Experienced Chiropractors endeavor to help alleviate their patient’s symptoms as quickly as possible—with as few treatments as necessary—and also give advice on how to eschew recurring Back Pain or Sciatica attacks.
Because this profession has an unusually large variety of practice philosophies and Chiropractic techniques, patients should feel comfortable asking all of the compulsory questions to comprehend the Chiropractic examination, diagnosis, and treatment regimen.
Here’s what patients can expect during the first Chiropractic consultation. This preliminary consultation involves the Chiropractor completing a detailed Chiropractic exam lasting 45 minutes or longer.
Some patients choose to conduct a preliminary interview with the Chiropractor either over the phone or in person that is focused on discussion (e.g., regarding the Chiropractor’s philosophy, expertise and general approach, and the patient’s preferences) and does not include a clinical exam.
The following explains the preliminary in office clinical exam, which typically focuses on 3 areas:
Prior to the Chiropractic exam, the patient will be asked to complete forms that provide background information about his or her symptoms and condition. Questions typically include:
Patients are typically asked to present information about family medical history, any pre-existing medical conditions or prior injuries, and previous and current health providers and treatments.
An in-depth Chiropractic exam consists of general tests, like blood pressure, pulse, respiration, and reflexes, in addition to specific orthopedic and neurological tests to measure:
Additional Chiropractic tests might be needed to evaluate the affected area, such as having the patient move in a specific manner, Posture Analysis, or Chiropractic Manipulation.
After carefully reviewing results of the patient’s medical history and Chiropractic exam, diagnostic studies might be advantageous in uncovering pathologies and detecting structural abnormalities to more accurately diagnose a condition.
Diagnostic studies are not necessarily required during the Chiropractic exam, and should only be conducted if the Chiropractor has a good reason to believe that the X-ray or other test will provide necessary information to direct the patient’s treatment regimen.
The most common diagnostic studies during Chiropractic exams are:
Most Chiropractic clinics can administer basic X-rays, but an MRI scan and more extensive imaging studies are usually referred to an outside center.
Results from the combination of the patient’s medical history, physical examination and any required diagnostic studies point to a specific diagnosis. Once the diagnosis has been determined, the Chiropractor will decide if the condition will respond to Chiropractic Care.
At the end of the patient’s preliminary visit, the Chiropractor will explain the patient’s:
Some Chiropractors will also provide the diagnosis in the form of a written Chiropractic Treatment Plan, so the patient can bring it home and do their own research.
Many Chiropractors start treatment during the patient’s first visit, although some may wait until the next appointment.
Chiropractic treatment goals and recommendations might consist of some or all of the following:
The Chiropractor will set specific goals for a patient’s individual plan for treatment:
To attain these goals, a specific number of Chiropractic treatment sessions will be suggested.
For most types of Lower Back Pain, a treatment regimen of 1 to 3 Chiropractic treatment sessions per week for 2 to 4 weeks will be prescribed, followed by a re-assessment by the Chiropractor.
At the re-assessment, the Chiropractor will measure the response to treatment and decide whether to:
Chiropractic Adjustment (also called Spinal Manipulation) is an accepted, prevalent pain relief treatment for many types of Lower Back Pain, Sciatica, and Neck Pain. Knowing what to expect from the first Chiropractic visit can help a patient get the maximum benefit from Chiropractic treatment.
Since this profession has a vast range of practice philosophies and Chiropractic techniques, patients should feel comfortable asking all the questions required to understand the Chiropractic examination, diagnosis, and treatment regimen.
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When something goes awry in the human body, there’s not always a speedy solution. Many people suffer from Back Pain—as a matter of fact, 31 million Americans have pain in their lower back at any given time. But when they pursue treatment, they typically obtain temporary symptom relief when what they are seeking is long-term relief.
Patients suffering from the chronic pain associated with Bulging, Degenerating, or Herniated Discs might benefit from therapy via a Spinal Decompression Table. This kind of pain, which can present as Back or Neck Pain itself, in addition to accompanying pain in the arms and legs, may have already been treated by Traditional Traction methods or even by Spinal Surgery with minimal improvement. In these cases, a Spinal Decompression Table that utilizes computerized sensors to perform stretching actions on the spine and promote healing can be highly beneficial.
