Whiplash
If you’ve been in a collision you need to make sure you haven’t suffered any traumatic brain injury or whiplash. Sometimes that diagnosis is missed. If you’ve been in a car accident you need to take a look at this. Read more.
Muscle relaxants
If you’ve recently had to deal with neck and back pain, and you’re thinking about taking muscle relaxing medication, read this first.
One part of your neck may be a key factor in causing your headaches. Find out what it is and how you can get headache relief. Read more.
X-ray showing a curved spine
Neck & Back Medical Center is focused on one ultimate goal: achieving the highest quality of life for each of our patients. Conditions like scoliosis can jeopardize the level of activity and comfort of our patients. We treat it with a multidisciplinary, holistic approach right here in our clinic. Scoliosis, or a curved spine, can make life difficult for patients who are striving for a comfortable, active life. Read below to learn more about this condition and the treatment options available at Neck & Back.

Scoliosis Diagnosis and Treatment in Laguna Hills, CA

What is scoliosis? Scoliosis is a deformity that occurs when the spine becomes abnormally rotated and curves sideways. Though it is known to run in families, most cases of scoliosis have no known cause. Scoliosis without a cause is called idiopathic scoliosis, and may occur in three different stages of life:
  1. Infantile idiopathic scoliosis: from birth to 3 years old
  2. Juvenile idiopathic scoliosis: from 4 to 9 years old
  3. Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: from 10 to 18 years old
Scoliosis that does have a cause (fewer than 20 percent of cases) is broken down into two categories: structural and nonstructural. Nonstructural can often be treated and eliminated, while structural scoliosis is irreversible. Potential causes for these types of scoliosis include:
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Birth defects
  • Infections
  • Tumors
  • Genetic conditions
What are the symptoms of scoliosis? Potential symptoms include:
  • Changes in gait or way a person walks
  • Reduced flexibility and range of motion
  • Trouble breathing
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Pain
How can scoliosis affect daily life? As described above, scoliosis is sometimes accompanied by symptoms like pain and reduced mobility. This can negatively impact anyone’s daily life, and make activities like exercise or physically demanding jobs nearly impossible. In severe and persistent cases, scoliosis may require those affected to wear a brace to prevent further curvature of the spine. For more information about scoliosis, or to learn how physical therapy and spine rehabilitation services can help you manage your condition, contact the team at Neck & Back Medical Center. We are always available to answer questions. Schedule an appointment at our clinic in Laguna Hills, California.
M6 Laser
Neck & Back Medical Center has many resources that help us provide you with the best possible care to improve your symptoms. One of our greatest resources is our state of the art technology, like the M6 therapy laser. With years of experience, a comprehensive treatment method, and our advanced technological systems, the team at Neck & Back can find a treatment plan for any individual, no matter your symptoms or ailments. Read below to learn more about how the M6 therapy laser helps our patients on their path to recovery.

The M6 Laser in Laguna Hills, California

Neck & Back Medical Center is one of the few clinics in Laguna Hills to use the M6 therapy laser. This laser is a robotized multi-target device, meaning it follows instructions from a computer program. We use this machine to treat a wide variety of ailments. The M6 laser has a number of advantages that make it a better option than traditional laser therapy products. The most distinctive feature of the M6 laser is it’s multi-target functionality. Because of features of the MLS multi-diodic optical group, the M6 laser can treat a wide area instantly, creating rapid results and streamlining the treatment process. Technical features of the M6 Laser include:
  • Power up to 3.3 W
  • 5 cm diameter target area
  • High-efficiency red light LEDs
  • Back-lit graphic touch-screen display
  • Simultaneous management of two independent channels
  • Variable or fixed duty cycle
  • Automated calculation of the emitted energy according to pre-set parameters
And more. In addition to high functionality and effectiveness, the M6 laser is optimized for safety. It’s equipped with alarms and safety features like:
  • Laser emission warning light
  • Acoustic signal for beginning and end of therapy
  • Password protection
  • Language options
To learn more about M6 laser treatment, or to schedule an appointment for a complimentary consultation, contact Neck & Back in Laguna Hills, California, today. We are always available to answer any questions you may have before or between appointments. Reach out online or give our team a call today at (949) 859-6600.
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Though treatment options have been limited throughout history, Neck & Back has had much success treating the harmful nerve damage disorder known as neuropathy. For our patients undergoing treatment, we want to explore all the options that could bring you more comfort. Read below to learn about the potential benefits of neuropathy therapy socks.

