Friday, July 20th, 2018
What Is Sciatica?
The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body; it starts in the lower back and runs down each leg. Pain that radiates along this nerve is often referred to as sciatica. Sciatica commonly occurs when there is a herniated disk or when the spine compresses part of the nerve. If you have sciatica and want to see how a chiropractor in Valley Stream can help, contact Comprehensive Healthcare Group and make an appointment.
How Does It Occur?
Sciatica is usually a result of the aging process or injury. Since the spine is placed under a lot of pressure on a daily basis, it is vulnerable to wear and tear making it less capable of withstanding daily stress. This issue can cause conditions like bone spurs or herniated discs.
Pain from sciatica starts typically at the lower spine and continues behind the thigh down to below the knee. This pain can feel like a mild ache to a sharp, burning sensation and can sometimes feel like a jolt or electric shock. Sciatic pain is often present on only one side of the body. Some of the symptoms can also include:
- Localized pain
- Muscle weakness
- Tingling sensation
If you have these symptoms, prolonged sitting has also been known to worsen your condition.
How A Chiropractor Can Help
Chiropractic care is a conservative, non-surgical way of treating sciatica. Adjustments will realign the spine, taking the pressure off the nerve. This can provide you with quick pain relief. After the pressure is off the nerve, the body will be able to heal itself. In addition to adjusting the spine, a chiropractor will provide you with lifestyle advice in order to prevent future sciatic pain. If you want to learn more about how chiropractic care can treat and potentially resolve your sciatic pain, call Comprehensive Healthcare Group and make an appointment with a chiropractor in Valley Stream or Oceanside today!
Wednesday, July 18th, 2018
It is easy to feel hopeless when you seem to have tried every remedy for treating your chronic pain and are not seeing any results. You are tired of putting different medications in your body and want a safe, natural way to relieve your pain. As a component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture has the aim of balancing the patient’s energy flow throughout their body in order to help boost wellbeing and cure illnesses. At Comprehensive Healthcare Group, we offer Acupuncture in Oceanside and Valley Stream that can help you safely reduce pain and discomfort.
What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a medical practice that involves inserting very thin needles through a person's skin to stimulate specific points on the body in order to alleviate pain. An acupuncturist will normally insert 10-20 needles into the body at a time. Because these needles are so small and thin, patients will not experience any pain during the process. Traditional Chinese medicine believes that health is a result of balance and harmony within the body. Therefore, illness is believed to be a result of imbalance. Inserting the right combination of needles into the body’s energy flow points is said to bring proper energy flow back to the body or in other words, relieve discomfort.
What Conditions Does It Treat?
Our acupuncture in Oceanside is used to relieve discomfort that results from conditions such as:
- Lower back pain
- Neck pain
- Knee pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Dental pain
- Labor pain
- Menstrual cramps
- Carpal tunnel
Recently, it has grown to be popular for treating certain health conditions and overall wellness such as stress management, anxiety, and depression.
What Are The Benefits Of Acupuncture?
Acupuncture has been proven to have an array of benefits among patients such as:
- Very few, if any, side effects
- Can be combined with other treatments
- Can control some types of pain
- Can safely help patients who cannot take medication
At Comprehensive Healthcare Group, our practice is proud to offer a variety of types of acupuncture in Oceanside. If you are interested in using acupuncture to help relieve pain, make an appointment here.
Thursday, June 21st, 2018
Fibromyalgia is considered a chronic disorder defined by broad musculoskeletal pain paired with fatigue, sleep, basic memory, and mood complications. Fibromyalgia heightens pain sensations by changing the way the brain processes pain signals. Comprehensive Healthcare Group, a physiatrist in Oceanside and Valley Stream uses personalized management techniques to reduce these sensations.
Research states that consistent stimulation of the nerves causes the brain of those suffering from fibromyalgia to interact differently. This change elevates specific neurotransmitters in the brain that signal pain. These neurotransmitters develop a memory to pain, becoming more hypersensitive and can cause overreactions to pain signals.
Fibromyalgia is more commonly seen in women and those who have a genetic history of fibromyalgia inside one’s family. Comprehensive Healthcare Group has a physiatrist in Oceanside that offers some of the best treatment for fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia causes one to have aches all over, including some “trigger points” in your body that can continue to ache no matter what at-home remedies you may try. Common symptoms of fibromyalgia include:
- General Pain- Dull aches and pains that have been consistent for at least three months. These pains normally occur all over your body, both above and below your waist area.
- Fatigue- Even if you are sleeping for a long period of time, people with fibromyalgia still often wake up groggy and do not feel refreshed. In some cases, those with fibromyalgia may develop specific sleep disorders, including but not limited to restless leg syndrome and sleep apnea. Restless leg syndrome includes a sensation in one’s legs that gives you a constant urge to move to relieve the sensation, while sleep apnea obstructs ones breathing during sleep.
- “Fibro Fog”- The symptom of “fibro fog” impacts the ability to maintain focus to complete basic mental tasks. This fog impacts your ability to choose words and hold conversations.