What exactly is a Spinal Decompression Table, and how is it employed to treat patients who have been unable to achieve comfort though other treatments?
Spinal Decompression Therapy, also called Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression, is a treatment option that employs a Spinal Decompression Table to alleviate pain by producing circumstances whereby bulging or herniated disc tissue is able to return back into place and heal, easing the pain this condition produces.
Spinal Decompression Therapy aims to assist patients who experience excruciating pain caused by Bulging, Degenerating, or Herniated Discs. It can also be utilized for the pain management and treatment of many causes of Sciatica, injured or diseased spinal nerve roots, and worn spinal joints.
Spinal Decompression Therapy stretches the spine, via a Spinal Decompression Table to generate negative pressure and space within the disc, thereby enabling disc fluid to shift back into place. This creates an environment in which the disc can receive more nutrients and consequently heal itself sooner and efficiently. The fundamental objective of Spinal Decompression Therapy is to alleviate the patient’s chronic back, arm, neck, and/or leg pain, and to heal the cause of this pain.
Spinal Decompression Therapy is also called Non-Surgical Decompression Therapy, since it is often used as a safe, affordable, and highly beneficial alternative to Spinal Surgery. The difference between Surgical and Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is a significant one, since Surgical Spinal regimens are typically considered a last resort, whereas Spinal Decompression Therapy is a safe treatment during any stage of Back Pain. The most prevalent Spinal Decompression Surgeries include Laminectomy and Microdiscectomy, which pose a higher risk of complication or failure.
A Spinal Decompression Table is the primary tool utilized in Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy. There are 2 kinds of Spinal Decompression Tables: 1 with cable and pulley systems that generates pull on the patient’s body, and Spinal Decompression Tables that are comprised of an upper and lower body segment that operate independently from one another. The second type of table is much more effective at preventing Muscle Guarding, and is recommended for the best possible patient results.
Patients are strapped to the table with a harness; other props such as pillows are utilized to keep the patient comfortable and the spine in the correct position for Decompression. Once the patient is in place, the table program is performed and the 2 parts of the table begin to pull apart from one another. The poundage of the pull depends on the type of Decompression, in addition to the physicality of the patient and can range anywhere from just 5 pounds for a Cervical Decompression regimen to 100 pounds or more for Lumbar Decompression on a larger patient.
Spinal Decompression Tables use computerized technology to generate negative intradiscal pressure in the spine. A Spinal Decompression has 2 sections which move independently of one another. During setup, a Spinal Decompression Technician selects a decompression program that will accommodate the patient’s needs. The best program for an individual is based on that person’s diagnosis as well as how they have responded to previous treatments.
As Spinal Decompression Tables stretches the spine, negative pressure is created within the spinal discs, which can prompt the retraction or repositioning of the disc material, bringing about pain relief. Additionally, the lower pressure within the disc can cause an inflow of healing nutrients to the disc, to promote additional relief even when the patient is not on the table.
One of the stumbling blocks for effectual Spinal Decompression with manual techniques is the fact that the body naturally resists the stretch, known as Muscle Guarding. With a Spinal Decompression Table, sensors can determine when the patient’s muscles are guarding against the stretch and release the tension, ensuring that the maximum decompression is achieved.
The precise Spinal Decompression regimen for an individual will be based on the symptoms he or she is enduring. Normally, Spinal Decompression patients can expect to go through at least 12 sessions on the Spinal Decompression Table, though depending on the patient’s diagnosis and response to the treatment, additional sessions may be necessary. Additionally, follow-up treatments may be indicated as necessary to manage pain.
A patient’s first visit should determine whether he or she would be a good candidate for Spinal Decompression Therapy. A preliminary examination should include a review of the patient’s history, including any available imaging such as X-rays and/or MRI results. If the patient is a good candidate, the Doctor can compile a suggested Spinal Decompression regimen created for that particular patient and diagnosis.
