Back Pain Relief
Most low back or neck pain is caused by pressure on nerves often referred to as “pinched nerves.” Usually, the underlying cause of a pinched nerve is inflammation. Inflammation can be acute such as when someone has an injury that involves swelling and pain.
Dr. Currie does treat some acute patients, but it is important to note that most of the patients Dr. Currie treats are the chronic neck or back pain patients. Most of Dr. Currie’s patients have tried other forms of therapy (including surgery) and have failed to find relief.
In many of those cases, the problem is related to low levels of chronic inflammation that are causing breakdown of the soft tissues and bony structures in the spine. Over time, the chronic inflammation has lead to disease and loss of disc space which is the cushion between the bones. Once that “cushion” is reduced (bone on bone, or close to it), the nerves can get “pinched” and therefore cause a great deal of pain and suffering.
The loss of the cushion causes even more inflammation as the joints grind on each other and that leads to bone spurs and other degenerative problems that can also cause pain. That is why spinal decay is called “Degenerative Disc Disease.” It is a true decay of the tissues involving the spine which unfortunately also causes pain for so many people. It is similar to tooth decay. The only way to help a decayed, rotten and broken down tooth is to get directly treat it.
Dr. Currie works hard to get his patients relief from these back pain conditions. Dr. Currie says, “everyone I treat, whether young or old has degeneration of their spines and most of those already have bone spurs and other problems that I have to work around. Thankfully, the technology I use is often successful in helping my patients get relief without surgery or other invasive procedures.”
Dr. Currie can help relieve the following symptoms*:
- Low Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Leg Pain
- Degenerative Disc Disease and Arthritis
- Spinal Stenosis
- Facet Joint Syndrome
- Herniated and/or bulging discs
- Post-Surgical or Failed Surgery Syndrome
- Bone spurs
- Pinched nerves
- Pain with walking
- Pain with standing
- Pain with sitting
- Balance problems
- And more…
*Individual results may vary.
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Dr. Currie offers all new patients a FREE consultation for their chronic back and neck pain issues. This consultation is a $245 value, but Dr. Currie knows he is the only one in the area with such advanced methods for relieving chronic pain.
Frequently Asked Back Pain Questions
How are neck and back pain related?
Neck and back pain are related in that they are both caused by the same problems. Wear and tear on the spinal structures leads to degeneration and breakdown of those structures over time. Eventually, people get more and more pressure on their nerves which shows up as pain in various forms.
Some patients will have lightning bolt pain, while others will have a dull, numb or toothache feeling. Many other patients have described their pain as tingling, burning, vice-like, or even a weakness of the muscles when their nerve pressure is extreme. Others will experience a loss of stability and have problems such as frequent falls.
The reason why so many people fall with these types of conditions is because of the fact that the nerves that come from the spine supply all of the muscles in the lower legs and feet. If those nerves are compressed or pinched, then they don’t work right and therefore do not send the correct signals to and from the brain. The loss of that signalling creates a lack of stability and therefore people say that they have poor balance and fall frequently.
Why don’t traditional surgeries work?
Some surgeries do work. However, surgery has a low success rate overall, especially over the long term. That is why most surgeons will wait until people start to show signs of neurological involvement that is causing potential of motor loss and paralysis of muscles, etc. before operating.
Over half of Dr. Currie’s patients have had failed neck or back surgery (or surgeries) and come to him because they didn’t want to have the chance of another failed surgery. Dr. Currie takes the approach that the body was made to heal and repair itself. Sometimes it needs help doing so and that is where his treatments come in. Dr. Currie’s treatments are natural and non-invasive. The technologies he uses are also FDA cleared.
Dr. Currie believes that one of the reasons that back and neck surgery have a low success rate is because the soft and delicate tissues of the spine were not meant to be tampered with, except only extreme and emergency situations. By cutting something out of the spine, it is permanently altered and therefore not the way God intended. Surgery often fails to go to the root cause of the problem. Cutting (or burning out tissues with a high power laser) permanently changes the area of the spine where the operation was performed. Those permanent changes can include, scar tissue and a weakening of those tissues. They can also include permanent nerve damage or additional inflammation that can lead to more soft tissue breakdown and arthritis over time.
Why are injections or burning of the nerve roots often unsuccessful?
Injections of corticosteroids often do additional damage to the tissues which can cause even more pain. The damage caused by steroid injections is substantial enough that it is often given in prescribed dosages of 3 per year (in efforts to minimize the tissue damage).
In addition, steroids can have unwanted side effects such as weight gain, osteoporosis, mood disorders and also a very severe condition called avascular necrosis of the hip. Avascular necrosis of the hip is where the steroid causes a shutdown of the blood supply to the hip area and the body absorbs the dead tissue in the hip region. Therefore, you could go and get an injection for low back or leg pain and end up with a broken down hip as a side effect of the injection.
