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Back Pain and Cortisone

Written by DrBrad. Posted in Chiropractic

Yesterday, a 42 year old male Long Shore man limped into the office with leg pain that had started in his lower back.

This patient uses his back physically at times and needs a very healthy back and healthy legs. When the back pain started he was told an injection of cortisone would stop the pain. Yes, it did. He felt great.

Cortisone & Back Pain Cortisone when injected correctly will decrease the inflammation, for awhile. 1 However, these “injections” are not treating the cause of the problems. So yes, pain and inflammation comes back. In other words, the cortisone will turn off the “fire alarm” but it will not treat the fire, nor the cause of the fire. When the effects of the medications wears off, there are usually more problems. A good Doctor of Chiropractic will not only diagnose the symptoms, but will identify the root cause of the problem. Yes, the Doctor of Chiropractic should fight off the pain, while treating the cause of the problem. Please don’t rely on cortisone injections to fix anything. Check out our new patient offer if you have similar symptoms.





Trigeminal Neuralgia Natural Treatment

Written by DrBrad. Posted in Chiropractic

Trigeminal NeuralgiaTrigeminal neuralgia also known as prosopalgia or the Suicide Disease is characterized by episodes of intense pain in the face, originating from one of the three branches in the face. Recently, in September 2011, a patient named Sonya walked in our Torrance office with Trigeminal Neuralgia. She started with 24 episodes of pain per day, lasted form 10-20 minutes in duration. This pain is so intense she could eat nor talk. An interesting note was she had this condition before, and had surgery on the other side of her head to relieve the symptoms. Sonya didn’t want to go through the brain surgery again. We’ve had patients with this condition, some associated with headaches and neck or arm pain.

Our Natural Treatment for Trigeminal Neuralgia

Our Chiropractic treatment decompresses the upper cervical nerve roots and immediately stops pain. This was done during Sonya’s treatment. Next, we work with the tight soft tissue attaching to the occipute region. One important element we use is a special brace to support the upper cervical spine. Today Sonya is completely out of pain without any episodes of Suicide pain. This treatment protocol is great for treating trigeminal neuralgia. We are very successful with this treatment. We will find out within the first two weeks if our techniques will help you heal this condition. We are located in the South Bay of Los Angeles near Torrance, Redondo Beach, and Manhattan Beach. If you are traveling from out of town, there are many affordable hotels to stay near our office. Any further question please send me an email anytime. I’ll be posting a video on y-tube reading these cases regularly.

Back and Leg Pain

Written by DrBrad. Posted in Chiropractic

Back and Leg PainToday a patient walked in the door with back and leg pain. This happens every day. However, this was a little different. I noticed during the examination that he had foot drop. (This is when the foot doesn’t raise.) I asked him during the exam/history about when his foot start having this problem. He stated, a personal trainer online (y-tube) gave advice for back pain. He followed the advice and he began to experience leg pain and this new foot drop problem immediately after the exercise.

Recently, I’ve noticed many patients coming in from back pain due to wrong information. Many patients are going online a listening to personal trainers advice on back pain. Don’t get me wrong, I love personal trainers, but giving advice on treating back pain should not come from them. I should know, I was a certified personal trainer for many years prior to becoming a Doctor of Chiropractor. Please get professional advice first. After digital radiographic examination, this patient was informed he had a congenital fracture in his back called a Spondylolisthesis. The information the personal trainer gave this patient injured him, and could have paralyzed him. Please, get a true diagnosis from a Doctor of Chiropractor or a good Orthopedist before treatment. Most of the time a personal trainer can be very helpful. But they should always follow the advise of the Doctor first. By the way, this patient will be fine without using surgery and pain medications.

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