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Pinched nerves don’t have to be such a “pain in your neck”

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Prevention and treatment can make all the difference

By Grigory Goldberg, MD, FAAOS

Anyone who’s experienced a pinched nerve knows just how “unnerving” it can truly be. The odds are that most of you have dealt with an episode or two, and will more than likely will do so again in the future. After all, you might be surprised to know that a pinched nerve is one of the world’s more common medical maladies.

Sure, they can be short-lived in duration and minor in discomfort. But, they can also be quite lengthy, painful and debilitating, limiting your range of motion and impeding even the simplest of daily activities. It can be excruciating just lifting your head off the morning pillow, looking over your shoulder when backing out of a parking space or even pulling your shirt over your head.

 I would contend, however, that pinched nerves do not have to be such a “pain in the neck.” In fact, there are preventative steps you can take to limit your exposure, and treatment modalities you can follow upon occurrence that can make all the difference in the world.

Pay attention to the warning signs, though they’re hard to miss.

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The Big Thaw : Getting Your Spine Ready For Spring

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The Big Thaw: Getting Your Spine Ready For Spring

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Finally, spring is right around the corner! After months of cold and indoor activities, most of us can’t wait to spend our days and evenings soaking up the mild spring air outdoors. Whether this means days spent gardening or brisk walks at night, spine care specialist, Dr. Grigory Goldberg, urges everyone to mind their spine and prepare their bodies for the increase in activities before spring officially blooms. Dr. Goldberg offers helpful tips for what we refer to as “The Big Thaw.” Read on to learn what you should be doing to prepare your back for the change of seasons.

Tips For Preparing Your Spine For Spring:

 

  • Opt For Foot Support Over Foot Fashion: Strappy sandals look great but offer minimal support for your feet. Spine health starts with supportive footwear. The less support your feet have, the harder your spine has to work. Sandals have negative effects on the shins and calves, and these effects can travel upwards and cause spine instability. Whether you’re spending the day planting flowers or are strolling the boardwalk with friends, opt for sandal options that offer adequate, full-body support.
  • Warm Up: Take a hint from the weather and warm up your body before any activity. The fastest way to damage your spine is to engage in strenuous physical activity without properly preparing your ligaments and muscles. Most of us decrease our physical activity level in the colder months. Start taking a little time each day to warm your muscles up in preparation for the increase in movement as the weather warms.

 

  1. Don’t Neglect The Core: Working your ab muscles is about more than just looking good on the beach. It is critical for gaining the strength needed to support your lower back. A solid core allows your spine to easily support the weight of your body. A weak core means your lower back has to overwork itself to support your body during your activities. As you’re preparing for the warm weather, spend a few minutes each day strengthening your abs.

Get ready for spring by strengthening your whole body. It takes no more than a few minutes each day and can mean the difference between a season of fun in the sun and a season spent recovering from a spinal injury. If part of your preparation for spring means finally calling to request an appointment with a Spine Care NJ specialist, call us today.


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Four Tips For A Healthier Spine

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For those living with chronic back pain, visiting specialist after specialist to conquer their spine pain can seem like a daunting proposition. Thankfully, there are a few simple steps you can take from the comfort of your own home to help alleviate spine pain and prevent future episodes of back pain. Rather than proposing radical shifts to your day to day lifestyle, these tips suggest small adjustments to your current habits. Try out these suggestions and see the power a few small changes can have on your overall health. As always, if your back pain persists or worsens, consult Dr. Grigory Goldberg and his team for an evaluation and diagnosis.

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Four Tips For A Healthier Spine:

 

  • Invest In A Supportive Mattress and Pillow: Night is your spine’s chance to rest. After spending the day supporting your body in physical movement, your spine needs the opportunity to relax. Sadly, too many of us are sleeping on mattresses and pillows that actually require our backs to work to support our bodies while we sleep. When choosing a mattress, opt for personal preference. Consider your preferred sleep position and find a mattress and pillow with a support system that will complement these preferences.

 

  1. Shoe Shop With Your Spine In Mind: Your shoes have a direct impact on the overall health of your spine. Wearing shoes that lack the support needed to keep your spine and back aligned while you walk, workout, and participate in life’s daily activities will result in chronic and persistent back pain. For severe back pain, consider adding orthotics or inserts to your current shoes for additional support.
  2. Stand Regularly And Mind Your Posture: Spine pain rates have skyrocketed as more and more Americans are taking jobs that keep them sitting in front of a computer all day. Be sure to take regular breaks to stand, stretch your spine, and keep the joints moving and supported. When sitting, mind your posture. Keep your back straight and your head looking directly ahead of you. These simple adjustments keep the spine aligned and prevent chronic back pain.
  3. Indulge Yourself In A Massage: Massages are more than a feel good technique for stress relief. Studies have proven that messages have incredible therapeutic value for chronic pain sufferers. Massages release endorphins — your body’s natural painkiller. By getting regular massages, you are helping keep back pain at bay while reducing your need for pain medication.

Try these four simple tips for spine health and let us know what the results are. Comment on our blog, follow us on social media, and show us how you’re keeping your spine healthy. For recurring pain, call our spine specialists to learn more about minimally invasive spine surgery options. Click here to request an appointment with our team.


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