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SIMPLE PELVIC TRACTION GIVES INCONSISTENT RELIEF TO HERNIATED LUMBAR DISC SUFFERERS

EDWARD L. EYERMAN, MD Journal of Neuroimaging June 1998 A new decompression table system applying fifteen 60 second tractions of just over one half body weight in twenty one-half hour sessions was reported to give good or excellent relief of sciatic and back pain in 86% of 14 patients with herniated discs and 75% of patients with facet joint arthritis.

LONG-TERM EFFECT ANALYSIS OF IDD THERAPY IN LOW BACK PAIN: A RETROSPECTIVE CLINICAL PILOT STUDY

Low back pain is one of the most common problems treated by orthopedic surgeons. Eighty percent of adults will experience significant low back pain sometime during their life. Second to the common cold, problems caused by the lower back are most frequent cause of lost workdays in adults under the age of 45.

RESEARCH SYNOPSIS

1) Bogduk, N,: The Anatomical Basis for Spinal Pain Syndromes. JMPT 6:Nov.Dec1995. There is no scientific basis for the belief muscles are a source of chronic pain. However controlled studies show how common disc and facet pain is accounting for more than 70% of chronic back pain.

THE RESULTS OF THE TREATMENT FOR THESE PATIENTS ARE THE FOLLOWING:

  • 1% reported increased pain.
  • 7% reported no change.
  • 92% reported improvement. Of these, 5% improved 25-50%. 17% improved 50-75%. 70% improved 75-100%.
  • On a pain scale of 0-5, the average pain for all before treatment was 4.1; after treatment 1.2- a difference of 71%.
  • 71% reported a pain reduction to 0-1 on the 0-5 pain scale.
  • Extruded disc patients reported an average 56% reduction of pain and 53% reported pain reduction to 0-1.
  • Multiple herniated disc patients reported a 71% reduction of pain and 72% reported pain reduction to 0-1.
  • Single herniated disc patients reported a 71% reduction of pain and 73% reported pain reduction to 0-1.
  • Degenerative disc disease patients reported a 70% reduction of pain and 72% reported pain reduction to 0-1.
  • Facet syndrome patients reported a 72% reduction in pain and 68% reported pain reduction to 0-1.
  • Among patients who had reported decreased spinal mobility before treatment, 77% reported improved spinal mobility.
  • Among patients who had reported limited activities before treatment, 78% reported improved activities.
  • On a scale of 0-3 the average satisfaction with treatment was 2.4, meaning “very satisfied” to “completely satisfied” with their treatment.

The study’s authors concluded that this treatment should be used for everyone with the above diagnoses and for patients that have had previous surgery and are still having pain.

To my knowledge one of the largest available study, thus far, on the efficacy of non-surgical disc decompression was the data compiled by Gose, Naguszewski & Naguszewski published in Volume 20 of the journal, Neurological Research. The data consisted of outcomes for 778 patients from 22 medical centers. These patients had their pain for an average of 40 months. 31 of these patients had previous low back surgery. The treatment consisted of 10-20 treatment sessions. 6 patients were excluded from the study because they improved before 10 treatments.

  •  34 of the patients had extruded discs
  •  195 had multiple disc herniations
  •  382 had single disc herniations
  •  47 had degenerative discs without herniations
  •  19 had facet (joint) pain
  •  31 of these 778 patients had previous low back surgery

RESEARCH SYNOPSIS

1) Bogduk, N,: The Anatomical Basis for Spinal Pain Syndromes. JMPT 6:Nov.Dec1995. There is no scientific basis for the belief muscles are a source of chronic pain. However controlled studies show how common disc and facet pain is accounting for more than 70% of chronic back pain.2) Komari H, et al.: The Natural History of Herniated Nucleus with Radiculopathy. Spine 21: 225-229, 1996 77 patients verified on pre-post MRI with signs and symptoms of herniation, underwent non-surgical intervention including pelvic traction. Changes in herniation and good-excellent symptomatic improvements were noted in over 82%. The authors draw the conclusion improving the disc’s contact with the blood supply accounts for healing of herniation.

