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Tuscaloosa Chiropractor | Tuscaloosa chiropractic care | AL | Testimonials Page 2

Tuscaloosa's Neuropathy Center


                      Dr. Jeff Brown, D.P.M. - Chief of Podiatry





819 Mimosa Park Rd.

Suite C

Tuscaloosa, Al 35405

Testimonials Page 2
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Debra Dawson

Sometime around the end of last year I started to experience some discomfort in my lower back. I really wasn’t too worried about it until the pain and tingling started in my left leg. Finally it got to the point that I could not stand up without unbearable pain. The longer I stood, the worse the pain was. To make matters worse, my job required me to be on my feet all day. After about 6 weeks of progressively getting worse, I went and had an MRI done. The results were 2 good sized bulging discs and a pinched nerve. After hearing so many people say they wouldn’t have surgery I decided against that. Still not knowing what to do, one day I heard an ad on the radio for The Disc Institute of Alabama. I quickly made an appointment.

My experience at The Disc Institute was great. Within a few visits I started feeling a great deal of relief. About half way through my treatment I was almost pain free. The friendly staff were so caring and helpful. The at atmosphere there was that of a close family environment. I have just finished my treatment and I feel really good now. I know that without their help I would not be where I am today.

I just want to say thank you to the staff at The Disc Institute of Alabama.

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I’ve suffered with some degree of lower back pain since an accident in the summer between 8th and 9th grade. Approximately 5 years ago, as the pain began to intensify and radiate to my legs and knees, I began searching more diligently. I tried over the counter medications, various combinations of stretching and various forms of exercise. Any relief I achieved was superficial and very short lived. Last year the pain became increasingly worse, often reaching a level of 7 to 8 on a 10 point scale. I had to resort to prescription medication and was given a scenario that was likely to occur over the next couple of years; medication, intense physical therapy, nerve blocks and eventually surgical intervention. This is not exactly how I envisioned my future so I began searching for an alternative. Over the last 20 years, I had tried chiropractic therapy for other injuries and had experienced very good success. I made an appointment to see a Chiropractor again and he assured me he could help. Following x-rays, he outlined a treatment plan including electrical stimulation, diathermy, DTS traction and spinal adjustments. Over the next couple of months, I experienced a substantial lessening of the pain in my lower back and legs. I was able to discontinue the prescription medication and function with a pain level of approximately 4 on a 10 point scale. Given the nature and location of the pain, the Chiropractor suspected there was a little more involved and ordered an MRI of my spine. The results showed three bulging discs and one herniated disc in my lumbar spine. The Chiropractor suggested that I consider Spinal Decompression as the next step in my treatment. This is a non-surgical treatment that is conducted over a period of weeks at The Disc Institute of Alabama. The process is designed to relieve pressure and allow the disc to heal. To date, although my treatment is still ongoing, I have experienced a dramatic reduction in my pain level. On any given day, I typically experience a pain level of 1 (on a 10 point scale), with extended periods where I am essentially pain free. The difference between now and earlier this year is truly like night and day. The treatment has had a huge impact on my work and personal life and is obviously one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself and my family. Before undergoing any surgical procedure for back pain, I would strongly recommend a consultation and evaluation at The Disc Institute of Alabama. I’ve had an absolutely wonderful experience working with a tremendous group of individuals.

Scott Penuel

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I used to have constant lower back pain for more than 25 years. It would range from mild to severe depending on what I did that day. I did like most people, I tried pain medications that only eased the pain. I was told I needed back surgery but I didn’t want that because my older brother had back surgery twice and is now on disability.  I heard about this non-surgical decompression on TV. I talked to my doctor about it, then had an MRI. It showed two degenerative discs and one bulging disc that was pressing against my nerve causing numbness, tingling, and pain down my left leg and foot. After two to three weeks of therapy I could really feel the difference. After completing my treatments I feel 100% better and im 95% pain free. I do things now that I haven’t been able to do for years without pain. I can definitely say that decompression therapy at The Disc Institute worked for me.

I never had to miss any time from work while going through the therapy. I would like to say thank you to the doctors and all of the staff for all that you’ve done for me.

James E. Wright

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My name is Jim Ellis. In 1969 I fell from the wing of a C-130 aircraft in Vietnam. I thought I was alright. Several weeks later the pain started. I was treated with physical therapy and muscle relaxers for the next forty years.  In November of 2009 I awoke one morning unable to get out of bed or walk. A trip to the doctor was necessary. My doctor decided it was not a muscle problem and sent me to a pain management center and to get an MRI. After the MRI, it was determined that I had three herniated discs. In January, I received a steroid epidural followed by another in March. Three weeks later my blood pressure elevated to a very serious level which warranted a trip to the emergency room. After a night in the hospital, it was determined that I was pre-diabetic and would have to watch my diet and take high blood pressure medicine.

I had another incident in November 2010 and made an appointment with the pain management center again. A nurse friend of mine in Tuscaloosa told me I didn’t need to do the steroid thing again after the problems I'd experienced following my last visit. He suggested I call The Disc Institute of Alabama. I made an appointment and after the interview I started the treatment that day. Within 48 hours I could walk upright and most of the pain was gone. I live with almost no pain now, but I’m also very careful not to lift heavy objects or bend over. I’ve talked to 6 other people who’ve had the steroid epidurals and believe they have high blood pressure and diabetes as a result of it.

I am 64 years old, weigh 150 pounds and im 5’9” tall. I eat lots of fruits and vegetables in my diet. I believe that if I had not had the steroid treatments I wouldn’t need prescription medicines today.

The Disc Institute staff will always be heroes in my life. Because of them I enjoy a very active, pain free life.

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In the fall of 2010 I began to experience some carpal tunnel like symptoms (mainly some numbness in my right hand). A chiropractor treated me for it in the past but this time it seemed to get worse, ultimately involving my entire right arm. My right hand was numb, with a periodic sensation like electric current, along with a dull pain up the arm, especially in the biceps and triceps. It got to the point where I could only get relief by raising my arm, as though I was a student in class trying to answer a question.

At this point the chiropractor sent me to get an MRI, which revealed three bulging cervical discs. The result was that these discs were pressing on a nerve in the spine, with referred pain appearing in my arm and hand. The chiropractor then recommended that I call The Disc Institute of Alabama for spinal decompression treatment. I did a little research on the internet, and these are really the non-surgical, non-drug treatment option of choice. After completing the course of treatment I was symptom free. I have had some recurrence of symptoms, but that followed the April 27th tornado and my engaging in some rather heavy lifting (literally!) helping with clean up and moving people after the storm. I went back to The Disc Institute and did a couple “tune ups” on the decompression table, and now I am virtually symptom free.

I wholeheartedly recommend this treatment option. In the first place, the decompression tables are truly state-of-the-art. In the second place, the treatment is comprehensive, emphasizing exercise and nutrition to restore the discs to health. With this treatment option you can avoid the other invasive (and of questionable utility) treatment options.

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