Each Spinal Decompression Table session lasts approximately 30 minutes. During this Spinal Decompression Table session, the patient is strapped into the table with a pelvic harness. For Lumbar Decompression, the lower portion of the body will move to gently stretch and relax the spine based on computerized algorithms designed to maximize the stretch and minimize the body’s resistance to that stretch. For Cervical Herniated Disc Decompression , the upper portion of the body will move.
Anyone enduring Back Pain associated with Bulging or Herniated Discs may be a candidate for Spinal Decompression Therapy, but only a Chiropractor or other Healthcare Practitioner specializing in the musculoskeletal system and trained as a Spinal Decompression Technician can make this determination when evaluating a patient. While many patients come to Spinal Decompression Therapy after being unable to find relief from other treatments, including surgery, this is not a requirement.
Here are some contraindications for Spinal Decompression Therapy:
It is imperative that patients are fully examined and a medical and health history taken prior to beginning treatment with a Spinal Decompression Table.
Just like any medical treatment, results of Spinal Decompression Therapy will vary based on the patient, the doctor, and the regimen used. Patients do not usually feel a great deal of relief following the first treatment. Instead, after several Spinal Decompression Therapy sessions, relief should be evident. In some instances, patients might need to complete their entire treatment regimen before they experience complete relief from their symptoms.
If you suffer with back pain, Spinal Decompression might be an ideal treatment option.
Back pain is one of the most incapacitating type of soreness, and occurs in countless indviduals for a multitude of reasons. Fortunately, Spinal Decompression Therapy is a simple, non-invasive treatment that has generated several success stories for back pain relief without surgery. Spinal Decompression entails a method of relieving pressure that has accumulated gradually inside the discs of the back located between each vertebra. This pressure, usually the result of common issues and injuries like bad posture, is alleviated via a computerized decompression table. Pressure is then alleviated during Spinal Decompression Therapy, enabling nutrients and oxygen to flow back into the disc. Consider these benefits to see if it’s the right option for you.
Healing starts soon after the first treatment. Spinal Decompression Therapy lasts about 30 to 45 minutes based upon the severity, and is recommended to be done around 15 to 30 times over a 6 week period. A harness is employed to gently stretch the spine, which opens each pressure filled disc and enables oxygen and fluids to flow—immediately relieving pain.
Without the need for surgery or drugs, Spinal Decompression Therapy is a safer alternative than other treatment options. The likelihood of being injured during Spinal Decompression are zero to none, so there’s no fear or anxiety prior to treatment like there would be before going into an operating room.
Enjoy a completely painless and relaxing treatment. During Spinal Decompression Therapy, a harness is gently fastened around the hips while you are positioned on a decompression table, which slowly moves vertically to stretch the spine. This process is extremely relaxing as pressure is relieved between each vertebra.
Compared to Spinal Surgery, Spinal Decompression Therapy is a much less costly choice with a quick recovery time. Spinal Surgery can be extremely expensive, and runs the risk of not being completely effective. Spinal Decompression Therapy will also enable a full recovery of disc problems with fast recuperation, medication free. Surgery necessitates a long recovery process and pain medication, frequently resulting in adverse side effects.
While infrequent, Spinal Decompression side effects might include minor muscle spasms and slight pain; while side effects of Spinal Surgery can include bleeding, infection, negative reaction to drugs, stroke, heart attack, or nerve damage. It’s safe to say that Spinal Decompression Therapy is a superior option when offered.
Spinal Decompression and Cold Laser Therapy Treatment is for people who are suffering with Back and Neck Pain who have tried pain killers or even stronger drugs or injections. Spinal Decompression and Cold Laser Therapy is for people who want relief so they can get back to feeling normal.
Here’s the Big News: Dr. O. is using a technique called Spinal Decompression with Cold Laser Therapy. It’s painless, effective, and the success rate is over 90%.
Here’s how it works: You are treated on a specialized table that gently stretches out your spine while the Cold Laser gets in between the vertebra and into the muscles to increase circulation, stimulate pain reduction, and healing.
