Monday, August 20th, 2018
As an athlete, physical therapy is a crucial component of recovering from injuries, both on and off the field. Even during the off-season, physical therapy is essential for returning to peak physical strength. Physical therapy provides many benefits to the body in the aftermath of an injury. By supporting the body, physical therapy will allow the injury to heal more effectively than it would under normal conditions. Here at Comprehensive Healthcare Group, we offer many different services for athletes who have suffered injuries. Our physical therapist in Oceanside and Valley Stream can assist athletes with their recovery and help them return to the field as quickly and safely as possible.
How Physical Therapy Helps Recovery:
Our physical therapist in Oceanside and Valley Stream will start by working with you to create a customized treatment plan based on the nature of your injury. This treatment plan will be designed to meet your physical needs and personal objectives. Our treatment plans are primarily composed of the following:
- Ice/Heat Therapy
The purpose of these specific techniques is to:
- Restore range of motion
- Decrease pain and stress on the body
- Develop strength and flexibility
- Increase endurance
Why Physical Therapy is Especially Important for Athletes:
Utilizing physical therapy after an injury could mean the difference between a short and productive recovery, and a long, drawn-out recovery. Physical therapy is particularly important for athletes, as not having physical therapy after an injury could put their athletic careers in jeopardy. Just because an injury occurs during the off-season, it does not diminish the importance of receiving physical therapy. Off-season physical therapy ensures that your body is healthy and in shape before the season starts.
Physical therapy goes beyond just recovery, as it also works to improve the body as a whole. If you are an athlete that has experienced an injury, contact our physical therapist in Oceanside or Valley Stream today!
Thursday, June 28th, 2018
Headaches are a common medical condition that many patients experience on a consistent basis. Headache types can range from to the extremely common tension headaches, to the more painful cluster headaches. One of the most well-known and feared forms of headache pain is caused by migraines. Migraines are notorious for causing debilitating pain and discomfort. They can often appear without warning and disappear just as suddenly. Scientists are unsure about what the exact cause of migraines is. However, many believe that genetic and environmental factors play a huge role.
Those suffering from a migraine attack are often left completely debilitated from the pain. The general symptoms include nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to lights and sounds. In extreme cases, a person might experience visual disturbances as a result of the migraine. While the symptoms tend to be very similar, there are actually several different types of migraines. Two of the most important types of migraines include episodic migraines and chronic migraines.
For those suffering from episodic migraines, the migraine attacks will occur less than 15 times per month. The attacks themselves will tend to last less than 24 hours. A majority of migraine cases, fall under this category. Many people will not experience another migraine attack for quite a while. However, If they are ignored, episodic migraines will eventually develop into chronic migraines over the course of months and years.
For those suffering from chronic migraines, the migraine attacks will occur more than 15 days within a given month. Chronic migraines can lead to a drastic decline in a patient’s quality of life, as they spend nearly half a month in pain and agony. Chronic migraine sufferers often have trouble maintaining jobs and relationships as a result of living with constant pain. a side effect of chronic migraines often includes depression.
Although there is no cure for migraines, there are several treatment options available for reducing pain. One safe and effective treatment option includes visiting a chiropractor. Chiropractors, such as our chiropractor in Valley Stream, have been extremely effective at eliminating migraine pain entirely. They have also been shown to reduce the likelihood of other migraine attacks in the future.
Here at Comprehensive Healthcare Group, episodic and chronic migraines are just two of the many different health conditions that our chiropractor in Valley Stream can treat. From spinal manipulation to electrical muscle stimulation, we offer a wide range of different chiropractic services for our patients.
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.
Thursday, June 14th, 2018
Whiplash is a common condition that causes pain in the neck and head specifically. The most common cause of whiplash is being involved in a car accident. Often times, when the car of the injured person is hit from behind, the force causes the passenger’s head to abruptly jerk forward and then backwards. The intense impact can cause the muscles in the neck to stretch and sometimes tear. For a chiropractor in Oceanside or Valley Stream that treats whiplash, contact us here.
What are the symptoms of whiplash?