Neuropathy Therapy Socks: How Do They Work?

First, what is neuropathy? Neuropathy is a condition that means your peripheral nerves have been damaged or aren’t functioning correctly. This condition can be inherited at birth, or developed later in life due to a number of potential causes.   Symptoms include:
  • loss of sensitivity to pain and temperatures
  • greater risk of infection
  • pain
  • numbness
  • muscle weakness
  • cramping
What are neuropathy therapy socks? The idea behind neuropathy therapy socks is pretty simple — they are therapeutic, soft-stretch, non-binding socks that can help neuropathy patients walk without pain and swelling. How do neuropathy therapy socks work? Neuropathy therapy socks will cover your ankles and up to your calves. These socks are made of ceramic nano-particles and feature an extra-wide ankle to make sure restriction isn’t an issue. By applying less pressure than a normal sock on your foot and ankle, neuropathy therapy socks allow for more circulation and blood flow.

Neuropathy Treatment at Neck & Back Medical Center

We hope you explore neuropathy therapy socks as a way to make daily activities more comfortable, but we know socks are no substitute for the tried-and-true treatment methods at our clinic. For long-term, permanent recovery, Neck & Back uses the following treatment methods:
  • Electro analgesia: attaches electrodes to affected areas to override neuropathic pain signals
  • Laser Therapy: improves blood function, strengthen blood vessels, and stimulate nerves
The team at Neck & Back is committed to helping each patient reach their optimal level of comfort and quality of life. Seek treatment today in Laguna Hills, California, by scheduling your complimentary consultation at our clinic.
New Year Resolution chalkboard
Every year, people make New Year’s resolutions. These can vary from person to person, and they can be something tiny (like flossing every day) or something life-changing (like losing a significant amount of weight). For 2017, some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions include:
  • healthier lifestyles
  • better organization
  • picking up new hobbies
  • saving money
No matter your what your resolutions are, the hardest part is sticking with them. Our goal is always to help our patients achieve their highest quality of life, and positive changes can make that goal much more attainable. Read below for some tips to help you stick with your New Year’s resolutions from the team at Neck & Back Medical Center.

Stick With Your Resolutions in Laguna Hills, California

Setting your sights on personal goals and positive changes in the New Year is a great first step. The next step is seeing these resolutions through. Some of the following tips and tricks may help reinforce your dedication to your resolutions, and make for a truly wonderful 2017.
  1. Write your resolutions down: Not that you would forget, but writing down your resolutions and leaving them in a place you’ll see them every day (like your refrigerator, or on your desk at work) can be a simple way to make sure you stay focused on your goals.
  2. Start small: Big dreams are good, but if your New Year’s resolutions are too lofty, you’ll be more likely to throw in the towel. Work your way up from goals that are easier to accomplish while chipping away at long-term resolutions over the course of the year.
  3. Tell someone: Preferably a friend or family member who can help you stay accountable. You might even pair up with someone who has a similar resolution so you can keep each other honest.
  4. Incentivize achievement: Work off a rewards system — like treating yourself to your favorite latte if you get up early to make it to the gym before work, or getting one new item you love for your house every time you finish organizing a room.
  5. Give yourself a break: If your goal is to make healthy eating choices, choose one day a week you’ll let yourself splurge. If you want to stop using your credit cards, decide in advance what emergencies would warrant the use of plastic.
Do any of these ideas sound like they would work to help keep you on track with your New Year’s resolutions? Let us know how we can help. The team at Neck & Back Medical Center is always available to help you maximize your health, quality of life and happiness.
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New Year’s resolutions are great, but why wait for 2017 to start prioritizing your health and happiness? Holidays may be a time for rest, relaxation, and indulgence, but there are ways to stay on track, even during the most festive season of the year. Neck & Back Medical Center wants to share some easy ways to stay healthy, avoid illness, and make better choices for your well-being this holiday season.

