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Best Therapy for Low Back Pain, Sciatica, Disc Problems

Posted on January 15th, 2016

At Team Health Care Clinic , we often receive referrals for tough low back cases from other physicians. While our non-surgical team approach of physical therapy, chiropractic, and acupuncture is successful in many cases, when we have a patient with a particularly stubborn disc problem causing low back pain or sciatica, we turn to spinal decompression. Our therapy of choice is Vertebral Axial Decompression, or VAX-D.

VAX-D is not to be confused with linear traction. VAX-D is a patented, non-surgical therapy that actually lengthens and decompresses the spine. Many doctors choose the VAX-D system because it has clinicalDisc Hermiation studies published that confirm a negative pressure is created in the disc during one of the sessions. (Continue Reading…)

Back Pain, Diabetes, Heart Disease: Is Sitting the New Smoking?

Posted on September 24th, 2014

Correlation Between Health Problems, Life Expectancy and Inactivity

As a chiropractor at Team Health Care Clinic in Champlin, Mn, I find the biggest nemesis to restoring a patient’s wellness is sedentary lifestyles.  Inactivity leads to diabetes, heart disease, obesity and even pain syndromes.  In fact, in the Los Angeles Times, physician and researcher at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center Anup Kanodia, said, “Sitting is the new smoking.” He cited an Australian study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine compared sitting and smoking. (Continue Reading…)

Don’t Gamble With Surgery for a Disc Herniation- Try Decompression

Posted on March 27th, 2014

Cards and diceAs a chiropractor in Champlin, Minnesota, working alongside physical therapists, a massage therapist, acupuncturists, and a medical doctor, I see may types of patients in a health care crisis. One such patient, Chris, came in to the clinic with a herniated disc in his low back. Chris is employed as a poker dealer for a casino and he was in serious pain.

Chris had severe low back pain that radiated down his right leg. He couldn’t sit, stand or walk for longer than a minute or two before he had to lay down due to the 10/10 pain. He was on gabapentin and tramadol with little effect. He had tried chiropractic and physical therapy without help. He was 2 months into a dire situation with absolutely no improvement. Chris was ready to fold up his cards and try surgery. (Continue Reading…)

A Wellness Plan for Chronic Back Pain

Posted on February 21st, 2014

Our wellness clinic in Champlin, Minnesota, Team Health Care Clinic, employs chiropractors, physical therapists, a medical doctor, a massage therapist, and 2 acupuncturists.  Due to our unique combination of providers, we see some of the worst cases of back pain in the Twin Cities.  Despite grim statistics for success in these chronic cases, we have found a surprisingly successful method.

Let’s start with debunking a myth that low back pain resolves quickly, regardless of what one does to treat it.  A large population based study found that 90% of patients stopped consulting their primary care medical physicians within 3 months of initially reporting their back pain.  This sounds successful, right?  (Continue Reading…)

Lumbar Disc Pain Relief

Posted on September 25th, 2013

As a chiropractor in Champlin, Minnesota for 23 years, I have seen hundreds and hundreds of low back disc herniations, degenerations, bulges, etc. Because I have been blessed to work along side and collaborate with physical therapists, massage therapists, acupuncturists, and medical doctors in our clinic, some of the worst lumbar disc problems in the area arrive in our clinic, Team Health Care Clinic, P.C.

Patients are drawn to the clinic because, other than surgeons, the clinic offers a wide array of options, depending on the need for that patient.  If all one has is a hammer, the world becomes a nail, right?  Given we have many tools in the tool box, how should a Champlin MN Back Pain Reliefpatient proceed when newly diagnosed with a lumbar disc problem? (Continue Reading…)

Lumbar Disc Herniation and Degeneration: Consider Non-Surgical Decompression

Posted on August 21st, 2013


Our clinic in Champlin, Minnesota employs chiropractors, physical therapists, a medical doctor, and a massage therapist.  Because we collaborate, we can get some exciting results on difficult cases that none of us would have achieved on our own.  For example,  lumbar disc herniation, bulging, and degeneration can be most stubborn to resolve.  For these conditions, we have turned to Vertebral Axial Decompression, or Vax-D.

Vax-D is a nonsurgical decompression therapy that has stood the test of time in our clinic.  We have been successfully utilizing and blogging about Vax-D for many years. (Continue Reading…)

Disc Herniation and Degeneration: Relief With Spinal Decompression at Team Health Care Clinic

Posted on July 10th, 2013

Spinal decompression has been used in our Champlin, Minnesota clinic for over 13 years.  Team Health Care Clinic was the first in Minnesota to offer vertebral axial decompression as an alternative to surgery for sciatica and low back pain from degenerative and herniated lumbar discs.

Over the years, as our decompression treatment became more acclaimed, we began receiving more difficult cases from other doctors.  While decompression is the foundational treatment for stubborn disc conditions, our treatment evolved to include other therapies.  The Team Care Method is the current evolution in nonsurgical treatment for patients suffering with low back and/or leg pain from a disc lesion. It consists of the following:Champlin MN Back Pain Relief (Continue Reading…)

Chiropractic Mandated Before Spinal Surgery

Posted on May 16th, 2012

To prepare the reader for this blog, I will take you back to an earlier blog commenting on the cost benefit of trying chiropractic care first before having spinal surgery. In my June 28th 2011 blog, I detailed several credible studies that when considered as a whole, demonstrated a 15 BILLION dollar savings annually by having patients try chiropractic care first. I would encourage the reader to tap on the link to that article as well as a second blog dated August 3, 2011 regarding an additional 3 billion dollar savings by trying Vertebral Axial Decompression therapy before surgery if chiropractic care wasn’t successful.

Despite the staggering numbers, I finished my June 28th, 2011 blog with, “Do our decision makers have the fortitude to make changes that reward services that are more efficient or do they continue the status quo and bend to the AMA lobby?” I cynically felt I had the answer to that question and didn’t think I would see a day when the insurance industry would stand up against the surgeon’s pressure even though there are billions of dollars at stake. I was wrong. (Continue Reading…)

Low Back Pain and Sciatica: VAX-D’s Negative is a Positive

Posted on May 19th, 2010

On any given day, 6.5 million people are bedridden because of back pain. One of the most common is disc problems; injured, bulging, herniated or degenerative discs can create severe low back or leg pain from irritation to roots of the sciatic nerve. Pressure on these injured discs, even from daily activities, can lead to more bulging and irritation.

Much like gauging pressure on a bike tire, scientists use sensors to measure various pressures on spinal discs, called intradiscal pressure. Like blood pressure, intradiscal pressure is measured in millimeters of Mercury (mmHg): (Continue Reading…)