurgeon Dr. Patrick Doherty and our specialty team at Yale Neurosurgery New London in New London, Connecticut, are known for successfully treating spinal issues that result in chronic pain. Read what our experts say about the ways that various components in cigarettes and other tobacco products affect your back...

Who Needs Spine Surgery? May 24th, 2021

Surgery is sometimes your best treatment option for overcoming the challenges of various painful conditions that threaten the functionality of your spine. But how do you know when it’s time for an operation? Dr. Patrick Doherty of Yale Neurosurgery New London in New London, Connecticut, is a highly respected neurosurgeon...

How Physical Therapy Can Help Your Neck Pain Apr 21st, 2021

Dr. Patrick Doherty is a board-certified neurosurgeon with a busy practice (Yale Neurosurgery New London) in New London, Connecticut. Dr. Doherty is well-known for his significant surgical skill and pioneering approach to developing effective and minimally invasive treatments for painful spinal issues. Read what this medical expert has to say...

5 Signs of Osteoarthritis Mar 17th, 2021

Osteoarthritis (OA) is by far the most common form of arthritis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 32 million Americans have symptomatic OA, and clinical findings indicate it probably affects most adults to some extent. OA can cause varying degrees of stiffness and discomfort in...

When to Consider Surgery for Spinal Stenosis Feb 17th, 2021

Patrick Doherty, MD, is a board-certified neurosurgeon who is widely known in the medical world for his surgical skill and expertise. He directs our team’s commitment to patient-first care here at Yale Neurosurgery New London in New London, Connecticut. Dr. Doherty also receives high praise for his pioneering work in...

The Benefits of Robotic Back Surgery Jan 18th, 2021

Our team at Yale Neurosurgery New London, led by Patrick Doherty, MD, offers patients the least invasive and most effective treatments available today for numerous spinal issues that can lead to debilitating pain and decreased mobility. Dr. Doherty is a highly skilled neurosurgeon who is widely recognized for leading the...

Is It Ever Too Late to Improve Your Posture? Dec 8th, 2020

There’s no doubt that good posture has its benefits. It makes clothes fit better, and who doesn’t envy that noticeably straight back anyone who takes their posture seriously greets the world with? The truth is that good posture also provides serious health benefits. Did you know, for instance, that your...

Why Neck Pain Causes Headaches Nov 11th, 2020

Unfortunately, neck pain does not always remain in one spot, which would be bad enough. You may already know that pain in your neck can work its way into your head, across your shoulders, and even down your arms. But why is that? Patrick Doherty, MD, is a board-certified neurosurgeon...

What Diseases Cause Back Pain? Oct 14th, 2020

Whether it’s a twinge you feel when bending over or a full onslaught of pain as you try to straighten up, back pain is a common issue for millions of Americans. The conditions that might cause the back pain, however, are as diverse and complex as the people it affects....

How Long Does It Take to Recover From Spine Surgery? Sep 17th, 2020

Traditional or open spine surgery often requires a long period of rest and rehabilitation before you can return to your normal routine. But for many people, newer methods based on technological innovations and improved surgical techniques offer effective results and a quicker return to your usual activities. Considered a pioneer...

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore a Herniated Disc Aug 20th, 2020

Most herniated discs respond to conservative therapies like modifying activities and taking medications to reduce inflammation and pain. Sometimes, however, disc problems can lead to significant issues with reduced mobility, worsening pain, and even permanent nerve damage. Dr. Patrick Doherty and our team here at Yale Neurosurgery New London are...

Leading Causes of Neck Pain Jul 24th, 2020

Neck pain can really put a damper on your day. The good news? Whether your neck pain is intermittent or a constant companion that affects your entire day, you don’t have to live with it. Patrick Doherty, MD is a board-certified neurosurgeon who leads an expert team of medical professionals...

Reasons You Might Need Back Surgery Jun 23rd, 2020

It’s best to undergo conservative therapy for back issues whenever possible. Sometimes, however, a ruptured disc or other condition requires surgery for pain relief and improved mobility. Fortunately, advanced technology and improved techniques make back surgery a better alternative than in decades past. Dr. Patrick Doherty is a top-rated neurosurgeon...

Recovering from Neck Surgery: What to Expect May 7th, 2020

Neck surgery probably isn’t at the top of anyone’s wish list, but there are times when it’s the best solution for resolving your pain. What to expect during recovery often depends on the condition being treated, how active you were before the procedure, and whether underlying health conditions, such as...

Can Spinal Stenosis Be Reversed? Apr 24th, 2020

Spinal stenosis, which is narrowing of the spinal canal, is a common and often increasingly painful condition that can cause symptoms anywhere along your spine. Spinal nerves in the narrowed area become irritated and inflamed, which can lead to tingling, numbness, and other debilitating symptoms in your arms or legs....

Returning to Sports After Back Surgery Mar 20th, 2020

Back surgery doesn’t signal an end to your sports career. Whether you’re a pro or a weekend warrior, however, there’s a right way and a wrong way to get moving again after spinal surgery. Board-certified neurosurgeon, Dr. Patrick Doherty, is a well-known spine expert who leads our team at Yale...

That Pain in Your Neck Could Be Arthritis Feb 29th, 2020

Neck pain caused by arthritis (cervical spondylosis) is so common in the United States that the American Orthopedic Association estimates 85% of people over 60 have cervical arthritis. Fortunately, there are many effective treatments available for chronic neck pain caused by cervical spondylosis. At Yale Neurosurgery New London, our neck...

What Conditions Can Be Treated With Robotic Spine Surgery? Jan 24th, 2020

Your spine is a complex structure that holds up your head and upper body. It supplies the support you need to stand and the flexibility required to bend and twist. It also protects your spinal cord, which runs through the spinal column and houses the spinal nerves your brain uses...