Dr. Jeffrey Tucker is the premier practitioner for the application of shockwave and laser in Los Angeles especially for joint pain. Dr. Tucker is the most extensively trained practitioner, with the most experience, and the only doctor with 3 different shockwave machines and 2 different types of laser available for your specific treatment needs.
If the thought of a potential flare up of chronic pain has you, well, on pins and needles, then shockwave and laser treatments might be able to help.
In addition to the proven benefits of shockwave by itself and laser by itself, Dr. Tucker combines the two modalities for relief from chronic pain, joint pain, osteoarthritis, and tendon pain. Shockwave and laser is a natural remedy that allows the body to heal itself.
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Shockwave and laser therapy are treatments that come under the term ‘orthopedic regenerative medicine.’
Regenerative medicine uses natural methods to stimulate the body to regenerate its own tissues. Some methods use the patient’s own cells obtained from their own blood using needles and injections. This medical procedure is called platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or stem cell therapy. However, I use safer, no needle, less expensive, easy to administer shockwave and laser modalities rather than injections to stimulate growth factors to help repair the tissues. These modalities have been especially helpful in hip and knee osteoarthritis.
Researchers at the Department of Special Surgical Science, University of Florence found numerous growth factors within blood platelets that have a specific activity on cartilage regeneration. Stimulating growth factors may be what allows the shockwave treatment to be able to significantly reduce pain and improve joint function.1
A typical treatment shockwave and laser is performed once a week for approximately 3-6 weeks.
The treatment goal of using shockwave and laser:
Allow patients to be more active
Decreasing pain often helps improve function
I like to see positive changes within the first 3 to 6 weeks with continued improvement over the next 12 weeks
It makes sense to do a trial of the non-invasive shockwave and laser protocol to improve osteoarthritis of the hip joint prior to injections.
- Civinini R, Nistri L, Martini C, Redl B, Ristori G, Innocenti M. Growth factors in the treatment of early osteoarthritis. Clin Cases Miner Bone Metab. 2013 Jan; 10(1):26-9. doi: 10.11138/ccmbm/2013.10.1.026.
- Sánchez M, Guadilla J, Fiz N, Andia I. Ultrasound-guided platelet-rich plasma injections for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the hip. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2012 Jan;51(1):144-50. Epub 2011 Nov 10
- Dallari D, Stagni C, Rani N, Sabbioni G, Pelotti P, Torricelli P, Tschon M, Giavaresi G. Ultrasound-Guided Injection of Platelet-Rich Plasma and Hyaluronic Acid, Separately and in Combination, for Hip Osteoarthritis: A Randomized Controlled Study. Am J Sports Med. 2016 Jan 21. pii: 0363546515620383.
Lymphatic drainage at Dr. Jeffrey Tucker’s office uses the latest technology and takes a whole body approach. The Lymphatic System is one of the most overlooked yet significant systems in the body. The Lymphatic System travels throughout the body to remove waste from every cell while helping to regulate the immune system. It includes a complex network of vessels, ducts, lymph nodes, the spleen, the thymus gland, the adrenal glands, and the tonsils.
The lymphatic vessels act like a giant filter or drainage system for the body that needs to stay moving and clear for it to work properly. Stagnant or sluggish lymph flow leads to waste and toxic build up, weakening immunity and leading to a wide variety of health issues. When your lymph system becomes congested you may notice:
Stiffness, dry skin, water retention, brain fog, stubborn weight gain, chronic sinus congestion, cellulite build up, cold hands and feet.
Dr. Tucker uses the PhysioTouch machine for Lymphatic Drainage. Call 310-444-9393 for more information.
I am a very hands-on practitioner and want to increase your results. If you have lost range of motion, I look to restore motion using negative pressure machines, shockwave, laser tools, MagnaWave and the other high tech tools I have available to help you improve fascial mobility and joint restrictions. I am an expert in neuromuscular re-education.
My passion and expertise is in:
Connective tissue system structure and function; improving movement impairments
Improving healing responses
Connective tissues and trigger point therapy
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization techniques and applications
Neuromuscular re-education principles
ELDOA exercise programs are taught to every patient.
Magnet therapy is now available in West Los Angeles at Dr. Jeffrey Tucker’s office on Wilshire Blvd. Dr. Tucker says “We often couple the magnet therapy with Virtual Reality breathing relaxation sessions which can help anyone from the high-powered entertainment industry executive to a busy mom. It is difficult to completely remove all the stimuli that contribute to stress and pain, I try to teach my patients how the brain and body can focus on healing.”
Magnet therapy gets absorbed through the skin and helps increase cellular energy, relieves muscle aches and tension. In addition to the benefits of magnet therapy and virtual reality, MagnaWaving as it is called is being used more and more for visualization, relaxation and recovery, and generating creativity. A lot of high-profile athletes now use MagnaWave for a competitive edge.
Also available at Dr. Tucker’s office is laser therapy, shockwave therapy, SCENAR, DMS, Rapid Release therapy, lymphatic therapy and customized weight loss programs. Whether you are an athlete, suffering chronic pain or looking for a weight loss coach, Dr. Tucker is happy to meet with you. For more information or to book a session call 310-444-9393.
Dr. Jeffrey Tucker. Chiropractor. Posture Expert. Pain Relief Specialist. Educator. Writer. Healthy Aging Advocate.
Born in Los Angeles, Dr. Tucker attended SCHUS. Dr. Tucker provides patients with cutting-edge technology and personalized care. He is Board certified in rehabilitation and a specialist in soft tissue injury therapy. Dr. Tucker helps patients through sports injuries, posture related conditions, trauma related pain and procedures including those helping patients age their very best. Dr. Tucker is an expert in advanced movement assessments, exercise therapy, soft tissue therapy and nutritional weight loss programs.
