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Many articles on the Saratoga Spine blog discuss treatment options for various spine conditions. However, often these conditions can result in chronic or acute pain. Do the treatment options differ when the pain is chronic versus acute? What’s the Difference Between Chronic and Acute Pain? The main difference between chronic and acute pain is how […]

Problems in the upper spine (neck area) can lead to pain in the shoulders and arms an potentially numbness and weakness down the arms. For most individuals the symptoms can be resolved with a combination of phsyical therapy, chiropractic care, and/or steroid injections. When these non-surgical treatments aren’t effective, your doctor may recommend a surgical […]

Massage for Neck Pain

June 8th, 2021 Posted in Treatments

Can Massage Help Neck Pain? Researchers have found conflicting results on whether massage therapy can help chronic neck pain. Some studies have found that massage therapy reduces chronic neck pain. However, other studies show that massage is no more effective than other forms of treatment, even advice! If you’ve discussed it with your doctor and […]

There are several prescribed and over the counter pain killers available. But what if you prefer natural pain relief? Here are three pain killers you may want to consider for your neck or back pain. Clove (Eugenol) A topical analgesic is a substance placed on the skin to numb the area or reduce its sensitivity. […]

Learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatments for piriformis syndrome. Spinal Anatomy Piriformis Muscles The piriformis is a muscle on the outside of the hip that aids in the hip’s ability to rotate. Sciatic Nerve The sciatic nerves are the main nerves that carry information from the spinal cord down each of the legs. It […]

Dehydration and Your Spine

May 14th, 2021 Posted in Safety Tips

We’ve all heard it’s important to drink water throughout the day. Some people specify drink 8 cups a day. It’s true, water is important for many parts of your body, including your spine. Let’s take a closer look at why hydration is important for your spine. Spinal Discs The spine is composed of a few […]

It’s that time of year again. Time to rake the leaves, weed the gardens, fix up the flower beds, and more. All that yard work can be a real pain in the back. Here are some ways to avoid been nagging back pain from yard work. Switch Jobs Frequently So, you have lots of raking […]

4 Risk Factors for Neck Pain

April 30th, 2021 Posted in Neck Pain

A study looking at data through 2015 found that 15% of the US population suffered from neck pain. A group of Texas A&M researchers recently performed a study to better understand an individual’s risk factors for neck pain. Some factors seem obvious, some may be surprising. Work Related Risk Factors As might be expected, work […]

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