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Dr. Dennis Spurgin, DC

Chiropractor

Dr. Dennis Spurgin is a Chiropractor practicing in Palm Springs, CA. Dr. Spurgin specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating conditions associated with the neuromusculoskeletal system, while improving each patients functionality and quality of life. Conditions treated include sciatica, neck pain, and arthritis pain, among many others. Dr. Spurgin seeks to reduce pain and discomfort through manipulation and adjustment of the spine.
51 years Experience
Dr. Dennis Spurgin, DC
  • Palm Springs, CA
  • Logan College of Chiropractic
  • Accepting new patients

How do you unfreeze your shoulders?

First you need a good evaluation of the cause of the frozen shoulder. Most of the time good conservative care will be appropriate and effective. I don't like forceful stretching READ MORE
First you need a good evaluation of the cause of the frozen shoulder. Most of the time good conservative care will be appropriate and effective. I don't like forceful stretching or manipulation unless other treatments are not working. I use gentle manipulation and stretching of the shoulder, upper back and neck along with soft tissue work including myofascial realease and massage. Ice packs followed by hot wet packs help. Other modalities may work including electrial simulation.

What is the difference between frozen shoulder and shoulder impingement?

An impingement is when a structure is rubbing or putting pressure on an adjacent structure such as a tendon or nerve. A frozen shoulder is the common name for adhesive capsulitis READ MORE
An impingement is when a structure is rubbing or putting pressure on an adjacent structure such as a tendon or nerve. A frozen shoulder is the common name for adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder because is limits the range of motion of the shoulder. The first can be a cause of the second.

Why does my back hurt more after chiropractor?

Chiropractic treatment is a science and an art form and not everyone responds to every Chiropractor's treatment, try another Chiropractor. Also you may need diagnostic studies READ MORE
Chiropractic treatment is a science and an art form and not everyone responds to every Chiropractor's treatment, try another Chiropractor. Also you may need diagnostic studies done. I can't answer any better without seeing you in person.

Can cracking your back paralyze you?

Chiropractic is the safest Profession. I pay only $2,000 per year for malpractice insurance. MDs pay tens of thousands for malpractice or even more. However never ever let any READ MORE
Chiropractic is the safest Profession. I pay only $2,000 per year for malpractice insurance. MDs pay tens of thousands for malpractice or even more. However never ever let any one not licensed and trained to crack your back or neck.

What is the best chiropractic technique?

It is not the technique, it is the Doctor of Chiropractic doing the technique that you need to concern yourself with. I did a research paper on inter observer and Intra observer READ MORE
It is not the technique, it is the Doctor of Chiropractic doing the technique that you need to concern yourself with. I did a research paper on inter observer and Intra observer reliability of palpation for treatment. There is no correlation Chiropractic treatment is a science and art. Therefore it is the person doing the treatment that is important.

Should I see a chiropractor for scoliosis?

In scoliosis it depends on how long you have had the problem and how serious the scoliosis has become. In my opinion the best course is a multi disciplinarian approach: Medical, READ MORE
In scoliosis it depends on how long you have had the problem and how serious the scoliosis has become. In my opinion the best course is a multi disciplinarian approach: Medical, Chiropractic, Physical Therapy and exercise. Look at all alternatives from multiple sources. Research has shown that surgical intervention is only appropriate in severe cases that conservative care has not been beneficial.

Should I sleep without a pillow if my neck hurts?

First if your neck hurts you should have it examined to see if there is an underlying cause that needs to be addressed. There are all kinds of pillows in the market place and all READ MORE
First if your neck hurts you should have it examined to see if there is an underlying cause that needs to be addressed. There are all kinds of pillows in the market place and all kinds of beds. People are compatible with different things including no pillow. Try out multiple options for a good sleep.

What is the best exercise for frozen shoulder?

Your frozen shoulder needs to be evaluated with a hands on approach to determine underlying causes. All exercises for the shoulder are based on the need for a normal range of motion READ MORE
Your frozen shoulder needs to be evaluated with a hands on approach to determine underlying causes. All exercises for the shoulder are based on the need for a normal range of motion of the shoulder.

Leg pain?

You need to see a Doctor, Chiropractic or medical. This needs to have an examination.

When should I see a chiropractor for wrist pain?

When wrist pain is due to injury you should see a Doctor ASAP. If the pain has no specific cause you should see a Doctor if the pain persists for 2-3 days.

Can chiropractors realign your spine?

Align is an arbitrary non diagnostic term. Your need to see a Doctor, Chiropractic or Medical

Can I pop my own neck?

If you move your neck and it pops automatically and doesn't hurt it is probable ok, but never intentionally pop yours or anybody else's neck. Your will pop the wrong one and make READ MORE
If you move your neck and it pops automatically and doesn't hurt it is probable ok, but never intentionally pop yours or anybody else's neck. Your will pop the wrong one and make the problem worse. All the joins in the spine work in coordination with the other. If one is moving too little then the one adjacent will tend to move too much in compensation. If you are not trained and try to move it you can damage either or both vertebrae.

How long after chiropractor can I exercise?

I start my patients on stretching and exercises from the beginning of their treatment. What exercises the should do depends on their complaints, physical capabilities and opportunities. READ MORE
I start my patients on stretching and exercises from the beginning of their treatment. What exercises the should do depends on their complaints, physical capabilities and opportunities. This has to be evaluated from the examination and response to treatment. I can't answer that question with out knowing the patient. A generic question like this leads to misunderstanding. I have asked patients what exercises they mean and got all kinds of answers. Some of these "exercises" are contra indicated due to the patient's age, injuries' and/or physical conditioning.

What helps with back rib pain?

Chiropractic treats rib pain regularly and successfully. However, diagnosis is required to determine and rule out fracture or other abnormalities.

Should you rest after chiropractic adjustment?

Many people like to rest after a treatment, but it isn't necessary.

Can a chiropractor help with foot pain?

Chiropractic helps a lot of foot pain. An evaluation is necessary.

Can a chiropractor cure sciatica?

Sciatica is treated successfully by Chiropractic, but if it doesn't respond to treatment, X-rays, MRIs, and other diagnostic tests are required.

Should you rest your foot if you have plantar fasciitis?

Who diagnosed the plantar fasciitis? That is the diagnosis for chronic foot pain. Rest can be part of the regime, but there is much more to it than that.

Why do chiropractors require so many visits?

I won't speak for all Doctors of Chiropractic. For myself, average number of visits per patient is very low. Insurance companies keep close track of these statistics and have on READ MORE
I won't speak for all Doctors of Chiropractic. For myself, average number of visits per patient is very low. Insurance companies keep close track of these statistics and have on their doctor panels those doctors who practice under the insurance company's protocols. However, that said, there are patients that need multiple treatments. The number of treatments needs to be justified by their history, diagnostic tests, examinations results, and response to treatment trials. When documented necessity is shown to be appropriate, longer term treating is usually allowed.

What are the methods chiropractors use when treating back pain?

Chiropractic is a Science and an Art. My father was Chiropractor and so is my son. We know the most about each other and yet our treatments are not the same, but similar. I personally READ MORE
Chiropractic is a Science and an Art. My father was Chiropractor and so is my son. We know the most about each other and yet our treatments are not the same, but similar. I personally don't like hard forceful treatment. When it comes to manipulation, I use quickness and finesse. I don't use a lot of modalities. I use a select few that I feel complement my manual therapy. I work with my patients on activities of daily living, habits, the need for exercises, and other pertinent issues.