Manhattan Wellness Group

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What is a Herniated Disc?

Spinal disc herniation is a medical condition affecting the spine. Intervertebral discs are positioned between the vertebrae in the spine. The outside of a disc is made from cartilage, and in the center is a jelly like solution. These discs serve many purposes, including allowing movement of the spine, creating space between the vertebrae, and acting as shock absorbers. The gelatinous middle allows the disc to compress and expand based on impact and movement. A healthy spine provides full range of motion and activities of the body.

What causes a Herniated Disc?

Trauma to the spine can cause the discs to herniate, bulge, become displaced (slipped disc), or even rupture. However, trauma or direct injury to the area is not the only cause. As we get older, the discs can begin to weaken and dehydrate. These conditions can put pressure on the nerves around the spine and cause radiating pain, numbness, tingling sensation, and weakness to the lower back, buttocks, legs and feet. This condition is known as Sciatica.

When a herniated disc presses on nerve roots, it can cause pain, numbness, and weakness in the area of the body where the nerve travels. A herniated disc in the lower back can cause pain and numbness in the buttock and down the leg. This is called Sciatica. Sciatica is the most common symptom of a herniated disc in the low back.

If a herniated disc isn't pressing on a nerve, you may have a backache or no pain at all. If you have weakness or numbness in both legs along with loss of bladder or bowel control, seek medical care right away. This could be a sign of a rare but serious problem called cauda equina syndrome.

What is a Cervical Herniated Disc?

A spinal disc herniation is a medical condition affecting the spine in this case the neck in particular. Intervertebral discs are positioned between the vertebrae in the spine. The outside of a disc is made from cartilage, and in the center is a jelly like solution. These discs serve many purposes, including allowing movement of the spine, creating space between the vertebrae, and acting as shock absorbers. The gelatinous middle allows the disc to compress and expand based on impact and movement.

What are Cervical Herniated Disc Symptoms?

  • Arm pain possibly radiating down to the fingers
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Trouble turning your neck
  • numbness or tingling or a burning sensation in the shoulders, neck or arm
  • Arm weakness
  • Stiff neck

What is a Lumbar Hernated Disc?

A Spinal Disc Herniation is a medical condition affecting the spine in the lumbar region also known as the lower back. Intervertebral discs are positioned between the vertebrae in the spine. The outside of a disc is made from cartilage, and in the center is a jelly like solution. These discs serve many purposes, including allowing movement of the spine, creating space between the vertebrae, and acting as shock absorbers. The gelatinous middle allows the disc to compress and expand based on impact and movement.

What are Lumbar Herniated Disc Symptoms?

  • Leg Pain
  • Lower back pain                                    
  • Pain in the buttocks
  • Pain radiating down to the soles or outside the foot
  • numbness or tingling or a burning sensation in the legs, back or buttocks
  • Leg and Thigh weakness/ Pain
  • Loss of bladder and/or bowel movements
  • Muscle Spasms

Treatment

Physical Therapy and pain management are some of the non surgical approaches to the treatment at first before it comes to surgery. Rehabilitation will most likely be part of your care. It may be one of the first choices your doctor uses to treat you. Physical therapy may even enable you to avoid neck or back surgery.

The treatment of disorders of the neck and spine requires an integrated approach uniting the expertise of doctors, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, and other members of the healthcare team. Call Us to make an appointment and to check your insurance converage. We have a team of pain management specialists, acupunturerers, chiropractors, medical massage specialist and physical therapists. We work together to provide a comprehensive approach to diagnostic and therapeutic care, offering individualized treatment for each patient.

What makes us different

Chiropractic Treatments- The chiropractor focuses on treating the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Utilizing spinal adjustment which is also called Spinal Manipulation, Extreme Joint Manipulation, Activator Adjustment, Traction decompression, Targeted Smart Electric Stimulation (Stim) with Ultrasound Combo, Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT) and Kinesio taping for support or postural training

Pain Management- For Pain Management Dr. Ayman Farag (an Anesthesiologist for 28 years) and his associates use different types of injections such as facet blocking injections, nerve blocking injections, radio frequency ablations, epidural injections and trigger points.

Physical Therapy- Physical Therapy is provided under Dr. Victor Gad and his associates utilizing different procedures like Cold Laser Therapy, smart stimulation, stretching, advanced spinal exercises, kinesio, kettle bell exercise, ultrasound therapy, stretching and neuromuscular reeducation.

Acupuncture Treatments- Acupuncture is provided under James Yu L.Ac and his associates.  Utilizing the best traditional Chinese medicine diagnostic skills and clean needle techniques they provide advance treatments like active release needling technique which helps relieves patient from trigger point spasm, as well as balancing internal and external meridian pathways through acupuncture or cupping and herbal teas to balance the chi of the patient helping with their chronic conditions or acute pain.

Medical Massage- Our massage therapist at Manhattan Wellness Group is highly skilled in medical massage and deep tissue as well as working in synergy with Dr. Alex Kazdan and associates to best help the needs of muscular elements of these chronic conditions.

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