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Slipped Disk - Consider Non-Surgical Treatment Options

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Herniated, ruptured or slipped disk is one of the most common causes of back pain. A herniated disk occurs when the outer portion of a spinal disk breaks down and the inner portion leaks out. With age, the water content in the disk decreases, making it less flexible and more prone to rupture. Loss of water content may cause a displacement of the disk's center through a crack in the outer layer. Other factors that increase your risk for this condition may include- overweight, smoking, a sedentary lifestyle, and sudden pressure on the spine. A leading multi-disciplinary practice on Long Island, Comprehensive Healthcare Group (CHG) with Long Island locations in Valley Stream and Oceanside, NY offers effective treatment options for slipped disks.Pain occurs when the protruding disk presses on the surrounding nerves. The most common signs and symptoms of a herniated disk are - numbness or tingling, leg pain below the knee, and muscle weakness.

The condition may occur in any part of your spine, from your neck to lower back. The lower back is one of the more common areas for slipped disks. Medical professionals determine the cause of your pain by reviewing your medical history, performing a complete physical exam and using diagnostic tests like digital X-rays.

Non-surgical options are available to treat slipped disk disorders. The treatment typically depends on the level of discomfort you're experiencing and how far the disk has slipped out of place. Surgery may be considered when non-surgical treatments such as pain medications, injections, chiropractic care and physical therapy cannot provide adequate pain relief.

  • Stretching exercises - Stay active and keep moving to recover faster. Exercise programs are usually recommended. You may find that your pain increases at first when you start moving around. This is normal and doesn't mean you're causing more damage.
  • Physical therapy - Physical therapy programs aim at keeping you active, minimize pain and help prevent any further damage to your back. Physical therapists use a wide range of techniques, including myofascial massage and hands-on manual therapy to restore movement and function.
  • Medications - Medicines such as anti-inflammatory medications (ibuprofen, Motrin) and medical steroids (prednisone, prednisolone, and methylprednisolone) will be prescribed to help ease any painful symptoms of a slipped disk.
  • Chiropractic care - An experienced chiropractor will evaluate the entire spine. The type of disk injury you have will determine what treatments your chiropractor will use to address your symptoms. A treatment plan will be developed that may include spinal manipulation or manual adjustments.
  • Injections - Epidural steroid injection (ESI) is a minimally invasive procedure that can help relieve slipped disk pain or spinal stenosis or spondylolysis. Other trigger point injections can also relieve pain in the disk area.

Long Island-based Comprehensive Healthcare Group (CHG) provides the service of experienced chiropractors and physical therapists highly skilled in treating all the symptoms associated with herniated disk and associated conditions. Blurb see before.

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What is Spinal Subluxation and How Does Chiropractic Treatment Help?

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Chiropractic Treatment

Chiropractor in Valley Stream

Chiropractic care involves a special focus on spinal manipulation and treatment of surrounding structures. Chiropractors while providing chiropractic services will focus on investigating the level of your spinal health. They will check for areas of spinal misalignments and joint restrictions called spinal subluxations.

The International Chiropractors Association defines ‘spinal subluxation’ or ‘vertebral subluxation’ as “the result of spinal bones with improper motion or position affecting nerve communications between your brain and your body." So this common chiropractic term is used to describe a specific set of signs and symptoms of the spinal column which can affect both adults and children. Subluxation can be found in the cervical (neck), thoracic (mid back) or lumbar (low back) region.

It is important to detect spinal conditions before they become more serious and difficult to correct. Usually presented with pain and sometimes difficulty in turning your spine, this can lead to major issues. These structural and functional issues can interfere with the smooth functioning of the nervous system and with the control and regulation of bodily functions. As your nervous system controls the cells, tissues, organs and systems of your body, vertebral misalignments will affect your overall health.

Chiropractors use a variety of tests to detect spinal misalignment:

  • X-rays to screen for tenderness, muscle spasm, joint restriction and misalignment – the common indicators of spinal subluxation
  • Checks for leg length imbalance and muscle weakness
  • Instruments to evaluate spinal muscle tone problems or skin temperature variations
  • Neurological tests
  • Orthopedic tests to check the structural and functional integrity of the spinal column and rule out nerve injuries

With this and other comprehensive assessment, your chiropractor will develop a treatment plan to correct the spinal misalignment and ease the areas of restricted subluxation.

Chiropractors treat spinal subluxation with special manual adjustment techniques. Hands-on manipulation of the spinal column using diversified and non-force techniques can effectively reduce or eliminate pain and restore function and balance. The adjustments will work to:

  • realign the spinal joints
  • stretch constricted muscles and ligaments
  • improve circulation in the area
  • Address chronic joint pain and inflammation
  • stimulate nervous system

Along with this, the chiropractor may recommend specific exercises to correct postural distortions and structural misalignments.

Serving the Long Island area, CHG has chiropractors who are highly skilled in assessing patients and helping them enhance their spine health levels with customized treatment plans.