“It happens and I meet 2-3 people a year who lost their hip because of an injection,” Dr. Currie says. Burning of the nerve roots, or “Radio Frequency Nerve Root Ablation” is notorious for creating scar tissue. Dr. Currie says that he has read many MRI reports that have shown “encapsulation granulation tissue” (scar tissue) surrounding nerve roots and other spinal structures following these types of procedures. A major concern is that over time, that scar tissue begins to harden and the literally “chokes” the nerve.
Why did physical therapy not work for me?
Physical Therapy helps a lot of people. So does massage therapy. However, when it comes to spine related pain and symptoms, physical therapy and massage are working on the end result of a problem, not the problem itself.
Physical therapy strengthens muscles. That is a good benefit of physical therapy. However, when someone has arthritis or spinal decay that is causing pressure on nerves, the only way to truly help that pain is to go at the root cause of the problem which is to take the pressure off of the nerves that are causing the pain. No amount of stretching or strengthening will free up a pinched nervecreated by spinal disease (other than for a short period of time). The same holds true for massage therapy.
Dr. Currie said that he gets massages for the health benefits associated with them such as lymphatic drainage and relaxation benefits. However, he is quick to state that if someone has a pinched nerve at the spinal level, massage can have a temporary relaxation effect of the muscles but the relief is short lived because the nerves are still pinched and irritated where they exit the spine. When that occurs, it is only a matter of hours or days before the muscles are spasmed and tight and the pain is back.
Dr. Currie believes in going at the root cause of the spinal degeneration and making the spinal joint complex as healthy as possible. That is where his treatment program comes in. Once that is complete, he recommends that his patients receive massage therapy and perform their own strengthening and conditioning through the utilization of yoga, and other activities.
How are Dr. Currie’s procedures different?
Dr. Currie tried chiropractic care and it didn’t help. Dr. Currie has been in private practice in Central Arkansas for 13 years. He began his practice in Fairfield Bay and shortly thereafter opened his second practice in Clinton. In 3 short years, Dr. Currie built those 2 practices (in towns of 2,000 people each) to over 250 patient visits a week. Even at that time, Dr. Currie developed a patient base from all over the United States and overseas.
However, he felt frustrated when he would encounter the really severe and difficult cases. Those where he would try everything that he could and couldn’t help. Dr. Currie learned about a new cutting-edge technology that helped repair herniated and bulging or degenerated arthritic discs WITHOUT SURGERY.
He traveled the country to learn about and train on those procedures. Next, Dr. Currie opened his new clinic in Conway, Arkansas utilizing this new technology. As the last decade passed, Dr. Currie has kept his eyes and ears open to learning about other technologies to add to his already highly successful treatments and therefore developed his own treatment protocols along the way.
Dr. Currie is proud to be a chiropractor. However, he utilizes no spinal manipulation therapy or “adjustments” in his treatment protocols. All treatments are performed using computerized machinery that re-hydrates worn out and degenerated discs in the spine. All of Dr. Currie’s treatments are centered around getting oxygen into the tissues (including the nerves) which helps them heal and repair.
Dr. Currie also works with his patients utilizing their blood work and labs to cut potential causes of inflammation which can lead to all forms of disease. Dr. Currie looks for the potential triggers and causes of internal inflammation and works diligently to guide his patients in a natural and healthy manner. Many of Dr. Currie’s patients have been able to greatly reduce (or stop) not only their pain medications, but medications related to high blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid disorders and many others.
How is Dr. Currie’s office different?
Where to begin?! The best way to sum it up is that everything is different about Dr. Currie’s office. First and foremost, every single patient who goes through one of Dr. Currie’s programs knows that they are important and that they matter. Dr. Currie and his staff work tirelessly to ensure that no one is overlooked or treated in a way other than the way that they would want to be treated themselves.
Patients know that they are placing their trust in people who are truly striving to help them get their quality of life back. Keep in mind that people travel from all around the world seek help from Dr. Currie. Dr. Currie and his staff work with patients who have “been there and done that” in their efforts to get help.
Dr. Currie and his staff understand that their treatments are the last ditch effort to find relief. They don’t take that responsibility lightly and it shows. Some other things that really set the clinic apart are that Dr. Currie works hard to create a healing and nurturing environment for his patients.
Dr. Currie can often be seen with his guitar singing to and with patients as they are going through treatments. Occasionally, he will have other musicians come in and do what he calls his “Wednesday Jam.” They mainly play old, traditional gospel songs and old time country songs. It is not uncommon for patients who finished Dr. Currie’s program to come back even years after they finished their treatments just to listen to the music and enjoy the “Wednesday Jam.”
In addition to the procedures already discussed, Dr. Currie is a Certified Medical Examiner and conducts Department of Transportation physical exams. His clinic also has a fully functional laboratory that he utilizes on complex patient cases who need specific care related to chronic diseases or health problems that they haven’t been able to get help with through traditional medical routes.