3) Onel,D et. al.: CT Investigation of the effects of Traction on Lumbar Herniation. Spine 14: 82-90, 1989. 30 patients with lumbar herniations were tractioned in a CT scanner at >50% body weight for ~20 min. Hernia retraction occurred in 70% and good clinical improvements were seen in over 93%. The authors concluded improved blood flow was the source of healing. Additionally they speculated previous studies showing traction doesn’t create negative intradiscal pressures perhaps used too light a force.

4) Saal, JA Saal, JS: Nonoperative Treatment of Herniated Lumbar Disc w/ Radiculopathy. Spine 14 (4): 431-437, 1989. 58 subjects had an inclusive conservative program including traction (when initially shown to reduce leg symptoms). Overall 86% had good-excellent results.

5) Mathews, JA: Dynamic Discography: A Study of Lumbar Traction. Annals of Phys Med, IX (7), 265-279, 1968. 3 patients with a ruptured lumbar disc had contrast medium and radiographic images taken during and after a lumbar traction procedure. The protrusions were shown to lessen considerably with the 30 minute prone traction sessions and a dimpling of the outer annulus suggested a negative intradiscal force was created.

6) Lidstom, A Zachrisson M: PT of the low back pain and sciatica. Scan Joul of Rehab Med, 2: 37-42, 1970. Intermittent supine traction with -+50% body-weight, (10) 20 minute sessions with added exercises showed considerable improvement in over 90% of the 62 patients.

7) Hood, LB Chrissman, D: Intermittent Traction in the Treatment of Rupture Disc Plays Ther 48: 21, 1968. 40 patients with neurological signs were treated with traction on a friction-free table with 55-701bs for 20 minutes. Good-excellent results were seen in 55%.

8) Mathews JA et. al.: Manipulation and traction for Lumbago and Sciatica. Physio Pract 4: 201, 1988. A controlled trial of traction with manipulative techniques. Traction force Applied at ~ 100 lbs for 20 minutes leading to substantial relief in over 85%.

9) Constatoyannis C, et. al.: Intermittent Cervical Traction for Radiculopathy Due to Large-Volume Herniations. JMPT, 25 (3) 2002. Three weeks of the above described traction method to large volume hemiations resulted in complete resolution of symptoms in 4 patients.

10) Shealy N, Leroy P: New Concepts in Back Pain Management. AJPM (1) 20:239241 1998. The application of supine lumbar traction with adherence to several specific characteristics including progression to a peak force and altering the angle of ‘pull’ from 10 degrees (L5-S 1) to 30 degrees (L3) enhanced distraction at specific levels.

11) Gose E, Naguszewski W&R: Vertebral axial Decompression for Pain associated With Herniated and Degenerated Discs or Facet syndrome: an Outcome Study. Neuro Research, (20) 3, 186-190, 1997. A retrospective analysis of over 770 cases, many assumed to be unresponsive to previous therapies showed a 71% good-excellent success rate with ~20 treatments on the prone VAX-D traction device. All patients treated prone with 65-95 lbs. of force 3-5 times per week.

12) Weatherall VF: Comparison of electrical activity in the sacrospinalis musculature during traction in two different positions. J Ortho Sports Phys Ther(8):382-390, 1995. Through the use of EMG electrical activity was shown to be similar in the prone laying position vs. the supine position in a group of patients.

13) Letchuman R, Deusinger RH: Comparison of sacrospinalis myoelectric activity and pain levels in patients undergoing static and intermittent lumbar traction. Spine 18(10): 1361-1365, 1993 This study was used to determine muscular guarding/contraction of Paraspinals with intermittent vs. static traction. Improved comfort noted in the intermittent traction group.

14) Chin YG, Li FB, Huang CD: Biomechanics of traction for lumbar disc prolapse. Chinese Ortho; Jan(l): 40-2, 1994. Intervertebral pressure was recorded before and during traction. 62% of prolapsed discs showed negative pressure prior to traction. 64% reduced IDP with traction and was related to distraction distance. In 19% of prolapsed discs the pressure actually increased, demonstrating the disruption to the hydrostatic mechanism occurring with complete annular damage and prolapse.

