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Sergey Lyass M.D.
Cedars-Sinai Hospital

Dr. Bondarev is an excellent therapist with amazing skills. I was very impressed by my progress and want to thank dr Bondarev. I would recommend dr. Bondarev to anyone who wants fast and complete recovery after traumatic unity. Read more..

Mary Newcomb
Teacher, LAUSD

I would like to tell everyone about the wonders in healing I have experience with Dr. Anatoly Bondarev. Dr. Bondarev brings with him not only Chiropractic training from the U.S., but also traditional techniques used in Europe for generations. These techniques stand him apart from other chiropractors in the States. Read more..

Chronic Spine and Joints Problems

Spine and Joints problems in a nutshell

It would be strange and unusual if a chiropractor did not say a few words about joints, neck and back problems. And you would probably expect endless chiropractic stories about 2 times/week adjustments for the rest of your life to ”keep your spine straight, to provide free flow of nerve impulses, and to maintain general good health” etc.

Not a chance, not on this site.

I will give you my 25+ years of experience take on degenerative joint and spine disease. I’d like to emphasize, that I talk about degenerative (not any other kind) arthritis (more correct-arthrosis). After reading this section you would understand why anti-inflammatory and pain medications cannot possibly be considered as a form of treatment for the problem, but rather used to decrease the symptoms [in  a majority of the cases simply masking them]

So, in a nutshell:

The joint gets injured or sick for whatever reason. The body reacts immediately by immobilization of the joint to prevent further damage. The joint becomes fixated [immovable], usually by a muscle spasm. It is a normal protective reaction. Then the body initiates a local inflammatory reaction, which is again protective in nature [the increase of blood supply in particular]. But the problem is mechanical in nature, the joint lose so called “congruity”, meaning the proper fitting of one surface to another [this phenomenon provides the joint with proper mobility]. If trauma to the joint is minor, the body is able to fix the problem and to restore normal motion of the joint.

BUT. What if not?

The joint either remains completely fixated or develops aberrant [abnormal] motion and as the malfunctioning part of the body stops receiving proper blood supply. That’s it, the degeneration starts and the joint begins to deteriorate with all familiar scenario-pain is on pain is off, pain is on pain is off and so on. The patient usually informs the doctor that he/she had an episode of pain a few years ago and then the problem “went away” for a while, but recently it started coming back more and more often. Actually the problem did not go anywhere. It was there from day one.

The body never stopped its attempts to fix the problem. Subjectively it manifested itself through a flare ups  of pain and inflammation with subsequent periods of “well being.” Learn to respect the human body and try to understand that inflammation is an attempt by the body to heal itself, which unfortunately is not always possible. Now pay attention, inflammation manifests itself through five signs: pain, swelling, redness, warmth and disturbed function. Degenerative inflammation is aseptic and non-immune in it’s nature. So only three of those signs are applicable: pain, swelling and disturbed function. I think it rings a bell, doesn’t it? If the joint or spine remains untreated, with time an inflammation becomes chronic and then it becomes a problem in itself[but we are talking of years and years of degeneration]. But in the majority of the cases, the process is still reversible[of course if some cartilage remains intact and there are no gross deformities]. All your body needs is a help to restore proper joint mobility. In that case your God given body will find the way, if not to cure itself completely, but at least to improve it significantly.

Now, if you still have questions about epidural injections, pain and anti-inflammatory medications, you don’t need me. You can answer these questions on your own, by just using your common sense.