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.
black neurotherapy socks
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.
Woman experiencing back pain
There are many potential causes of back pain: a vigorous workout, an unusual sleeping position, age, poor diet, and more. A thorough physical examination is necessary to determine the exact cause, but Neck & Back Medical Center knows that disc injuries are often the cause of back pain in our patients. In the past, surgery was the best option for correcting a herniated or degenerated disc. Today, treatment methods are available to lead those with disc injuries down the path to recovery quickly and without the stress of surgery. Read on to learn how patients can recover from symptoms of a disc injury and heal without invasive procedures.

Disc Injury Recovery at Neck & Back Medical Center

When you are experiencing back pain you suspect may be related to a disc injury, the best thing you can do for your body is to rest. Don’t overexert yourself or take steps to correct your own injury, and of course, schedule an appointment with a doctor or specialist. Once you seek counsel from a professional, they may recommend modified activities or forms of physical therapy to help ease pain and restore proper function in your back. The main goal is to release pressure on spinal discs and reduce inflammation that causes pain. To make a full recovery from a spinal disc injury, the effects of a herniated disc on the spine and vertebrae must be fully reversed. The following steps are necessary in order for a patient to be totally comfortable and healed:
  1. Relief from pain of a herniated disc
  2. Reduce activity level to promote recovery
  3. Take steps to reduce inflammation
  4. Finish with measures to restore strength and activity
At Neck & Back Medical Center, we use a comprehensive treatment plan to relieve pain and improve the condition of our patients quickly. We combine sessions of disc decompression therapy and physical therapy to improve both comfort and function. To learn more about our treatment method, or find out how to best participate in your own recovery from a spinal disc injury, visit our clinic in Laguna Hills, California. The team at Neck & Back is available to answer your questions and get you scheduled for a complimentary consultation if you feel our non-surgical options are right for you.
woman assistant in laboratory researching stem cells
Regenerative medicine is a fairly new branch of medicine that aims to restore organ and tissue function for patients with serious injuries or chronic disease. A key component of regenerative medicine is stem cell therapy — because stem cells can be used to regenerate and repair tissue. Stem cells have the power to deliver many benefits to those who undergo stem cell therapy. This type of regenerative medicine can help individuals who suffer from disease and other afflictions. And more research is conducted daily to explore other applications of stem cell therapy. Read on to learn more about stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine, as well as the ways it can help patients make full recoveries.

Stem Cell Therapy Explained

What is stem cell therapy? First, what is a stem cell? A stem cell is a single cell within a multicellular organism. Stem cells can generate an indefinite number of cells of the same type, and these cells can differentiate into another kind of cell. Stem cell therapy takes advantage of the regenerative properties of stem cells. A set of techniques helps stem cells to replace damaged or destroyed cells with healthy, fully functional ones. In order to start this process, researchers grow stem cells in a lab, manipulating them to become specific types of cells. For use in stem cell therapy, these cells may become heart muscle cells, blood cells, or nerve cells. Once the cells are specialized, they can be injected into a person to start the healing process. What types of stem cell therapies are currently being researched? Though regenerative medicine is a fairly new area of exploration, there are several types of stem cell therapies that have been researched and utilized in some way:
  • Adult stem cell transplants using bone marrow stem cells
  • Adult stem cell transplants using peripheral stem cells
  • Stem cell transplants using umbilical cord blood
  • Therapeutic cloning
What are the benefits of stem cell therapy? Stem cells can be used to create functional tissues and organs that can replace systems damaged due to age, disease, and congenital defects. When these new cells are utilized in place of nonfunctional ones, it can promote healing and slow down or halt the effects of disease. Recorded areas of success using stem cells for healing include:
  • Cancer
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Diabetes
  • Spinal cord and other injuries
  • Skin cells for burn victims
Research and exploration will continue in the coming years to determine new possibilities for stem cells and stem cell therapy. What are the challenges associated with stem cell therapy? The initial challenge of the stem cell therapy process is identifying and isolating the stem cells. Once the stem cell is identified and harnessed, making it grow and transform into the desired cell type for the patient is another challenge. Even once the stem cell has taken on its designated role, implantation into the receiving patient presents yet another challenge. These new cells must learn how to function alongside the already existing cells and tissues. If the therapy works, the new stem cells will remain free of genetic defects and continue creating healthy cells that work correctly in the patient’s body. If a person’s immune system works against the new cells, or if the new tissue system does not work with the other existing tissues, the stem cell therapy will be ineffective and potentially harmful. Those interested in stem cell therapy should do plenty of research and be aware of risks before electing to participate in the treatment.

Continued Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Research

Stem cells are being manipulated and utilized to promote recovery in individuals with disease. Though doctors and researchers have seen much success with this method of treatment, there is still much to be learned about the potential of stem cells in assisting healing for various diseases and conditions. If you’d like to learn more about stem cell therapy or how the treatment plan works at Neck and Back Medical Center, our team would be more than happy to answer your questions and walk you through the process. We are always available to assist clients and explain all of our treatment options at our Laguna Hills clinic.