Whiplash can cause a variety of uncomfortable symptoms. Some of them include the following:
- Neck pain
- Ringing in the ear (tinnitus)
- Jaw pain
- Shoulder pain
- Back pain
Chiropractic treatments such as manual manipulation may help especially if the spine has been forced out of alignment from the injury. Studies have shown that chiropractic care is a great treatment option for back pain relief. For a chiropractor in Oceanside, visit our website here for more information.
How is it treated?
Receiving treatment quickly is important so that you can catch the injury before it worsens. In the past, doctors would give patients a soft cervical collar to immobilize and protect the injured soft tissues, but recent studies tell us otherwise. Keeping the neck mobile and practicing neck rotations to improve the range of motion can speed up the healing process. A visit with a chiropractor will provide you with a proper diagnosis and treatment regimen that is right for you.
Chiropractic treatments such as hot and cold therapy as well as range-of-motion exercises can be very beneficial for pain and stiffness. For a chiropractor in Oceanside, contact us here to make an appointment.
What is the prognosis for whiplash?
Depending on the severity of your injury, whiplash injuries usually heal within three months. For more mild injuries, the strained and/or sprained ligaments in the neck can take just a few days to weeks to heal. To receive non-invasive, safe and pharmaceutical-free treatment, contact us here to make an appointment with a chiropractor in Oceanside.
Thursday, June 7th, 2018
Many patients report having low back pain throughout their lives. This pain can be caused by anything from poor posture to a herniated disc. Significant research has been conducted to show that low back pain should be treated with chiropractic care in the early stages of treatment. Not only is it effective, but it safe and non-invasive. To make an appointment with a chiropractor in Valley Stream or Oceanside, contact us here.
Common Reasons for Low Back Pain
Low back pain can be caused by a wide variety of things. Sometimes injuries to the vertebrae can create inflammation and pain, and other times poor posture is the sole cause for low back pain. Some of the most common reasons that patients suffer from low back pain are:
- A torn or pulled ligament and/or muscle in the back!
- Also known as a sprain or strain, these injuries are common because they can be caused by so many different things (lifting a heavy object, poor posture, over-stretching, slipping and/or falling down).
- If you think you may have pulled or torn a muscle in your back, contact us here to make an appointment with a chiropractor in Valley Stream.
- A torn or pulled ligament and/or muscle in the back!
- Sports injuries
- Degenerative disc disease
- A disease in which the disc between vertebrae within the spine loses hydration, causing tears and weakness.
- Degenerative disc disease
- Spinal stenosis
- A condition where the spinal canal narrows, compressing the nerves and causing pain.
- Spinal stenosis
- Joint dysfunction
Chiropractic Treatments for Low Back Pain
Why should you choose chiropractic as one of your first lines of treatment? The methods that chiropractors use involve little to no risks and zero pharmaceutical drugs. In those that suffer from low back pain, many different treatment options are available. For a chiropractor in Valley Stream, contact us here to make an appointment. Treatment methods can include the following:
- Chiropractic spinal adjustment
- Chiropractors will use their hands to manually align the spine into its proper position. This can improve range of motion, reduce irritability, and most importantly reduce low back pain.
- Chiropractic spinal adjustment
- This is a more gentle approach to spinal manipulation, using a lower-velocity adjustment speed to increase the range of motion in the spine.
- Heat and cold therapy
- Using heating pads and ice packs can reduce inflammation and allow for more blood to flow to the affected area.
- Heat and cold therapy
- Diet counseling
- Many chiropractors may offer lifestyle advice on how you may change some habits such as eating for weight loss to relieve the pressure that the extra weight adds to your back.
- Diet counseling
- This provides deep heat to areas reducing pain and inflammation.
Wednesday, March 29th, 2017
One of the four major knee ligaments, the ACL or anterior cruciate ligament is critical to knee stability. A tear in the ACL ligament can be painful and immobilize you. If you have symptoms such as tenderness, pain, swelling or feel a sudden "pop" in your knee, call Comprehensive Healthcare Group (CHG). Our Orthopedic team will diagnose your injury and design a structured program tailored to individual needs. Comprehensive Healthcare Group has two Long Island centers located in Oceanside and Valley Stream, NY.
