Low Back & Leg Pain

SOME LOW BACK PAIN FACTS:

  • It is estimated that over 80 billion dollars is spent because of back pain each year, and the cost is growing.
  • Eight out of ten people will have a problem with back pain at some time during their lives.
  • Back pain is the number one problem facing the workforce in the US today.
  • Low back pain is the second most common cause of missed work days.  
  • Low back pain is the leading cause of disability between the ages of 19-45.  
  • Low back pain is the number one leading impairment in occupational injuries

The spinal column is one of the most vital parts of the human body and has two important functions:

  1. Supporting our trunks and making all of our movements possible.
  2. Protecting the delicate spinal cord within it.

When the spine is injured and its function is impaired the consequences can be painful and even disabling.

Your spine is made up of 24 small bones (vertebrae) that are stacked on top of each other to create the spinal column. Between each vertebra is a soft, gel-like cushion called a disc that helps absorb pressure and keeps the bones from rubbing against each other. Each vertebra is held to the others by groups of ligaments. Ligaments connect bones to bones; tendons connect muscles to bones. There are also tendons that fasten muscles to the vertebrae. The spinal column also has real joints (just like the knee or elbow or any other joints) called facet joints. The facet joints link the vertebrae together and give them the flexibility to move against each other.

The spinal cord branches into many nerves that go into the arms, legs, hands and feet. The spinal nerves exit the spinal cord very close and proximate to the intervertebral discs. This is why a herniated disc and osteophytes can sometimes cause a “pinched nerve”.

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“MY BACK PAIN & SCIATICA IS GONE AND I’M RUNNING AGAIN!”


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“MY QUALITY OF LIFE HAS IMPROVED MANY TIMES OVER SINCE MY GONSTEAD TREATMENT!”

“I suffered with chronic low back pain for much of my life.  The cause was both a congenital problem in my low back, as well as degenerated lumbar discs caused by many years of sports and several auto accidents.  In 1983 I had a lower lumbar implant surgery to fill a gap and add stability in an attempt to correct a congenital low back condition.  It seemed to help and pain was minimal for a number of years.

In 2006 however, I hurt my back lifting an object, after which I experienced constant pain.  I went to one chiropractor I knew personally and after one year of treatment, I wasn’t much better.  To mask the pain, I took Vicodin almost daily for 1 ½ years.  The pain became progressively worse until it was intense and ran down my leg (sciatic pain).

A friend suggested I try his chiropractor, Dr. Grenda of New Health Medical.  I was very skeptical since I had little results with the previous chiropractor but I was desperate for real, lasting relief. X-Rays were taken and I was given a thorough explanation of what was causing my pain, and what course of therapy was necessary to relieve the pain and to help keep it at a minimum.

I enjoy collecting sports collectibles as well as playing various musical instruments in the band at my church.  For quite a while I couldn’t play music because of the terrible back pain.   Now, after only a short amount of treatment from Dr. Grenda, my pain is minimal; almost non-existent.  There is no need for my use of Vicodin or other pain meds.  I can walk normally, I can sit for extended periods of time without interrupting my work, and I can resume regular exercise.  My quality of life has improved many times over.

The pain relief I have experienced from Gonstead chiropractic has affected my personality, which in turn helps with my disposition both at home and at work.  I work more effectively and enjoy life with my family & friends.

I would encourage anyone seeking pain relief to give Gonstead chiropractic a try.  I was extremely skeptical, cynical and surly about the whole thing.  I’m glad a friend recommended Dr. Grenda to me.  I would hate to think what my life would be like today, had I not sought treatment from him a year ago.

Sincerely, Gene Tamashiro  9/24/08

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“MY BACK PAIN WAS KILLING ME AT WORK…”

DJ Martinez“My low back started hurting while I was at work lifting things in and out of cars.  The pain started gradually and got worse over a number of months and eventually it was so severe that I could not even bend down.  I didn’t know how the work comp system worked and I didn’t know what kind of treatment I needed, so I didn’t do anything about it for a long time.

When I finally came to New Health Medical I was very nervous and scared because everyone had told me stories of why not to go to a chiropractor.  I didn’t know what to expect, but as I got to know Dr. Grenda and his staff, my nervousness went away because they made me feel like a part of the family.

After my first adjustment I thought the treatment was not going to work because I didn’t notice any difference in my pain.  But after receiving treatment three times a week, I began to feel better and better, and my back didn’t feel as tight or sore.  Dr. Grenda was able to relieve my pain without any medications or surgery and then following weeks of rehab on my back, my strength improved and the pain completely went away.

