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    Why Timing May be Key to Successful Back Surgery

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Back pain can be a debilitating condition that limits your ability to function normally. Some conditions require the aid of physical therapy or a chiropractor. In many cases, if the pain does not improve, spinal decompression can help—but when all else fails, back surgery may become necessary.

    According to a recent study published in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, the long-term success of back surgery for a herniated disc increases if treatment is received within the first six months of the onset of symptoms. Those who underwent surgery within that period experienced less pain four years later than the patients who chose to wait to have treatment.

    It is important to note that this study also found that the success of back surgery depended more on when the patient sought treatment for the condition, rather than on the treatment method itself. This suggests that obtaining treatment, whether surgical or not, within the first six months of the development of symptoms is the key to a successful recovery.

    While it can be easy to want to rush into surgery, it is important not to act hastily. Surgery is invasive, has a long recovery period, can be dangerous, and may not be necessary. Carefully consider all of your treatment options before agreeing to surgery—physical therapy and spinal decompression are both non-invasive options that are extremely effective at treating back pain associated with herniated discs. Express your concerns to your doctor and ask questions. He or she will help you to make the best decision for your unique situation.

    If you are experiencing symptoms of a herniated disc, contact SportsMed Physical Therapy in Ridgewood. We offer physical therapy and spinal decompression to bring you long-term relief. Call (201) 447-0346 to learn more.


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    Last updated 3 years ago

    We have recently discussed disc degeneration and tips for exercising when you have stiff joints. Explore the links below or call SportsMed Physical Therapy today at (201) 447-0346 to learn more about these topics:

    What Does a Chiropractor Do? What Are Chiropractic Adjustments?

    Last updated 3 years ago

    If you are suffering from pain in your back or neck, it may be due to subluxation, a misalignment of the spine. Chiropractors specialize in correcting subluxations through gentle spinal adjustments.

    This video features a description of the services that chiropractors provide and the different methods used for diagnosing and correcting subluxation.

    To learn more about subluxation and chiropractic adjustments or to schedule a spinal evaluation, contact SportsMed Physical Therapy today by calling (201) 447-0346.

    What is Disc Degeneration and What Steps Can Be Taken To Fix It?

    Last updated 3 years ago

    The spinal column is composed of several integrated parts: The vertebrae protect the spinal cord, while intervertebral discs help to cushion those vertebrae and allow the spine to bend and turn. Disc degeneration, sometimes called degenerative disc disease, can involve a number of different changes to the discs that result in pain and discomfort.

    Causes of Disc Degeneration

    Disc degeneration often occurs with age. The intervertebral discs act as shock absorbers and can be put under a large amount of pressure, but over time, this stress can cause the discs to weaken. Each disc is filled with fluid that may decrease over time, making discs less flexible. If tears or cracks form on a disc, it may rupture or herniate and put pressure onto nearby nerves.

    Symptoms of Disc Degeneration

    Symptoms often depend on the location of the affected disc. Most individuals with disc degeneration experience pain or muscle spasms that get worse during physical activities, but some patients do not feel pain at all. Herniated discs that put pressure on nerves can lead to pain, numbness, or tingling in the affected area or in the limbs. Disc degeneration can also cause the body to form bone spurs to stabilize the spine, which can affect the spinal cord, leading to pain in the back or neck.

    Treating Disc Degeneration

    There are a number of treatment options available to relieve the symptoms of disc degeneration. Non-invasive options are often best, due to the delicate nature of the spinal column. Spinal decompression therapy is a treatment used to decompress spinal discs, helping to relieve herniated discs and remove pressure on nearby nerves. Chiropractic adjustments can also help realign the spine and relieve pressure on the discs. Physical therapy and exercise can help relax and strengthen the muscles of the back and neck, easing the pain caused by disc degeneration.

    At SportsMed Physical Therapy, we use a variety of conservative, non-surgical techniques to treat disc degeneration. To learn more or to schedule a spinal evaluation, call us today at (201) 447-0346.

    Don't Let Stiff Joints Keep You From Exercising

    Last updated 3 years ago

    If you suffer from joint stiffness, you may worry that exercise will intensify your pain. Yet regular movement and exercise can also help relieve the discomfort caused by stiff joints. At Spine and Sports Medicine of Ho Ho Kus, we can help you find relief from stiff joints through physical therapy and an exercise routine fit just for you.

    Physical Activity and Joint Relief

    Activities that stretch your muscles can help improve the flexibility of your joints, relieving the stiffness that causes discomfort. Regular exercise will make the muscles around your joints stronger, taking some of the pressure off of your joints. Physical activity, particularly resistance workouts, can also help increase bone strength. In addition, exercise is an important part of maintaining a healthy weight, which is essential for keeping your joint pain from worsening.

    Stiff Joint Care

    It is important to check with a doctor or medical practitioner before beginning a fitness routine. You want to ensure that you are physically fit and receive advice on exercises that are appropriate for your fitness level. Make sure that you stretch before and after physical activity. You may also find it useful to apply heat to your stiff joints before you begin your workout and to apply ice afterward. If you notice any pain or swelling in your joints, take a day off and apply ice. If the issue does not subside, consult a medical professional.

    Exercises for Stiff Joints

    There are a number of exercises for joint stiffness that you may find helpful: You should start with activities that help improve your range of motion, such as stretching. Low-impact aerobic activities, such as swimming or bike riding, are great options for exercising without putting pressure on your joints. Moderate weightlifting can help strengthen your muscles, bones, and joints too.

    The experts at SportsMed Physical Therapy can help you establish and maintain an exercise routine that will help keep you healthy and relieve joint stiffness. For more information, call (201) 447-0346.

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