How an ACL Tear Occurs
An ACL tear injury is quite common among athletes and can result from a direct blow or strain. Most sports-related ACL tears are found to be "non-contact" injuries, or the injury occurs without the contact of another athlete. Landing incorrectly from a jump, sudden slowing down for changing direction, and suddenly stopping are also factors that can cause such an injury. People involved in physically active jobs can also experience this.
Symptoms and Diagnosis
- You may feel a "pop" in your knee and also that your knee is "giving out" from under you.
- Knee pain.
- Tenderness along the joint line.
- You'll also have knee swelling which occurs within 24 hours of your injury and pain.
- Sometimes the pain may resolve by itself. However, when you begin walking or returning to any physical activity, you'll feel instability in your knee which may cause more damage to your knee's cushioning cartilage.
Accurate diagnosis is essential to identify the condition. Once you've begun experiencing instability or pain, you must immediately consult an orthopedist. Digital X-rays and advanced diagnostic modalities can help in accurate diagnosis of the ligament tear.
Sports medicine deals with conditions such as these. Treatment is provided with the idea of enabling patients to return to their active lifestyle as soon as possible. The professionals in a sports medicine team typically include an orthopedic surgeon, a physician, a rehabilitation specialist, physical therapist and, if you are an athlete, an athletic trainer as well.
Treatment Options and Rehabilitation
- You have nonsurgical options for getting your ACL tear treated. These include:
- Bracing: Your doctor may advise you to wear a brace to protect your knee from instability. You may be asked to walk around in crutches to ensure you don't put too much weight on the affected leg.
- Physical Therapy: As the swelling decreases, physical therapy is usually provided which is the primary element of a rehabilitation program. The physical therapist will prescribe specific exercises for restoring knee function and overall strengthening of the leg muscles.
- Taping: After injury to the anterior cruciate ligament, taping may be needed to support the knee. Taping may be helpful to protect the area while it is recovering.
- In more severe cases, surgery may be required for reconstructing the ACL with a tissue graft. This is done when the knee has become really unstable.
Rehabilitation is important whether or not your treatment program involves surgery. Even after surgery, physical therapy followed by a strengthening program plays an important role in your rehabilitation. It helps you get back to your normal life by enabling your knee to regain strength and motion.
If you're an athlete, physical therapy and rehabilitation would focus on the sport you're involved in and help you get back to full performance.
At Comprehensive Healthcare Group (CHG), we offer customized ACL tear treatment options in our two Long Island centers located in Oceanside and Valley Stream, NY which will help you get back to the life you love.
Tuesday, December 27th, 2016
Sprains and strains are among the most common injuries for those seeking physical therapy treatment on Long Island. It is commonly seen during summer from sports injuries and in winter from slip and falls. These injuries can also result from motor vehicle accidents, work related injuries etc. Sprains are different from strains. A sprain occurs when a ligament tears or stretches. While a strain refers to any injury affecting your muscles or tendons.
RICE - rest, ice, compress and elevate, along with physical therapy and exercises are the most recommended sprains and strains treatment. RICE is the first step in relieving pain and swelling to promote optimum healing and flexibility outlined as follows:
- Rest the injured area.
- Apply an ice pack for 10 to 15-minute periods every three hours.
- The next stage involves applying a compression bandage around the area, but not too tightly.
- Finally you should ensure the area affected is kept in a position above the heart, which helps reduce the swelling. This can be done by lying down and keeping the affected areaelevated.
Physical therapy treatment varies based on the severity of the injury:
- Physical therapy for sprains include therapeutic exercises for stretching and strengthening muscles around the affected joint. Joint mobilization techniques are carried out, as well as heat or ice, ultrasound and electrical stimulation.
- Physical therapy for strains includes stretching and strengthening the affected as well as the surrounding muscles. Soft tissue mobilization is carried out to break up the fibrous and the scar tissues. Heat and ice, or either of them, are used as needed for controlling the pain and swelling.
The goal of physical therapy with respect to strains is to enable the healing of the injured muscle as well as preventing scar tissue from building up significantly. The goal is to get patients back into their normal daily routine.
Comprehensive Healthcare Group’s professional team located in Valley Stream and Oceanside specializes in treatment of sprains and strains. We will help you get back to your daily activities and will advise you on how to prevent and avoid such injuries.
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, 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!