Tuesday, October 02, 2012

What is Sciatica and How Can it be Treated?

Sciatica is a frequent diagnosis and extremely common occurrence; however, it is technically not a condition but rather a set of symptoms.  The difference between sciatica and other types of lower back pain is in the fact that sciatica is a direct consequence of trauma to the sciatic nerve, which is the largest single nerve in the body.  Other types of back pain can originate elsewhere in the body under a number of different conditions.

Sciatica originates in the hip/lower back area and may progress down the buttocks, thighs, and legs, usually only one side of the body.  Cases where sciatica is present on both sides are extremely rare.  Patients experiencing sciatica usually experience constant low back pain that can vary in intensity depending on the severity of impingement on the sciatic nerve.  A number of factors can cause injury to the sciatic nerve, such as trauma from a fall or accident, herniated discs, or a pinched nerve stemming from poor posture, lack of physical activity, or unsafe heavy lifting.

When the sciatic nerve is irritated, it emits a sensation that is usually felt in the form of sharp, shooting pains.  If the nerve is not promptly relieved of the condition causing excessive pressure, this pain will radiate down the length of the nerve and may become so severe as to impair the patient’s normal range of motion and daily activities, including walking, sitting, exercising, and working.  The best and most efficient way to correct sciatica is through chiropractic adjustments to alleviate the sciatic nerve of disproportionate pressure and restore natural alignment to the spine and discs.  Adjustments, as well as computer-assisted spinal decompression for more complex cases of sciatica, are non-surgical, safe, and painless treatments that are immediately effective in the vast majority of cases and do not require additional recovery time.  Surgery is usually not recommended for the treatment of sciatica and is reserved for exceptionally advanced cases where the patient would not respond to non-surgical therapies.

Dr. Steven Shoshany is a specialist in non-surgical treatment of sciatica in NYC, and has successfully provided long-term pain relief to thousands of patients using his patented spinal decompression treatment protocols in combination with chiropractic adjustments.  Additionally, Dr. Shoshany’s state-of-the art physical rehabilitation facility in New York City offers supplementary treatments including Active Release Techniques® (ART), Graston Technique®, customized physical therapy, medical massage therapy, pain management, and acupuncture.  For additional information on Dr. Shoshany’s non-surgical sciatica treatment options, please visit www.drshoshany.com or call 212-645-8151.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Can I Recover From a Herniated Disc in My Lower Back

One of the most frequently asked questions patients suffering from back pain ask is: "Can I recover from  a herniated disc?"

The honest answer is, in most cases, yes, it is possible to reverse the  damage done to an intervertebral disc. 

Some cases of back pain will result in back surgery, however back surgery isn't necessary for most disc herniations. In fact a lot of people have undiagnosed disc bulges in their back and don't even know it. Disc issues are usually brought to light when the disc bulges or herniates out enough to interfere with nerves in the back and the physical functions of the spine. Most often it is the nerves in the lumbar that has people concerned about their hobbies, job, lifestyle and future health. Lower back pain is very common, and its when this pain becomes chronic and finally increases that people finally seek out professional help. 

A disc can heal from simple actions such as taking time off from strenuous physical activity, and increasing rest periods. Doctors often prescribe, rest, and pain medication to help relieve pain and to allow for the continuation of everyday tasks like work, errands, etc without the distraction of pain. This is the usual approach, rest and medication, however this can simply mask the pain, which is a symptom of an underlying issue, such as a bulging or herniated disc. 

Fixing the problem for good, which means helping the disc heal by drawing the bulging material back in to the disc and restoring optimum back function would be the best route to take. Addressing the root cause of the problem is where a chiropractor that provides spinal decompression and specialty equipment such as the COX table can be invaluable. 

Using chiropractic adjustments and spinal decompression with the added versatility of the COX table, the body can be put in to the best possible state to heal itself from the inside, providing a long term solution. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

How Sciatica Can Affect New Yorkers

New York City is one of the busiest urban areas in the world; our non-stop lifestyle means it is easy to neglect taking care of our health.  When it comes to pain, many busy New Yorkers will choose the easy route to numb the pain by ingesting over-the-counter or prescription medication, or wait until the pain becomes unbearable to seek treatment.  This is, however, a very dangerous approach considering the serious possible side effects of prescription drugs and the fact that while they keep pain under control, they do not address the condition that is causing it.