15) Nanno M: Effects of intermittent cervical traction on muscle pain. EMG and flowmetric studies on cervical paraspinals. Nippon Med J; Apr;61(2):137-47, 1994. Cervical intermittent traction was shown to be effective in relieving pain, increasing frequency of myoelectric signals and improving blood flow in effected muscles.

16) Chung TS, Lee YJ et ah Reducibility of cervical herniation: evaluation at MRI during cervical traction with a nonmagnetic device. Radiology Dec; 225(3):895900,2002. 29 patients and seven healthy volunteers had intermittent traction while in MR. Substantial increase in vertebral length was seen. Full herniation reduction in 3 and partial in 18 was reported.

17) Dietrich Met al: Non-linear finite element analysis of formation and treatment of disc herniation. Proc Inst Mech Eng; 206(4):225-31, 1992. The author’s analysis shows loads not greater than those occurring in everyday life cause loss of stability of the disc and allow lateral nucleus displacement. The model indicates conservative therapy by traction may result in retraction of hernia by about 40%.

18) Ramos G, Martin Wm: Effects of axial decompression on intradiscal pressure. J Neuro 81: 350-353, 1994. Significant negative pressure (-100mm Hg) was recorded at L4/5 disc in three volunteers as axial traction was administered. Negative pressure was recorded at -50 pounds tension perhaps representing a minimal threshold force. Patients were prone and harnessed.

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Gose E, Naguszewski L.: Vertebral axial decompression therapy: an outcome study. Neuro Resarch. (20)#3, April 1998.

Mathews JA.: Dynamic Discograhy: A study of lumbar traction. Annals of Phy Med, IX (7) 1968, p.p. 265-279. 10.

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Shealy CN. Borgmeyer V.: Decompression, reduction, stabilization of the Lumbar spine: A cost effective treatment for lumbosacral pain. AJPM 1997, 7(2), 663 -665.

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Additional Decompression Therapy Research Studies

Clinical studies have shown Decompression Therapy to be extremely effective in treating back pain. In a recent study published in Orthopedic Technology Review Decompression Therapy was shown to be 86% effective in treating hemiated and degenerative discs. Not only that, but another study published in Anesthesiology News showed that after 4 years over 91 % remained pain free.OTHER STUDIES THAT SHOW JUST HOW EFFECTIVE DECOMPRESSION THERAPY IS

In the Journal of Neurological Research VOL 20, NO 4, April 1998 the researchers stated: “We consider decompression therapy to be a primary treatment modality for low back pain associated with lumbar disc herniation at single or multiple levels, degenerative disc disease, facet arthropathy, and decreased spine mobility. Physiology (pain and mobility) and pathology correlate imprecisely. We believe that post-surgical patients with persistent pain or ‘Failed Back Syndrome’ should not be considered candidates for further surgery until a reasonable trial of decompression has been tried.”

In the Journal of Neurological Research VOL 23, NO 7, October 2001 the researchers stated: “For any given patient with low back and referred leg pain, we cannot predict with certainty which cause has assumed primacy. Therefore surgery, by being directed at root decompression at the site of the hemiation alone, may not be effective if secondary causes of pain have become predominant. Decompression therapy, however, addresses both primary and secondary causes of low back and referred leg pain. We thus submit that Decompression therapy should be considered first, before the patient undergoes a surgical procedure which permanently alters the anatomy and function of the affected lumbar spine segment.”

In that same Volume of the Journal of Neuroloaical Research the Senior Lecturer in Orthopedics at Sydney University stated “Successful reduction of intradiscal pressures with decompression therapy represents a technological advance in lumbar spinal treatment and is likely to affect both the biomechanical and biochemical causes of discogenic pain.