Here’s what to do next: Contact the office and schedule a Spinal Decompression and Cold Laser Therapy consultation with Dr. O. to find out if you are a good candidate for this treatment.
Spinal Decompression and Cold Laser Therapy in New York City is an effective pain relieving combination. Get relief from Neck Pain, Lower Back Pain, Disc Pain, Bulges, and Disc Herniation. Spinal Decompression with Cold Laser Therapy provides much-needed relief.
Bring your insurance card, although this therapy is not covered by insurance, your insurance company may cover X-rays, exams, or re-exams needed.
If you suffer from chronic back, neck or joint pain, K-Laser Therapy is the solution you are looking for.
K-Laser Therapy works by stimulating production of cellular energy in damaged cells and by enhancing the cell membrane permeability. This accelerates the quality of healing, enhances the exchange of nutrients and wastes across the cell membrane and improves elasticity of injured tissues. K-Laser Therapy reduces pain and inflammation. It can be used immediately on acute injuries, over broken skin and over metal implants. K-Laser Therapy enhances the rate and quality of healing of acute injuries, and can help with the resolution of chronic complaints such as Arthritis.
Here at East Village Chiropractic, we provide K-Laser Therapy. Are you ready to get rid of your pain in a drug-free, non-surgical way?
This month’s research review focuses on Laser Therapy for TMJ or TMD as it is commonly known.
TMJ or TMD (Temporomandibular Dysfunction) is a common mechanical problem of the jaw hinged joints, the jaw becomes misaligned, does not function properly and becomes swollen and painful. TMD is more prevalent in men than women and can cause the following:
Painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs do little if anything to correct jaw alignment and correct the problem.
In the three studies that I reviewed, the researches gave a thumb’s up to Laser Therapy for improving the treatment outcome.
Our K-Laser has a specific setting for treating TMD, relieving the pain associated with the condition. Still hesitating to make your appointment? Please read what one patient is saying about Dr. Odulak:
“He’s a genius and truly works wonders by incorporating the innovative and non-invasive technology to provide Holistic Chiropractic Care… Cold (or Low-Laser Therapy) is amazing, it rebuilds tissue and quick and easy!!! If you have any chronic pain, go to Dr. Taras, it’s that simple.”
— Antonina R.
Although a Migraine is severe to moderate pain that you feel at the top or side of your head, the trouble might actually originate at the bottom of your skull.
Your Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is the hinge that connects your jaw to your skull. Your TMJ allows you to talk, chew and yawn. But the joint’s supporting muscles also can be the source of your Migraines, says Chiropractor Andrew Bang, DC, of Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine.
A number of the TMJ muscles, which are located underneath the jaw and in the cheeks, and on the top and sides of the head, may contribute to the pain, Dr. Bang says.
“The Headache and Migraine pain could generate from the muscles that move your jaw,” Dr. Bang says.
Here’s how it happens: Your jaw muscles tighten when you grind or clench your teeth – or do things such as chew gum. The pain from your jaw created by the clenching then travels to other places in the skull, causing Headaches or, in severe cases, Migraines. You may also encounter toothaches, earaches or shoulder pain.
A Migraine is a Headache that tends to happen repeatedly. It can cause moderate to severe pain if left untreated. More than 10% of the U.S. population – including children – suffers from Migraines.
People often experience a Migraine as a throbbing pain. The pain may develop on one side of the head only, but may be felt on both sides. Light, sounds, smells, stress, activity or hormonal changes can trigger the pain.
A Migraine may cause you to become temporarily sensitive to light, sound and smell and can make you feel nauseous. Physical activity also can aggravate a Migraine. Some people experience visual or sensory changes, called auras, before, during or after the Headache.
Three other areas of the body can contribute to Migraine pain when they become tight or tense: the shoulders, the neck and the head. Dr. Odulak may use Chiropractic Manipulation when vertebrae in the upper spine or head are misaligned. Gentle realignment that ensures a good range of motion sometimes can provide fast Migraine relief.
