Thursday, August 29, 2013
When a patient experiences pain in the neck area, it is often caused by a pinched nerve. The term “pinched nerve” refers to a nerve that is entrapped or under excessive pressure because of herniated or bulging discs anywhere along the spine, including the neck. Other causes of pinched nerve in the neck can include degenerative disc disease, subluxations, and facet syndrome.
When nerves are under stress, they become irritated and send painful signals to alert of a problem that needs to be corrected. Aside from discomfort and pain, a pinched nerve in the neck can also cause loss of motion and sensation, as well as weakness and inability to properly function. This can extend from the neck to the shoulders and arms, because the nerves that originate in the neck prolong down the upper extremities. Problems with hand function (similar to carpal tunnel syndrome) and headaches are also possible symptoms of a pinched nerve in the neck.
Chiropractic care is one of the most effective treatments to correct spinal issues that cause a pinched nerve in the neck. Because it is a safe, non-invasive, non-surgical therapy, patients experience progressive pain relief and overall wellness without any additional downtime.
An expert chiropractor will diagnose the patient by evaluating the results of diagnostic tests such as X-rays, MRIs or nerve tests – one test or a combination of tests is prescribed depending on the patient’s condition and needs. At Dr. Steven Shoshany’s state-of-the-art physical rehabilitation facility in NYC, X-rays and nerve tests are performed and reviewed in-house for the patient’s convenience.
Following a diagnosis that reveals the patient has a pinched nerve in the neck, a personalized treatment plan will be developed. Dr. Shoshany’s top treatments for pinched nerve in the neck include chiropractic adjustments and cervical spinal decompression. These options are safe and highly effective because they address the root cause of pain in order to provide long-lasting relief and wellness.
For additional information on Dr. Shoshany’s chiropractic and spinal decompression treatments for pinched nerve in the neck in NYC, please visit www.drshoshany.com, where you can also schedule a consultation and review the wide range of non-surgical treatments available for pain, sports injuries, and chronic conditions.
Monday, August 05, 2013
New Yorkers have the advantage of living in a city that offers some of the best chiropractic care available in the country. Dr. Steven Shoshany, one of the leading names in the chiropractic profession, has been practicing in NYC for over 15 years. In addition to being one of the first chiropractors to offer computer-assisted spinal decompression treatments in NYC, he also heads a state-of-the-art physical rehabilitation practice that is one of only three in NYC to offer The Gonstead System chiropractic treatments.
Because of the high level of activity in the city, New Yorkers need to access care without delay and without affecting work or social commitments. Dr. Shoshany and his staff meet New Yorkers’ demanding needs by offering the highest level of quality care and convenience. Dr. Shoshany’s practice is conveniently located in NYC’s NoHo neighborhood, is easily accessible via public transportation, and offers flexible appointment schedules, including emergency after-hours and weekend consultations and treatments for busy New Yorkers unable to receive treatment during regular office hours.
Aside from the convenience factor, Dr. Shoshany offers some of the best non-surgical pain relief treatments in NYC. As a top-level chiropractor who is sought-after for his highly effective holistic treatment protocols, Dr. Shoshany’s chiropractic care procedures are custom-designed to help each patient achieve permanent pain relief and overall body health by correcting spinal subluxations. Dr. Shoshany and his team are experts in providing adjustments that restore spinal balance and improve comfort by addressing the cause of pain instead of the symptom itself, thus ensuring long-term results.
Dr. Shoshany and his staff are vastly trained in several key physical rehabilitation techniques to treat a wide range of painful conditions, including herniated discs, back pain, neck pain, hip pain, shoulder pain, knee pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, degenerative disc disease, bulging discs, arthritis, sciatica, spinal stenosis, sports injuries, and many more. Moreover, Dr. Shoshany and his staff work with the latest technology to offer the best care and results possible. Some of the advanced tools that are available to Dr. Shoshany’s patients include the DRX-9000 spinal decompression mechanism, Cox® flexion-distraction table, electrical stimulation devices, in-house radiology and ultrasound, cold laser, Graston Technique® patented instruments, specialized physical therapy equipment, and more.
