The goal of epidural injections and surgery is to provide pain relief. The goal of shockwave therapy (Zimmer, Storz, Piezowave), Magnet therapy (Magnawave), and laser therapy (TheraLase, LightForce) is to provide a healing environment inside the body leading to pain relief. Epidural injections do not heal a bad back. Shockwave, laser, magnet therapy, exercise and hands-on therapy will help heal a bad back.
Some patients do get epidural steroid injections and find short-term pain relief. Often times this sense of immediate pain relief prevents people from getting the proper treatment for his/her long term back pain care.
A study from Vanderbilt University discusses the use of epidural injection treatments and spinal surgery:
…surgery is superior to epidural steroid injections for improving quality of life and pain, however after a year neither the surgery or the epidural steroid injections significantly helped improve the patient’s disability.(1)
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, University of Toronto researchers describe:
Epidural steroid injections provide modest pain relief up to 3 months in patients with lumbosacral radicular pain caused by herniated disks, but they have no impact on physical disability or incidence of surgery.(2)
The Chinese University and Prince of Wales Hospital in Hong Kong: …transforaminal epidural steroid injection cannot alter the need for surgery in the long term.(3)
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University, Rothman Institute:
For some patients epidural steroid injections did not work at all. “Patients with lumbar disc herniation treated with epidural steroid injection had no improvement in short or long-term outcomes compared with patients who were not treated with epidural steroid injection.” (4)
THE PROBLEM you as a patient face: Epidural steroid injections are still one of the most frequently performed low back pain procedures. BUT, epidural steroid injections really should be questioned for lack of effectiveness, and may be dangerous.
Patients need to know that they have alternatives. Rather than exposing patients to risks from injections and dangerous complications, I start low back treatment with non-invasive shockwave, laser, or magnet therapy, combined with skilled hands-on therapy and ELDOA exercise training. (5) Doesn’t this make sense?
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1 Sivaganesan A, Chotai S, Parker SL, McGirt MJ, Devin CJ. 161?Patient-Reported Outcomes After Epidural Steroid Injections vs Surgery for Degenerative Lumbar Disease: A Prospective, Matched Cohort Study. Neurosurgery. 2016 Aug;63 Suppl 1:164-5. doi: 10.1227/01.neu.0000489730.99853.c3.
2. Bhatia A, Flamer D, Shah PS, Cohen SP. Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections for Treating Lumbosacral Radicular Pain from Herniated Intervertebral Discs: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Anesth Analg. 2016 Mar;122(3):857-70. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000001155.
3. Leung SM, et al. Clinical value of transforaminal epidural steroid injection in lumbar radiculopathy. Hong Kong Med J. 2015 Aug 14. doi: 10.12809/hkmj144310. [Epub ahead of print]
4. Radcliff K, Hilibrand A, Lurie JD, Tosteson TD, Delasotta L, Rihn J, Zhao W, Vaccaro A, Albert TJ, Weinstein JN. The Impact of Epidural Steroid Injections on the Outcomes of Patients Treated for Lumbar Disc Herniation: A Subgroup Analysis of the SPORT Trial J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2012 Jun 27. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.K.00341. [Epub ahead of print]
5. Epstein NE The risks of epidural and transforaminal steroid injections in the Spine: Commentary and a comprehensive review of the literature Spine: 2013;3:74-93 6. Stout A. Epidural steroid injections for low back pain. Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2010 Nov;21(4):825-34.
If the thought of a potential flare up of chronic pain has you worried, a new service now offered at Dr. Jeffrey Tucker’s office in West Los Angeles might be able to help.
Dr. Tucker notes “As patients have become more educated and empowered, they’ve started to realize a pill isn’t always the solution, and likewise, many physicians realize alternative therapies like magnet therapy can be of great benefit to patients”
In addition to the proven benefits of magnet therapy, including relief from chronic pain, sports injuries, elevated mood and better sleep, magnet therapy is a natural remedy that allows the body to heal itself.
Dr. Tucker has embraced alternative treatment options for sports injuries such as laser therapy, shockwave, SCENAR and deep muscle stimulation. “My mission is to help people live the healthiest lives possible, and that means offering a number of services and treatment options that can help reduce the need for expensive medical care”.
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.
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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HOW DOES MAGNET HELP OUR BODIES HEAL? We call what we are doing Peripheral Electro-Magnetic Frequency (PEMF) or ‘MagnaWaving’
Cellular Metabolism is boosted by PEMF
Blood Cells are regenerated by PEMF
Circulation is improved by PEMF
Oxygen carrying capacity is increased by PEMF
What is PEMF Therapy for? We have seen PEMF
Reduce Pain and Inflammation
Improves energy and circulation
Improve sleep quality
Accelerates repair of bone and soft tissue
Help relax muscles
WHAT IS PEMF FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT?
PEMF reduces pain associated with trauma, disease, and degeneration; reduces chronic and damaging inflammation that results in pain.
We are now using PULSED ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELD (PEMF) therapy.
What does PEMF do?
PEMF stimulates cell metabolism causing a chain of responses in the body that leads to improved health without side effects.
PEMF devices are considered safe and therapeutic.
WHAT IS PEMF & HOW DOES PEMF WORK?
PEMF is used to improve circulation and cell metabolism.
Science has proven that our bodies produce their own magnetic fields. Everything works within the body by electromagnetic exchange. Disruption of electromagnetic energy in cells can cause impaired cell metabolism.
What is PEMF doing?
PEMF penetrates every cell, tissue, organ and even bones to stimulate electrical and chemical processes in the tissues.
We purchased the MAGNA WAVE device so we have choices in delivery.