Thursday, February 17, 2011

New Cochrane Study shows that Chiropractic Care is just as effective as "Traditional" Treatments

The traditional approach to easing the symptoms of chronic back pain usually consists of prescribing medication, sometimes physical therapy and addressing and correcting physiological issues. This can be invasive, time consuming and can have a negative effect on lifestyle, not to mention the side effects associated with pain medication.

A new Cochrane research study shows that when it comes to chronic lower back pain, Chiropractic manipulation is as effective as traditional medical care. Imagine not having to take drugs while waiting for pain to subside. When combined with physical therapy, massage, and behavior modification, the need for invasive, time consuming treatment is quickly giving way to a long standing method, practiced the world over. A study based statistic shows that Chiropractic manipulation is the overwhelming favorite alternative to drugs and surgery, and other invasive methods.
A in a study published in May to June issue of the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, the study had evaluated all promising alternative treatments for back pain. Chiropractor care was favored at 74% ... (allvoices)

Back pain is the second leading cause of ambulatory care, and absence from work. Some people suffering from chronic pain may even purposely avoid seeking medical care, because it may involve lifestyle altering treatment, and affect work, as well as athletic performance, along with your hobbies and recreational pursuits. Ignoring pain and hoping that it subsides on is not the way to go about it. People should instead, invest some time and effort in to finding ways to treat pain that fit their lifestyle and make lifestyle changes to help reduce the chances of developing chronic pain and injuries.

While Chiropractic manipulation without heavy reliance on drug treatment, along with other proven, effective treatment methods like Physical Therapy is shown to be as effective as traditional treatment, the big difference however that may set the two options apart is the non invasive, non surgical approach to treatment, which can lead to minimal interference with a patent's quality of life as well as mental well being.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

L5-S1 Disc Herniation & Dessication - What is it?

Lower back pain comes in an amazingly disturbing variety of forms, and medical language sure doesn’t make it any easier for your average person to understand at times. Spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis, cervical disc prolapse and on and on, the medical jargon just keeps on going. Here I’d like to discuss a specific problem that comes up surprisingly often at our office, Living Well Medical in SoHo, NYC. More specifically, dessication and herniation of the L5-S1 intervertebral disc. That way you can learn a little bit about what it is and of course, Living Well is right there to lend a hand if you are hurting. After all, we are on the cutting edge of non-surgical treatment.

Where is the L5-S1 disc?

The L5-S1 area is the line of demarcation between the lumbar spine (L) and sacral spine, the combined region sometimes being called the lumbosacral spine. The lumbar spine is often associated with the abdominal area while the sacral region correlates to the pelvic/hip area. L5-S1 is right between these spinal regions.

What are the symptoms of an L5-S1 disc problem?

Although it varies from person to person, there is a generalized group of symptoms, a combination of which is possible. They might include, to name the major ones: burning sensation, tingling, numbness, back pain, leg pain and sciatica.

What is different about the L5-S1?

The disc in this intervertebral space is one that bears much of the weight of our bodies; it’s one of the major reasons this disc is so prone to damage like herniation. In that sense it isn’t much different than a normal disc other than the stresses it undergoes during a normal human life.

What is disc dessication?

Disc dessication is when a spinal disc loses its fluid and begins to lose height. As the disc dries out from the loss of water and collagen, it becomes brittle. It will also often show as black and thin on an MRI, as is indicated in the photo. Dessication can affect its ability to absorb shock and increase the likelihood of herniation or bulging.

Will I have to get surgery for it?

This is a common misconception that surgery is the best option for a back problem like herniation. The way I see it is like this: if there’s a chance you can avoid surgery, shouldn’t you? Non-surgical treatments can be just as effective in stopping pain with the right doctors and the right treatment. Surgery doesn’t have to be the only option.

How is it treated?

Treatment for an L5-S1 disc herniation at Living Well consists of spinal decompression therapy using the DRX9000, chiropractic treatment, Cox Flexion technique, physical therapy massage therapy and ARt (Active Release Technique). By combining multiple complementary techniques, we find that treatment outcomes are often improved. I was so confident in my protocol that I even went and got a patent for it.

So that does it for some of the major questions. If something you are curious/worried about hasn’t been covered here, give us a call. We want to help you feel well again. (212) 645-8151.

- Dr. Shoshany, NYC Chiropractor

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Herniated Cervical Disc, NYC

We often see patients complaining of neck and back pain, and Living Well Medical happens to be a premier pain management and treatment center in NYC. Centered around providing non surgical, non invasive pain relief and rehabilitation to New York City residents suffering from pain, and ever facing surgery.

Take a look at the results one of our patients got from the application of our multidisciplinary approach to healing and pain management.

Treatments included:
Spinal Decompression
The Graston Technique
Chiropractic care