Patients in search of the best chiropractic treatments in NYC are welcome to contact Dr. Shoshany for a consultation by visiting www.drshoshany.com
Monday, July 15, 2013
Herniated discs can occur anywhere along the spine and cause varying degrees of discomfort and pain, ranging from mild to immobilizing. Herniations result from ruptures in the discs, which are meant to act as the spine’s natural shock absorbing mechanism and are located between each vertebra. When a disc is ruptured, the gel-like substance it contains can spill out and cause nerve and soft tissue irritation and loss of spinal flexibility and function. Herniated discs, when left untreated, can become so severe as to completely restrict movement in the affected area of the spine.
Discs can rupture under pressure from spinal subluxations. The most common affected area is the lower back, although herniated discs can occur anywhere along the spine. Some of the most frequent causes of herniated discs are poor posture, sedentary lifestyle habits, excessive weight, pregnancy, injuries, and more. Herniated discs in the lower back often result in the set of symptoms known as sciatica, which are characterized by shooting pains that originate in the lumbar area and travel down the buttock and leg and may be accompanied by numbness and weakness.
Dr. Shoshany has treated many patients who experience pain from a herniated disc in NYC. Dr. Shoshany employs the latest techniques and advancements in non-surgical holistic corrective care, resulting in effective long-term pain relief without the risks and dangerous side effects of aggressive surgical procedures.
The vast majority of herniated disc cases are reversible and will favorably respond to non-surgical treatments. Dr. Shoshany and his team are experts in spinal decompression, chiropractic care, orthopedic care, physical therapy, medical massage therapy, acupuncture, pain management, as well as additional treatments such as cold laser therapy, kinesio taping, soft tissue mobilization, and many more. For additional information on Dr. Shoshany’s herniated disc treatments, which are available at his state-of-the-art physical rehabilitation facility in NYC, please visit www.drshoshany.com or contact 212 645 8151.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Seeing a CHIROPRACTOR FIRST reduces the odds of surgery!!!
A recent study that was published in Spine Journal validates what Chiropractors have been saying for years.
Basically the study states that if you see a Surgeon first your odds of having a surgery are almost 43%, where those that started with Chiropractic care where very unlikely to have a spine surgery.
* 1.5% of those who saw a CHIROPRACTOR FIRST had surgery.
* 42.7% of those who saw a SURGEON FIRST had surgery.
I have been practicing Chiropractic care in NYC for over 15 years and out of the hundreds and maybe thousands of patients that I have seen I can count on one hand the number of patients that needed back surgery.
On the other hand I have seen countless patients that have had a back surgery only to come in with similar complaints.
I have been working with patients from around the world that suffer with herniated discs, Sciatica and Failed back surgery syndrome. Utilizing the DRX system I attract patients that are considering back surgery and almost all of them never get cut.
There is a time and place for Back surgery but it is my opinion that it is overutilized.
A good Surgeon will only take patients that have exhausted on non-surgical methods first, but I have seen patients over the years that went straight to the spine surgeon and were scared into a invasive procedure only to regret it later.
Once you are cut your body also has to heal the surgeons cut and most of the time the anatomy is altered and changes the biomechanics of the area forever.
If you are suffering with back pain or leg pain and have had a MRI I am offering a no-charge consultation to discuss MRI findings.
Early Predictors of Lumbar Spine Surgery After Occupational Back Injury: Results From a Prospective Study of Workers in Washington State
Keeney, Benjamin J. PhD; Fulton-Kehoe, Deborah PhD, MPH; Turner, Judith A. PhD; Wickizer, Thomas M. PhD; Chan, Kwun Chuen Gary PhD‖,; Franklin, Gary M. MD, MPH
Supplemental Author Materia
Study Design. Prospective population-based cohort study.
Objective. To identify early predictors of lumbar spine surgery within 3 years after occupational back injury.