Now when I wake up in the morning my first thought is “Wow I feel great!”  I am so happy with the results from Gonstead Chiropractic and I am proud of myself for keeping up with the treatments and getting those good results.

My advice to everyone is Gonstead Chiropractic Works!  And if you stay on course with your treatments, you will be very pleased with the results.”

Sincerely, DJ Martinez

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“MY VACATION WAS ALMOST RUINED BECAUSE OF MY BACK PAIN!”

“Dear Dr. Grenda,

Thank you so very much for helping me and my back! You made my recovery a speedy one and enabled me to enjoy my visit here in California. You are a very gifted doctor and I wish you much success, health and happiness.”

Sincerely, Grace Skope

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“GONSTEAD HELPS MY GOLF GAME & KEEPS ME ACTIVE”

James Gerlich new headshot“Dear Dr. Grenda,

This is a note to thank you for the treatment program you designed to help my lower back and neck problems.  They’re working!

I was fortunate to receive your mailing for the FREE CONSULTATION and EMG TEST, as it got me involved with your program.  I had been previously been limping around the golf course with my lower back and neck pain – not any more.  After seeing the graphic results of the EMG test, along with your presentation of the Gonstead Method, it was easy for me to say—“LET’S GO!!”

After only two weeks into the schedule I was walking normal again – with no limp.  Then when you started me on your rehab part you designed for me, the improvement accelerated.  The ongoing periodic adjustments keep me physically active, as I had been in the past.  I’m almost totally void of any pain and continue to get better.

There is no question that the Gonstead method of treatment was the right choice for me.  Thanks again.”

James Gierlich

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“NO OTHER DOCTOR COULD GET RID OF MY PAIN”

“My name is John Pavicic and I am 72 years old.  I have had lower back pain on and off for over 5 years and during that time I received treatment from two different orthopedic doctors, had an MRI done on my low back, and went to The Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona for treatment.  I was given pain pills and exercises (physical therapy) for my condition and nothing relieved my low back pain.

I met Dr. Grenda at the Redondo Beach Community Center Health Fair and started chiropractic care with him the following week.  On my first visit, he took x-rays and gave me an examination. The next day, after reviewing my x-rays and exam, he gave me my first Gonstead Chiropractic adjustment.  Within one week, I was 75% better and after seven weeks, I am completely pain free.

My hobbies are exercising, walking, and gardening and I can now do them all without any back pain.  Gonstead Chiropractic treatment from Dr. Grenda has made me feel 100% better.  If you have back pain, I highly recommend this treatment by Dr. Grenda.  It really worked for me.”

Sincerely, John Pavicic

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“DOCTORS TOLD ME MY PAIN WAS JUST A NORMAL PART OF GETTING OLD & I NEEDED TO GET USED TO IT”

Justin M“My name is Justin and this is my testimonial.

I’ve been seeing Dr Grenda for about 11 months now.  I first started coming for adjustments for my neck and shoulder (that’s where I was feeling the most pain) and of course my lower back pain which I thought would never go away, especially since a couple of doctors had assured me that my condition was normal and just “part of getting old”.

I’m happy to say Dr. Grenda has been able to help me.  My neck and shoulder/back pain subsided within the first few months, and within this past month, my lower back, for the first time in years, is noticeably better.

Dr. Grenda has helped me with other pains throughout this past year, such as my forearm pain, by showing me exercises to strengthen and heal it.  I am very thankful for the care I have received here and I would encourage everyone to take the time to take care of their spine.”

Sincerely, Justin Myers

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“WITHOUT THE TERRIBLE BACK PAIN, I ENJOY FISHING AGAIN!!”

B Lauck“Dear Dr. Grenda,

I wish to express to you my deep appreciation for your outstanding insight and knowledge in diagnosing and correcting neck and back problems that have plagued me for many years. For more than twenty years I had experienced severe headaches, some times occurring several times a week, as well as, intermittent lower back pain that periodically incapacitated me.

Consultations with physicians over the last twenty years did not result in any appreciable improvement in these conditions.   They just got worse over time.  However, after my first treatment visit following our consultation, your lower back adjustment immediately eliminated the severe lower back pain that I was experiencing at that time.  There was a dramatic improvement.  And it did not take long before your neck adjustment treatments virtually eliminated my recurring headaches.  There has been a marked improvement in my quality of life as a result of your work.

Your expertise coupled with your overall treatment approach (based on the Gonstead method) and the outstanding (and very personable) staff that supports you has been instrumental in freeing me from these debilitating chronic pain problems.

Again, my heartfelt thanks to you and your staff for this gift.”