While there is no determined cure for fibromyalgia, there are management techniques known by our physiatrist in Oceanside to help control pain brought by fibromyalgia. Some of the most successful management techniques come from exercise and relaxation, reducing personal stress is also known to weaken the fibromyalgia pain.
There is not one specific approach known for pain management, but each patient who is seen by a physiatrist in Oceanside has their own disciplined focus arranged to set them up to function at the highest possible level. Rehabilitation is tailored to each symptom of pain to reduce stress caused by chronic pain.
In addition, some exercise will improve your function and diminish pain. Overworking may flare up pain so it is important to listen to your body. It is important to focus on aerobic exercises such as walking, swimming, or biking, one common recommendation is to complete 30 minutes of walking, swimming or biking at least three times a week. Once again it is important to remember that there is no competition when it comes to rehabilitation, everyone's body is different and reacts differently to different portions of aerobics. Slower paced practices include yoga or hot yoga, yoga uses deep breathing and slow movements to relax the body and keep fibromyalgia from flaring.
If you or anyone you know suffers from fibromyalgia or the symptoms of fibromyalgia do not hesitate to contact Comprehensive Healthcare Group, a physiatrist in Oceanside and Valley Stream today.
Friday, May 30th, 2014
May is Arthritis Awareness Month in the United States. Spearheaded by the Arthritis Foundation, Arthritis Awareness Month aims to make people more aware of Arthritis and the issues involved.
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), 22.7% of the adult population in the US have some form of arthritis. Middle-aged and older people with arthritis are significantly more likely to fall and, as we’ve spoken about before in this blog, falls are the leading cause of injury-related illness and death in the US.
In today’s installment, we’re going to talk about Osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of the disease and affects over 27 million Americans! The way you eat, exercise, sleep and whether you have bad habits such as smoking all contribute to developing osteoarthritis.
In osteoarthritis, the cartilage covering the ends of bones where they meet to form a joint to allow movement breaks down. As the cartilage wears away, the ends of the bones become exposed and rub against each other. This wearing away affects the shape of the joint so that it no longer functions well. You may notice a limp when you walk, or you may have trouble with stairs because additional stress is being placed on the joint.
Other problems often occur inside the joint as cartilage breakdown affects the joint structure. Fragments of bone or cartilage may float in joint fluid, causing irritation and pain. Osteophytes may develop on the ends of the bones, damaging surrounding tissues and causing pain. Fluid inside the joint may change due to these insults and the joint’s ability to absorb shock is compromised. Although inflammation is not a main symptom of osteoarthritis, it can also occur in the joint lining in response to the cartilage breakdown.
Symptoms of osteoarthritis vary, depending on which joints are affected. However, the most common symptoms are stiffness, particularly first thing in the morning or after resting, and pain. The most commonly affected joints are the lower back, hips, knees and feet. When those joints are affected you may have difficulty with activities like walking, climbing stairs and lifting. Daily activities that you used to enjoy may become too painful to continue. These issues are referred to as “Quality of Life” problems. If you love gardening or walking each evening through your neighborhood, pain may make them no longer pleasant occupations.
Other commonly affected joints are the neck and fingers, including the thumb base. When finger and hand joints are affected, osteoarthritis can make it difficult to grasp and hold objects or to do delicate tasks.
Your hips and knees are most affected by body weight. Being overweight puts additional pressure on these joints. For every pound you gain, your knees gain three pounds of added stress; for your hips, each additional pound translates into six times the pressure on these joints. Many years of carrying extra pounds can cause the cartilage that cushions your joints to break down. Obesity may lead to osteoarthritis on its own, or it may worsen its symptoms.
Repetitive movements or serious injuries to joints can lead to osteoarthritis. Even joints such as shoulders (non-weight bearing and usually unlikely to have osteoarthritis) can develop the disease after injuries or repeated stressful activities. Constant knee bending required by work such as landscaping or carpet installation, can make cartilage wear away more quickly than moderate use of these joints.
What can you do to improve the symptoms of osteoarthritis?
The team of healthcare professionals at Comprehensive Healthcare Group will develop a customized plan for you involving physical therapy, therapeutic exercises, neuromuscular reeducation, chiropractic, and acupuncture to ensure the best results.
Physical therapy is a specialty that combines exercises, neuromuscular reeducation and myofascial release to improve posture, strength, function, range of motion and to reduce pain. It boosts energy and mood as well. One of the best things you can do for your back specifically is to be physically active. Of course you’ve heard it before, but it bears repeating because it’s true! Exercise works well for easing the discomfort of osteoarthritis. A regular exercise program can ease pain and stiffness, strengthen muscles and bones, burn calories, improve flexibility, increase energy, improve sleep, boost your mood, and reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. If your back is so stiff or painful that you can’t exercise, speak to your doctor or physical therapist about exercises that might be appropriate for you to begin. Physical therapy can bring relief and teach you lifelong exercises to prolong the benefits.
Acupuncture for osteoarthritis utilizes a form of traditional Chinese medicine that involves the insertion of thin, sharp needles at specific points on the body. Trials of patients show small but statistically significant improvement in pain intensity two and four weeks after a course of acupuncture.
