Backstrong Clinic in Decatur and Atlanta, specializing in Chiropractic, Physical Therapy and Spinal Decompression treatment for neck and back pain arising from herniated discs, pinched nerves, sciatica, joint pain and more, including the Following Conditions

  • Spinal decompression therapy
  • Sciatica
  • Disc degeneration and Degenerative disc disease treatment
  • Herniated disc treatment
  • Spinal Stenosis Treatment
  • Chiropractor Fibromyalgia
  • Scoliosis Treatment
  • Spondylolisthesis Treatment
  • Chiropractor for Sciatica and Sciatic Nerve Pain
  • Pinched Nerve Treatment
  • Migraine and Headaches
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic Lower Back Pain Relief
  • Upper Back Pain Relief
  • Shoulder and Neck Pain
  • Bursitis and Tendonitis
  • Neuropathy
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Nerve pain and nerve damage relief
  • Back spasms

Decatur and Atlanta physical therapy and chiropractic treatment for back pain and neck pain

Dr. Castanet specializes in difficult neck and back pain arising from herniated discs, degenerated discs, bulging discs, spinal stenosis, sciatica, and pinched nerves.  With 35 years of experience in orthopedics, physical medicine, physical therapy, neurosurgery, and chiropractic, he is familiar with all the non-surgical and surgical treatments available, and their relative efficacy.  For many patients, physical therapists, and chiropractors, poor treatment outcomes are common, frustrating, and dispiriting.  Dr. Castanet experienced this too, but in 2006 he decided to evaluate and try a relatively new treatment for neck pain and back pain, called spinal decompression, and this treatment has proven to be vastly more effective for patients with difficult neck pain and low back pain.  Physical therapy and chiropractic treatment in Decatur and Atlanta.

Spinal Decompression Therapy by Georgia’s Only SpineMED Provider

Dr. Castanet is the only provider in the state of Georgia using the superior SpineMED spinal decompression treatment.  This is the most direct and effective treatment for the cause of about 98% of difficult neck and back pain.  We recommend you listen to some of our videos on a variety of spinal topics, to learn more about the cause of common neck pain and back pain, and why our treatment is more effective than other treatments.

A Chiropractor in Decatur GA with unmatched medical experience

While difficult neck and back pain is a very common problem in medicine, and diagnostic imaging, e.g. MRI’s and x-rays usually reveal the likely causes of such pain, and these causes are almost always COMPRESSIVE in nature and description, non-surgical providers, e.g. chiropractors and physical therapists, don’t directly treat these problems by decompressing them.  That is why so many patients get modest or slow, or no improvement in their spinal pain.  In fact, for both chiropractors and physical therapists, their conceptual models of the natural history of spinal aging, degeneration, and pain, are misguided, hence their treatment approaches are misdirected and ineffectual, too often.

Spine surgeons have the right conceptual knowledge of spinal pathologies and their compressive nature, but they don’t get involved until the compression is severe and surgical.  Until then, the non-surgical providers neglect the compressive nature of spinal pain.  Instead, chiropractors may do adjustments, as if vertebrae go out of place, or as if transient movements of the vertebrae would improve the compression.  But chiropractic historical conceptions of spinal pain, arising from misplaced vertebrae, is a waning conception from 1895, and falling out of favor with today’s chiropractors.  And physical therapists’ notions of spinal pain are not as informed as medical physicians, and they develop their own pet theories of pain.

If you’re looking for a chiropractor or physical therapy in Decatur or Atlanta, for your neck pain or back pain, and you want a non-surgical provider with a broad knowledge of both surgical and non-surgical treatments, Dr. Castanet is a unique provider, who will serve you well.

The reasons are several. First, clinicians’ conceptual model of spinal pain is often misguided.  98% of spinal pain is the result of the natural process of progressive, degenerative, compression of the spine.  This process starts with degenerative changes to the disc, and eventually progresses to involve the joints, ligaments and nerves.  But it all starts and depends upon the initial, and progressive, degeneration of the spinal disc.  In this conceptual model, the disc is like a deflating tire.  As the disc loses water content and collapses, there is more pressure on the joints and nerves.  Other providers’ treatments neglect to intervene in this process.  That is a mistake because reversing this process has the most potential to improve difficult neck and back pain in the short term and for the long term prognosis.  Improving the microscopic and macroscopic status of the disc is the most effective non-surgical treatment to intervene in this critical process.  And scientific research proves that the disc can be partially regenerated with the right treatment- mechanical decompression of the spinal disc.  Regeneration has been documented and quantified in animal studies.

Clear Explanations of What Causes Back and Neck Pain

Dr. Castanet explains the simple pathogenesis of spinal pain in this video.  If you understand how, and why, spinal pain starts and progresses, you’ll make a better choice about the treatments you choose.  Unfortunately, most health care professionals practice their specialty with a predictable bias in favor of whatever they were trained to do, and whatever insurance companies reward.  I guarantee that if you listen to Dr. Castanet, you’ll be convinced that his explanation of spinal pain makes the most sense.  And, his advice about the most appropriate, effective treatment for spinal pain makes the most sense.  Dr. Castanet has never been wedded to a myopic approach to spinal treatments.  He is an independent thinker, has worked in more clinical specialties than other providers, and has chosen the most effective treatment for neck and back pain.  And if an even better treatment arrives in the future, he’ll embrace that.