Sincerely, Bob Lauck 25 Sep 03

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“MY GOLF GAME HAS IMPROVED SINCE I BEGAN MY TREATMENT”

“I am a retired high school teacher and coach, which I enjoyed for 30 years.  I have coached many of the high school team sports, and have always been active in sports myself.  Needles to say, I have endured many injuries during these years; however, one injury in particular, which I sustained while practicing with my volleyball team involved my lower back, and had caused me constant ongoing pain.  I have visited many doctors through the years in an attempt to find a solution to my back problem, but with little or temporary success.

It was not until recently, in fact, June of 2003, that I was fortunate to meet Dr. Eric Grenda.  I had an opportunity to participate in a therapy session with Dr. Grenda, and I had such great relief from that short session, that I knew I had found someone who could help me.  I quickly signed up for a total body evaluation with Dr. Grenda at his Chiropractic Center in Torrance.  I have now been under Dr. Grenda’s care for 3 ½ months.  My back pain had diminished, and I can do almost any of the activities I’ve had to forgo due to pain.  I am a happier person, and my quality of life has improved tremendously.  For this gift, which seems to me a miracle, I would like to thank Dr. Grenda and his wonderful staff.”

Robert Lum – Manhattan Beach, CA

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“I SUFFERED WITH SCIATIC PAIN FOR YEARS”

Christine P“Having suffered for 13 years with sciatic pain radiating down my right leg, after four months of Gonstead chiropractic treatments by Dr. Eric Grenda, I am pleased to report that I am free of chronic pain.

I can’t remember what it felt like not to collapse in a heap when running; or jumping like a fiend when the pain attacked unexpectedly.  Although I enjoy swing dancing, most people thought I was doing the jitterbug all the time since I could not sit still in meetings, while driving, watching movies or life in general.  Now it’s a piece of cake to make it through the day without the radiating pain.

It’s truly an amazing thing.  My next adventure is climbing the Matterhorn in Switzerland in three years.  Now at least I feel certain my leg won’t give out due to the sciatic pain.  The muscles are my responsibility to build and maintain which will be that much easier thanks to Dr. Grenda and his wonderful staff.

Thank you for having the ability to help my body heal and helping me move on with the next 80+ years of life.”

Christine Leist – Beach Cities Fitness (A very happy 45-year-old Private Fitness Trainer)

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“MY BACK PAIN IS COMPLETELY CURED!”

“I was injured at work when a heavy box fell off a 6-foot high shelf onto my back.  I immediately felt severe back pain and was sent by my supervisor to the company’s regular doctor.  The doctor didn’t do much of an exam; just took two quick x-rays of my back, told me there was nothing wrong with me, and prescribed 800mg Ibuprofen.  He sent me back to work the next day and closed my work comp case.

Over the next month my back pain became so bad I could barely sit and I could not sleep at night.  I also had a very hard time carrying and bathing my two-year-old daughter because of the pain.  The pain pills and anti-inflammatory drugs weren’t working and I didn’t know what else to do.

Then one day my mother was going to see Dr. Grenda for her back pain, so I decided to go with her.  I listened to Dr. Grenda tell her exactly what was wrong with her spine that was causing her pain and thought this might help me too.  Dr. Grenda explained to me that his clinic specializes in treating injuries like mine.

Dr. Grenda also explained that my pain would probably go away quickly, but it would take much longer to actually fix the spinal problem from my work injury.  I started my treatment and did everything the doctor wanted me to.

My severe pain is gone and I am so thankful that I was referred to Dr. Grenda.  If my mother hadn’t brought me with her, I would have never known that Gonstead chiropractic could help my back pain.

Dr. Grenda is terrific and he completely cured my back pain!  Gonstead Health Center is the #1 clinic in the South Bay!  They helped me more than any other doctor I have seen!”

Sincerely, Elizabeth Hernandez 

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“MY CAR ACCIDENT WAS A BLESSING IN DISGUISE!”

laura f“I have suffered with pain throughout my entire back and neck, as well as pain in my arms and legs, for about two years.  I tried many different things including weekly massages to help me with the pain, but nothing helped me significantly and if anything did help a little bit, it was only very temporary.

My pain was than made considerably worse when I was hit from behind in a car crash six months ago.  I felt as if nothing would be able to help me and I would have to live the rest of my life in misery.  Luckily, I met some of Dr. Grenda’s staff and they explained what Gonstead chiropractic is and how it could help me, so I decided to give it a try.

The doctors did a thorough exam and took x-rays of my spine.  Dr. Grenda then showed me the damage to my neck and lower back, explained how to correct it, and put me on a treatment program for three months.  I had never tried Gonstead chiropractic before, but I was very impressed from the start, because after the first treatment I felt much better.  I followed Dr. Grenda’s treatment recommendations exactly and now my pain is virtually gone!