Summary of Background Data. Back injuries are the most prevalent occupational injury in the United States. Few prospective studies have examined early predictors of spine surgery after work-related back injury.
Methods. Using Disability Risk Identification Study Cohort (D-RISC) data, we examined the early predictors of lumbar spine surgery within 3 years among Washington State workers, with new workers compensation temporary total disability claims for back injuries. Baseline measures included worker-reported measures obtained approximately 3 weeks after claim submission. We used medical bill data to determine whether participants underwent surgery, covered by the claim, within 3 years. Baseline predictors (P < 0.10) of surgery in bivariate analyses were included in a multivariate logistic regression model predicting lumbar spine surgery. The area under the receiver operating characteristic curve of the model was used to determine the model's ability to identify correctly workers who underwent surgery.
Results. In the D-RISC sample of 1885 workers, 174 (9.2%) had a lumbar spine surgery within 3 years. Baseline variables associated with surgery (P < 0.05) in the multivariate model included higher Roland-Morris Disability Questionnaire scores, greater injury severity, and surgeon as first provider seen for the injury. Reduced odds of surgery were observed for those younger than 35 years, females, Hispanics, and those whose first provider was a chiropractor. Approximately 42.7% of workers who first saw a surgeon had surgery, in contrast to only 1.5% of those who saw a chiropractor. The area under the receiver operating characteristic curve of the multivariate model was 0.93 (95% confidence interval, 0.92–0.95), indicating excellent ability to discriminate between workers who would versus would not have surgery.
Conclusion. Baseline variables in multiple domains predicted lumbar spine surgery. There was a very strong association between surgery and first provider seen for the injury even after adjustment for other important variables.
Monday, January 14, 2013
In recent years, interest in non-surgical pain relief treatments has increased exponentially. Some of the
advantages of effective non-invasive treatments over traditionally surgical procedures include lower
health risks and side effects, faster recovery, minimal or no need for narcotics or anesthetics, and more.
Cold laser therapy is a leading treatment in the field of non-invasive, non-surgical pain relief because it
safely and effectively accelerates the body’s natural ability to heal.
Cold laser therapy has gained popularity due to its effectiveness in relieving pain caused by injured
or damaged soft tissues. Dr. Steven Shoshany, a specialist in non-invasive, non-surgical pain relief
treatment protocols, has been helping patients in NYC achieve long-term pain relief through the
use of cold laser therapy for several years. Dr. Shoshany’s patients range from athletes and sports
professionals to everyday New Yorkers of all ages who experience chronic pain or have suffered from
different types of injuries.
Cold laser therapy provides outstanding results by targeting damage at the cellular level, specifically in
each cell’s mitochondria, where energy is produced, stored, and distributed. During treatment, patients
rest comfortable while a low-level laser beam pointed at the affected area goes below the skin and
directly into the damaged tissue. Without any discomfort or heat, the laser goes to work and stimulates
blood flow and production of cellular ATP (adenosine triphosphate). The increase in ATP production
gives the damaged tissues a boost, enhancing the quality and speed of healing, reducing inflammation,
discomfort, and pain. There are no known adverse effects or contraindications for cold laser therapy
and it provides long-term relief and tissue restoration. Each cold laser therapy session typically lasts 10
to 15 minutes and although the frequency of treatments varies per individual, the average is 2 to 4 times
per week. The total number of sessions needed will also vary depending on the extent of damage and
response to therapy.
As a guest on Fox’s hit medical talk show, The Dr. Oz Show, where he has appeared multiple times as an expert in non-surgical, non-narcotic pain relief treatments, Dr. Shoshany demonstrated and spoke
about some of the many benefits and applications of cold laser therapy in an episode aired on January
For further details on Dr. Shoshany’s cold laser therapy as well as the full range of non-surgical pain
relief treatments offered at his state-of-the-art physical rehabilitation facility in NYC, please visit
www.drshoshany.com or contact 212-645-8151.