Mr Ben Okafor FRCS (Orth.)

Consultant Orthopaedic and Spinal Surgeon

In this section, you will be able to read more about the spinal conditions that Mr Okafor routinely diagnoses and treats at Spire Roding Hospital.

Cervical disc herniation

When one of the vertebral discs in the neck become 'herniated' and protrudes outwardly, it places pressure on the nerve roots and results in pain in the neck, arms, and upper body. Read more about cervical disc herniation and how Mr Okafor can help patients suffering from this painful condition.

Compression spinal fractures

Certain medical conditions - osteoporosis, multiple myeloma and metastatic disease - can make the spine more prone to fractures. Read more about why compression spinal fractures happen and what treatment options are available from Mr Okafor.

Herniated discs

This occurs when the cushion that sits between the spinal vertebra is pushed outside its normal position, causing pain in the back or leg, or weakness of the lower extremity muscles.  Read more about herniated discs and what Mr Okafor can do to treat them.


Is a deformity of the spine that results in a segment of it curving (flexing) more than normal. When this curving is excessive, it may result in a hunchback. Find out more about kyphosis.

Lumbar disc herniation

Because the lower (lumbar) spine carries the bulk of the body's weight, it is very prone to injury. As discs age, they begin to degenerate and become damaged through general wear and tear or injury - when this happens, the jelly-like centre (nucleus) of the disc bulges out and a hernia results. Read more about what Mr Okafor has to say about lumbar disc herniation and what treatment options are available to sufferers.


Is a condition that results from abnormal curvature of the spine. Find out more about scoliosis, including symptoms and how Mr Okafor can help treat the condition.


This condition occurs in the lower spine when a disc slips forward over the one below it, causing pain in the lower back and leg. Read more about spondylolisthesis, a common and painful spine problem, and how Mr Okafor can help. 


Spinal stenosis occurs when the normally clear and open chanel through which the spinal cord and nerves run becomes too narrow. Read more about spinal stenosis and the treatments that Mr Okafor can provide to help the condition.

Thoracic disc herniation

When a disc degenerates (or becomes herniated), it flattens and puts pressure on the spinal cord, causing pain and irritation to the nerves. Discover more about thoracic disc herniation, and how Mr Okafor treats the condition.

Caring for your back

Good back care is essential to help avoid many common spinal problems. Here are 10 sensible guidelines which can be used every day to help preserve the health of your back.

  • Try to alternate between standing and sitting
  • Place a support in the small of your back when driving or sitting at a desk
  • Exercise by walking or swimming regularly
  • Try to lose weight to reduce the load on your spine and back muscles
  • Stretch regularly to reduce stiffness and increase mobility
  • Watch your posture - try not to slouch or slump
  • Be careful when lifting; make sure the load is not too heavy or too large
  • Try frequent gentle stretches to reduce the strain on your back
  • Keep moving, even if you have an episode of back pain
  • Consider whether your bed is providing the support you need at night

More tips for good back care

In the January 2010 edition of 'At Home' magazine, Mr Okafor discusses back pain and how to avoid it. View the article.

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