chiropractor in valley stream
Wednesday, October 10th, 2018
Work-related injuries are a common cause of pain and long-term complications including herniated disc, osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and back strain. When preventative measures fail, Comprehensive Healthcare Group is here to help your body recover from these stresses. If you are looking for a chiropractor in Valley Stream, we are more than happy to help you return to work with expert chiropractic care, consultation, and training. We work as a team to provide you with the best education and techniques to help you recover.
Common Injuries in the workplace:
- Muscle strains and sprains due to heavy lifting
- Carpal tunnel syndrome due to excessive typing
- Falls from elevated areas
- Neck, back, and shoulder pain due to prolonged sitting
- Whiplash from a vehicular accident
Despite the various hazards in the workplace, there are precautions you can take to prevent a work-related injury. Many injuries are related to overexertion, decreased concentration, or repetitive motions. It is important to take a 5-minute break after half an hour of sitting to get up and stretch, circulate your blood, and adjust your posture. Small breaks can make a big difference in preventing pain, especially in the back and neck. Additionally, repetitive motions such as excessive typing should not be continued for more than 1 hour without taking a short break. This gives the muscle a chance to relax and avoid excessive pressure in the median nerve leading to carpal tunnel syndrome. Lastly, if your work involves a lot of driving, it is always important to drive attentively and safely with a seatbelt. This will help avoid any extreme whiplash or crash injury in the case of an accident.
How can Comprehensive Healthcare Group help your work-related injury?
Our services work with the body to speed recovery and pain relief. We will help improve the wellness of your body and functionality to have you feeling back to normal. We offer a range of methods including but not limited to:
- Spinal manipulation
- Massage therapy
- Exercise therapy
- Electrical muscle stimulation
- Nutritional support
Workplace injuries are incredibly common, but don’t let them hold you back from achieving full recovery. Our chiropractor in Valley Stream offers a wide range of resources to help you feel like yourself again. Contact us today to make your appointment!
Tuesday, July 21st, 2015
“Why do I have pain in my neck and back?”
“Why do I have pain in my arms or legs that seems to be related to movement in my neck or back?”
People from Oceanside and Valley Stream and many other towns all over the US have the same question. A gardener in Lynbrook tells his wife, “It hurts when I turn my head.” A retired engineer who bowls regularly in Rockville Centre has pain when he releases the ball. And their friends in Long Beach and Jamaica and Island Park say, “Hey, I get a pain like that too!”
It is estimated that by age 65, 95% of the population has some amount of degenerative disc disease. A 2014 report from Medscape states that “as many as 80% of adults in the United States experience at least one episode of low back pain during their lifetime.” And it occurs in patients of all ages.
A very common answer your friends might tell you to “Why do I have pain in my neck and back?” is that you could have a slipped disc.
But what is a slipped disc?
The discs of the spine are protective pads between the bones of the spine (vertebrae) and are also called intervertebral discs. They provide shock absorption and protect the vertebrae so they can do their job of supporting the spine and body. Although they do not actually slip, a disc can move or break. If the cartilage of the disc fails, this is called herniation and the inner gel portion of the disc is no longer contained and can no longer provide the protection needed. The leaking substance, often compared to “jelly in a doughnut,” can place pressure on the spinal cord and nearby nerves, causing pain, numbness, or weakness around the damaged disc or anywhere along the area supplied by the nerves originating near that disc.
What causes a slipped disc?
A slipped disc occurs when the outer ring becomes weak or torn and allows the inner portion to slip out. This can happen with age. Certain motions may also cause a slipped disc. A disc can slip out of place while you are twisting or turning to lift an object. Lifting a very heavy object can place great strain on the lower back, resulting in a slipped disc. If you have a very physically demanding job that requires a lot of lifting, you may be at increased risk for slipped discs. Car accidents can be a causative factor for slipped discs when the trauma of impact damages the disc. Overweight individuals are at increased risk for a slipped disc because their discs must support additional weight. Sedentary lifestyle and weak musculature may also contribute to the development of a slipped disc.
What are the symptoms of a slipped disc?
Symptoms can include pain and numbness, most commonly on one side of the body, pain that extends to your arms and/or legs, pain that worsens at night, pain that worsens after standing or sitting, pain when walking short distances, unexplained muscle weakness, and tingling, aching, or burning sensations.
How do you diagnose for a slipped disc?
Imaging studies may be ordered by your doctor to determine the cause of your pain and to confirm if it’s caused by a disc problem. X-rays and CT scans really only identify bony abnormalities. So, more specialized tests include MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) or myelogram (which involves injecting a contrast dye into the spinal column before imaging), which are used to diagnose a deformed disc and to see how specific nerves are affected. Your doctor may obtain these tests after a course of treatment fails to provide you relief over a period of 4 to 6 weeks.
How do you treat a slipped disc?