I have improved tremendously!  Before seeing Dr. Grenda I was unable to do everyday tasks like walking, sweeping, standing, or even holding objects with my hands.  With the Gonstead chiropractic treatment I feel like my life has been given back to me!  I am now able to walk, carry things, and do all of the other things I have not been able to do for a long, long time.  Even my menstrual cycle has regulated for the first time in my life, just as Dr. Grenda said it would after correcting my nervous system function in my lower back.  I am grateful to Dr. Grenda and his staff for helping me improve my health and my life

I am so excited to be feeling so great and to know my spine is healthy now and in the future, and I hope my experience will help others to try Gonstead chiropractic.  I recommend that you and your loved ones try this wonderful and modern system of healthcare with Dr. Grenda.”

Sincerely, Laura Flores

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“AFTER 10 YEARS OF SUFFERING AND BEING TOLD SURGERY WAS MY ONLY OPTION, I HAVE BEEN FIXED IN 3 MONTHS!”

“My problem started ten years ago, when I had a fall and landed on my back.  Since then I had problems with my low back area and a lot of knee pain.  I loved to go for long walks but because of this condition I was unable to enjoy any walks at all.  Doing anything as simple as house chores, like sweeping, moping and yard work was unbearable!  The pain even limited the play time with my grandkids!

I wanted to do all the things I love to do again so I went to see a neurologist thinking he would help me fix my problem.  He told me that he could do nothing and surgery was my only option!  I really did not want to have surgery so I waited on making any decisions, and thank God I did!

I went to a Carson Community health fair and met the Gonstead Health Center staff. They explained to me what a subluxation is and how Gonstead chiropractic would help. To me that sounded much better then surgery, so I made an appointment.

On my first visit at Gonstead Health Center x-rays were taken and Dr. Grenda sat down and spent time with me to explain what was wrong with my back.  He told me it was not in the best condition and if I wanted it fixed I would have to get adjusted and start a rehab plan.  Everything Dr. Grenda was saying to me made perfect sense so I decided to start the treatment.

I was amazed to find after 10 years of pain, in three months I was pain free!  I can now do the house chores, play with my grandkids and take my long walks that I missed so much!  I was able to go shopping with my daughter one day longer and further then I have been able to in a while!  I am so thankful that now I can live a healthy life with no RX drugs and the ability to enjoy my grandkids again!!!  To anybody that has a pain in their back, come see Dr. Grenda at Gonstead Health Center.  You WILL feel better!!!”

Thank you, Mayola . Delgado  

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“THANKS TO NEW HEALTH MEDICAL, I’M A PROUD WINNER OF 4 GOLD MEDALS!”

“MY FIRST VISIT TO DR. GRENDA WAS IN DECEMBER OF 2005.  I CAME TO SEE DR.GRENDA BECAUSE I WAS EXPERIENCING EXCRUCIATING PAIN IN MY HIP, IN LOWER BACK AND NECK. BECAUSE OF THESE PROBLEMS, I LIMPED CONSTANTLY AND ACCEPTED THE FACT THAT I MAY NEVER WALK NORMAL AGAIN.

I WAS VERY RELUCTANT IN GOING TO SEE A CHIROPRACTER BECAUSE I HAD HEARD SEVERAL NEGATIVE COMMENTS REGARDING PROFESSION.

ONE DAY WHILE I WAS AT CARSON COMMUNITY CENTER, I MET A MAN BY THE NAME OF FRANK WHO REPRESENTED GONSTEAD CHIROPRACTIC. HE NOTICED THAT I HAD A LIMP AND AFTER TALKING TO HIM I WAS CONVINCED THAT I NEEDED TO COME IN.

FOR 5 YEARS I HAD GONE FROM DOCTOR TO DOCTOR AND FOUND NO RELIEF.  THEY HAD NO SOLUTION FOR ME.  I JUST FIGURED I HAD TO LIVE WITH IT.  HOWEVER AFTER FOUR WEEKS OF TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION; I BEGAN TO NOTICE A SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT.  SINCE THEN I HAVE CONTINUED TO IMPROVE.  I AM A SERIOUS SWIMMER AND COMPETE IN A SENIOR OLYMPICS.

MY PHYSICAL PROBLEMS WERE HOLDING ME BACK FROM REACHING MY PEEK PERFORMANCE, NOW I AM A PROUD WINNER OF FOUR GOLD MEDALS FROM A RECENT COMPITITION. MY INSTRUCTOR HAS NOTICED MY IMPROVEMEMT AND I AM SO GREATFUL TO HAVE MET DR.GRENDA AND HIS WOUNDERFUL STAFF.