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16:23 30 Aug 23
Always takes the time to listen and understand what is going on
Iraima Torres
Iraima Torres
16:08 30 Aug 23
Excelent and nice people in office... very professional!!
Robbie Walker
Robbie Walker
16:07 30 Aug 23
Very cordial Very professional.
Kathy King
Kathy King
14:38 30 Aug 23
Everyone was very kind and professional! Got me in right away on an emergency.
Andrew Ciambrone
Andrew Ciambrone
13:08 25 Aug 23
Awesome experience. They have a caring and compassionate staff. Dr. Kern is a tremendous communicator. My treatment plan was clear and concise. The treatment is working better than I expected. I... highly recommend Kern Chiropractic!read more
Gail Comstock
Gail Comstock
16:24 24 Aug 23
Best people in the world there. Dr. Kern is so kind and caring. He never wants to see you in pain and will do anything possible to make you feel better. The whole staff is the same way, always so... kind and attentive to your needs.read more
Tom McGlamory
Tom McGlamory
16:36 02 Aug 23
Great Team of Individuals who really seem to care about their "patients". Dr Kern spends time talking with patients to truly get to know and understand their issues. You are Always greeted warmly and... the support team is well trained, knowledgeable and friendly.read more
Marty Kiersey
Marty Kiersey
16:12 15 Jun 23
This is my second time seeing these folks. Excellent folks the staff and the doctor are great. I am very disabled and need some help. Dr. Kern will have something ready on the 29 th to try and see if... it helps my knees. I have a good feeling about this. I strongly recommend them.read more
Leslie Andrews
Leslie Andrews
00:12 15 Jun 23
Have a wonderful review.They were pleasant and explained all to me.will,be going back to them within a couple of weeks . Showed caring and professionalism , never once felt out of place.
Stephanny LeClaire
Stephanny LeClaire
17:21 16 May 23
Love Dr. Kern and his whole staff. They are very professional and treat you with kindness. The areas of focus started feeling better almost immediately after treatment. They focused on me and my... issues without pushing unnecessary treatment on me. 10/10 would recommend!read more
Lorraine Buono
Lorraine Buono
15:41 05 May 23
After exhausting all options regarding my back, shoulder and neck pain, I found Dr. Kern of Disc Centers of America able to help me with my pain. I am half way through with some of my treatments and,... so far, I feel a remarkable difference in the way I feel. Dr. Kern's operation is none short of professional, with a very knowledgeable and caring staff. For anyone with back, shoulder and neck issues, I would highly recommend Dr. Kern and Disc Centers of America hold hardly.read more
Roger Harcourt
Roger Harcourt
10:44 13 Apr 23
Dr. Kern is the best. Very caring and professional. The Soft Wave treatment was amazing for my long standing back pain. I highly recommend Dr. Kern if you are having any type of pain in your back or... other joints and muscles.Roger L. Harcourt, MDread more
S M
S M
18:13 09 Mar 23
You’re in great hands with Kern Chiropractic Clinic..All around great staff, environment, and professionalism. Throughout my back recovery journey I have been through doctors, physical therapy,... chiropractors, back specialists, and spinal shots but I am happy to finally have found a winner with their noninvasive decompression therapy. I have found hope again and thank them deeply for all they do!read more
Becky Hutchinson
Becky Hutchinson
17:52 19 Jan 23
I have only seen Doctor Kern for a consult so far, but I was totally impressed, from the time I stepped into the office. The office was clean, the staff was friendly and there's lots of information ... for you to read while you wait to be seen.When doctor Kern brings you back for the consultation you feel like you are his only patient. He truly listens to what you say and truly wants to help you. I haven't felt so comfortable with a Dr. In a long time.I will be seeing him a soon to start treatment.Thank you Dr. Kern and staffread more
Gary Beaver
Gary Beaver
17:12 13 Jan 23
I highly recommend Dr Graham Kern. I have been a patient with Kern Chiropractic Clinic for 5 years. They are the most thorough and professional Chiropractic Clinic I have ever used. They are patient... first, friendly and kind. They have the most modern equipment available able in Chiropractic care today and the expertise to use it properly to get you pain free.read more
Treasa Towson
Treasa Towson
19:20 21 Dec 22