Adults in NYC are prone to experiencing sciatica because they work long hours and take on many activities.  While those who engage in regular physical exercise are at a lower risk, those with desk jobs as well as jobs that involve heavy lifting and other taxing conditions exhibit the highest incidence of sciatica-related pain.  Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve (a large nerve that extends from the lower back down each leg) is irritated by excessive pressure caused by imbalances or subluxations in the lower back/hip area and the affected discs press on the sciatic nerve.  When the sciatic nerve is impinged or inflamed, it sends painful signals down the buttock and leg.  If not treated promptly, the condition will worsen and has the potential of causing severe pain that can render the patient immobile and cause irreversible nerve damage in the most extreme cases.  Our NYC physical rehabilitation and pain management facility has treated patients who have had to resort to using canes and wheelchairs in order to walk because of the great deal of pain they were experiencing due to sciatica.

The good news is sciatica is a common and treatable condition and its ensuing damage on surrounding soft tissue and nerves is usually reversible.  Our NYC facility offers the latest in non-surgical treatments for sciatica and provides customized treatment plans that ensure pain relief and long-term results in a short period of time and in the majority of cases without the additional aid of painkillers.  Our treatment protocols include a personalized combination of manual adjustments, spinal decompression, physical therapy, and can be enhanced with our available massage therapy and acupuncture treatments for relaxation and pain relief.  Every treatment regime begins with a consultation and evaluation with our doctors to determine the exact cause of pain.  Patients suffering from low-back, hip or leg pain are welcome to visit us for a consultation and a custom-tailored pain relief plan by our team of experts.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Chiropractic Care can be Key to a Comfortable Pregnancy

Over the years, I have helped expectant mothers in NYC to better enjoy their pregnancy and reap the benefits of chiropractic, a safe and natural approach to health maintenance, which is essential during the prenatal period, a time when the female body sustains added trauma and stress.

Without the use of drugs or surgery, adjustments performed by a chiropractor can provide relief to women enduring the pain and discomfort brought on by the physical modifications and compensations that occur during pregnancy.  A common ailment among pregnant women is pain in the lower back area, which may be caused by subluxations in the spine as the center of gravity shifts towards the front of the pelvis, increasing the back’s natural curvature and placing added pressure on spinal discs and joints.  This extra pressure can negatively affect the nervous system by compressing and irritating nerves, causing chronic pain that may worsen if left untreated.  With the use of non-invasive spinal decompression treatments, both manual and computer-assisted, my team and I are able to safely and effectively restore alignment and eliminate back pain that is common in expectant mothers.

Optimum health during pregnancy translates to a lower risk of delivery complications as well as increased comfort and ease during labor and delivery.  Through careful and thorough examination, which is safe for both mother and baby, we are able to detect and correct pelvic misalignments that may reduce the available space for the child to develop and move into the correct position for birth; in some cases if the baby is unable to reach the proper position, an emergency cesarean section is usually required.  Recent studies show that mothers who receive adjustments during pregnancy also experience decreased labor times; by up to 24% for first-time mothers and up to 39% for multiparous patients.

In addition to chiropractic adjustments, which are safe, effective, and painless, our NYC physical therapy facility also offers customized physical therapy, prenatal massage therapy, and acupuncture treatments to ensure expectant mothers have a truly comfortable pregnancy and are prepared for birth.   Patients engage in custom-tailored safe exercises to prevent muscular injuries and are offered prenatal massages and acupuncture sessions for muscular relief.  Expectant mothers in NYC are welcome to contact me for a consultation via www.drshoshany.com or 212-645-8151.

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

What Can You Do About that Back Pain?

Many Americans, approximately 31 million according to the American Chiropractic Association, are currently suffering from some form of back pain.  As common as this condition is, it can become a serious problem if left untreated, despite the fact that most cases of back pain are treatable.  Especially in cities with busy lifestyles such as NYC, back pain sufferers may turn to quick fixes such as over-the-counter or prescription medication to keep their back pain under control.  While medication is able to alleviate the sensation of pain, this is a temporary solution that does not correct the root cause of pain and should not be used as a long-term treatment due to its serious possible side effects, which include severe health complications and even death.

Patients suffering from any degree of back pain in NYC should consider chiropractic adjustments as the best treatment option to find and correct any imbalances in the spine that may be disrupting proper disc, nerve, and tissue function and therefore causing pain.  As a practicing chiropractor in NYC for over 15 years, I have specialized in non-surgical back pain relief and have successfully treated patients with varying degrees of back pain, including thoracic pain, cervical pain, lumbar pain, and sacral pain.  In many instances, patients with the most severe symptoms had allowed minor aches to progress for too long (often under the numbing effects of medication), thinking the problem would improve on its own.

