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Q: How can integrative neurology help with low back, hip and leg pain?

George W Kukurin DC DACANA: Integrative neurology combines the knowledge of medical neurology (the study of the brain and nerves) with complimentary techniques like laser acupuncture, chiropractic and herbal therapies. There are many different reasons why a person develops lower back, hip and leg pain. The most common are spinal stenosis, sciatica, pinched nerves and neuropathy. Despite billions of dollars spent on research of these conditions, no one single method has emerged as the superior treatment for them. Thankfully, they do typically respond well to a combination of therapies. Stenosis, sciatica and most leg pains involve the nerves in the back and lower extremities; Integrative Neurology is an ideal approach for treatment. The symptoms may be similar, but the cause of those symptoms varies greatly. Determining where and why the nerves are injured is the most important step for those patients seeking long lasting relief. Only after a proper diagnosis, can effective treatment be instituted.

For example stenosis and disc herniations require decompression therapy. We utilize a special traction belt device that was developed in Israel to non-surgically decompression the injured nerves in patients suffering from both disc herniations and spinal stensosis. Adding laser acupuncture can often help damaged nerves to repair while suppressing pain. It is a modern version of acupuncture based on neurology that does not require needles. Supplementing the diet with specific nutrients may also speed up the healing process. Nutrients like GABA and Acetyl-carnitine may actually reduce nerve pain while promoting nerve healing. A specific follow-up exercise program based on a patient’s MRI results and designed to maintain spinal nerve decompression offers the best chance for long lasting improvement. Integrative Neurology is about offering many different treatment approaches for neurological conditions, combined individually for each patient, all under one roof. We have over 20 years of experience in treating hip, back and leg pain that is a the result of sciatica, stenosis or neuropathy. It is an approached based on combing those treatments that have a proven track record of helping with nerve related pain.

George W Kukurin DC DACAN, Kukurin Chiropractic, Acupuncture & Nutrition, can be reached at (412) 381-4453 or visit www.alt-compmed.com

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