Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Pinched Nerves and Sciatica NYC

Back pain can take many forms, all of which are at least a disruption to your life and at worst a major obstacle to normal living. In many cases, the sciatic nerve has a close relationship with the symptoms that a pain sufferer exhibits, and it’s not uncommon to hear terms like ‘sciatica’ and ‘pinched nerve’ thrown around in connection to the pain. Sciatica is a set of symptoms that are displayed by a patient whose sciatic nerve is being compressed, or ‘pinched’ due any number of factors. At our comprehensive treatment center in NYC, Living Well Medical, we regularly treat patients who have debilitating pain related to a pinched nerve. We bring together a number of non-surgical treatments that include chiropractic adjustment, non-surgical spinal decompression with the DRX-9000 for herniated or bulging spinal discs, pain management with a Medical Doctor, cold laser therapy and physical therapy.

As mentioned above, there are several reasons that a nerve like the sciatic nerve can be pinched and compressed, leading to severe and chronic pain. Perhaps the most common, however, is a herniated or bulging spinal disc as a result of long-term wear or trauma.

When a weakness develops in the fibrous outer wall of a disc, the fluid from the interior of a disc can be forced out into contact with the sciatic nerve causing irritation, inflammation and general pain. This is typically referred to as nerve impingement, and severe nerve impingement of the lumbar nerve roots can cause the symptoms we know of as sciatica.

Sciatica often encompasses problems like leg pain, lower back pain, pain in the buttocks, numbness, tingling and even muscle weakness. Different people will experience different combinations of these symptoms, but the universal aspect is significant pain that makes an active life difficult. That’s where our office in NYC can help patients without the fears that go along with surgery or long-term pain medications.

Specifically intended for treatment of herniated discs and other conditions that cause severe low back pain, non-surgical spinal decompression with the DRX-9000 is an alternative to back surgery that has been safely helping patients stop the pain for years.

The DRX-9000 is a computer-controlled therapeutic device that applies specific amounts of force to targeted areas of the spine (based on where the herniated or bulging disc is located). By placing patients in a harness that helps directs the stretches to the lower back, malfunctioning discs can be ‘pumped’ and made to absorb more nutrients and fluids that will aid them in healing themselves. Because the discs are mostly avascular (having little blood supply), the nutrients are an important part of the healing process. Stretching through the DRX-9000 can also help create a pocket of negative pressure inside of the disc that can draw herniated material back to inside the disc over time. At Living Well Medical in NYC, our chiropractic physician, Dr. Steven Shoshany has been helping patients with his patented spinal decompression protocol for years.

If you suffer with sciatica and the pain of a pinched nerve due to a herniated disc in NYC, call Living Well Medical at 212-645-8151 or visit our website and find out more about non-surgical spinal decompression therapy with the DRX-9000.

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