Chiropractic and Physical Therapy in Decatur and Atlanta

There is no other chiropractor in the Decatur area with Dr. Castanet’s broad medical background.  With 35 years of experience, including 18 years in orthopedics, physical medicine, and physical therapy, as well as 5 years in a neurosurgical practice, he has uncommon experience in the surgical and non-surgical practice of spinal problems.  But he’s not simply a product of a broader clinical experience.  He sought a broader clinical experience knowing he wanted to be a better clinician for patients.  And at this point, he thinks he is better qualified than other non-surgical specialists to know what is the best treatment for a patient at any given time, and what is the best non-surgical treatment available.  And if surgery is indicated, he’ll explain the problem and why you’re best served with surgery.  In fact, many of Dr. Castanet’s most appreciative patients are those he could not help, and whom he referred to a surgical colleague.

Dr. Castanet has the most specialized equipment for the non-surgical treatment of neck and back pain arising from herniated discs and pinched nerve lesions. These are among the common causes of painful, compressive lesions in the spine. And spinal compression is what gives rise to 98% of neck and back pain. This equipment is expensive and, consequently, not found in other nearby physical therapy clinics. In fact, we are the only clinic in Georgia with SpineMED spinal decompression- the most effective, non-surgical treatment method, which treats the cause of most neck and back pain. See our illustrative videos on this website.  Specialized State of the Art Equipment for Disc Decompression

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Back, buttock and leg pain– This is the most common problem we treat, day in and day out, all day long.  And the vast majority of patients will get resolved or much improved.

Neck and shoulder pain– This is another very common problem.  If you have neck, shoulder, shoulder blade, arm pain, or pain between your shoulder blades, this is almost always coming from a neck problem.  And effectively treating these patients will improve pain, burning, tightness, weakness and other symptoms felt in these regions.

Sciatica– Pain that goes into your hip, buttock, thigh, leg and, or foot is called commonly sciatica, usually from a herniated disc that pinches one of the nerve roots in your lower back.  We treat this problem all day long, every day.  It is a common problem and we can almost always help you get better without injections or surgical treatment.

Spinal Stenosis– This is narrowing of the spinal canal in your neck or low back.  In the low back it can cause pinching of the nerves which may then cause pain down your buttocks or legs.  In the neck it may cause problems with your spinal cord, affecting your finger dexterity or walking problems, e.g. uncoordinated walking.


Why Necks and Backs Hurt… And What are the Benefits of Disc Decompression Therapy for Neck pain and Back Pain?

Almost all back and neck pain is caused by COMPRESSION of discs, nerves and joints. We have all sorts of terms for this compressive process, and you may have seen these terms used in your MRI or x-ray report.  These include herniated discs, bulging discs, sciatica, facet arthropathy, ligamentum flavum hypertrophy, foraminal stenosis, central stenosis, disc protrusion, disc extrusion, spondylosis, etc.  These all comprise a slowly, progressive, degenerative compression of your spine.  These compressive changes are due to time, gravity, injuries, nutrition and genetics. Most clinics do not treat these compressive changes of the spine, non-surgically, so your chance of improving or resolving your pain is much less. Conventional treatments such as physical therapy exercises or modalities, or chiropractic adjustments will not effectively change the compression.  As a consequence, you are much more likely to need injections or surgery for your pain.

X-rays and MRI scans reveal COMPRESSION. This is not a mystery.  We all see the same things on MRI’s and x-rays.  The doctor, or radiologist, explaining your imaging results, may use terms such as herniated, bulging or degenerated disc(s), arthritis, spondylosis, stenosis, spondylolisthesis, ligamentum flavum hypertrophy, facet arthropathy, etc. These degenerative changes all describe compressive changes of discs, joints and nerves, which causes pain and disability. These compressive changes should be treated, first, by decompressing them.  That’s what surgeons, eventually, will do, if non-surgical treatments don’t help.  Unfortunately, most non-surgical providers don’t usually treat compression. As a result, when your spinal compression progresses to a certain point, you will not improve from their approach to treatment. In fact, exercises- the usual means of treating this problem- can be painful and useless. The reason other clinics don’t focus on spinal compression is several fold:

  • They may not appreciate the essential significance of this process, in the etiology (cause) of spinal pain and disability.
  • They may not know that anything can be done to change it. This is a simple failure of knowledge and insight.
  • They may not know of the unique efficacy of spinal decompression treatment for patients.
    Most clinicians have no clinical experience with this treatment and don’t know its relative merit.  They have never used these tables because their cost made them inaccessible to the provider.
    A cheaper alternative to the treatments they already provide, may undercut their financial interests.
  • They may not want to invest $100,000.00+ on these treatment tables.  These tables are, admittedly, more expensive than they should be.
  • The medical research literature indicates that spinal compression can be partially reversed, and this approach to treatment is much more effective for patients than conventional therapy. This has been confirmed by my 34 years clinical experience. For the first 19 years of my clinical career I did not have access to this treatment for patients. As a result, many more patients with neck and back pain were referred for injections and surgery.

Since 2006, Dr. Castanet has offered this newer, more effective treatment for patients with neck and back pain, herniated discs, pinched nerves and sciatica, and the results for patients are vastly superior to his previous experience in orthopedics, physical medicine and physical therapy.  Now, after more than 15 years using this superior treatment for such problems, Dr. Castanet would not practice without it.  And he thinks that the SpineMED spinal decompression treatment he has used, is the best spinal decompression table available.

Please watch our videos to learn more, or call Backstrong today to start healing.

If you’re looking for help with your neck or back pain, and looking for physical therapy or chiropractic in Decatur or Atlanta, call us for an immediate appointment with Dr. Craig Castanet.

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