Pain Relief Realized

Spine surgery averted with noninvasive stretching protocol.

Ken Hambrock is the third generation to run the electrical company that’s been in his family since 1927. He’s in the process of handing the reins of the Fort Wayne, Indiana institution to his two sons.

Dr. Jeffrey P. Johnson of Johnson Medical Center in Venice treated Ken Hambrock and Audrey (alias) for lower back and neck pain using Sedative Stretching.

Sedative Stretching has Ken playing pain-free golf.

The transition is what keeps Ken busy during the spring, summer and fall, which he spends in Indiana. During the winter months, Ken lives in Florida where he golfs almost daily. He did, at least, until an incident occurred last year.

“I was out golfing one day, and when I hit the ball, I got a really sharp pain,” Ken recalls. “The pain started in my hip and went down into my right leg. The twisting, turning and hitting of the golf ball really irritated my hip, so I was in a lot of pain. It got to the point I could hardly stand on my leg because it ached and hurt so bad.

“That pain went away, so I played golf a few more times, but the pain came back again and again. Pretty soon, I could hardy play. Instead of golfing five days a week, I was playing two days a week, and halfway through each round, my hip started hurting so badly that the joy went out of it. To make matters worse, I lost range of motion in my neck.”

Ken eventually had to stop golfing altogether because of the pain in his hip, which was the last straw. With his golf game suspended, he visited an orthopedic surgeon who explained that Ken’s pain originated in his lower back, not his hip.

“For years, I’ve had two herniated discs in my low back at lumbar-three and lumbar-four,” Ken states. “They’ve continued to deteriorate, and the doctor said they were collapsing and pinching my sciatic nerve, and that’s what made it painful to play golf.

“Because he’s a surgeon, the orthopedic doctor started talking surgery. I wanted to avoid that at all costs, and that’s what I told him. He told me I would come back begging for the surgery. I said, I’ll either crawl in here first or give up golf, because I wasn’t in a lot of pain until I played golf.

“We decided to try physical therapy, which helped, and allowed me to play a little golf again. But after I saw the x-ray of my back, I knew my condition was only going to get worse. That’s when I decided to see Dr. Johnson, who was recommended to me by a golfing buddy.”

Jeffrey P. Johnson, DC, is an experienced and talented chiropractor at Johnson Medical Center in Venice. Dr. Johnson has expertise in a specialized treatment protocol called Sedative Stretching. Sedative Stretching is an expanded and comprehensive form of manipulation under
anesthesia
, or MUA.

“I was very impressed with Dr. Johnson,” Ken relates. “He spent twenty minutes explaining the Sedative Stretching procedure to me, and I was convinced to try it.”

“Mr. Hambrock was suffering from a complete loss of lower back range of motion, specifically in the lumbar-four and lumbar-five levels,” reports Dr. Johnson. “That resulted in advanced disc degeneration and nerve irritation that caused both multiple sensory deficits and diminished reflexes in his legs. He had already tried several treatments to alleviate his problem, including physical therapy, massage therapy and epidural steroid injections, but they did not resolve his condition.

“Ken was also experiencing posterior neck pain, which he said had a slow, insidious onset over many years. He described the pain as stiff and tight, and it got worse whenever he moved his neck.”

“Dr. Johnson performed the Sedative Stretching procedure on a Monday,” Ken remembers. “I had to go back that evening for the first physical therapy session, and I felt no pain. I felt a little stiffness in my back where he stretched me out, but after that, I never had any pain.”

Walking Restricted

Retired executive assistant, Audrey* worked for the CEO of a health and human services company in Newport, Rhode Island, where she lived most of her life. The sitting and running around that came with her job exacerbated a longstanding issue with low back pain. The condition came to a peak a few years after she moved to Florida in 2012.

Dr. Jeffrey P. Johnson of Johnson Medical Center in Venice treated Ken Hambrock and Audrey (alias) for lower back and neck pain using Sedative Stretching.

“I don’t have any back pain at all when I walk.” -Audrey

“I’ve had long-term back pain, the typical kind of pain people get as they get older,” Audrey describes. “I have arthritis in my spine and a herniated disc, and I fell, but I had no other injury to my back that I can remember. The pain was just something that developed over time.”

