Risks of Leaving the Sciatica Untreated

9605942387_6e2293b844Sciatica is very painful medical condition in which the patient experiences extreme pain and tingling sensations in his back, hip, legs and thighs. The pain is caused as a result of pressure exerted on the nerves, either due to any inflammation in the vertebra or the narrowing of the spinal canal. Piriformis syndrome, lumber spinal stenosis and spinal disc herniation are common causes of sciatica pain in individuals. Chiropractic treatment is highly effective for relieving the patients of the painful condition.

Why Is Prompt Identification And Treatment Important?

It is very important for patients to recognize the symptoms and seek professional medical assistance for their sciatica condition. The doctor takes prompt prescribed tests to identify the cause of the sciatica pain in order to focus his attention on the specific treatment required for the condition.

If a patient does not seek medical assistance for his sciatica problem, it may result in exaggerating his condition with the period of time. A number of possible problems can arise for the patient besides the continuous pain in the back and the hip region.

Permanent Nerve Damage

Patients who do not seek prompt medical help for their sciatica run a high risk of suffering from permanent nerve damage. In case of a permanent damage to the sciatica nerve, the patient will experience excruciating pain in the back and legs, which will not be alleviated to a satisfactory level, even with the use of pain relieving medication.

The different treatment methods like water and physical therapy become extremely painful for the patient because of his severe nerve damage.

Paralysis in the Affected Limb

The patient experiences a loss of feeling in the affected limb, which in some cases also leads to difficulty in movement, and ultimately paralysis. The affected leg becomes devoid of all sensation and movement, hampering the patient already troubled with the excruciating pain.

Loss of Bladder Control

Patients who do not get medical treatment for their sciatica problem can experience a loss of control in their bladder and bowels. This adds to the problems already faced by the patient while dealing with his sciatica condition.

A pressurized sciatica nerve causes severe pain, tingling and numbing sensations in the legs and thighs, and cramps along with fever. Patients should seek prompt medical assistance for the correct identification and treatment of sciatica before the condition becomes incurable. Chiropractic treatment is considered as very effective for the treatment of sciatica pain in individuals.

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Chiropractic hip exercises for Rancho Cucamonga.

Here is a simple exercise that you can do at home with no equipment.
It works the gluteus medius/minimus, piriformis and hip lateral rotators muscles.
The purpose of this exercise is to Increase hip strength and muscular endurance. By doing this exercise you can have the benefits of Improved stability, functional strength and injury

Begin lying on side on the floor with legs extended.
Top leg should attain a straight line through hip and shoulder.
Bottom leg may be bent for added stability.
Activate core muscles.
Lift top leg upward, abducting leg as foot simultaneously rotates. This will result in a toe-up position.
Slowly return to start position.
Repeat for prescribed repetitions and sets.

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Causes of Back Pain

10418151535_d230e6de16Back pain may occur due to various reasons; be it a sports injury, pulling a heavy object or a fall/ injury to the spine. If you are suffering from back pain, it would be wise to have a look at some of the common risk factors and causes of back pain before going to the chiropractor.

Risk Factors

The risk of back pain varies in different individuals, depending on their lifestyle. People who work in a mentally stressful job, smoke or go through strenuous physical work are more susceptible to back pain than those who don’t. Other factors such as pregnancy, anxiety, depression and obesity can also lead to this condition. Age is also a factor, as older individuals are at a higher risk than younger ones.

Causes Of Back Pain

Strain

The most common cause of back pain is strained muscles and ligaments, which may be a result of lifting something heavy or a sudden awkward movement. It can also be caused by improper posture due to a bad mattress or sitting position.

Structural Problems

The human body is a complex structure composed of bones, muscle, ligaments and joints. A fault in any of these can cause numerous problems, including back pain. Some particular structural problems that may affect the back are as follows:

Arthritis

Arthritis can cause various joint problems in the hips and lower back.

Bulging And Ruptured Disks

The vertebra in our spine is cushioned by a disk, so a ruptured disk would result in more pressure on the nerves, resulting in back aches. A bulging disk would put even more pressure on the nerves.

Sciatica

A bulging disk can also press on a nerve in the spine, causing a shooting pain through the buttocks and down the legs.

Curvature Of The Spine

An unnatural curvature of the spine can cause the space around the spinal cord to narrow, causing back pains.

Osteoporosis

A vertebra fracture can be caused by the bones becoming more brittle.

Spinal Cancer

A growth or tumor on the spine may press against a nerve.

Infections

Infection of the nerves (shingles) and spine may also cause pains.

