Posts Tagged ‘Chiropractic Care’
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 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!
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.
Tuesday, April 4th, 2017
Herniated, ruptured or slipped disk is one of the most common causes of back pain. A herniated disk occurs when the outer portion of a spinal disk breaks down and the inner portion leaks out. With age, the water content in the disk decreases, making it less flexible and more prone to rupture. Loss of water content may cause a displacement of the disk's center through a crack in the outer layer. Other factors that increase your risk for this condition may include- overweight, smoking, a sedentary lifestyle, and sudden pressure on the spine. A leading multi-disciplinary practice on Long Island, Comprehensive Healthcare Group (CHG) with Long Island locations in Valley Stream and Oceanside, NY offers effective treatment options for slipped disks.Pain occurs when the protruding disk presses on the surrounding nerves. The most common signs and symptoms of a herniated disk are - numbness or tingling, leg pain below the knee, and muscle weakness.
The condition may occur in any part of your spine, from your neck to lower back. The lower back is one of the more common areas for slipped disks. Medical professionals determine the cause of your pain by reviewing your medical history, performing a complete physical exam and using diagnostic tests like digital X-rays.
Non-surgical options are available to treat slipped disk disorders. The treatment typically depends on the level of discomfort you're experiencing and how far the disk has slipped out of place. Surgery may be considered when non-surgical treatments such as pain medications, injections, chiropractic care and physical therapy cannot provide adequate pain relief.
- Stretching exercises - Stay active and keep moving to recover faster. Exercise programs are usually recommended. You may find that your pain increases at first when you start moving around. This is normal and doesn't mean you're causing more damage.
- Physical therapy - Physical therapy programs aim at keeping you active, minimize pain and help prevent any further damage to your back. Physical therapists use a wide range of techniques, including myofascial massage and hands-on manual therapy to restore movement and function.
- Medications - Medicines such as anti-inflammatory medications (ibuprofen, Motrin) and medical steroids (prednisone, prednisolone, and methylprednisolone) will be prescribed to help ease any painful symptoms of a slipped disk.
- Chiropractic care - An experienced chiropractor will evaluate the entire spine. The type of disk injury you have will determine what treatments your chiropractor will use to address your symptoms. A treatment plan will be developed that may include spinal manipulation or manual adjustments.
- Injections - Epidural steroid injection (ESI) is a minimally invasive procedure that can help relieve slipped disk pain or spinal stenosis or spondylolysis. Other trigger point injections can also relieve pain in the disk area.
Long Island-based Comprehensive Healthcare Group (CHG) provides the service of experienced chiropractors and physical therapists highly skilled in treating all the symptoms associated with herniated disk and associated conditions. Blurb see before.
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Tuesday, January 17th, 2017
Chiropractor in Valley Stream
Chiropractic care involves a special focus on spinal manipulation and treatment of surrounding structures. Chiropractors while providing chiropractic services will focus on investigating the level of your spinal health. They will check for areas of spinal misalignments and joint restrictions called spinal subluxations.
The International Chiropractors Association defines ‘spinal subluxation’ or ‘vertebral subluxation’ as “the result of spinal bones with improper motion or position affecting nerve communications between your brain and your body”.So this common chiropractic term is used to describe a specific set of signs and symptoms of the spinal column which can affect both adults and children. Subluxation can be found in the cervical (neck), thoracic (mid back) or lumbar (low back) region.
It is important to detect spinal conditions before they become more serious and difficult to correct. Usually presented with pain and sometimes difficulty in turning your spine, this can lead to major issues. These structural and functional issues can interfere with the smooth functioning of the nervous system and with the control and regulation of bodily functions. As your nervous system controls the cells, tissues, organs and systems of your body, vertebral misalignments will affect your overall health.
Chiropractors use a variety of tests to detect spinal misalignment:
- X-rays to screen for tenderness, muscle spasm, joint restriction and misalignment – the common indicators of spinal subluxation
- Checks for leg length imbalance and muscle weakness
- Instruments to evaluate spinal muscle tone problems or skin temperature variations
- Neurological tests
- Orthopedic tests to check the structural and functional integrity of the spinal column and rule out nerve injuries
With this and other comprehensive assessment, your chiropractor will develop a treatment plan to correct the spinal misalignment and ease the areas of restricted subluxation.
Chiropractors treat spinal subluxation with special manual adjustment techniques. Hands-on manipulation of the spinal column using diversified and non-force techniques can effectively reduce or eliminate pain and restore function and balance. The adjustments will work to:
- realign the spinal joints
- stretch constricted muscles and ligaments
- improve circulation in the area
- Address chronic joint pain and inflammation
- stimulate nervous system
Along with this, the chiropractor may recommend specific exercises to correct postural distortions and structural misalignments.
Serving the Long Island area, CHG has chiropractors who are highly skilled in assessing patients and helping them enhance their spine health levels with customized treatment plans.
Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
Chiropractor in Valley Stream
Musculoskeletal pain can be caused by musculoskeletal disorders or a fall, slip or something as simple as lifting or pushing. Work injuries, repetitive actions or overstress to the joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves or bones when performing routine activities, could cause musculoskeletal pain. Jerking movements, sprains, fracture, dislocations, direct muscle blow and sprains could all cause pain in the concerned part of our musculoskeletal system. Inflammatory and degenerative conditions, MSD scan also impair range of motion. Usually patients consult an Orthopedist, Chiropractor or a Physical Therapist for these issues.
The symptoms of musculoskeletal pain vary based on the kind of the injury or overuse. Pain can be acute or chronic and symptoms could also differ among individuals. Common symptoms include:
- Pain can be widespread or localized, and increase upon movement
- Overall stiffness and aching in the whole body
- Muscle stress and strain
- Muscle spasms and cramps
- Sleep disturbances
Musculoskeletal conditions cause more than just pain. They could affect your overall quality of life. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to consult an orthopedist for a diagnosis.
Importance of Accurate Diagnosis
The diagnosis would identify the root cause of the pain or discomfort you’re experiencing. The doctor will review your medical history, perform a physical exam, and review your symptoms to identify the possible causes of the pain. X-rays, CT scans, MRIs and laboratory tests will be conducted to check out the bones, cartilage, muscles, ligaments and tendons. In a multispecialty rehabilitation center, orthopedists will work with other healthcare providers to diagnose pain accurately.
Non Invasive treatment options available include physical therapy, chiropractic care providing modalities such as heat or cold therapy, stretching and strengthening exercises, therapeutic massage. Anti-inflammatory medications and muscle relaxants are usually prescribed by physicians if needed. Surgery is recommended only in severe cases.
Use of minimally invasive techniques such as arthroscopy that involve just tiny incisions to examine and treat patients, minimizing the trauma of surgical intervention are used at times to get patients back to regular activities quickly. The treatment prescribed would depend on the definitive diagnosis of the root cause of your musculoskeletal pain and the muscles, ligaments, bone, tendons or joints that are affected.
Chiropractor in Valley Stream
At Comprehensive Healthcare Group our practitioners provides noninvasive and invasive treatments at our locations in Valley Stream and Oceanside in Long Island, New York.