THANK YOU DR. GRENDA, FOR ALL YOUR HELP!

SINCERELY,  VIVIAN STANCIL

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”I SUFFERED FOR YEARS WITH BACK PAIN BEFORE TRYING GONSTEAD CHIROPRACTIC”

“At the age of 19 I suffered my first bout of back trouble.  It is possible that it was caused from a volleyball injury many years ago.  I sought the help of a regular medical doctor and without taking any x-rays he immediately gave me steroids to help with the pain.  From that point on, I continued to experience lower back pain with about 2 to 3 severe bouts of pain each year.  The pain made it impossible to enjoy the activities that I enjoy such as running, volleyball, hiking, and traveling.  It even made it difficult to sit up in bed, brush my teeth, etc…  Never knowing that it might be associated with my back trouble I was also experiencing digestive problems since the back pain began.

I’ve attempted various forms of treatment including visits with a medical doctor for both my back pain and digestive trouble.  They blamed the digestive symptoms on stress and irregular eating habits.  They also took x-rays of my back, but never gave reasoning for my pain.  I’ve seen other chiropractors which adjusted my back, but they never explained my injuries to me to the extent that Dr. Grenda has.

While exercising at the gym I met Cedric, a massage therapist who works for Dr Grenda, and he encouraged me to visit The Gonstead Health Center.  After my first visit I was diagnosed with spinal subluxations (misalignments of my spine) and disc degeneration.  Dr. Grenda thoroughly explained my condition by pointing out my specific problem areas on my x-rays, suggested treatment options for my condition, and then adjusted only the areas in which there was a problem.

My lower back pain has become manageable and I no longer suffer incapacitating spasms.  My IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) symptoms have become near non-existent and my overall health seems to have improved (fewer colds, etc.).  I’ve also noticed improved mobility in my neck, something I didn’t really recognize as a problem until it was corrected.

I truly believe in the many benefits of Gonstead chiropractic care.  Not only does it help keep my lower back pain to a minimum and improve my mobility, it has also improved my immune system.  The Gonstead method practiced by Dr. Grenda and his associates is very individualized and focuses on your exact problem.  They have evidence to support everything they diagnose and they do a great job of answering my specific questions and fears.  Finally, they have been extremely accommodating and were willing to set up a plan of care that fit my emotional, financial, and health specific needs.”                                                

Sincerely, Sara Thomas

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“NEW HEALTH MEDICAL CURED MY LOW BACK PAIN. OTHER DOCTORS COULDN’T HELP ME AT ALL”

“While I was lifting and arranging furniture at work, I slipped on tomato sauce landing on a palate.  I knew right away that something went wrong with my low back.  My employer sent me to their company doctor and all I received there was pain pills, anti-inflammatory medication, and muscle relaxors.  I went back after a couple of weeks because the drugs were not helping me at all with my back pain.  The doctor prescribed physical therapy, which I started doing 3 times per week.  All the physical therapist did was put hot packs on my back, hook me up to the electric muscle stimulation, and give me some exercises to do at home.

After 3 months I was still in terrible pain!  I couldn’t bend over or sit without my back hurting.  Luckily one day I saw an ad for Gonstead Health Center and since the ad claimed they were specialists in correcting neck and back pain, I decided to call and make an appointment.

I met with Dr. Grenda and he did an exam and took x-rays then showed me the results of all the tests, explaining exactly where my problem was in my spine and which nerves were pinched.  Dr. Grenda also explained that correcting my condition would take a long time, but I could be helped.

I began receiving 3 treatments a week, which included very precise spinal adjusting and a specific rehabilitation program, which the doctors created to strengthen and correct my condition.  Within a very short time my pain was much better and after about 5 months it was almost completely gone and I felt much stronger as well.

The treatment I received at Gonstead Health Center was so much more effective than any other treatment I have ever tried or even heard of, I would recommend it to anyone.  I have referred many family and friends for care and they all have been helped in the same way.  Now that my pain is gone I am able to play with my eight year-old child again, something I couldn’t do for a very long time!

I was unable to bend my back now I can! Gonstead chiropractic really works; it saved my back. I encourage anyone to try and trust the Gonstead method.  It WILL make a difference in your life and your future!”

THANK YOU, MARIA ISIDRA GOMEZ

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When you’re in constant pain…it affects your life. My recommendation to anyone is don’t get discouraged, because Dr. Grenda can help.  My posture has also improved and so has my overall disposition. Thank You!
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