Absolutely love Dr Kern, Rebecca and his entire staff. After only 1 Softwave treatment I feel so much better. I am blessed to have found them and highly recommend them to anyone who has been in pain.... I look forward to visiting them for the rest of my treatments and I really look forward to getting my healthy life back. Thank you Kern Chiropractic staff...for your kindness and TLC.read more
Anne Noyola
Anne Noyola
16:18 15 Oct 22
What a Great experience! Dr. Kern is amazing. He Really cares about his patients - He's Really in this to help people! If you have back, neck, leg or any other pain GO SEE DR. KERN!!
Brenda Cannon
Brenda Cannon
17:29 18 Sep 22
Dr Kern and the entire staff were very friendly and made me feel that they were glad that I chose to come see them. They all listened to the information that I gave them. Then we discussed what would... happen next. I am very excited to move forward with my healing with this awesome team.read more
Michael Savage
Michael Savage
16:12 25 Aug 22
Dr Kern and the entire staff at Disc Center are outstanding. From the first consult and down through my current treatments, they’ve been attentive and professional. Every person on the team gets to... know you with genuine caring, and the decompression benefits are noticeable within a few visits. I felt that Dr Kern was thorough and appreciated his diagnostics before moving me into the right treatment. I’ve done chiropractic for general health for decades, so when it came time to seek out some pain relief I was extremely critical of who I’d use, and Dr Kern is by far the DC that stood out as the go to. I am about half way in on my treatment plan and excited at the progress.read more
Rhonda Bolender
Rhonda Bolender
17:10 17 Aug 22
From my first phone call for an appointment through my initial consultation, I was impressed with the truly caring and thoughtful treatment I received. Over the years I have been treated by several... Chiropractors but this office does more and has stayed in touch with the latest technics. I truly feel that everyone in this office has my best outcome at heart. I am so happy that I did my research and chose Dr. Kern and his team to help me.read more
william charon
william charon
16:07 20 Jul 22
Great People and they are always there to help you. The treatments have helped me and I fully have trust in Dr Kern and his Staff.
Sam Jordan
Sam Jordan
21:12 14 Jul 22
Great place, very personal each and every time you visit. They listen to your concerns and make every effort to elevate your issues. I’ve had lower back issues for many years and this is the first... time that I can say each time I go in now “ My back feels great”read more
Jamie Waring
Jamie Waring
20:06 14 Jul 22
Randomly found this place when I was in so much pain that I literally couldn’t walk. Dr. kern really took the time to get the right images to safely take care of my injury and within 4 sessions of... the spinal decompression therapy I was able to walk again! I still have many more sessions to go to get to the point I used to be at but what a change within just a week. Dr. Kern really cares for his patients, each and every one of them and went above and beyond the expectations I had. Thank you!read more
Marc Cardoso
Marc Cardoso
20:07 13 Jul 22
Keep sending me text messages to be here at 1:30 for my appointment and they open at 2 pm . Missed work to be here at 1:30 arrived at 1:10. Rebeca and Dr. Kern were nice after I give the place a... chance for a treatment on my arm and shoulder. Thank you againread more
Blair Clarke
Blair Clarke
22:53 13 Jun 22
Professional and friendly staff, and very effective treatments. I highly recommend.
KEN
KEN
16:16 05 May 22
Time and time again Dr.Kern has kept me on my feet. I'm very grateful.In my personal experience with several other chiropractors over the years, Dr.Kern is one of the best in the area.
Julianne Albrecht
Julianne Albrecht
16:06 27 Apr 22
Kern chiropractic is amazing! I have been a patient for 3 years now. They help me through every Injury I incur. They definitely put their patients needs above themselves. I am currently in... decompression therapy for 2 herniated disks. I went from not being able to walk without crutches to being my normal self! I always recommend Kern. If you haven’t started your healing, what are you waiting for?!read more
Shylah Ward
Shylah Ward
16:35 29 Mar 22
Very nice office and the staff was very welcoming and friendly. I have to return to go over options. Dr. Kern took his time explaining all the issues I have going on in my neck region. This is the... first detailed explanation I have received since learning of all I have managed to do to myself. I will be returning to go over treatment options, this is a 4th opinion prior to surgery. Staff and Dr. Kern 5 stars!read more
