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Archive for the ‘Treatments’ Category

FAQ About Spinal Fusion Surgery

July 9th, 2021 by Lauren

Spinal Fusion Surgery FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Below are some frequently asked questions about spinal fusion surgery and some short answers. For more in depth information, see our link to other articles online, or make an appointment and talk to one of the doctors at Saratoga Spine. What is spinal fusion surgery? Spinal fusion is […]

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 by Lauren

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. […]

Physical therapy is often prescribed or recommended for individuals with back pain. How can physical therapy help and why is it so important? How Can Physical Therapy Help with Back Pain? Physical therapy is a nonsurgical treatment option used for many conditions that cause back pain. Evaluation Back pain can be caused by many different […]

Muscle Relaxants for Spine Problems?

February 1st, 2021 by Lauren

A muscle relaxant (or muscle relaxer) is a prescription medication sometimes used for individuals with spine problems. But why would muscle relaxants be used to help problems with the bones, discs, and nerves of the spine? Let’s take a closer look. What is a Muscle Relaxant? Muscle relaxants (also called muscle relaxers) are a group […]

Disc Replacement vs Fusion

December 11th, 2020 by Lauren

Surgery is only recommended for about 15% of the patients we treat at Saratoga Spine. When it is needed, there are several different methods we use to help our patients. When treating herniated discs or degenerative disc disease surgically, we may choose a disc fusion or disc replacement. In this article we’ll take a look […]

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