Monday, March 14, 2011

Did I Pinch a Nerve?

It might start with just a movement that was a little too quick or a funny position that just didn’t feel right. Maybe you picked up a moving box and felt ‘something pop.’ Before you know it, your in so much pain that you can barely do anything without feeling it. I see people like this all the time at Living Well Medical in SoHo. It doesn’t take much, especially once you get into your late 50’s and higher. Your back gets a little more delicate because the spinal discs don’t work quite like they used to. It’s natural.

So inevitably your mind goes to the worst case scenario: did I pinch a nerve? It’s a scary question.

Everyone knows someone that has had severe back pain. Back pain is one of the most (if not the most) common debilitating conditions in the US. Pinched nerves because of a problem with spinal discs is only one of a host of conditions that lead to serious back pain, but for the purposes of the this blog, we’ll only focus on that (since I deal with them pretty regularly). It takes an MRI to really know if that’s the case, and after you’ve had one you can get cleared for treatment.

Conventional medical clinics will often propose surgical intervention, but no one wants that. If you can avoid the surgical knife and get relief, why the heck not? What’s more, surgery outcomes too often fall short of the hopes of the patients, occasionally having no effect at all (or even worsening things).

Here at Living Well we have a wide variety of non-surgical treatments that we use to get people back in control of their lives and their pain. That might include any number of methods like spinal decompression therapy, Active Release Technique, physical therapy, massage, acupuncture, or chiropractic adjustment, - the list goes on - but the specifics of your case and problem will dictate what is chosen.

The main thing is, if your think you have a pinched nerve, go to a doctor! Pain like that doesn’t normally just “go away” on its own; you need a little backup. If you are hurting, give us a call today at 212-645-8151.

Be well!

- Dr. Shoshany, NYC Chiropractor

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

C5, C6 Herniated Cervical Disc Herniation

Waking up not being able to move your neck seems like a serious issue, most people would definitely freak out a little, running their options through their mind, imagining the worst possible scenarios. Thoughts of the long waiting times in the emergency rooms, the constant pain, the impact on quality of life, and the thought of going under the knife would leave most people feeling defeated.

However giving up and not doing some serious research and seeking out second opinions when it comes to your health options can be a pretty big oversight, because there aren't many more important things in life than health.

Chiropractic adjustments remove interference with the nervous system, allowing the body to heal itself, these interferences can range from tight muscles, muscular imbalances, postural distortions, to herniated or bulging discs. Chiropractic is also the overwhelming alternative to surgery in The U.S.

Here is a Patient Testimonial from Living Well Medical.

Monday, March 7, 2011

What is Sciatica

New York City residents are very likely to suffer from back problems, which can often mean suffering from leg pain or numbness in the form of Sciatica.

Sciatica isn't a condition itself but it is the symptoms of a spinal nerve being impinged, irritated, or otherwise agitated from a bulging, herniated or ruptured spinal disc. Here is a short video about Sciatica, using the "Superspine" spinal model.