BACK PAIN sufferers find fast, effective, lasting relief without surgery or drugs
If you live in Stamford and are suffering with nagging chronic or acute pain or stiffness in the neck, upper, or lower back, you've come to the right place.
It may surprise you to learn that back pain affects some 80% of Americans at some time in their lives. So you're not alone. The causes range from genetic issues to injury, to disease and stress, but all back pain sufferers share one thing in common, they want relief and they want it NOW!
For many, that relief is only a phone call away. Connecticut Spine & Health Center focuses on the treatment of back pain regardless of its cause.
MOST back pain symptoms can be treated naturally without risky surgeries or dangerous drugs by working with your body's innate healing powers.
Dr. Scott Bender
Scott Bender, D.C., B.C.A.O. is the founder and director of Connecticut Spine & Health Center, the first Atlas Orthogonal Healthcare Center in the state of Connecticut.
Dr. Bender recieved his training at Life Chiropractic College in Atlanta, Georgia, and is Board Certified in Altas Orthogonal procedures with the R.W. Sweat Foundation, and Sherman College.
Dr. Bender is a founding member of the Trauma Imaging Foundation, a multispecialty group of physicians dedicated to proper diagnosis and treatment of trauma patients.
Dr. Bender holds a B.A. degree from the State University of New York at Stonybrook in Psychology, and has advanced training in Whiplash and Traumatology thru the Croft Whiplash Seminar Program.
In addition to being director of Connecticut Spine and Health Center, he participate in patient rounds with Stamford Hospital Center for Integrative Medicine.
State University of New York, Stonybrook NY
Life Chiropractic College, Atlanta, GA
R.W. Sweat Foundation, Atlanta, GA
14 years clinical experience
Spinal Decompression Therapy
R.W. Sweat Foundation
Dr. Sian James, DAC, LAC, LMT, RYT
Dr. Sian James is licensed in Acupuncture and Massage Therapy in the states of Connecticut, New York & Pennsylvania. She completed her graduate and doctorate studies at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine located in New York City, and San Diego.
She pledges herself towards the lifelong commitment of mastering Complimentary & Alternative Medicine and offering this powerful art and science of holistic healing. She is certified by the NCCAOM, NCBTMB, and by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association as an Acu Detox Specialist.
Traditional Chinese Medicine originated over 2,000 years ago and is beneficial even today. The basic principles of Acupuncture are rooted in working with the body's natural ability to heal itself. These concepts are like Chiropractic methods and therefore together will work hand in hand to reach your healthcare goals.
What does your health snapshot look like?
The World Health Organization has published a list of disorders that Acupuncture effectively treats. This list includes but is not limited to the following areas of concern: Pain, General Health, Digestive, Respiratory, Immune, Cardiovascular, Endocrine, Women's Health/Gynecologic, Reproduction, Genitourinary, Pediatrics, Neurological, Psycho-Emotional, Dermatological, Ophthalmic, Addiction, Musculoskeltal, and Post-Surgical.
Dr. James is looking forward to serving your healthcare needs and collaborating with Dr. Bender to provide exceptional Integrative Medical care. Please call 888-967-8898 to inquire about Acupuncture services and to schedule your first Acupuncture appointment. Please look at informative brochures available in the waiting room about Acupuncture and do not hesitate to ask questions.
Because the muscles, ligaments, bones, discs and nerves that comprise your spinal column are so interconnected, it's often difficult to determine without a comprehensive exam and X-rays, exactly what the cause of your pain may be.
Also, an injury or stress in one area, can lead to additional problems in a kind of "domino effect." For instance, a simple muscle strain may cause you to compensate by carrying your weight differently which can lead to an overall imbalance in the spine or strain on different muscles creating additional problems.
Here are a few of the most common causes of back pain:
Injury or overuse: If you've been injured in an auto, work, or recreational accident, get help at once . Since injury can affect muscles, ligaments, bones or discs around the spine, it's important that you get a proper diagnosis and treatment plan (if required) before the dominos begin to fall.
Repetitive motion and overuse of muscles and joints due to excessive bending, lifting, or other unusual exercise can also cause damage, injury or pain. These symptoms may disappear in time, but if structural damage has occurred, they or other seemingly unrelated symptoms could flare up later. A spinal exam or assessment is recommended
Nerve Pressure or Damage: Pressure on nerve roots in the spinal canal can be caused in a variety of ways; from injury or overuse as mentioned above or from disease or degeneration as follows:
Emotional and Physical Stress: Stress in life can cause muscle tension and set off a vicious cycle of pain. As muscles contract, fatigue can cause muscle aches or pain. Pain and discomfort can lead to sleeplessness with its associated problems such as irritability, depression, and reduced immune function. And so the problems perpetuate.
