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SPINAL STENOSIS Don’t Let It Stop You According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, spinal stenosis is a silent epidemic. It is estimated that 2.4 million Americans will suffer from spinal stenosis by 2021. Spinal stenosis occurs mostly in people 50 and over, but can occur in younger adults with a history of arthritis. What is spinal stenosis? Spinal Stenosis refers to the narrowing of the canals in your spine that are formed by the vertebrae. This narrowing can impinge on the nerves exiting your spine or the spinal cord itself. Symptoms can vary, but often include radiating pain to the back, buttocks and even legs. Furthermore, weakness and poor balance in the legs can often occur, making it difficult to tolerate walking long distances and prolonged standing. Foraminal stenosis This is the most common form of spinal stenosis. It refers to the narrowing of the foramen canals on either side of the spine formed by the vertebrae above and below the segment. In each canal, spinal nerves exit the lower back to supply different parts of the pelvis and legs. With age and deterioration of the discs between the spine, the canals shrink in size and may also have bone spurs. This irritates the nerve roots, especially when the spine is extended. Sitting typically feels better, but standing and backwards bending increase pain. Is surgery needed? There is a big push towards fusion surgery for spinal stenosis and back pain. However, studies show that conservative measures such as physical therapy or chiropractic care should be explored first, and surgery should be sought when other methods haven’t helped. At NorthEast Spine and Sports Medicine we can provide you with the best in physical therapy and chiropractic care and also determine if you are a candidate for surgery. We are proud to offer a convenient center for surgery where you will receive expert surgical care, should you require it.
If you believe you have spinal stenosis symptoms, then call us today to speak with one of our medical experts. Our SPINE program has helped thousands of patients successfully relieve their back and stenosis pain.
Exercise Essentials Flexibility, strength, and stability are needed to keep you loose and pain free... Always consult your chiropractor, physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.
Great For Back Pain
Great For Hip Pain LUMBAR SEGMENTAL EXTENSION Stand with good posture. Find a neutral spine. Bend backwards in a very controlled manner. Think about moving joint by joint. Do not push into pain. Return to the start position. Repeat 5 times. Start position
CHILD’S POSE Kneel on the floor, buttocks over heels. Stretch arms forward far as you can. Let head and trunk sag to the floor and hang heavy. Keep buttocks over heels. Relax. Repeat 6 times.
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Think NorthEast First! Why You Need To Come Back In For A Tune-Up
At NorthEast Spine and Sports Medicine We Are The Mechanics Of Your Body! n your knees for support.
9 Move without pain 9 Bend and move freely
9 Balance confidently and securely 9 Sit for long periods comfortably 9 Walk for long distances 9 Live an active and healthy lifestyle
Minor aches and pains are warning signals from your body to let you know something is not working properly. Don’t put off the pain until it’s too late. Come in today for a “Tune-Up.”
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Take Care of Your Aches and Pains Before It’s Too Late.
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Dr. Faisal Mahmood, a two- time New Jersey Monthly Top Doctor, provides specialized care for patients with neck and back conditions in addition to injuries and arthritis of the shoulder, knee and hip. He works with patients to understand their individual needs and goals, and sees them through surgical and nonsurgical options to help them reach their expectations. ”Every patient is
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unique and, as such, is treated on a case-by-case basis,” he says. Dr. Mahmood performs minimally invasive, motion-sparing and same-day spine surgery in addition to shoulder, knee and hip arthroscopies and minimally invasive joint replacements. “I pride myself on being able to relate to patients on an individual basis, and spending the time they deserve so that they can better understand their particular medical issues,” he says. ”Through a teamapproach we can collectively work together to formulate a game plan to help address their ailment.” In addition to earning the trust and respect of his patients, Dr. Mahmood’s greatest reward is experiencing the joy of a patient who is pain-free. He is actively involved in community services and outreach programs and also provides his resources to the underserved community at St. Joseph’s Orthopedics Clinic.
I highly recommend! Success Story: - Jeffrey S. “I first came to NorthEast Spine and Sports Medicine for neuropathy and low back pain. NorthEast has greatly impacted the quality of my health and lifestyle. My neuropathy has dissipated greatly. I am able to walk farther because my back pain is gone. The staff and doctors at NorthEast are courteous and compassionate. The synergistic approach they take towards one’s healing has proven to be extremely beneficial. I highly recommend NorthEast Spine and Sports Medicine.”