Chiropractic uses spinal manipulation or adjustment to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile or restricted in their movement. Osteoarthritic joints that have been compromised can be restored to mobility alleviating pain, inflammation and muscle tightness.
The likelihood of developing osteoarthritis is high. If you already have it, symptoms can be relieved to a great degree. If you don’t have osteoarthritis, you can start now, be proactive and forestall this painful and debilitating condition.
Contact our healthcare professionals in Oceanside and Cedarhurst and we can help you address the discomfort of osteoarthritis.
Yours in Good Health!
Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
Many things can cause leg pain – pinched nerves in the lower spine, lumbar radiculopathy, herniated discs in the spine, even spinal arthritis and space-occupying lesions.
However, sciatica is a term you often may hear people use to talk about pain they have in the buttocks, hip and then down one leg (sometimes both legs, but typically occurring specifically on one side).
Sciatica describes pain, weakness, numbness or tingling in the leg that is caused by injury to, or pressure on, the sciatic nerve. It is not a diagnosis but rather a symptom of an underlying medical condition. The sciatic nerve starts in the lower back at the 3rd lumbar segment and is formed by the exiting nerve roots of L3-L5, S1 and S2 to become the longest and widest nerve in the body. It runs down the lower back along the spine and down the back of each leg. Portions of the sciatic nerve branch out in each leg to innervate certain parts of the leg, e.g., the buttock, thigh, calf, foot and toes. Depending upon where the sciatic nerve is being affected determines where the pain is. Since the sciatic nerve controls the muscles of the lower leg and provides sensation to the thighs, legs and soles of the feet, sciatica can be felt as a dull ache or an intense pins-and-needles sensation.
What does the healthcare provider do to determine what is causing your pain and then treat your pain? The neurologist, physiatrist or chiropractor will first perform a clinical exam to determine exactly where the pain is. Imaging studies may be ordered (either CT scan or MRI studies) to see if bones, nerves, soft tissues, ligaments, etc are the source of the pain. If the pain is determined to be coming from a nerve, tests called nerve conduction studies can be performed to see if the signals are traveling properly through the nerves.
A course of treatment is then planned based on the information the healthcare provider has found in the course of your exam and diagnostic testing. This may include physical therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic care, stretching exercises, medication or injection therapy. It may be determined that a surgical consultation is needed. The good news is that back pain that radiates down the legs can be diagnosed, treated and managed. The key is to be able to discuss with your healthcare provider what your symptoms are and be able to describe them as accurately as possible. Try to note when you have your pain, where exactly you have your pain and what activities tend to make your pain better or worse. These are all pieces of information that will assist your healthcare provider in being able to treat you successfully and reduce the chance of recurrence.
Yours in Good Health!
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Friday, April 4th, 2014
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports there were over 2 million car crashes with injuries in the US in 2010. The good news is that since cars are safer than ever before, fatal crashes are down to their lowest levels in more than 50 years.
But it’s very likely that in the course of your lifetime, you may have a nonfatal car crash.
So what happens to your body in a car accident? Maybe you remember physics class in high school. A body in motion stays in motion. So when a car hits something or something hits a car, the car might stop, but the people in the car (and any loose items in the body of the car) keep moving. That’s why it’s imperative to wear a seatbelt, to keep you from sailing right through that front window or side window. Okay, so the seatbelt stopped your movement, maybe even saving your life. But what happened to the bones and muscles and joints in your body?
Well, you might have fractured (broken) a bone. You might have a laceration (a cut) and be bleeding. You may have suffered a sprain or a strain in a muscle or joint. You may have ruptured (to break suddenly) or herniated (to protrude in an abnormal way) a disc in your spine along your neck or back. Maybe you hit your head and lost consciousness momentarily (you might have suffered a concussion – the most common form, and the most minor form, of traumatic brain injury).
Some injuries are obvious right away – like a broken bone or a laceration. But some become apparent that night, when you finally get home, or the next morning, when you wake up bruised and stiff and feeling worse than the day before. Your body has been through a traumatic situation or a traumatic injury that asked your muscles and bones and joints to move in ways that they aren’t naturally designed to do. If a bone broke, you may have gotten a cast or a splint. You might have had x-rays. But maybe there was an injury they couldn’t see right away.
Hopefully, you saw your doctor or went to the hospital ER or an urgent care center after the accident. If you haven’t already, the doctors in our practice specialize in traumatic injuries of the spine and extremities. We can take x-rays to evaluate your condition and, in most cases, quickly start an individualized treatment program tailored to your needs.
If you broke a bone, your doctor may ask you to have physical therapy after the accident to rehabilitate (restore to health by training or therapy) your body after the injury. Sprains or strains can prevent full range of motion. Our team of physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, chiropractic and acupuncture specialists can help restore those muscles, ligaments and tendons to their pre-accident state.
In our blog, we hope to educate and inform you on a variety of topics that are of interest to many. We have lots of plans for interesting articles for you to read right here on our website. We may provide links for you, but we want you to be able to get the basic information you need right here. If there are any topics you would be interested in having us cover, use the contact-us link you see here on our website and we’ll try to add it to the list. We might even mention you in our article!
Thanks for reading and we’re looking forward to having you check back for our next installment.