LeEtta Oyen
LeEtta Oyen
18:58 22 Mar 22
Kern Chiropractic is first class! From the time you step foot in the door with a warm greeting to leaving with a goodbye, excellent care is given at every step in the process. Dr. Kern is one of the... most compassionate, honest and knowledgeable individuals I know. After inquiring and listening to me, he treats, educates and answers my questions. He is excellent in his field.read more
Rita Gorham
Rita Gorham
16:28 15 Mar 22
I came to Dr Kern last year with a damage discs in my back with a lot of pain 8 years ,it was my last alternative before surgery ,so I begin 36 treatments.I recently had an MRI done and 3 of my... bulging discs has gone and I’m able to do things I could not before, with this disc decompression it has outstanding results. I recommend Dr kern @ Lakeland disc Center and his staff treat you like family.read more
Rodney Harrell
Rodney Harrell
12:44 06 Mar 22
Everyone else said the next step is surgery I went to see Dr.Kern he said let me help you. He said NO SURGERY after going over my MRI and 17 sessions no more pain and off all those pain pills my life... has truly been wonderful the crazy thing about it Dr.Kern told me to drink plenty of water ? after every session I didn't believe it but I listened and did everything what Dr.Kern told me to do it's good back at 95% the other 5% is being lazy when I can THANK AGAIN Dr.Kernread more
Eva Joiner
Eva Joiner
17:23 18 Nov 21
I don’t even know where to begin .I get teary-eyed thinking about it .I have suffered with lower back pain since I was 12 after falling on ice and breaking my tailbone .It just got progressively... worse as I got older. I would pull my back out two , three times a year .could barely walk . only relief I had was laying in bed flat .by the grace of God I was on Instagram and found decompression at Dr. Kerns office which I’ve been thinking about doing for quite a while finally decided to do it went in for treatment and since the treatment I have gotten such a great relief . my back hasn’t gone out in the last eight months since I’ve been going . I plan on going in for a tweaking probably for the rest of my life just like a car you’ve got to get serviced .so I am thrilled beyond words . I love the Kern family and their associates ..they are like family to me I love them all ❤️❤️❤️❤️read more
Talia Needham
Talia Needham
16:38 23 Oct 21
All of the staff was extremely nice, including the Doctor. I'm looking forward to getting started with my back.Update**Thoroughly DISAPPOINTED with my results!! ? Dr. Kern was excited about... getting me started on treatment and explained to my fiance and me that afterward, we could do a post-treatment MRI to see how much "good" the treatment did. At first, I felt a little better but then hit a plateau where I just didn't get any better throughout the treatments..and was just having a lot of pain! At the end of treatment it was a completely different "tune" from the doctor. He would NOT send me for a post-MRI scan saying that my case was too "involved to see the results we were expecting" and "I needed to take a couple of weeks to break then come back for more treatment bi-weekly".. for MORE money of course (not covered by insurance)..then just MAYBE we would see results!!?? ??? still nothing was ever said about an MRI for proof that any "good" and disc repair was actually being done. Very disappointing experience with the amount of money I paid. 3800$ CASH TO BE EXACT! If you have more than a few minor disc issues then DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY!I will add this since this review triggered a phone call to us today.If the doctor would have been 100% upfront and honest in our initial consultation, (instead of half-truths)...Explaining that my case was way more involved than the average person AND that he suspected my treatment plan would take a lot longer than one single round, resulting in more money, than maybe my fiance and I wouldn't have been so upset with the first result at the end of treatment. However, I believe the Doctor knew that if he was 100 percent honest with us during the initial consultation, then we probably would have never started treatments too begin with. He claimed today on the phone while speaking to my fiance that the issues of my caliber could take a long time to resolve. Well, guess what Doc?? You never said that upfront!!!. We both were told, I WOULD see a difference. Maybe, if you would have been completely honest from the beginning, NONE of this would be happening. Now, you've left a horrible taste in my mouth from the way you attempted to resolve this. Do I think you care about me and your other patients, yes. However, I personally think you care MORE about the money.read more