Back Pain Relief Assessment
The first, most important step toward full recovery and prevention of serious long-term health problems is an accurate diagnosis and assessment of your condition with a recommended treatment plan.
Consultation to include:
Call (888) 967-8898 NOW to schedule your Recovery Assessment, or fill in the following form and we will contact you as soon as possible.
Common treatments of upper and lower back pain include everything from bed rest to surgery. REMEMBER: Pain is NOT the natural state of the body, nor is it a "normal" side effect of aging. Pain is the body's way of telling you something is wrong! The best solution is to identify the cause of your pain and correct it-not simply mask the symptoms.
Any of the following treatments can be effective, but most have associated risks of which you should be aware. For this reason it is best to consult with a trusted healthcare practitioner, especially if pain is severe or prolonged.
However sensible getting off your back may seem, studies show that bed rest is NOT superior to remaining (conservatively) active to treat a low back injury. In fact, prolonged bed rest can actually lead to increased stiffness and pain and a reduced ability to function. Periodic short rests can be helpful and your healthcare provider may advise a reduction of normal activity.
Immediately after an injury, ice your back for about 15 minutes at least 3 to 4 times a day to reduce or prevent inflammation and swelling. After 2 to 3 days, if symptoms persist, use a heating pad for 15 to 20 minutes every 2 or 3 hours. Then, if pain continues, see a healthcare professional.
Non-prescription pain relievers such as acetaminophen (i.e. Tylenol) or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDS (i.e. ibuprofen) may be helpful for temporary relief, but are NOT advisable for chronic pain or long term use. Tylenol has recently been linked to liver disease and ibuprofen to bleeding ulcers. Doctors often prescribe stronger drugs for pain, but of course, these have other risky side effects including mental or physical impairment, behavioral effects, and addiction. Extreme caution should be used when undergoing any chemical therapy for pain.
Most back pain problems can be treated effectively without costly and risky surgeries. In fact, one recent study shows that up to 40% of back surgery patients report a DIS-satisfactory result within 4 years of treatment. For this reason, other more natural, less invasive treatments should be explored or exhausted before choosing surgical intervention.
Chiropractic is a natural form of treatment that operates on the premise that the body is designed to heal itself. Chiropractors actually have more training than a traditional general or family care physician. Chiropractors use gentle spinal adjustments to correct spinal misalignment and relieve pressure on sensitive nerves. They often combine this form of treatment with other non-invasive modalities such as muscle stimulation, ultrasound, massage, and physical therapy to relieve symptoms and rebuild core strength and maintain permanent correction. The chiropractor's goal is always to correct the problem, not simply hide the symptoms.
*"Great secretary, great doctor, and great location!! Dr Bender always brings his A game! He is professional and personable and every experience has been a great one! I highly recommend!"
*"Come to Dr Bender and you will have an experience unlike other doctors offices you have been to. Dr. Bender is extremely knowledgeable, kind, and patient with every patient. He will sit with you and explain to you exactly what he is doing and why. He will answer any questions you have. He really cares about each patient; it’s evident. His methodology has helped to improve me drastically. If you are considering coming to see Dr. Bender, I would strongly urge you to do so. You will not be disappointed!"
*"HAVE NO FEAR! DR. BENDER’S HERE! All my life, people have expressed their fear of the dreaded chiropractor twisting their body and cracking their bones in potentially dangerous ways. At Connecticut Spine & Health you receive only the most sophisticated and GENTLE treatment. The surprise is how effective it is. Dr. Bender’s technique of Atlas Orthology aligned my neck with an almost imperceptible touch. I have been troubled for three decades with crippling migraines. I would wake up in pain almost every morning. My visits to Dr. Bender have caused the headaches to disappear almost entirely! I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t experienced it. Also important to note is that the staff is friendly, efficient and professional. I recommend this practice highly; I have always had an excellent experience on every visit!"
*"If you ever need a chiropractic (an amazing one) this is the place to go!
Dr. Scott Bender is THE MAN!!!!"
*"Dr. Bender is very knowledgeable he truly takes his time to not only guide you on a healthier journey but to educate you on how your spine and brain health coordinate. Loved our visit. Thank you Erica, Dr Benders right hand."
*"The only chiropractor who has helped the headaches I’ve had for too many years to count."