Monday, March 21, 2011

Is Spinal Decompression Right for my Herniated Disc?

spinal decompression with the drx9000Spinal problems like herniated discs are scary for several reasons. The pain can be an absolute nightmare, for one. Of course, in the worst case scenarios, we are told that it can mean certain surgical intervention which is about as scary as it gets. Thankfully, modern integrative medical approaches are meaning that we don’t have to rely on invasive methods for disc herniations anymore, at least not as the first and only line of defense for things like sciatica. At Living Well Medical in NYC, we’ve done our part to show that non-surgical techniques can be just as effective in getting long-term relief for our patients suffering with back, neck, arm and leg pain.

Spinal decompression therapy has been a huge part of that effort, especially when we’ve combined it with our other therapies (physical therapy, chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, etc.).

So that’s all well and good, but how can you know that it will work for you, right? What do you have to do to be sure you are a candidate? Should you try other treatments first? In the past, spinal decompression has been a last resort; as more and more people find relief, they are choosing it as a first line of defense. After all, if you can get your life back from pain and do it without going under the knife and without medication, why wouldn’t you?

The thing is, spinal decompression isn’t going to be for everyone. There are certain conditions that will preclude some people from this particular treatment. The only way to know if you are a good match is to have an MRI and bring it to a spinal decompression doctor for a consultation. Many of us will even provide this consultation free of charge, though that will of course vary from place to place (Living Well Medical does). Based on that analysis and first consult talk, our experts will suggest treatment options that will best fit your situation.

So really, if you want to know if spinal decompression could work for your pain, the only real answer is to take action and seek the appropriate help. If you want a place to start, give our Manhattan office a call at 212-645-8151.

- Dr. Shoshany, NYC Chiropractor

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Arm Pain: What Does it Mean?

When it comes to problems that people face related to nerve impingement, it can affect more or less any part of the body. Arms, legs, back, neck, and anywhere in between - there isn’t a spot in your body that can’t hurt or even lose sensation under the right circumstances. Okay, that sounds pretty gloom and doom... Don’t get me wrong, for every pain, there’s a treatment that seeks to find the cause and resolve it. That’s what we do here at Living Well Medical in NYC; we are multidisciplinary precisely because it gives us more range for treatment. That aside, arm pain can be a major problem. We use our arms and hands for more or less everything; when there’s any significant impairment, you tend to notice (and worry) pretty quickly.

So what can arm pain mean? Of course, as we’ve already noted, one of the main reasons that we see arm pain is nerve are being compressed and become inflamed, limiting their ability to function normally (and causing pain, numbness, and other symptoms). Specifically, arm pain is usually related to the cervical vertebrae, those of the neck. Some of the nerves that exit there innervate the upper body and arms, so impingement of those nerves can lead to dysfunction of motor skills, loss of sensation and pain.

So what impinges nerves? The short answer is: lots of things. For one, your spinal discs are a big contributor. Especially as we get older and our discs lose their fluid more easily, a herniation or bulge is not uncommon. That doesn’t always mean pain, but it can certainly be one of the problems. Musculoskeletal issues can also cause impingement. In all cases, diagnostic studies like MRIs, NCVs and EMGs need to be conducted to confirm a neurological problem; different problems will require different tests. Ask your doctor to find out what you need.

And what happens if the nerves are being compressed? Well, then you need treatment. At Living Well Medical in New York City, we provide only non-surgical treatment options. It’s our opinion that surgery has its place, it just shouldn’t be the first place. Treatments like spinal decompression therapy, Cox Flexion technique, Active Release Technique, traditional chiropractic adjustment, massage therapy, and acupuncture. The list goes on, but you get the idea. There are a vast number of treatment options that can be combined to get the treatment outcomes you need.

If arm pain is giving your trouble, give us a call at 212-645-8151. We want to help you.

- Dr. Shoshany, NYC Chiropractor

Friday, March 04, 2011

Dr. Shoshany on the Dr. Oz Show

Recently Dr. Oz was made aware of a Cochrane study that found Chiropractic treatment to be as effective as "traditional" methods for treating lower back pain. At Living Well Medical we have become familiar with their findings and have studied the report, which just confirms the results that we get every day with our patients, using out non invasive treatment methods.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Spinal Decompression as a Treatment for Herniated Discs

Living Well Medical in New York City’s SoHo/NoHo area has quickly become a fixture during its years of operation (formerly Downing Chiropractic & Pain Management Center). Whatever your pains, we use the latest in technology and treatment methodology to relieve your pain and get you back on track. With the hyper-fast pace of life in NYC, we can’t afford to be down and out for long.

As the first provider in the city to add spinal decompression therapy with the DRX9000, we made sure to incorporate the latest in herniated disc treatments into our already effective treatment protocols. We even went so far as to patent my techniques! Our results have been just that great; (not to toot my own horn too much, but we have patients across the city who have been able to regain a lot of what they lost thanks to our programs.

Spinal decompression is a technology more or less focused on disc irregularities like herniation and bulging that result in nerve impingement and compression. Most importantly, it does so without any sort of surgical or invasive methods. For many of my patients, that’s a big deal. To be able to avoid back surgery is a huge weight off of a person’s shoulders, so needless to say we were excited.

Spinal discs, being a mostly avascular (lacking a blood supply) structure, can be particularly intractable. Decompression with the DRX9000 basically helps the disc function like it used to again. By ‘pumping,’ the discs with the computer-controlled, precise stretches, discs are able to ‘breathe’ more. It’s sort of like CPR for your spine.

And the benefit extends to a number of different spinal conditions. Examples include:

* Sciatica
* Herniated Discs (Lumbar or Cervical)
* Bulging Discs (Lumbar or Cervical)
* Spinal Stenosis
* Degenerative Disc Disease

Having said all that, there are inevitably some cases in which spinal decompression isn’t the answer and is in fact contraindicated. You need to be medically cleared before starting a treatment program.

So if you have a back problem that you wonder about, spinal decompression could be a potential treatment option, but you need to talk to a doctor first. Come on over to Living Well Medical in New York. We want to help you stop the pain, and this innovative technology may be the answer for you. Call us today at 212-645-8151.

- Dr. Shoshany, NYC Chiropractor