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Chances are, If you’ve slipped a disc, you’ll know it immediately because it’s often (though not always) quite painful. A herniated disc, also known as a slipped or ruptured disc, occurs when the gel-like center of a spinal disc bulges out through a tear in the outer ring of the disc. This can put pressure […]

A Pain in the Butt

January 11th, 2023 Posted in Leg Pain

Piriformis Syndrome We’re all familiar with emotional pain in the butts, but what is going on when we actually experience a physical pain in the butt? Pain in the buttocks can mean you have Piriformis Syndrome. The piriformis muscle is located in the buttocks near the top of the hip joint. It keeps the hip […]

The spine plays a number of very important roles in maintaining proper posture, movement, and overall day-to-day health. And, as many people know, without good spine function, moving around can become painfully difficult. The spine, also known as the vertebral column, is made up of a series of bones called vertebrae, which are stacked on […]

Can Exercise Help Back Pain?

December 27th, 2022 Posted in Exercise

Studies show that if you are physically active you are less likely to have lower back pain, because physical activity strengthens the bones and cartilage of the spine, protecting against the degeneration that increases as we age. Also, physical activity increases blood flow to cartilage discs in the spine that are not as likely to […]

Yes and no. The fact is, back pain is one of our most common health problems. It’s estimated that around 30 million people suffer from this issue. It’s the top reason why people of all ages miss work. However, spine issues can develop and worsen as we get older, due to degenerative changes in our […]

Ask most people and the answer you are likely to hear is, “Get as firm a mattress as you can take.” That’s mostly an urban legend. But one thing’s for sure, the right mattress can make a difference when you’re trying to find solutions to your back aches and pain. It’s just that the right […]

Many people become fearful when they consider having spine surgery. That’s understandable. It’s also understandable that they want a spine surgeon who is very highly skilled. But how do you make an assessment like this? What should you look for in choosing a spine surgeon? Board Certified and Fellowship Trained The first thing to consider […]

Spine Doctor vs Chiropractor At Saratoga Spine, we do suggest trying all types of conservative care as long as there are no signs of a serious condition such as weakness, or bowel or bladder dysfunction. Should I see a doctor or a chiropractor for back pain? When considering this issue, it might be a good […]

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