Cauda Equine Syndrome

The growth of nerve roots at the bottom of the spinal cord can cause a dull pain, as well as lack of feeling in the upper buttocks.

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Meet Brittney!! Come Follow Her Journey! 18 Week Fast Track 80 Pounds! HCG

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Week 5 Check In!  Brittney has lost 37 Pounds!

Brittney day 41 has lost 37 pounds

 

Where it all started!

 

P1010017Our first photo! Here we go 18 week Fast Track Program! 80 Pounds in 18 Weeks!

 
Our first photo! Here we go 18 week Fast Track Program! 80 Pounds in 18 Weeks!

 

We are so excited to announce that Brittney is allowing us to follow her on her weight loss journey!  Brittney has decided it is time to lose the weight but more importantly keep it off!  She is doing one of our most popular programs, our 18 week fast track program!  Our goal in 18 weeks is 80 pounds, our males usually will lose between 90 to 100 pounds during this 18 week period.  Weight loss is a commitment, there is no magic pill, cream, or drug that will keep it off!  Sure we can have some extra help along the way, but in the end we have to make the commitment that we are going to change our eating habits and keep it off!  Here at RC Medical center and weight loss, we are committed to helping our patients lose the weight but more importantly teach them a new lifestyle on how to keep it off!  Yes we have many recourses that can help us along the journey to keep us motivated and achieve fast results!  At RC Medical Center we don’t believe in low carb, low calorie, diet food, that is not a lifestyle!  That is a phase that might last a week or a year, but if we don’t change our lifestyle the weight will come back!  We teach our patients how to stay balance, we don’t take anything out of your eating but we teach our patients how to balance there carbs, protein, and fats, so there metabolism can run at the optimal level!  At RC Medical Center we believe in results!  We know we have to keep our patients motivated by seeing results every single week!  We watch our patients very closely and monitor them at all times!  We have a 90% success rate, and we take pride in that!  We do not let our patients fail!  Failure is not an option at RC Medical Center! 

We hope you will follow along with us and watch Brittney transform her life!  We are so excited for her! Check Back every Thursday to see her results! 🙂

BRITTNEY 1ST CHECK IN!

6 DAYS AND HAS LOST 13 POUNDS!

Brittney week 1 of 18 week fast track program

Brittney week 1 of 18 week fast track program

MOMENT OF TRUTH!!! Here she is, Brittney has lost 13 Pounds in 6 days! We are so proud of her and her commitment to losing weight! Yes we do know how to get it off fast, but our real goal is to teach our patients how to keep it off! Who really cares if we lose 80 pounds but then gain it right back! Getting it off is the easy part! Give Brittney some love and cheer her on! I know she is really appreciating it! Here is her first video! Thanks Britt for letting us follow you on this journey! We have tons of amazing patients here we want them to all know how proud we are of them! If your ready to lose your weight but more importantly make a change and keep it off, call us today we would love to help you! FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION HERE!! 909-945-9982!

 2nd Week Check In!

Check her out!

 Here She is her 2nd week and she is 19.5 Pounds lighter!! WOW, she is on Fire!  Great Job Britt keep it up!

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Getting the weight off is easy!  What we focus on here is teaching out patients how to keep it off!  If you are committed to losing your weight but more importantly keeping it off call us today for a free consultation!  Failure is not an option!  We wont let you fail! 909-945-9982

 

3 Weeks and Down 24.5 Pounds!

3 weeks and Britt has lost 24.5 pounds!

3 weeks and Britt has lost 24.5 pounds!

Brittney is feeling great, she is already down 24.5 pounds.  She is doing awesome!

If your ready to lose weight give us a call today and we will help get it off! 909-945-9982

4 weeks down 28 LBS Lost!

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Brittney is doing great as you can see!! She is committed to losing weight, and we are committed to making sure she gets to her goal weight!  We are so proud of her!  Failure is not an option at RC Medical Center!  If you are ready to get your weight off but more importantly keep it off!! Call us today for a free consultation!  909-945-9982!

Dietary Tips

3829063385_8e46d16540_oA Good Diet Equals Healthy Living

In order to live a healthy lifestyle, there are some essential nutrients which need to be present in your diet. A good chiropractor will also include a diet plan in his treatments to reduce the risk of disease. Here are some dietary tips you can use to improve your health.

Avoid Junk Food

Avoid junk foods with low nutritional values and additives such as artificial flavoring and coloring, as most of them contain chemicals that your body isn’t familiar with and can cause certain problems such as abdominal pain, diarrhea and irritable bowel movements.