douglas andress
douglas andress
16:58 06 Aug 21
First class organization ! Super nice staff with a heart felt family atmosphere , and very thorough ! Office is clean and neat ! Your not just a number here , Dr Kern and his staff really care . If... your looking for all of the above and the latest technology in chiropractic care , hands down they are the best . Thank you for what you , you've been a Godsend !read more
Winston Wraps
Winston Wraps
23:36 04 Aug 21
Amazing team, QUALITY CARE, exceptional customer service...the entire staff whole heartedly cares about helping you feel better and love a better quality of life pain free! It’s very refreshing to... find a doctor who is compassionate and has outstanding “bedside manner”. I love Dr.Kern’s office and tell everyone about them!read more
Jen Ortiz
Jen Ortiz
16:12 27 Jul 21
I’ve been to a dozen chiropractors and none of them have helped me as much as Kern Chiropractic. I am so grateful for all the time and care that they have invested in me feeling my best. I will never... go anywhere else.read more
Liz Martin
Liz Martin
15:07 16 Jun 21
Quality care team that truly cares about your full recovery. Knowledgeable caring staff all throughout my treatment here. Happy uplifting atmosphere with top notch treatments available. This was my... first time ever going to a chiropractor and Dr. Kern and staff genuinely care and make the entire experience comfortable by fitting all my personal needs. I’ve been going here for 6 months and never need to look any further for my chiropractic care. As I like to say, “best popcorn poppin’, snap, crackle, pop, my back has ever experienced.” ? I would recommend this office to anyone and everyone.read more
kelly baer
kelly baer
22:49 21 Jul 20
I was not a patient but was in a lot of pain. I called Dr. Kern's office and they fit me in on the same day. The office staff and the Dr. went out of their way to make me feel appreciated. They set... me up for x-rays the next day and I was able to go that afternoon with the x-rays back to the office for treatment. I would highly recommend this practice to anyone looking for caring, competent professional chiropractic care.read more
Kris Wing
Kris Wing
16:28 10 Jul 20
Dr. Kern spent an hour with us on our first visit! How many doctors do this these days? Most of the time doctors usher me in and out and take no time to really understand what is going on in order to... help me get better. Not Dr. Kern. He truly cares about your health and helping you get better any way he can.read more
Hector Alicea
Hector Alicea
20:36 12 Jun 20
Amazing staff. Dr. Kern listens to you and tries his best to help you understand your pain and the procedure that needs to be taken. Best chiropractor I have seen yet. Highly recommend!
Paul Thomas
Paul Thomas
16:36 22 Apr 20
I must say that the staff at Kern Chiropratic are very polite friendly caring they are awesome!!! DR Graham Kern is a doctor who takes his time explaining procedures and the process for the health... care that is provided and the health care you need. Doctors like DR Graham Kern are hard to find!!! I have had two consultation and with my findings DR Graham Kern gives you hope and I believe he is a man with a big heart and truly cares for his patients!!! Thank you to the great staff and a Great doctor DR Graham Kern!!!read more
Scott farrington
Scott farrington
03:17 20 Mar 20
De Kern and his staff are extremely friendly and professional. They make you feel at ease the moment you walk in the door. Especially liked the thorough intake interview and testing that was done.... Highly recommend this fine organization. They make you feel like your the only client they have.read more
rmrsm79
rmrsm79
17:13 25 Feb 20
First medical office I have been in since I was child where I didn't and never have felt like just a number or the next invoice for profit. Yes while this is a business to make money and rightly so... in America, they take the time to make you feel comfortable, welcome, and that they are trying the best they can to actually help. I feel like my concerns are listened to and in return I trust the medical insight and expertise among all of the staff. Highly recommend this establishment.read more
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