Posts Tagged ‘Chiropractic’
Friday, July 20th, 2018
What Is Sciatica?
The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body; it starts in the lower back and runs down each leg. Pain that radiates along this nerve is often referred to as sciatica. Sciatica commonly occurs when there is a herniated disk or when the spine compresses part of the nerve. If you have sciatica and want to see how a chiropractor in Valley Stream can help, contact Comprehensive Healthcare Group and make an appointment.
How Does It Occur?
Sciatica is usually a result of the aging process or injury. Since the spine is placed under a lot of pressure on a daily basis, it is vulnerable to wear and tear making it less capable of withstanding daily stress. This issue can cause conditions like bone spurs or herniated discs.
Pain from sciatica starts typically at the lower spine and continues behind the thigh down to below the knee. This pain can feel like a mild ache to a sharp, burning sensation and can sometimes feel like a jolt or electric shock. Sciatic pain is often present on only one side of the body. Some of the symptoms can also include:
- Localized pain
- Muscle weakness
- Tingling sensation
If you have these symptoms, prolonged sitting has also been known to worsen your condition.
How A Chiropractor Can Help
Chiropractic care is a conservative, non-surgical way of treating sciatica. Adjustments will realign the spine, taking the pressure off the nerve. This can provide you with quick pain relief. After the pressure is off the nerve, the body will be able to heal itself. In addition to adjusting the spine, a chiropractor will provide you with lifestyle advice in order to prevent future sciatic pain. If you want to learn more about how chiropractic care can treat and potentially resolve your sciatic pain, call Comprehensive Healthcare Group and make an appointment with a chiropractor in Valley Stream or Oceanside today!
Thursday, June 7th, 2018
Many patients report having low back pain throughout their lives. This pain can be caused by anything from poor posture to a herniated disc. Significant research has been conducted to show that low back pain should be treated with chiropractic care in the early stages of treatment. Not only is it effective, but it safe and non-invasive. To make an appointment with a chiropractor in Valley Stream or Oceanside, contact us here.
Common Reasons for Low Back Pain
Low back pain can be caused by a wide variety of things. Sometimes injuries to the vertebrae can create inflammation and pain, and other times poor posture is the sole cause for low back pain. Some of the most common reasons that patients suffer from low back pain are:
- A torn or pulled ligament and/or muscle in the back!
- Also known as a sprain or strain, these injuries are common because they can be caused by so many different things (lifting a heavy object, poor posture, over-stretching, slipping and/or falling down).
- If you think you may have pulled or torn a muscle in your back, contact us here to make an appointment with a chiropractor in Valley Stream.
- Sports injuries
- Degenerative disc disease
- A disease in which the disc between vertebrae within the spine loses hydration, causing tears and weakness.
- Spinal stenosis
- A condition where the spinal canal narrows, compressing the nerves and causing pain.
- Joint dysfunction
Chiropractic Treatments for Low Back Pain
Why should you choose chiropractic as one of your first lines of treatment? The methods that chiropractors use involve little to no risks and zero pharmaceutical drugs. In those that suffer from low back pain, many different treatment options are available. For a chiropractor in Valley Stream, contact us here to make an appointment. Treatment methods can include the following:
- Chiropractic spinal adjustment
- Chiropractors will use their hands to manually align the spine into its proper position. This can improve range of motion, reduce irritability, and most importantly reduce low back pain.
- Chiropractic spinal adjustment
- This is a more gentle approach to spinal manipulation, using a lower-velocity adjustment speed to increase the range of motion in the spine.
- Heat and cold therapy
- Using heating pads and ice packs can reduce inflammation and allow for more blood to flow to the affected area.
- Heat and cold therapy
- Diet counseling
- Many chiropractors may offer lifestyle advice on how you may change some habits such as eating for weight loss to relieve the pressure that the extra weight adds to your back.
- Diet counseling
- This provides deep heat to areas reducing pain and inflammation.
Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
Many things can cause leg pain – pinched nerves in the lower spine, lumbar radiculopathy, herniated discs in the spine, even spinal arthritis and space-occupying lesions.
However, sciatica is a term you often may hear people use to talk about pain they have in the buttocks, hip and then down one leg (sometimes both legs, but typically occurring specifically on one side).
Sciatica describes pain, weakness, numbness or tingling in the leg that is caused by injury to, or pressure on, the sciatic nerve. It is not a diagnosis but rather a symptom of an underlying medical condition. The sciatic nerve starts in the lower back at the 3rd lumbar segment and is formed by the exiting nerve roots of L3-L5, S1 and S2 to become the longest and widest nerve in the body.It runs down the lower back along the spine and down the back of each leg.Portions of the sciatic nerve branch out in each leg to innervate certain parts of the leg, e.g., the buttock, thigh, calf, foot and toes.Depending upon where the sciatic nerve is being affected determines where the pain is.Since the sciatic nerve controls the muscles of the lower leg and provides sensation to the thighs, legs and soles of the feet, sciatica can be felt as a dull ache or an intense pins-and-needles sensation.
What does the healthcare provider do to determine what is causing your pain and then treat your pain?The neurologist, physiatrist or chiropractor will first perform a clinical exam to determine exactly where the pain is.Imaging studies may be ordered (either CT scan or MRI studies) to see if bones, nerves, soft tissues, ligaments, etc are the source of the pain.If the pain is determined to be coming from a nerve, tests called nerve conduction studies can be performed to see if the signals are traveling properly through the nerves.
A course of treatment is then planned based on the information the healthcare provider has found in the course of your exam and diagnostic testing.This may include physical therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic care, stretching exercises, medication or injection therapy.It may be determined that a surgical consultation is needed.The good news is that back pain that radiates down the legs can be diagnosed, treated and managed.The key is to be able to discuss with your healthcare provider what your symptoms are and be able to describe them as accurately as possible.Try to note when you have your pain, where exactly you have your pain and what activities tend to make your pain better or worse.These are all pieces of information that will assist your healthcare provider in being able to treat you successfully and reduce the chance of recurrence.
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