Healthier Holidays in Laguna Hills, California

Stay Well ‘Tis the season for stuffy noses, sniffles, and coughs that just won’t quit. To avoid this year’s endless sequence of colds that are ‘going around,’ be sure to take the following precautions:
  • Wash your hands well and often. This means soap, water, and at least 20 seconds of scrubbing.
  • Bundle up. Stay dry and warm with appropriate outdoor clothing.
  • Manage stress, and get plenty of sleep. A well-rested body is better equipped to fight off illness.
  Make Good Choices There are several easy ways to keep your food choices (reasonably) healthy, even at all the holiday parties:
  • Eat before you go to holiday parties. This may seem counterintuitive, but it will keep you from overindulging in party treats.
  • Drink more water to balance out excess sodium and food intake.
  • Choose vegetables and healthy proteins first at the buffet table, then go for the more high-calorie dishes.
Stay Active Relaxing doesn’t have to turn into a total snooze fest — keep moving this holiday season:
  • Go for a walk or a run, especially on days where you know you will be eating more than usual.
  • Plan family activities outdoors, like flag football, a family stroll through the neighborhood, or even just throwing a frisbee.
  • Schedule your day to include time for exercise. Just because it’s not a normal workday, doesn’t mean a little structure won’t help.
Want more insight into your health as we close 2016 and move forward to a New Year? Let Neck & Back Medical Center help you achieve your goals. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our team with questions or concerns.
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Happy Holidays from the Neck & Back Team

The team at Neck & Back Medical Center wants to wish all of our wonderful patients an enjoyable, relaxing holiday season. As 2016 comes to a close and you prepare for a brand New Year, we send our best wishes for peace, love, health, and happiness. Take some time as the year winds down to remember the best moments from this year — what was your favorite part of 2016? And as you look to the New Year, set new goals and objectives — what do you hope will be your favorite part of 2017? As always, the Neck & Back team wants to help our patients and loved ones achieve the highest quality of life. Let us know how we can be a part of your health and happiness in 2017. Happy holidays to all, and a very merry New Year!
Elderly couple eating breakfast
It’s no secret that as children our nutritional needs change as we grow up and become more active. But did you know that your nutritional needs change as you age throughout adulthood, too? As we grow older, the concept of a healthy diet remains the same — we need a balanced and nutritious diet to help us look and feel our best. However, the composition of our diet can be adjusted to best satisfy our needs in every age bracket. Keep reading to learn what foods make up the healthiest diet for your age range and body.

The Best Diet for (All of) Your Best Years

In Your 20s and 30s If you’re in this age range, chances are you have a pretty busy schedule. School, work, social obligations, exercise, and chores fill up your schedule. You may wonder how anyone has time to consider nutrition with everything else you have going on, but it’s important to make your diet a priority in your 20s and 30s. The way you eat now sets the tone for your health in the future. Considering having a family? Start forming the healthy habits now that you hope your children will adopt as they grow and learn. Remember to incorporate the following into your diet to be sure you are getting the proper nutrients for your current and future health:
  • Calcium-rich foods
  • Protein
  • Potassium
  • Whole grains
In Your 40s Your metabolism slows down in your 40s — something most people know to be true. But instead of counting calories and restricting foods to combat weight gain, experts suggest putting a focus on exercise and healthy diet. Healthy eating in your 40s will prepare your body for many more years of activity, plus help protect against illness and injury. Protect your body from heart disease, Alzheimer’s and more by making good choices in the kitchen and exercising regularly. Things to prioritize as you prepare meals in your 40s include:
  • Antioxidant-rich foods
  • Iron-rich foods
  • Vitamin D
In Your 50s At age 50 people, some people start to experience health problems such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. To avoid these conditions and eat the healthiest diet for your age, it may be a good idea to monitor fat and sodium intake as you enter your 50s. More specifically, you should be monitoring saturated fat, such as those in animal products. Additionally, stay hydrated by drinking 6-8 glasses of water a day. What to eat:
  • Omega-3 fats from fish and eggs
  • Whole greens
  • Heart-friendly foods
60 and Up As we age, our bodies become less skilled at absorbing vitamins and minerals from food. It is important to start taking the necessary vitamins and minerals to combat this problem. Additionally, individuals over 60 should adjust their diet to combat the risk of heart attack and stroke, compensate for lowered activity levels, and make up for reduced Vitamin D from less time spent outside. Be sure to incorporate these foods and vitamins:
  • Fiber
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin D
If you have questions about proper nutrition in your diet, want to learn more about the components of a healthy diet, or want to work with our team on any aspect of your health, reach out to Neck & Back Medical Center online.