Eat Foods with Good Nutritional Values

Let’s suppose a person has a calorie requirement of 1600 calories a day. He can either get these calories from healthy foods with good nutritional values, such as beans, vegetables or salads, or he can get them through unhealthy foods such as bagels, donuts or junk food. The calorie requirement is the same but he would be getting a more nutritious diet by choosing the former option, thus making him healthier.

Add Unrefined and Uncooked Foods in Your Diet

Natural foods contain relatively more nutrients as compared to their refined counterparts. For example, refined flour lacks the fiber and other nutrients that whole grain contains. Cooking can also destroy many of the beneficial nutrients in food, so it is important to add some raw fruits and vegetables in your diet to balance out the nutrient requirement.

Avoid Fried Food Items

Though they may seem tempting, a high consumption of fried foods can directly lead to certain health problems such as high cholesterol and heart problems. If you live a busy lifestyle which doesn’t give you time to exercise, fried foods can also cause obesity.

Don’t Use Too Much Salt and Sugar 

Too much salt results in high blood pressure, increasing the likelihood of developing health problems. High levels of sugar can also increase the risk of diabetes. Try to reduce the amount of salt or sugar you use in food items.

Ask Your Chiropractor for Advice

As most chiropractors have information on nutritional requirements, you can ask your chiropractor to advise you further on what you should include and what you should exclude from your diet. A chiropractor can also formulate you a proper diet plan which you can follow to stay healthy.

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Dangers of Spine Surgery: What Doctors Won’t Tell You

800px-Flickr_-_Official_U.S._Navy_Imagery_-_A_doctor_performs_surgery.Low back pain has become a very common occurrence nowadays with over 12 million Americans visiting their doctors with complaints of chronic back pain every year; while over a 100 million visit a chiropractor.

Problems with the spinal column can cause devastating effects on a person’s life. It deprives them of their mobility and flexibility.  Even everyday activities become a challenge in some cases.  With so many of such cases and the advancements in medical science, it is ironic to see a huge number of people being misdiagnosed and prescribed spinal surgery as the only treatment.

Spinal surgery itself carries around a 20% risk of a failure.  Failed spinal surgeries often result in no improvement, worsened pain, and sometimes, even death.

General Physicians, spine specialists and orthopedic surgeons have proven in many cases that they have no clue as to the root causes of back problems.  In a review of low back-pain causes, Andrew Frank, a physician in Rheumatology and Rehabilitation concluded ‘Up to 85% of patients with low back pain cannot be given a definitive diagnosis because of the poor associations between symptoms, signs, imaging results and pathological findings’ (BMJ, 3 April 1993).

Risks Associated with Specific Surgical Procedures

Apart from incorrect diagnoses, each type of spinal surgery procedure carries its own set of risks:

Laminectomy

A laminectomy requires removal of parts of a bone, bone spurs and ligaments from the back with the aim of relieving pressure on spine nerves.  This procedure can result in a less stable spine, leading to another surgery.

Spinal Fusion

A spinal fusion procedure is the most common type of surgery carried out for back pains.  A surgeon joins the vertebrae together to restrict movement between the spinal bones.  This in turn limits the stretching of spine nerves.

An incomplete fusion requires the patient to undergo another surgery.  Smoking on the other hand, increases the chances of an incomplete fusion to occur.

Foraminotomy

Foraminotomy requires a surgeon to remove a bone from the sides of the vertebrae in an attempt to widen the space for spine nerves.

This surgery can also cause the spine to lose stability.

Disc Replacement Surgery

A damaged spinal disc is removed and replaced by inserting an artificial disk.  The introduction of a foreign object into the body always carries a risk of dislocation or breaking, leading to a hardware fracture.

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Phentermine, how it works??

Phentermine, how it works

How Phentermine Works

Pill bottlesThere are many drugs for obesity that have come and gone, but only a few have stood the test of time. Phentermine is one that has been around since the 1950s. It has gone by its generic name of Phentermine, but also under many different brand names as a drug on its own or as part of a combination used to treat obesity. Though many of these combinations have come and gone, Phentermine has stood out as a safe and useful drug for weight loss. The answer to the question how does Phentermine work is actually a very simple one.
One of the biggest problems a dieter faces when trying to lose weight is overeating. There are many reasons why people do this. Some are emotional eaters. This means they eat to soothe feelings that they do not know how to handle otherwise. There are others that overeat because they have insulin problems that cause huge surges and drops in blood sugar. When these drops occur, the body tells itself that more glucose is needed so more food needs to be ingested. The answer to how does Phentermine work lies in the quest to figure out how to stop such people from eating too much food and gaining more weight.