Chiropractic is recommended as a safe and effective treatment for back pain, providing long-term relief without side-effects or downtime.  In recent months, it has been reported that some insurance companies are requesting that patients consult with a chiropractor before considering surgical treatments for back pain, as chiropractic adjustments are safer and cost-effective, require minimal post-treatment maintenance, and do not disrupt the patient’s normal activities or lifestyle.  Chiropractic is safe for patients of all ages – whether infants, adults, or elderly – and will successfully eliminate back pain in the vast majority of cases without the need for drugs or surgical procedures.

In addition to traditional chiropractic adjustments, the team of doctors in our NYC physical rehabilitation center offers the latest in non-surgical spinal decompression (with the DRX 9000 device), Active Release Techniques® (ART), The Pettibon System®, Chiropractic Biophysics®, and more.

Patients in the NYC area looking to obtain long-term back pain relief should visit us to learn about our non-surgical treatment protocols as well as complementary physical therapy, massage therapy, pain management, and acupuncture therapies available.  You can reach out and get more help and information via www.drshoshany.com or by calling: 212-645-8151.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

NYC Chiropractor Dr Steven Shoshany on the Dr Oz Show

Dr Steven Shoshany made his second appearance on the Dr. Oz show this Wednesday March 14th. 
This was Dr Shoshany's second appearance on the acclaimed TV show. When he first appeared on the show it coincided with a highly publicized and acclaimed study on the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment on back pain. 
The finding reinforced the results that Dr Shoshany had been seeing in his patients for years, since it found that it was as effective as traditional medical care, such as pain medication in relieving pain but the benefit lies in the lack of invasive treatment and side-effects. 
Click the link below to watch the segment on Dr. Oz's websiteWatch Dr. Steven Shoshany's appearance on the Dr. Oz show

Monday, March 12, 2012

Dealing With Chronic Joint Pain in NYC

The Dangers of Ignoring Chronic Knee and Shoulder Pain and Why Pills Are Not Always the Answer

Dr. Steven Shoshany, one of Manhattan’s top chiropractors and head of chiropractic at Living Well Medical, is pleased to offer a long-term solution to New Yorkers living with persistently troublesome knee and shoulder pain.  The City’s non-stop active lifestyle can easily take a toll on joint health.  Pain is a certain indicator of disruption of normal bodily functions; when the pain is long-lasting or incessant (even if it is not disabling), it is a sign of a more serious underlying problem, which can worsen and have dangerous repercussions if left untreated.

Many adults will turn to over-the-counter or prescription medications as a quick and easy way to manage their pain.  In the case of chronic discomfort, this is an extremely dangerous approach, as pain medications are not meant to treat health issues, but only numb the sensation of pain.  Untreated conditions will continue to progress and worsen even under the anesthetic effects of medication.  Additionally, long-term use of painkillers can result in severe complications such as liver failure, heart attack, stroke, blood clots, gastrointestinal hemorrhage, stomach ulcers, and death. 

"Prescription drugs are now the biggest cause of fatal drug overdoses" _USA Today

Knee pain can be an indicator of a serious issue, regardless of its severity.  Nerves that provide sensation to the knee also do the same for the hip, leg, and ankle, which is why knee pain can be caused by a problem in these areas, such as a pinched nerve, misalignment, or undiagnosed injury.  New Yorkers do a fair amount of walking, running, and standing in an average day, which is why keeping knees in optimal health is important, as they provide support to the entire body.

Shoulder pain burdens countless New Yorkers, particularly women on-the-go who resort to carrying large, heavy bags, placing excessive weight on their shoulders, which in turn causes painful injuries to the area.  Frequent trauma to the shoulder area can result in degenerative disc disease as it extends to the neck and spine, as well as disc herniation, spinal imbalances, painful pinched nerves and soft tissue damage.  If left untreated, chronic shoulder pain can have crippling effects on posture, mobility and normal bodily functions.

Along with Chiropractic treatment Dr. Shoshany also includes a biomechanics assessment to determine and correct the root cause of the pain, combined with a custom-designed physical therapy and rehabilitation program by an in house team of expert doctors to rectify the existing damage and prevent future injury.  Dr. Shoshany also offers knee braces, kinesio taping, and a wide range of additional tools to assist in prompt recovery and reduce or eliminate downtime. He is also a renowned expert in his field and is regularly invited to speak about his profession and how it can help a wide variety of painful conditions. He recently made his second appearance on the Dr. Oz show

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Different Types of Chiropractic Patients

Who Can Be Helped by Chiropractic?
From years of hands on Chiropractic experience, patient feedback, and what has been shown in several major studies, almost anyone can benefit from visiting a good Chiropractor. When is comes to back pain, there isn't much else that has been shown to be just as effective as the traditional approach to pain relief, which has side-effects since a large part of the pain relief relies on medication, and in many cases, strong prescription medication. From athletes to office workers, anyone suffering from chronic, or acute back pain can benefit greatly from non-invasive non-surgical Chiropractic care. 