In West Los Angeles, Dr. Tucker employs a full time master weight loss specialist. His office offers three types of lasers, including TheraLase and Lite-Force devices; he has the only practice that has three types of shockwave machines including Zimmer, Storz, and PiezoWave; the MagnaWave PEMF device for state of the art magnet therapy; Lymphatic therapy, SCENAR; ELDOA exercise programs as treatments and other soft tissue procedures like the Rapid Release and Deep Muscle Stimulator. He recently introduced patients to Virtual Reality for stress reduction.
He dedicates about one to two weekends a month travelling around the Country to teach other practitioners about the POLITE Method. Dr. Tucker is incredibly passionate about helping people solve pain issues and age management practices. With appropriate diagnostic testing, including Functional Movement Screens (FMS), body mass, and comprehensive consultations, he is able to help patients who wish to get healthy and stay healthy by creating an individual precision physical therapy program for each person.
Dr. Tucker feels that each of us are individuals with individual needs. Traditional medicine, in his opinion, is suboptimal, and he will ask you “What matter’s to you?” rather than just “What is the matter with you?”
Call 310-444-9393 if you are ready to maximize the quality of your life for your remaining years.
I know that I have the most progressive Chiropractic office in Los Angeles. My office and the equipment I have to offer my patients is unique. The goal of patient care is to help you resolve the issues you present with. I view the body as a whole, where everything is connected to everything. I am an expert in understanding structural functions of connective tissues and the joints of the body. I examine the soft tissues and joints as elements in various layers of tissues and look to help patients figure out strategies to get better and stay better.
I can expose patients to a large variety of traditional therapy and the latest technology including Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) tools, laser, shockwave, magnet therapy and lymphatic drainage therapy.
As a post graduate instructor I present and teach how I practice treatments for common orthopedic and sports impairments.
I expect treatment outcomes to be better than other practitioners because of the techniques and specialty equipment I use and the relationships I build with my patients. I will explain precautions, contraindications, optimal healing timing of interventions, and safety in using the various interventions I have available to you.
For example, patients like the fact that I can use Negative Pressure Soft Tissue Mobilization (AKA cupping), Deep Muscle Stimulation, and laser, all in one session. These treatments target the anatomy, physiology, and clinical reasoning for your improvements.
If you are experiencing symptoms such as stiffness, sore joints, arthritis like pain, please call 310-444-9393 for an appointment.
Chiropractic has achieved the “strongest evidence to date” of just how safe and effective chiropractic care really is. If you suffer from back pain, sciatica, nerve injuries, headaches such as migraines, and neck pains, you should see me.
As a chiropractor, I focus on posture, muscle balance, joint motion and nutrition therapy. People come to me for acute and chronic pain. To me an “adjustment” involves hands on therapy, and I may also use laser, muscle pressure point therapy, shockwave therapy, deep muscle stimulation therapy, MagnaWave therapy, lymph therapy, SCENAR, and certainly you will get posture training and exercise recommendations.
Many of my patients also receive “usual medical care” (such as visits to their MDs and physical therapy), but most patients understand the value of having my type of detailed chiropractic therapy as well.
If your goal is to have less pain, then my goal is to help you feel less pain. If your goal is healthy aging, then my goal is healthy aging. If your goal is better posture and more range of motion, then my goal is to help you achieve better posture and more range of motion.
One of the benefits of my type of chiropractic care is that patients experience less ‘pain-related disability,’ meaning that they can go on with their lives without being laid up or limited in any way by their lower back pain.
Chiropractic is “safe” and “effective” treatment.
I can refer you for CT scans and MRIs if we think that is needed, and I’ll help you decide if medications, injections, or surgery may be necessary.
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health give a thumbs-up to spinal manipulation for back pain.
Please feel free to call my office at 310-444-9393 for a hands-on session with me!
What’s the first thing I do?
There is a significant association between neck pain and Temporo-mandibular Dysfunction (TMD) symptoms (Ciancaglini ’99). In fact, 50% of cervical spine cases will have TMD, often as the primary problem (Lewitt).
Since many patients present with both neck and jaw pain, I look closely at both areas. However, I check your posture, the skull bones, pelvis, and feet too. It is a very comprehensive examination…I like looking at details! Many muscles of the neck and jaw can be imbalanced , especially the Digastrics, SCM, upper traps and suboccipitals. I teach my patients how to self stretch and balance these muscles.
Depending on the case I might recommend laser therapy, magnet therapy, deep muscle stimulation therapy and ‘hands on’ therapy.
Take home advice includes eat a soft diet; keep your tongue up, gently resting on the palate and teeth apart as the rest position of the jaw; chew on both sides at the same time or alternate sides; avoid clenching and grinding the teeth, tensing, or gum chewing; avoid excessive or prolonged opening of the mouth; avoid sleeping on the stomach; do a trial of laser therapy for pain control; use heat or ice over tender muscles (discuss with Dr. Tucker which is best for your case); I may recommend a topical cream (Hemp based or other cream).
If you need help with your dentist I am happy to work with them.
Extracorporeal Shockwave therapy (ESWT) or Radial shockwave therapy (RSWT) is believed to cause a cellular response leading to tissue regeneration. I use this therapy for plantar fascia, Achilles tendon, Achilles insertion, 1st metatarsal joint pain, and tibia/shin pain. Many of my patients are recreational to elite athletes.
Patients and I co-create the best treatment plan. Most patients need at least 3-6 ESWT treatments with 7-10 days between treatment sessions. The procedure does not hurt, has little to no adverse side effects, and is less expensive and less invasive than risky injections. To enhance our results we can also use magnet therapy and/or laser therapy.
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