In the past, Audrey received epidural injections into her low back. They helped a great deal, but the relief they provided was not long-lasting. She would typically feel better for a few weeks, then the pain would return. She also attempted to treat her pain with a lifestyle change.

“I was overweight,” she admits. “I lost quite a bit of weight, thinking that would help alleviate my back pain, but it didn’t. If anything, it got worse. I started having sharp pain shooting down my leg. It was typical of a sciatic nerve disturbance, but the pain was bad. On a scale of one to ten, it rated a ten.

“I love to walk, and the pain limited my ability to do that, too. I couldn’t go on my long walks because the pain would start, and I couldn’t continue.”

The inability to walk the several miles she was used to prompted Audrey to seek another form of treatment for her low back pain. She started looking around for a qualified provider.

“Some friends told me they had great success with Dr. Johnson, so I made an appointment to see him,” Audrey says. “When I met Dr. Johnson, I liked him right away. He listened to me. He took all the time necessary to learn what my problem was. He is a very careful and caring man. I found Dr. Johnson to be very knowledgeable, and he explained everything to me.”

“Audrey’s condition was a result of excessive scar tissue adhesions and contracture of the soft tissue around her lumbar spine and pelvis,” notes Dr. Johnson. “That caused a severe loss of intersegmental range of motion in her lumbar spine and pelvic regions. This resulted in the lower back pain she felt that would radiate into her legs.

“Additionally, that situation resulted in advanced facet joint degeneration in her last three lumbar segments. This was significantly limiting her ability to perform most activities of daily living.”

“After a careful examination, Dr. Johnson told me he believed Sedative Stretching would help me,” Audrey discloses. “I wanted a treatment that would give me relief that lasted longer than the injections. I was certainly willing to try Sedative Stretching to make this back pain, and my life, better.

“I didn’t feel a major difference immediately after the procedure, but the pain started going away within the first week.”

Chronic Inflammation

Sedative Stretching can benefit many people with painful muscle and joint conditions. Ideal candidates are those with conditions such as unresolved neck and back pain, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, sciatica, frozen shoulder, acute and chronic muscle spasm, headaches and failed back surgery syndrome. The procedure can also benefit people who want to regain lost flexibility or those who are “sick and tired of being stiff and sore.”

“The sooner a person addresses the cause of their condition, the better,” observes Dr. Johnson. “The chronic stiffness, tightness and pain cause excessive wear and tear on the joints of the spine and extremities, resulting in permanent degeneration
and arthritis.

Dr. Jeffrey P. Johnson of Johnson Medical Center in Venice treated Ken Hambrock and Audrey (alias) for lower back and neck pain using Sedative Stretching.

Dr. Johnson encourages his patients to do stretches like these every day.

“People start losing flexibility when their typical daily activities cause a minor injury that leads to chronic, low-grade inflammation. Many times, this occurs in early childhood and is a long-forgotten event.”

Inflammation is part of the body’s natural healing process, which lays down a mesh of connective tissue, commonly known as scar tissue. Over time, layer upon layer of scar tissue can form in the muscles, tendons and ligaments around the joints, restricting the joints’ ability to move properly. These layers of scar tissue are called adhesions.

The symptoms and warning signs generally associated with adhesions include the slow and insidious loss of flexibility, as well as an increasing achiness and soreness. Most people will attribute this to normal aging. While it’s very common to become stiff and sore with age, it’s not normal.

“When this occurs, people will compensate how they move their bodies, although they don’t always realize it,” asserts
Dr. Johnson. “This is evident everywhere while watching the way people walk, bend, twist and turn.

“Regrettably, many people wait until significant damage from excessive wear and tear has occurred before seeking appropriate care. Often, people will utilize over-the-counter and prescriptive medications, which help alleviate their symptoms. Unfortunately, this gives the patient a false sense of being cured while the underlying scar tissue continues to cause excessive damage.”

Comprehensive Techniques

During Sedative Stretching, the patient is put under light sedation, often called twilight sedation. With the patient relaxed, the affected joints are brought through their normal full range of motion, freeing the adhesions that have developed between the joints and are causing the pain.

“We use light, comprehensive stretching techniques while the patient is sedated,” explains Dr. Johnson. “Since we don’t have to contend with tense, guarded muscles, we are able to free up the scar tissue and mobilize the joints without causing the patient any discomfort. This would be impossible to do without the use of sedation.”

