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A spinal cord injury (SCI) can be devastating. Damage to the spinal cord and surrounding tissue can result in temporary or permanent paralysis. With a significant injury to the spinal cord, the damage can cause paralysis, impact other bodily functions, and shorten an individual’s life expectancy. Modern medicine currently has no way to “rebuild” spinal […]

6 Causes of Upper Back Pain

November 19th, 2021 Posted in Back Pain

When we talk about back pain we’re often talking about lower back pain. But what about upper back pain? While less common, it does occur. Here are some reasons people may develop upper back pain. Causes of Upper Back Pain Some potential causes of upper back pain are: Injury poor posture Herniated disc Osteoarthritis Compression […]

Does Cold Weather Affect Back Pain?

November 5th, 2021 Posted in Back Pain

Have you heard people say, “the cold makes my joints hurt”? Or, “my knees hurt, rain must be coming”? Does weather affect our bodies that much? Let’s take a closer look, can cold weather affect back pain? Causes of Back Pain Before we determine if cold weather can exacerbate back pain we first must understand […]

October…it’s National Spine Health Awareness Month! According to the National Spine Health Foundation (NSHF), the US Congress has officially recognized October as National Spine Health Awareness Month. In the House of Representative, Hon. Gerald E. Connolly of Virginia spoke about the impact spine conditions has on individuals and our country. People Affected by Spine Conditions […]

Spondylolisthesis Overview with Dr. Herzog (Transcript Below) Spondylolisthesis is a common condition that affects the human spine. It’s actually a slippage of one vertebrae in relation to the bone below. What Are the Causes? There are a variety of causes. Some are congenital, some are acquired. Symptoms Patients can present with low back pain. They […]

If you have a stiff neck or neck pain it can make the simplest things very uncomfortable. The good news is that there are some things you can do at home to help alleviate the pain. Two such home treatements are applying heat and applying ice to the area. But which is better? Should you […]

Neuromonitoring During Spine Surgery

October 4th, 2021 Posted in Treatments

Neuromonitoring is a technique the surgeons at Saratoga Spine often use to ensure the health and safety of their patients. But what is neuromonitoring? And how is neuromonitoring used during spine surgery? What is Neuromonitoring? Neuromonitoring is the term used for monitoring a patient’s nervous system during surgery. Typically with neuromonitoring, a trained neurologist or […]

What is a Compression Fracture of the Spine? Our spines are a column of many individual bones (vertebra), separated by cushion-like discs (inter-vertebral discs). The shape of each vertebra is complex and is made up of a central almost-circular “body” and a more irregular shaped “arch”. The vertebral body is the load-bearing part, separated from […]

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