Your doctor may prescribe rest or limited activity for several days followed by a gradual increase in activity over the next few weeks. Strict bed rest is generally not advised because people with back pain have been shown to recover more quickly with normal activity as long as lifting, bending, and straining are limited.
Trained specialists at CHG can guide your physical therapy, chiropractic care, exercise and massage to get you back to normal functioning efficiently, safely and expeditiously.
Most patients can relieve slipped disc pain using an exercise program that stretches and strengthens the back and surrounding muscles. The physical therapists at CHG can recommend exercises that strengthen your back while reducing your pain. Taking over-the-counter pain relievers and avoiding heavy lifting and painful positions can also help. Trying to remain as active as possible through stretching or low-impact activities such as walking is often recommended.
The vast majority of disc problems improve without any surgical intervention. Most people are able to return to normal function (with emphasis on protecting the spine from recurrent or new injury) within a short time. To prevent reinjuring of a slipped disc, long-term maintenance exercise regimens are recommended and will be outlined for you before you are discharged from care. In addition, use safe lifting techniques. Bend and lift from your knees, not your waist. Maintain a healthy weight. Don’t sit in one position for long periods of time; get up and stretch periodically. Do exercises to strengthen the muscles in your back, legs, and abdomen.
Most people with slipped discs respond well to conservative treatment. The professionals at CHG in Oceanside and Valley Stream want to help you reach your best possible health outcome! If you're looking for a chiropractor in Valley Stream, contact us today!
Your in Good Health!
Friday, June 19th, 2015
It is estimated that approximately 3 million whiplash injuries occur in the US each year. The definition of whiplash - a neck (cervical) injury due to forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck – is likened to the cracking of a whip.
The specialists at Comprehensive Healthcare Group at their locations in Oceanside and Valley Stream offer the most up-to-date treatments for whiplash injury. Treatment involving early active gentle mobilization has been proven to lead to successful recovery.
What Causes Whiplash?
Whiplash most often occurs during a rear-end auto accident, but can also occur in a side impact. The injury can also result from a sports accident (such as diving), physical abuse or other trauma. This impact can result in bony and/or soft-tissue injuries which can lead to whiplash-associated disorders. Pain lasting more than 6 weeks can become chronic and it is therefore strongly recommended to seek treatment immediately after whiplash injury.
Whiplash causes a cervical strain or sprain and the word whiplash comes from the abruptness of the change in direction of motion, most commonly as the result of a car accident. The severity of a whiplash injury is unrelated to the severity of impact and the change in direction of motion is what causes the injury. So low-speed impacts can have equally devastating effects as high-speed. Increased traffic density has actually been identified as a culprit in the increase in whiplash injuries as stop-and-go traffic invites this type of collision.
What Happens After?
What is also interesting is that the symptoms of whiplash injury can often be delayed for as much as 24 hours to a few days after the accident. So, after being involved in a motor vehicle accident, let’s say a hit-from-behind at a stop sign, you shake it off and feel “pretty okay.” But the next morning, your neck pain is severe. Within the first few days after the initial trauma, you may experience any, many, all, or some of the following: neck pain and stiffness, pain in the shoulders or between the shoulder blades, low back pain, pain or numbness in the arms or hands or headaches and dizziness, difficulty with cognition (thinking, concentrating or remembering), visual disturbance, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), jaw pain (TMJ), inability to sleep, or profound fatigue.
Whiplash can cause “military neck,” where the normal curvature of the cervical spine becomes straightened due to the severe muscle spasms from the accident.
Whiplash causes injury to soft tissues – discs, muscles, ligaments. Regular x-rays of the vertebrae of the neck can show a straightening of the cervical curve (lordosis) due to the musculoskeletal strain of the accident. Often, MRIs and CT scans are also utilized to visualize and identify the extent of damage and to guide treatment.
Whiplash doesn’t respond to only one specific treatment. Most recent studies advocate using ice for the first 24 hours after injury, but after that gentle movement/exercise is found to be most effective along with heat and the realm of chiropractic care, physical therapy, pain relief medications, massage, ultrasound, injections and in some cases, even traction.
Our chiropractor in Valley Stream and chiropractic therapy is extremely effective in reducing the muscle strain and aligning the 7 vertebrae of the neck after whiplash injury. Physical therapy can be useful in helping to strengthen muscles and reduce painful motions. During physical therapy, gentle massage and ultrasound treatment can be utilized to great effect. Sometimes, injections and traction have a role, but our healthcare givers will guide you to the proper treatment for your specific presentation. Occupational therapy is effective in helping the patient to return to the work environment. Medications can be used in conjunction with the above to give you increased pain relief after you leave our office.
The health care professionals at Comprehensive Healthcare Group, at our Valley Stream and Oceanside locations, want you to achieve your maximum strength and comfort and get you back to your healthy lifestyle. Are you looking for a chiropractor in Valley Stream or Oceanside? Call us today to arrange for your assessment and treatment.