How does Phentermine work? It goes straight to the source of the problem within the brain that regulates hunger and what the body does when it thinks that it needs more food. This drug goes to the hypothalamus part of the brain to tell it to stop sending out hunger signals. Essentially, it releases nor-epinephrine, a neurotransmitter that will tell the brain food is not needed by triggering what is known as the ‘flight or fight’ response. Many times, those who are obese are getting hunger signals for reasons other than a real need for food. This allows a dieter to have more control over what they eat and it may also encourage them to more forward with other aspects of weight loss like exercise and better food choices over all.

How Phentermine works can also be answered by explaining that this drug triggers the release of small amounts of adrenaline and epinephrine in the brain. When this happens, the body can begin to breakdown stored fat reserves and may trigger small surges in metabolism. Those things can help, but are not the reason that people rely on Phentermine when they want help controlling hunger so they can lose weight.

Frequently Asked Questions


How overweight do I have to be in order to be on the Appetite Suppressant Diet?
Our medical providers will look at your BMI (Body Mass Index) to determine if you qualify to take the appetite suppressant. As a general rule, your BMI should be about 25 in order to take the appetite suppressants.
Does the price include the appetite suppressant?
Yes. A 30-day supply of medication will be dispensed from the office at your visits.
What if I am currently taking medications for health issues I have? Can I still take the appetite suppressant?
Our medical providers will fully assess your health conditions at your initial visit. In general, if your health conditions are stable and controlled by medication, you can take an appetite suppressant. Cardiovascular conditions and appetite suppressants are usually not a good fit. Therefore, Phentermine (Adipex-P) are not indicated for use in a patient who has one or more of the following medical conditions:
  • Advanced arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
  • Cardiovascular disease (heart disease)
  • Uncontrolled moderate to severe hypertension (a blood pressure that is not well controlled)
  • Gaucoma
  • Pregnancy
  • Nursing mothers
Is the appetite suppressant safe to use?
Yes! You will be monitored by our medical providers the entire time you are taking the appetite suppressant. As with all medications, there are risk factors involved. Any risk factors will be discussed with you at your initial visit.

Cervical Herniated Disc – Disc Injuries and Chiropractic Care

Cervical_fracture_dislocation_C6-C7Individuals, engaged in strenuous everyday tasks of lifting and shifting heavy loads, and operating machines and computers for long hours on end, run a high risk of experiencing spinal disc injuries. Injuries in the spine or neck region tend to cause extreme pain and hindrance in the movement of the back or neck. Cervical herniated disc is a medical condition in which the patient feels excruciating pain in the neck, due to a slipped disc. Chiropractors provide invasive treatment methods for relieving the pain in the neck and spinal areas of the body.

What Is A Cervical Herniated Disc?

It is a medical condition, in which the individual suffers from extreme pain in the neck, and sometimes shoulder region, due to a slipped disc or pressure on a nerve. Cervical herniated disc injuries are less common than a lumbar herniated disc, which affects the lower region of the body. A cervical herniated disc condition is in the neck region of the body.

The 7 applicable vertebra of the spine are termed as C1 to C7, in a descending manner, for medical convenience. Between every two vertebra, a disc is located which serves as shock absorbers for the spine. The exertion and pressure on the neck and spine of the body causes swelling or bulging of the disc which might in extreme cases, even cause the disc to rupture, resulting in severe disc injuries.

The swelling and bulging of the disc exerts pressure on the nerves, which results in extreme pain in the neck and back region, hampering movement of the affected individual. A slipped disc or cervical herniated disc in the vertebra segment of C4 to C5 causes nerve root impingement, which results in pain in the upper shoulder or arm, hindering movement. Any swelling in the cervical segment of C5 to C6 results in weakening the front arm muscles, also called biceps, and causes a numbing and tingling pain in the wrist. It is the most common area in which a cervical herniated disc condition occurs.

The herniation of the discs in the C6 to C7 vertebra results in creating painful sensations in the back muscles of the arm, also called triceps,  which extends all over the hand, causing pain up to the fingers. Any disc herniation in the C7 to T1 region, results in affecting the control and grip of the hand, with a tingling pain and numb sensation throughout.

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care and treatment methods are highly effective for different musculoskeletal disorders and spinal disc injuries, experienced by individuals because of over exertion and engagement in strenuous activities. Chiropractors provide services for joint and muscle adjustment and pain relief.

 

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Choose Chiropractic Care for Healthier Living

Activator_II_adjustment_instrumentChiropractic care is a medical system that aims to eliminate the root of a problem rather than just suppressing the symptoms.  Chiropractors manipulate the spinal column along with other parts of the body with the aim of easing pain, promoting the body’s systems to naturally heal it along with prescribing exercise to eliminate postural problems.