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Being Grateful is Good For You! GRATITUDE AND HEALTH
Feeling thankful can improve your health in both direct and indirect ways. Some research shows that the experience of gratitude can induce a sense of relaxation, improve the immune system, and decrease blood pressure. But grateful people also tend to cultivate better health habits, like eating more nutritious food, exercising, and avoiding risky behaviors. In addition, the optimism that stems from gratitude can create a healing attitude: research shows that people with optimistic attitudes have better outcomes after medical procedures. GRATITUDE AND JOY Robert Emmons, an internationally renowned scientific expert on gratitude, has found that acknowledging the good in life has a tendency to amplify positive emotions, such as joy and contentment, because it helps us slow down. “I think gratitude allows us to participate more in life,” he says. “We notice the positives more, and that magnifies the pleasures you get from life.” Consider the last time you had a good cup of coffee—did you pay attention to the warmth of the cup on your hands, or the feeling of pleasure as you took the first sip? It’s easy to ignore these small moments of positivity in our day as we rush from one activity to another, but stopping to appreciate them makes them more powerful.
“We notice the positives more, and that magnifies the pleasures you get from life.”
GRATITUDE AND RESILIENCE Practicing gratitude can also make you better equipped to handle the difficulties of life that inevitably arise. In fact, according to Emmons, it’s an essential part of the process of healing from trauma. Even despair can be mitigated by the experience of appreciation for the good, however slight it might be. Many survivors of the Holocaust, when asked to tell their stories, remember most strongly the feelings of gratitude for food, shelter, or clothing that was offered to them. This sense of thankfulness for the small blessings helped them maintain their humanity despite experiencing a horrific tragedy. Many people with life-threatening illnesses also report decreased distress and increased positive emotions when they practice gratitude. Recent MRI studies have mapped the gratitude circuitry in the brain, which activates a sense of reward, fairness, and decision-making— all aspects that help facilitate survival and post-traumatic growth.
You Can Be Pain Free This Holiday Have you already met your out of pocket max for the year? Take advantage of the opportunity to feel better and it might not cost you a dime! Patients with family plans or those who have had major surgeries or have a chronic illness are especially likely to have a $0 balance remaining on their out-of-pocket expenses. This means that the cost of physical therapy could be minimal or completely covered by the patient’s insurance plan. If you are close to or have met your insurance deductible for the year, then now is the time to come in for Physical Therapy or Chiropractic Care! Are you feeling aches & pains? Need to work on your core? Let us help you get a head start for 2018. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.
Top 4 Ways To Relieve STENOSIS
Spinal stenosis is a mechanical problem of movement in your body. While medication may help to numb the pain, it does not fix the underlying mechanical problem. Here are tips on how you can improve your stenosis and back pain symptoms:
1. ICE Icing at the low back area on the affected side helps to decrease the inflammatory process. Use a flexible ice pack with a moist thin towel to make it easier to tolerate the ice. Use for 10 minutes and off for 30 minutes. Make sure to check your skin often and stop if it becomes painful. Apply 2-3 times a day, especially after repetitive bending or standing activities. 2. Improve Hip and Spine Flexibility Restoring natural movement to the spinal joints, hip joints and sacroiliac joints, helps to relieve abnormal pressures on the sciatic nerve. It allows your body to move freely when doing normal everyday tasks and prevents injury and strains. Care should be taken when stretching to be gentle and work with your breathing. Never push through pain and avoid exercises that aggressively extend the spine. 3. Strengthening Your Core Your core muscle groups are the spinal muscles, abdominal muscles, pelvic and hip muscles. By doing exercises that combine these muscle groups together you can develop an internal corset that supports your spinal column. Gentle Pilates and core strengthening exercises are good, however, be sure to consult your physical therapist before starting exercises you are unsure of doing. 4. Manual Therapy Hands on specialized manual therapy techniques restore the natural movements of the spinal, hip and sacroiliac joints. This helps to open the foraminal canals in the spine. Our physical therapists and chiropractors are unique medical professionals who are trained extensively in these types of techniques.
Would You Like To Experience Vax-D SPINAL DECOMPRESSION? It Helps Your Back Pain Feel Better Right Away, So You Can Enjoy The More Important Things In Life. Spinal decompression is a non-invasive treatment that has been clinically proven to alleviate chronic and severe back pain usually caused from a disc bulge, disc herniation, sciatica, or spinal stenosis. Being in pain can restrict you from living your life. Call today to ask how spinal decompression can help you!
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