The Sedative Stretching procedure is coordinated by a highly trained team of medical professionals. Generally, there are multiple health care providers present, including an anesthetist and several nurses. Patients usually require only one procedure. It is very rare that patients require a second procedure to fully address their condition.

There are typically a couple of weeks of rehabilitation following the procedure itself that are designed to reinforce the increased movement obtained from the treatment. During this time, patients are instructed how to perform stretching exercises to prevent the condition from recurring.

“By following the recommended exercises, patients regain the flexibility they had decades before, and typically, they return to activities they haven’t done in years,” Dr. Johnson says. “This is truly correcting the original cause of their conditions.

“In almost all cases, more can be accomplished with one Sedative Stretching procedure than with years of other types of treatments.”

Return to Routines

Sedative Stretching has benefitted Ken significantly. The procedure has helped alleviate the discomfort he felt in his low back, hip, leg and neck. It has also enabled him to return to his favorite activity.

“I played golf yesterday for the first time in months, and it was great,” Ken marvels. “I was pain free and delighted. Just like anybody else, I was reluctant to go at first, but there was no pain, and I hit the ball just fine. I’m ecstatic.

“I have no pain. I’ve gone through all the physical therapy for almost four weeks, and I’ve had zero pain through the whole thing. It’s just incredible. And Dr. Johnson tells me that the range of motion in my neck is beyond his expectations. I’ve really increased it a lot, so that’s exciting as well.”

Dr. Jeffrey P. Johnson of Johnson Medical Center in Venice treated Ken Hambrock and Audrey (alias) for lower back and neck pain using Sedative Stretching.

Ken Hambrock

Audrey also received substantial benefit from Sedative Stretching. Since her procedure, the issue with her back and leg has significantly improved, and she’s on her way to resuming her regular routine.

“My back pain is much, much better,” she enthuses. “If I were rating it from one to ten, the pain was a ten before, and now it’s maybe one and a half or two, if that. I don’t have any back pain at all when I walk. I’m able to walk a couple of miles now.

“I continue to do the stretching at home. I’ve done everything Dr. Johnson directed; I’ve followed his instructions to the letter. It’s my responsibility to take care and maintain my health at home by stretching and moving, and icing areas that may need it from time to time. Those things are important.”

Both Ken and Audrey are impressed by Dr. Johnson and his staff. Because of the care they received and the attitude of everyone at the practice, Audrey and Ken had excellent experiences at Johnson Medical Center.

“My time there was positive,” confirms Audrey. “I find it so impressive that Dr. Johnson listens. He can help you, but you’ve got to be honest with him, and that’s important. If something hurts, he has to know about it, and he’ll take steps to help. He helped me learn just what my problem was and what I could do to help myself.

“The staff at Johnson Medical Center is wonderful. They’re very supportive, kind and compassionate.”

Ken agrees.

“Dr. Johnson is a very sincere, kind person who does his best to help all of his patients, and his staff is the same way,” he reports. “Everybody in the office at Johnson Medical Center puts their hearts into helping their patients and would do anything to help me.”

For Audrey and Ken, finding relief from their back and neck pain with Sedative Stretching was a goal achieved. They’re both singing the praises of the procedure and the doctor who performed it.

“My Sedative Stretching procedure was a success,” offers Audrey. “I recommend it to anyone with back pain, and I recommend Dr. Johnson and Johnson Medical Center.”

“I’ve already recommended Sedative Stretching to someone who’s going to have the procedure at the end of this month,” adds Ken. “They were just like me. They were impressed with Dr. Johnson and signed up to get the procedure done.

“Based on my results and others’, I think Sedative Stretching at Johnson Medical Center is a good option. I firmly believe it’s the way to go.”

*Patient’s name was changed at her request.
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      Dr. Jeffery P. Johnson has practiced in Venice, Florida since 1986. His practice is focused on treating patients with many conditions, including those that are not responding to conventional treatments such as physical therapy, chiro... Read More

    • Jeffrey P. Johnson, DC

      Jeffrey P. Johnson, DC, is a graduate of Life Chiropractic University, Marietta, GA, with additional training through National College of Chiropractic, Chicago, in Manipulation Under Anesthesia, proprietary substances, and chiropracti... Read More