These are the top-three types of chiropractic patients
 In my 15 years of practice as a chiropractor in New York City, I have helped countless patients get rid of pain, ranging from mild to immobilizing, and improve their overall health and quality of life.  I have treated patients of many different age groups and backgrounds, and have come to the conclusion that almost all of them fall within 3 categories of people who benefit from chiropractic.  Patients who seek out chiropractic treatment are part of the following groups:

People who suffer from chronic pain.  
Many of my patients have been living with pain for long periods of time, and usually assumed it would go away on its own.  Persistent pain can get in the way of daily activities (such as work, exercise, recreation, family life, etc.) and might cause some to turn to painkillers or other temporary relief methods.  Those looking for relief without resorting to drugs or back surgery, as well as those who are dissatisfied with short-term pain relief, seek chiropractic treatment in hopes of achieving a pain-free life.

People who really want to know the root cause of their pain.  
Patients who suffer from chronic or occasional pain often times want to learn why and how their problem came about.  These patients want to take the time to meet with an expert in order to gather as much knowledge about their bodies as possible and understand the reasons behind their symptoms while finding the root cause of their condition.  In addition to treating the resulting pain, they want to eradicate the base problem and learn how to avoid future injuries by becoming skilled at understanding the workings of their bodies and how chiropractic can help them stay healthy and pain-free.

People who enjoy a healthy lifestyle.  
I also see many patients who are looking to prevent pain and injuries, rather than treat an existing condition.  These patients are well-versed in the benefits of chiropractic and how regular adjustments can assist in attaining optimum health.  These patients want to give their bodies the best possible conditions for good health and well-being.  They incorporate chiropractic as part of a healthy standard of living that typically also includes regular exercise and proper nutrition.  These patients want to take an extra step and ensure they will feel and look their best and be less susceptible to future injury as well.

Chiropractic is a safe, effective, powerful tool against pain, both as a holistic treatment and as a valuable preventive measure.  Anyone who might be part of the above groups will certainly benefit from the pain-relieving properties of chiropractic treatment as well as its importance in achieving and maintaining overall health and wellness.  For more information on the types of treatments provided at my practice, please visit www.drshoshany.com.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Dr Steven Shoshany to Appear on the Dr.Oz Show for the Second Time

NYC chiropractor Dr. Steven Shoshany has been invited back on to the Dr. Oz Show to appear as the chiropractic expert that Dr. Oz uses to present his findings, and demonstrate Chiropractic techniques. Dr Shoshany was also asked to talk about how he treats his patients who are suffering from various forms of neck and back pain.

 Dr. Oz has been very open to treating pain using different techniques and he first invited Dr. Shoshany to be on his show following the publishing of a study that found chiropractic care to be just as effective for relieving lower back pain as traditional care, such as prescription pain medication. On his first guest appearance Dr. Shoshany was asked to explain the principles behind his treatment methods and how he addresses the root cause of the problem as a chiropractor.

Dr Shoshany is renowned for his non surgical, non invasive approach. Using an individualized approach to helping patients get out of pain, he uses the latest technology, diagnostic techniques, along with alternative approaches like acupuncture. He was been providing non-surgical spinal decompression in the NYC area for years, and has helped hundreds of patients who were suffering from chronic back pain and sciatica. His all encompassing approach has proven very effective, even for people who have been unable to get successful treatment for many years.

On his second appearance on the Dr. Oz show Dr. Shoshany was once again asked to perform a live chiropractic adjustment on an audience member suffering from chronic back pain. Dr. Oz spoke about how research has shown that chiropractic care is safe and is very effective in treating back pain. Dr. Shoshany adjusted the patient from Dr. Oz's audience in the mid and upper thoracic spine.

"Its great that Dr.Oz is talking more and more about chiropractic and long term fixes for painful conditions rather than just telling people to take pain medication. He's a very respected doctor, and he is really trying to get people to address the cause of their pain and discomfort, rather than push a product or medication to mask symptoms." _Dr.Shoshany
His appearance on the Dr. Oz show exposed so many people to how simple, and safe chiropractic treatment can be. Dr. Shoshany is very excited by the spotlight once again turning to chiropractors through such a well known TV show. He continues to improve his practice by adding more treatment protocols and continues to treat people suffering from neck and back pain. The show will air, this Wednesday February 8th, 2011.