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Our Restorative Spinal Services


Our advanced techniques and equipment can pinpoint the exact cause of your back pain, allowing your doctor to provide you with your best treatment options.

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Surgical Treatments

For the most serious cases, look to the New Jersey experts in robotic spinal surgery, disc replacement, spinal fusion, and much more: the doctors at CFRS.

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Minimally Invasive

Whenever possible, the pain and long recovery times of surgery can and should be avoided. Learn more about highly effective yet minimally invasive treatments here.

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Spine Medicine

It is our mission to provide comprehensive care to help our patients achieve a pain-free and fulfilling life. If you feel back pain is holding you back, start here.

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The Team That Has Your Back

Marc S. Menkowitz, MD

Marc S. Menkowitz, MD

Marc Menkowitz, MD, is a fellowship-trained, board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon who specializes in the operative and nonoperative treatment of adult and pediatric spinal disorders. Our physician has particular expertise in utilizing the Globus Medical ExcelsiusGPS® robotic surgery system, solidifying our position as one of the exclusive practices in the U.S. that has mastered this cutting-edge spinal surgery technology.

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Courtney Brennan, NP

Courtney Brennan, NP

Courtney Brennan, NP-C, MSN, RN, RNFA is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and Registered Nurse First Assist and a valued part of the CFRS family. Your Nurse Practitioner is a vital part of your health team, an important expert voice working to help get you relief from pain as soon as possible.

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Steve Paragioudakis, MD, Founder

Steve Paragioudakis, MD, Founder

Steve Paragioudakis, MD, is an experienced orthopedic spine surgeon and founder of the Center for the Functional Restoration of the Spine. It is his chief priority that your experience at CFRS is different and better than what you may know of spinal treatment centers. With his surgical expertise and passionate advocacy for his patients, he has built a practice that stands head and shoulders above the rest.

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Eight Years of Recognition Top Doctors, Top Care

The people of our great state have spoken: When they need exceptional spinal care, top-quality sports medicine, reliable spinal rehabilitation, and cutting-edge spinal surgery, they choose CFRS for the highest caliber of care. New Jersey Monthly has granted CFRS the distinction of the Jersey Choice TOP DOCTORS award in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, & 2023.

Restoring People Back to Life Patient Testimonials

My surgery with Dr P. was amazing!

Right down to the care I received at Monmouth Medical. My left leg pain is GONE! He fully explained what would occur and knowing ahead of time was comforting. My pain was well managed, and the care I received from the nurses and others at the hospital was 5 star. Dr P’s staff gave clear ins...

– Maryanne R.

Cannot say enough about this group and Dr. Paragioudakis.

He is the most caring, sensitive, information and skilled surgeon I have ever met. Did a lumbar fusion on me when I could no longer work and within a day, my pain was gone! Don't make a decision with other doctors until you consult with Dr. P. and his staff!

– Lola S.

My family and I have been patients of Dr. Marc Menkowitz for many years.

I can't think of a more caring, attentive physician. He and his staff have always have provided us excellent care and I'm happy to recommend his practice.

– Tom K.

I've known Dr. Menkowitz and his team for five years.

I trusted him right from the start because of his caring nature and professional standards. I appreciate how he and the staff take the time to speak with me about my medical issues and most importantly, listen to what I have to say. I received excellent treatment and follow-up and clear informati...

– B. G.

Dr. Menkowitz was kind, compassionate and did an amazing job relieving my back pain.

He got me in quickly so that I could get relief from constant pain. His staff is wonderful. Highly recommend.

– Lisa F.

Doctor Menkowitz was the most amazing surgeon I've ever had.

He made me feel like family before and after my spinal surgery. He has a calming presence and was patient with all of my questions before and after the surgery. Even when I had questions after, I could call him and he would call back despite his busy schedule. He is very knowledgeable and reassur...

– Falguni P.

I am new to the practice, let me say it was most refreshing to be taken care of by a lovely staff.

Dr. Menkowitz is simply amazing he nailed my problems & took the time to speak with me I am truly blessed to have found this wonderful group. Sincerely, Denise Curcio

– Denisr C.

Dr. Menkowitz and his staff are amazing.

He is one of the most caring doctors I've been to and I've been to a lot! He is genuinely concerned about his patients and will do whatever he can to help with the pain. I am so grateful to him and his entire staff.

– Jill S.

They are very knowledgeable and caring in performing their jobs.

All questions are answered in a manner easily understood. They all go above and beyond in helping you with your care.

– Daniel C.

Dr. Marc Menkowitz, Dr. Steve Paragioudakis, and NP Courtney Brennan, my "Dream Team," are an exceptional spinal surgery team.

I battled significant back pain for two decades and underwent various treatments, including chiropractic manipulations, holistic treatments, injections, massage, physical therapy, Spinal disc decompression, and surgeries, but found no relief until the Dream Team's exceptional care. In less than t...

– Kyle S.

Staff is always pleasant, attentive and compassionate.

Very well run office. Dr. Paragiodakis is extremely knowledgeable and listened to all of my concerns. He answered all of my questions and explained in detail all of my options.

– John A.
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Worker’s Compensation Care Spinal Injuries Happen, It’s How We Heal That Matters

You shouldn't have to shoulder the weight of a workplace injury in isolation. Our committed healthcare team is ready to navigate you through the Workers' Compensation procedure, delivering exceptional medical assistance and steadfast support at every juncture. Expect rapid diagnosis, reliable treatment, and seamless collaboration with your legal team.

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Personal Injury Protection Care You Deserve to Be Whole Again

Personal injuries can change the course of your life, but we’re here to help you get back to feeling like yourself again. Our comprehensive Personal Injury Protection (PIP) services are designed to guide you through every phase of your recovery journey, from injury evaluation and navigating claims to accessing the gold standard of treatment and support.

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We Value Lasting Results, Not Temporary Fixes We Can Help Restore Function Where Other Spinal Treatments Failed

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Revision Spine Surgery 

If you are still experiencing back pain several months after a spinal surgery, our excellent surgeons may be able to help you get the truly lasting relief you need.

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Radiofrequency Ablation for Pain Management

Don't let chronic pain call the shots. Cutting-edge treatments like radiofrequency ablation are helping our patients live free from pain without invasive surgery.

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Pars Fracture Repair

Spondylolysis need not slow an active teen down. Your expert surgeon will help you consider non-invasive treatments as well as surgery to find the best solution for the patient.

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Globus ExcelsiusPro Robotic Spine Surgery

Our patients are experiencing the lasting benefits of choosing robotic spinal surgery using the Globus ExcelsiusPro over traditional open-back surgery. Smaller incisions, less tissue damage, and shorter recovery periods are just the beginning. The Globus robotic system provides exceptional precision for our surgeons, which can help enhance the effectiveness of your surgery. Not only that, but patients also report less pain post-surgery and minimal scarring!

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Our Thoughtful Approach

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