This approach introduces a healthier lifestyle for an individual.

Chiropractic Treatment Techniques

Here are numerous chiropractic treatment techniques that are used in treating patients:

Activator

The activator is a device that is used to correct minor misalignments in the spine.  It sends a small impulse that is sufficient enough to move the vertebrae without causing any injury.

Bio-Energetic Synchronization Technique (BEST)

This is a non-forceful technique that is used to remove blocked energy in the body and allows it to heal itself.
Cox Flexion Distraction

This procedure is a safe alternate to back surgery and is designed to relieve lower back pain by altering the spinal column.  However, it is also used to treat disc herniation, stenosis, arm and neck pains as well as many other complications.
Applied Kinesiology

Applied Kinesiology gauges a muscles’ strength or weakness to find an illness.
Thompson Terminal Point

This technique utilizes a special drop table to adjust the full length of the spine.

Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT)

The SOT technique is designed to reduce and sometimes completely eliminate pain in the head, neck, spinal cord, TMJ as well as improve function of many organs.

 

 

Logan Basic Technique

The Logan technique applies a gentle and sustained pressure at the base of the spine, that corrects the balance of the spinal column and releases tension.
A gentle, sustained pressure is exerted at the base of the spine. Correcting the sacrum corrects the rest of the spine.

Nimmo Technique

Nimmo technique is designed to relieve people of their chronic pain, whether in the muscle system, nervous system or skeletal system.

Orthotics

Orthotics focuses design and construction of external devices that help in modifying the structure of the body, such as uneven leg length, incorrect spinal curvature and tilted pelvis.

Emphasis on Exercise

Chiropractors believe that physical exercise is essential for the well-being of the human body.  This is why they prescribe exercises that are easy to carry out at home.  These exercises aim at reducing or preventing obesity that is a major factor in causing heart diseases, diabetes and many other diseases.

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What is all the hype on HCG???

What is all the hype on HCG???

HCG Injections Support Successful Medical Weight Loss

Frustrated with slow weight loss?  At Rancho Cucamonga medical Center our rapid weight loss program, featuring pharmaceutical-grade HCG injections, can fast track your medical weight loss. Our program has helped patients lose up to 45 pounds in 45 days with an average loss of one to three pounds per day. Under the guidance of our medical provider, HCG injections could do the same for you!

Drop the Pounds Today with the HCG Diet

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HCG is a naturally occurring hormone that is produced during pregnancy. Recent research has found that HCG is effective for promoting natural weight loss. In combination with a nutritionally balanced low calorie diet, these supplements help trigger the brain to burn stored fat, melting off the pounds.

The HCG diet is based on the “pounds and inches” protocol developed by Dr. A. T. W. Simeon. Using HCG in combination with specific meal plans and medical supervision helps to reduce food cravings, increase fat burning, and keep you feeling energized all day long. The body can burn up to 3500 calories per day from stored body fat. By maintaining a high energy level, HCG helps support this process, during your body into a fat-burning machine.

A typical treatment program includes 40 HCG injections, which are administered by our trained medical provider. These injections will increase your energy levels without any jittery, nervous or anxious side effects associated with unsafe dietary stimulants. The natural hormone also reduces irritability (patients never feel “cranky” or “constantly hungry” due to restricted caloric intake), enhances clarity of thought, and improves sleep.

For patients who have struggled with yo-yo dieting in the past, the Rancho Cucamonga medical center HCG weight loss program is truly revolutionary. This is a brand-new approach to losing and maintaining weight loss. Most importantly, in conjunction with HCG injections, our wellness team provides nutritional counseling and lifestyle advice. This helps our patients adopt new, healthy habits that support an active lifestyle and long-term weight loss success. The HCG diet is not a “fad diet” that promises big results but fails to deliver. Our patient-proven results show that it really works!

Our lifestyle and wellness counseling services support long-term weight loss success with the HCG diet. By proactively addressing and correcting unhealthy eating habits, we can help make your weight loss permanent. There are no calories to count or complicated meal plans to follow. Instead, we teach our patients to make smart food choices, cut out hidden sources of added sugars and fats, and embrace whole foods. Our behavioral modification services help patients stop the negative patterns of thought and action the lead to weight gain. At Rancho Cucamonga Medical Center, our wellness team is committed to helping every patient embrace a healthy, positive lifestyle.


Contact us about our Rapid Weight Loss Program and schedule your FREE Consultation to get started today!

More than 15,000 people across America have kick-started a new, healthy lifestyle with the support of HCG injections. You can, too! Contact our wellness team today. 909-945-9982