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Golf Elbow vs. Tennis Elbow

Friday, May 17th, 2019

Golf elbow and tennis elbow are common injuries among active people, and (despite popular belief) you do not need to play either sport to suffer these complications. They are both overuse injuries that are the result of straining the muscles and tendons surrounding the elbow. Both can occur in anyone who repeatedly exerts force on the area. Since both of these injuries occur in the elbow, it’s easy to confuse the two. Determining your injury can make it easier for you and a healthcare professional, such as a chiropractor near me, to treat it and prevent further damage to the areas. Our chiropractor in Valley Stream here at Comprehensive Healthcare Group can help you treat both golf and tennis elbow. To get started though, let’s discuss some of the primary differences between the two injuries.

Golf Elbow vs Tennis Elbow:

If your elbow radiates with pain after overuse or repetitive straining and forceful motion, you likely have one of these two injuries: golf elbow or tennis elbow.

  • Golf elbow, or medial epicondylitis, is a condition that affects the inner side of the elbow. With this condition, the tendons that connect the muscles in charge of moving your wrist forward and grasping items are injured and radiate pain throughout the inner side of the elbow.
  • Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is a condition that affects the outer side of the elbow. With this condition, the tendons that connect the muscles in charge of moving your wrist and fingers backward are injured and create pain on the outer side of the arm.

The simplest way to identify which injury you have is by observing and identifying the specific pain areas and symptoms. This can be conducted with the help of a chiropractor near me.

Symptoms:

Since these injuries are so similar, there is only one main distinction between the two, which is whether the pain is on the outer or inner elbow. Determining the location of your pain is the key to learning which injury you have developed.

Golf Elbow can usually be identified by the following symptoms:

  • Pain on the inner side of the elbow, often moving down your inner forearm toward the wrist area.
  • Wrist weakness.
  • Tingling or numbness in the pinky and ring fingers.
  • Pain when attempting to grip objects.

With Tennis Elbow, you’ll likely suffer from these symptoms:

  • Pain on the outer side of the elbow, often moving down your outer arm toward the back of the hand.
  • Forearm weakness.
  • Pain when attempting to grip items.

How a Physical Therapist Or Chiropractor in Valley Stream Can Help:

At your first appointment, a physical therapist or chiropractor at Comprehensive Healthcare Group will examine your injury and determine which specific treatment plan is right for you. If there are certain misalignments in the body, these injuries can last longer in duration and be more painful. At the Comprehensive Health Care Group, we offer treatments that will create an ideal body alignment and relieve pain. Contact our chiropractor in Valley Stream today to schedule your first appointment!

Importance of Back Health

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

Back pain is one of the most common complaints connected to workplace injuries, and around 80% of people will encounter it at some point or another. If you have suffered from back pain, you know how impactful it can be on your overall physical health. Everyday activities and normal movements can become very painful and hard to accomplish. It is very important to make our back health a priority and look after our spine. If you are looking for a chiropractor in Valley Stream to help guide you towards optimal back health, contact us today at Comprehensive Healthcare Group today!

Back pain can occur from many different reasons and can impact anyone at any time. Examples of these pain stimulants may include:

  • Failing to have proper posture, especially when sitting for a long period.
  • Muscle or a ligament strain from heavy lifting.
  • A bulging disk from your spine.
  • Arthritis in the spine.
  • Lack of exercise.
  • Excess weight.
  • High levels of stress and tension.

How Can You Prevent Back Pain?

Making a conscious effort to maintain a healthy positioning of your spine will only increase your injury prevention chances. While this may sound challenging, methods do exist for keeping your back in top-tier shape. These can include the following:

  • Regular exercise and maintaining a healthy workout routine.
  • Practicing good posture, try researching techniques that will help keep your back and neck in a comfortable position.
  • Keeping your core muscles strong, remember to incorporate ab workouts into your exercise routines.
  • Eating well & staying hydrated.
  • Lifting heavy objects with proper form, failing to do so can result in potential injury.
  • Monitoring your weight.
  • Adjusting your sitting or workplace ergonomics.
  • Seeing our chiropractor in Valley Stream regularly.

Don’t force yourself to endure your back-related discomfort. Instead, seek out further information about the services we offer to treat your back pain and get you feeling great once again! Keeping your back healthy is fundamental and taking action will be worth it for your overall health and wellbeing. If you’re experiencing any variation of back pain, our chiropractor in Valley Stream can help you find relief at Comprehensive Healthcare Group. Contact us today to get started.

Work-Related Injuries

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

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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
    • 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:

    • Ultrasound
    • Spinal manipulation
    • Massage therapy
    • Exercise therapy
    • Electrical muscle stimulation
  • Nutritional support

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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!

Slipped Discs

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

“Why do I have pain in my neck and back?”

or

“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.

Patients who come to our offices in Oceanside and Valley Stream are finding relief from slipped disc pain through quality physical therapy and chiropractic care.

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.

At Comprehensive Healthcare Group offices in Oceanside and Valley Stream, we can assist you in finding relief through our caring specialists.

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.

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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!

Whiplash

Friday, June 19th, 2015

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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.