Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Back Pain for The Holidays

We're getting in to the thick of the holiday season now. The shopping, the traveling, its all only going to get more hectic. Every holiday season thousands of people fly in the NYC to experience New York during the most magical time of the year. We're going to provide you with a list of what to do, what not to do, and what to look out for this holiday season so you don't end up letting pain ruin the most wonderful time of the year for you.

All the running around, and shopping, checking out the night life in SOHO or the Meatpacking district, taking in the sights in mid town, and checking out the tree at Rockefeller Center, can lead to a lot of walking around and time spent cramped up on the subway. We see a lot of patients from out of town and overseas and often come on on weekend to help them feel better and get out of pain. Always make sure that you are getting plenty of sleep and if you do experience pain see a doctor sooner rather than later.

Many of us will be doing some traveling for the holidays, weather its over Thanksgiving or Christmas people want to be with their families and spend time sitting around doing nothing. Seeing loved ones often involves being getting on a plane and spending some time being absolutely miserable, especially during the travel season.

Airplane seats are designed to be soft and mushy and have those adjustable head rests that fold in from either side. Unfortunately they do not have a lumbar support curve and the head rests stick out so far it makes the seat concave and forces you to round your back. So make it a point to try and recline the seat as often as possible, and when you get up to go to the bathroom take a minute to stretch and loosen up for back a bit. After getting off the plane its would be a great idea to go see a massage therapist to help reduce the chance of developing chronic pain.
One of the products we recommend for people that travel or have to sit for long periods of time is the Tush Cush, and it really helps alleviate stress on the back. We always keep it in stock at our chiropractic, physical therapy and pain management center.

Its a bit surprising but a lot of people hurt themselves at the baggage claim. After a long flight bending and reaching down to grab heavy luggage can end up hurting you. The overhead storage bins can also cause injury to the lower back or shoulders, especially for people with a weak rotator cuff or other joint issues.

Let a flight attendant help you with your bag when getting them down form the overhead bin if you know you might hurt yourself, and at the baggage claim tip one of the attendants to pick up and carry your luggage out to a cab for you.

Some Helpful Tips
Unfortunately all of this holiday activity can quickly lead to some major issue like, chronic back or leg pain due to a herniated disc, or neck and arm pain. A herniated disc can cause Sciatica, a condition which can be painful enough to immobilize some people. Pain and tingling and numbness shooting down the leg can be a sign of a herniated or bulging disc impinging a nerve in the lumbar spine.
If you feel that your back is just sore or "tight" the aforementioned tip about seeing a massage therapist would be a great decision.

A bulging or herniated disc can be successfully treated without surgery using spinal decompression. Spinal decompression allows the intervertebral disc to heal itself naturally by alleviating pressure and letting the body's healing process take over to quickly help the patient recover.

As always pay attention to your posture, take time to rest, relax and recover. Strengthen weak muscles and stretch tight one, a good Physical Therapist will show you how. If you have back pain see a chiropractor or look in to spinal decompression if you have a herniated disc and are in severe pain.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Leg Pain: A Common Side Effect of Living in NYC

Manhattan is a busy metropolis full of pushy people trying to get somewhere fast, and weather you are on your way to work, the gym, or even headed to the park to relax or read, you want to get there fast. No ones likes to take it easy, relax and do things slowly, taking time to look after yourself and make sure you're not running yourself in to the ground.

Every weekend you try to relax and make sure you let your body recover from the relentless beating that it takes throughout the week, but yet another week has passed, and your knees, or ankles, elbows or bask just continues to get worse.

Most people don't perform any maintenance work on themselves. Stretching, massage, cold therapy, foam rolling, etc are basic soft tissue recovery and adaptability activities but most people neglect them for years, and wonder why they are in constant pain. Even most athletes don't take time out to work on myofascial release and stretching and recovery techniques. Combine our hectic lifestyles with a lack of sleep and inconsistent exercise, and you have a recipe for injury and pain.