If you think your TMJ is causing Headaches, try these tips to get some relief:
Schedule your appointment with Dr. Taras Odulak today and turn annoying Migraines into distant memories.
The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team used the K-Laser as part of their training room regimen to expedite recovery from the various bumps, bruises, strains and sprains that occur while playing an intense sport at the world-class level.
“It’s everything. It’s why we’re here. This is what we are. This is who we are. This is what we’ve been working for. I know that this team is willing and ready to show up. It doesn’t matter who we’re playing.” – Abby Wambach on reaching the Olympic finals and facing off against Japan.
“I am the Sports Massage Therapist for the United States Women’s Soccer Team. K-Laser has stepped up to support us as we embark on our journey to win the Gold medal in London just weeks away. The team at K-Laser has made it possible for us to successfully treat some of our star athletes who have been suffering from chronic pain and injuries. We are grateful to them and to this amazing technology they have created to help us along our path! Thank you K-Laser!! Stay tuned for more success stories to come!!!” – from Kara Mirarchi
At our office, Dr. Odulak uses the K-Laser for relief of acute and chronic conditions. It’s the same laser used by the N.Y. Yankees and the World Cup Champion U.S. Women’s Soccer Team.
Dr. Odulak and staff look forward to treating your aches and pains with the innovative K-Laser. Schedule your appointment today.
Sports injury rehabilitation is all about getting athletes back in the game with minimal downtime, wile maintaining their optimal health. A relatively new tool for the treatment of sports injuries is finding global success, and it is doing so in a fast, efficient way. In fact, Dr. Oz has called it the “no-pill pain buster.”
Trauma from sports injuries causes damage to the cells that make up soft tissues. These damaged cells release chemicals that provoke a natural inflammatory response in the body, which result in redness, swelling, warmth and pain in the injured area. Chronic or frequent inflammation can predispose athletes to early-onset Arthritis or degenerative joint changes. This condition can affect the weekend warrior, as well the elite athlete.
The application of Low-Level Laser Therapy reduces short-term inflammation. Additionally, Laser Therapy significantly lowers the risk of Arthritis frequently sustained from sports injuries. Professional sports teams and athletes use Laser Therapy to treat inflammation, provide deep-tissue therapy, and accelerate pain relief to help athletes minimize downtime. For the past decade, Low-Level Laser Therapy has revolutionized treatment in the professional sports world including NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL and USA Cycling athletes, as well as Ironman triathlon competitors, competitive runners, college athletes, former Olympic athletes, and elite cross-fitters.
Low-Level Laser Therapy works to photobiostimulate chemically damaged cells via specific wavelengths of light in a coherent method. Coherence means that light photons propagate in the same direction, amplitude and phase. This is important to maximize the depth of penetration in order to trigger an appropriate biological response.
The cell membrane within the skin absorbs these photons through a photochemical effect, not photothermal; consequently, Low-Level Laser Therapy does not cause heat damage to the tissues.
When cells are chemically damaged through injury, they activate the pain cycle. Low-Level Laser Therapy stimulates kinetic energy within the cells by transmitting these healing stimuli that are photons. Once photons reach the cells of the body, they promote a cascade of cellular activities. Low-Level Laser Therapy can ignite the production of enzymes, stimulate mitochondria, increase vasodilation and lymphatic drainage, ATP synthesis, and elevate collagen formation substances to prevent scar tissue. This is a critical step in reducing chronic, disabling myofascial pain syndromes. Simply stated, Low-Level Laser Therapy enables athletes to alleviate pain faster and heal at the same time.
If you’re an athlete who has been sidelined by debilitating pain, schedule an appointment with NYC Chiropractor Dr. Taras Odulak today, so you can get back in the game.
“It’s not that simple, proper posture and strong core are important, but getting your spine checked for spinal bone misalignments, pinched up nerves, worn out discs or even a dropped arch in one foot is the first step.
“At our office, we do a ten-point check that helps us quickly assess your posture. Schedule your appointment today.”