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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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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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Spine Care Tips for Winter

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The holidays are coming to a close, but there are still several months of winter ahead of us. Stay safe and avoid compromising the safety of your spine with the following fall prevention and spine care tips for the winter.


  1. Take Care While Shoveling Snow: Keeping your property safe is an essential step in preventing winter falls and spine injuries. Although most dread the task of shoveling snow, it is important to take precautions when doing so. Always do some gentle neck and black stretches before you start shoveling and make sure you have the right tool for the job. Choose a shovel that is lightweight with a sharp blade that is appropriate for your height. A shovel that is too long or too short will cause you to bend forward or back to compensate, compromising the health of your spine.
  2. Keep Up Your Exercise Regimen: Strength and balance are your best defense against a winter slip and fall injury. When you are strong and stable, you are less likely to fall and better able to recover balance if you feel yourself starting to slip. Simple exercises like walking and swimming have tremendous benefits to your strength and balance. Yoga and Tai Chi are also effective exercises for fall prevention and classes are offered at many gyms, community centers, and online.
  3. Dress Appropriately for Winter Conditions: Appropriate footwear is imperative to avoiding a winter slip and fall. Select a shoe with a sturdy sole and a deep, thick tread. Additionally, many falls occur due to low temperatures, which can cause the fingers and toes to stiffen, compromising balance. For this reason, it is essential to dress for the weather with thick socks, gloves, a hat, scarf, and a warm coat.

If you have suffered a winter fall or want to learn more about how to protect your spine this season, Dr. Grigory Goldberg can help. Contact our offices today to request an appointment.

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An Introduction to Non-Operative Spine Care Treatments

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Non-Operative Spine Care TreatmentsMost people will experience back pain at one point in their lives. For many, this condition will be temporary and mild, presenting minor inconvenience or discomfort. For others, back pain can be a more serious concern. In either case, prompt attention from a spine care professional can be the key to a rapid recovery. Though a wide range of causes can result in back pain, a focused set of comprehensive treatments can address almost all the problems a patient’s spine may have. While some such treatments involve spine surgery procedures, many are non-operative and can be performed within a single visit. The spine pain specialists at Spine Care New Jersey are trained to explore all possible options for spine treatment, choosing the technique that best suits a patient’s needs.

Available non-operative treatments from Spine Care New Jersey include massage, acupuncture, bracing, and physical therapy, as well as epidural and transforaminal steroid injections. All of these treatments can alleviate back pain and restore optimal spine health without the need for surgery. When an operative treatment is the most appropriate method available, Spine Care New Jersey’s experts, led by spine health expert Dr. Grigory Goldberg, will provide a quick diagnosis, immediate pain management, and a safe, effective procedure. Contact Dr. Goldberg today to find out more about available non-operative and surgical treatments in spinal health.

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Workplace Health: Posture and Spine Care Tips

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spine-servicesSpine health is a major concern for the modern workforce. The office lifestyle, with its long hours spent at a desk, can be taxing on the spine, causing discomfort, pain, and even more serious conditions over the long term. Thankfully, today’s office workers can take some simple steps to reduce the impact of a sedentary job and ensure their spine stays in good health.

First and foremost, simple awareness can go a long way. Check your posture and stance throughout the day to gauge whether your shoulders are at equal heights. With a full length mirror, you can further adjust your posture to ensure your ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, and ears are all aligned in the same straight vertical. You can make sure you’re sitting ergonomically by placing both feet flat on the floor and supporting your spine with the cushion of your seat. Place any necessary office items within easy reach to keep from straining your shoulders, neck, and back, and place your monitor where you can see it without straining your neck, back,  or eyes.

Even a little standing makes a meaningful change, so look for opportunities to have a standing meeting, take a phone call up on your feet, or enjoy a short walk as a break from work. These methods can help preserve good spine health, but some persistent issues will require professional attention. For these concerns, Spine Care New Jersey is available to help: call or write today with any questions.

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Welcome to Spine Care New Jersey

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spine-conditionWelcome to Spine Care New Jersey, the online portal for Dr. Grigory Goldberg, M.D., FAAOS. Among the foremost orthopedic specialists in the area, Dr. Goldberg serves as an authority in his field and provides his patients with care at the absolute highest standard. Dr. Goldberg specializes in restoring mobility and function through minimally invasive surgical procedures as well as non-surgical treatments, both informed by the latest research in the field of spinal health. At Spine Care New Jersey, Dr. Goldberg allows current and prospective patients a convenient means to contact the practice with any questions, as well as an ideal destination for newcomers to learn more about available treatment options.

The Spine Care New Jersey blog will feature regular updates from the practice as well as curated spine health knowledge from throughout the medical field. Those interested can keep up with Spine Care New Jersey blog posts and find the practice on social media to learn more. Dr. Goldberg is eager to connect with satisfied patients past and present as well as meet new people and make a difference in even more cases as 2015 proceeds. Spine Care New Jersey is a brand new way for locals in Freehold and throughout the region to learn key information, schedule appointments, and improve their lives every day.

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