Leg Pain
The most common term used to describe a wide array of joint, tendon and ligament problems, and pains, lets take a look at what causes pain in the lower limbs and how you can take care of it fast. Leg pain can be caused by sprains, strains, tears, and overuse resulting in tendinitis, limited mobility, decreased athletic ability, weight gain due to inactivity and the associated health issues.

Sprains and strains are not the same thing, most people use the terms interchangeably, but they are two separate things. A sprain is an injury to a ligament  A sprain is an injury to a ligament. A ligament is thick and fibrous and it keeps the bones in your body connected together. Ligaments are A-Vascular which means that they have poor blood supply and do not heal quickly from injury.

The equivalent of a sprain to a tendon or muscle. A strain is tearing caused by over-stretching a muscle or tendon. A strain isn't just an athletic injury, they can occur during every day tasks, and are not limited to athletes. However athletes are at a greater risk to developing strains due to increased activity and the possibility of trauma to the muscle.

Tendinitis is inflammation which can be accompanied by irritation and swelling caused by overuse of a particular joint through repetitive motion or stress. It can occur in any tendon in the body but is most commonly seen in the elbow, knees, shoulder/ rotator cuff, and the ankle.

Chiropractors have been treating athletes who suffer from sprains, strains and other acute or chronic injuries. Many athletes will swear by their chiropractor and the positive gains they have made while working with a good one. While NYC isn't usually on the top of the list for athletic in general, it does house one of the largest and best track and field facilities on the East Coast, and also has numerous amateur sports leagues, a large and very active running community, and a seemingly unlimited numbers of health clubs.  If you're looking for a Chiropractor in NYC who has experience working with athletes and every day people alike, Dr. Steven Shoshany has a team of experts who use an integrated method to treat everyone and produce unparalleled results quickly and without hassle or a runaround. He also provides free consultations for people that are interested in cutting edge treatment for their pain and injuries.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Interventional Pain Management NYC

Over 21% of adults currently suffer from moderate to severe chronic (long term) pain. This pain is bad enough that it leads them to seeking help from a doctor, and some end up in emergency rooms, barely mobile from their pain having become so excruciating. Pain is the second most common reason that people visit doctors, and back pain is the most common reason cited for missing work days. Only illnesses like the cold cause more visits to the doctor's office. Still 40% of Americans who have visited a doctor have not found any relief for their pain.

In New York City we are at a higher risk for developing chronic, painful conditions due to our hectic lifestyles and non stop work schedules.

Living Well Medical has been treating patients suffering from pain from a variety of causes, weather they are athletes who have developed a chronic condition, or post surgical patients who are looking to get back to their daily routine by undergoing rehabilitative physical therapy. No one treats back pain, and the causes of chronic back pain better than Living Well Medical. The practice founded in 1999, has been treating people with herniated discs, bulging discs, and sciatica with an unparalleled success rate. The goal is to get you back on your feet as fast as possible and get you out of pain and help fit your rehabilitation and if necessary, pain management, to your lifestyle by providing expert care from leading specialists, all under one roof.

The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) defines pain as:
An unpleasant sensory and/or emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage or described in term of such damage.

Pain is the last symptom of injury. You can have an injury without much pain at all, because pain is a neurological response to something being wrong in the body. A physical therapist can find other potential injuries or underlying causes that may lead to re-injury and cause more pain down the line. A team oriented, patient centered approach makes sure that the root cause of the problem (pain) is addressed, and not just simply covered up by medication.

Most people respond well to chiropractic care and physical therapy, but for those people that cant undergo such treatment Interventional Pain Management can help relieve pain by injecting powerful pain medications directly in to the spine, muscles, or nerves. Having all these specialists under one roof also cuts down the time a patient needs to spend on searching for doctors. This means more time getting care, and less time on the phone or computer.

Some patients will require that interventional pain management be started before undergoing physical therapy, but in most cases patients undergo pain management if they do not respond to physical therapy, chiropractic care and prescription medication. This powerful interventional procedure can be used in combination with chiropractic adjustments and other treatment modalities like the Graston Technique, or supportive taping in the form of Kinesio Taping for optimal results.

Living Well Medical also provides free in person and over the phone consultations and also accepts most insurance plans.

Living Well Medical
Dr Shoshany