Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Overcoming Sports Injuries with KT tape-(Kinesiology Tape)

Athletic injuries can be a huge obstacle to overcome - so often I find the athletes who come in to see my sidelined for months because of repeat injuries that they don't allow to heal properly. And they play on, like the members of the US Volleyball team. Don't get me wrong, that's what athletes do, and it's amazing. They play through pain and injuries, but for normal people like you or I, that isn't always the best choice. We have work, we have kids, and our responsibilities don't end there. We have our lives to lead, and few of us can afford to be out of commission for long.

That's where therapeutic tapes comes in to play. Using specially made taping products like RockTape, SpiderTech and Kinesio Tape, Living Well Medical in NYC is able to support a healing injury while still providing full range of motion.

For nearly nine years, I have been using kinesiology tape to support aching muscles and injuries. Our NYC Physical Therapist also integrates this as part of their approach to sports and work injury rehab protocols. It's an important part of getting people fully up and moving again as quickly as possible. Athletic injuries in particular have long responded well to treatment with kinesiology tape. More generically referred to as elastic therapeutic tape, kinesiology tape was invented the 70's to support overused muscles and help improve blood flow.

Each tape has its own strengths and specific applications, but they all share the same vital quality: provide essential support to your joint or muscle while maintaining normal range of motion. That means that anyone from an the weekend warrior to the dedicated pro can still train and compete while injuries are recuperating. Taping has also been noted to help with lymph drainage as well which can help in speeding up recovery times.

Most recently, we have begun using RockTape for its success in treating common sports injuries like shin splints, runner's knee and plantar fasciitis. Of course, that only scratches the surface of the range of injuries that can be treated with kinesiology tapes.

Other injuries and conditions that respond well to taping techniques include:

  • Lower back pain

  • Sprained ankles

  • Shoulder pain

  • Rotator cuff injuries

  • Knee pain

  • Sports injuries

  • Repeat strain injuries

  • Tennis elbow

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

One of the beauties of RockTape and our other therapeutic tape brands is that we can have patients feeling better and leave ready for a Race! We also sell all of these tapes for those interested in larger purchases. RockTape, SpiderTech and Kinesio Tape available in NYC at Living Well Medical. Call us at 212-645-8151 if you need help or are looking for RockTape and other products like it.

- Dr. Steven Shoshany, NYC Chiropractor

Friday, June 04, 2010

Diagnosis and Treatment in NYC: Pinched Nerves

There are so many reasons for chronic pain it can be frustrating just to find the cause of it all. In the case of a pinched nerve, the potential variety of symptoms is simply staggering: arm pain, shoulder pain, back pain, neck pain, burning pain, tingling sensations, pins and needles, and so many others. It's no wonder people seek the opinion of an expert when the pain won't quit. At Living Well Medical in NYC, we use the latest and greatest in diagnostic and treatment technology to find the root cause of pain and get you back to normal living again.

So let's assume the cause of your pain is a pinched nerve - how can we tell? We have a few exceptional tools for making an accurate diagnosis. The first tool is called an NCV (stands for Nerve Conduction Velocity); it's a test that measures how fast nerve impulses get to where they are supposed to go. In cases where they don't travel at a normal speed, or there is a difference in speed at two different points along the same nerve, a doctor can valuable data about impingements in the nerves (aka a pinched nerve).

The next tool we use is called Electromyography or EMG for short. An Electromyograph is used to detect the electrical activity within muscles. By measuring these signals that are sent and received, a doctor with training can detect abnormalities and make a diagnosis for treatment.

Lastly, we can use Ultrasound for diagnosis. In much the same way that it allows an expecting mother see her unborn child, it can be applied by a trained professional to visualize muscle fibers and diagnose defects.

Just as we have several tools for the diagnosis of a pinched nerve, treatment is potentially multi-faceted. As a total wellness and pain relief center, we offer several therapies that can relieve the pain of a pinched nerve and get at the cause. Spinal decompression therapy, Active Release Technique, Chiropractic adjustment (such as the Cox Flexion technique), physical therapy and so many other types of treatment are available to stop the pain of your pinched nerve in NYC.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms described above and suspect a pinched nerve, DON'T WAIT to get treatment. The pain could get worse without the help of a skilled practitioner. Call Living Well Medical in NYC today, and let us help you feel like yourself again. We're just Downtown in the SoHo area.

- Dr. Shoshany, NYC Chiropractor