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Dr. Bonnie Lee Berger, D.C.

Chiropractor

Dr. Bonnie Berger is a Chiropractor practicing in Tustin, CA. Dr. Berger 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. Berger seeks to reduce pain and discomfort through manipulation and adjustment of the spine.
Dr. Bonnie Lee Berger, D.C.
  • Tustin, CA
  • Accepting new patients

I am having pain in my buttocks when I sit. What could this be?

Most likely, it is something called "piriformis syndrome." Chiropractic can definitely help with that! It is tension, or spasm, in the piriformis muscle caused by structural imbalance READ MORE
Most likely, it is something called "piriformis syndrome." Chiropractic can definitely help with that! It is tension, or spasm, in the piriformis muscle caused by structural imbalance in the back, pelvis or even the feet.

Why does my back feel sore?

There is no research that demonstrates for certain that back pain is related to being overweight. More likely, depending on your age, back pain relates to posture and ergonomics, READ MORE
There is no research that demonstrates for certain that back pain is related to being overweight. More likely, depending on your age, back pain relates to posture and ergonomics, or, the way you sit and stand while you work, rest, and exercise.
Please contact a chiropractor and have some X-rays of your back and get some treatment before this develops into something more serious like arthritis or a herniated disc.

I have a frozen shoulder. What should I do?

Chiropractic and physical therapy could very likely help.

I am suffering from anterior tibial tendinitis. Should I quit my job?

Talk to your doctor about getting orthotics in your shoes. Very often, this is due to malposition of the feet and just needs some extra support. If your job requires you to stand READ MORE
Talk to your doctor about getting orthotics in your shoes. Very often, this is due to malposition of the feet and just needs some extra support.
If your job requires you to stand for long periods of time you might consider asking your bosses for a cashiers mat to stand on.

I have lipoma under my arms. Can a chiropractor help?

Please seek an opinion from your primary care physician. Lipomas can grow in the most inconvenient places and cause some pain but usually, they aren't painful. You might have to READ MORE
Please seek an opinion from your primary care physician. Lipomas can grow in the most inconvenient places and cause some pain but usually, they aren't painful. You might have to have this one surgically removed.

What causes slipping rib?

I am not sure what kind of doctor would diagnose a "slipping rib." I am not familiar with this diagnosis. However, as a chiropractor I would call this a rib that is not moving READ MORE
I am not sure what kind of doctor would diagnose a "slipping rib." I am not familiar with this diagnosis. However, as a chiropractor I would call this a rib that is not moving properly due to postural changes (a thing we call a "subluxation.") However, those rarely cause radiating pain to the abdomen. If this has gone on longer than 6 weeks please seek care with your primary care physician.

Why is there pain in my neck and head every morning?

The cause could be the age of your pillow or mattress or something you are doing at work. The posture of your head and neck while working, exercising and resting are important READ MORE
The cause could be the age of your pillow or mattress or something you are doing at work. The posture of your head and neck while working, exercising and resting are important (we call this ergonomics). My recommendation is to see a chiropractor, get X-rays of your neck (depending on your age and findings in an exam), and get some regular care before this develops into arthritis or a herniated disc.

My husband has a bone growth in his ankle. What should we do?

The first step is to see an orthopedist and get an x-ray. This could be anything from cancer to arthritis. Don't wait!

I am having severe neck pain. What could be the reason?

Pain that severe could be anything from very bad muscle spasm to a herniated disc to arthritis. My recommendation is to see your primary care physician, have x-rays and an MRI. READ MORE
Pain that severe could be anything from very bad muscle spasm to a herniated disc to arthritis. My recommendation is to see your primary care physician, have x-rays and an MRI.

Experiencing numbness and pain after elbow fracture treatment. Why is this happening?

This could be damage to the radial or ulnar nerve (depending on where and what you fractured in your elbow) or it could be Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy or Sudeck's atrophy. Reflex READ MORE
This could be damage to the radial or ulnar nerve (depending on where and what you fractured in your elbow) or it could be Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy or Sudeck's atrophy. Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome (RSDS), also known as complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), is a disorder of the sympathetic nervous system that is characterized by chronic, severe pain. The sympathetic nervous system is that part of the autonomic nervous system that regulates involuntary functions of the body such as sweating and raising the hairs on the backs of your arms when you become frightened.
Please return to the doctor who treated your elbow and have an MRI done and possibly consult with a neurologist.

My left shoulder is broader than the right. Is this a growth problem?

I doubt if this is a growth defect unless you have been told you have a condition called "cleidocranial dysostosis." It is diagnosed with an x-ray and your shoulder would dislocate READ MORE
I doubt if this is a growth defect unless you have been told you have a condition called "cleidocranial dysostosis." It is diagnosed with an x-ray and your shoulder would dislocate easily.
Also, it could be that you broke your collar bone (clavicle in doctor talk) years ago and it did not heal properly.
Barring those two issues, it is a biomechanical problem (how your joints and muscles work together) from working one side harder than the other, postural issues due to ergonomics (how your desk and computer is set up) of your work place or an injury from years ago.
I recommend a proper examination by a chiropractor to diagnose what is going on and correct it. Over the years this imbalance could lead to arthritis in that shoulder.

My mother has developed a problem of shaking hands. What could be the reason behind it?

There are lots of reasons for tremors (shaking hands). A neurologic consultation is important to discover the cause. Many people develop a slight tremor as they age and we READ MORE
There are lots of reasons for tremors (shaking hands). A neurologic consultation is important to discover the cause.

Many people develop a slight tremor as they age and we call that "senile tremor" (which DOES NOT mean your mother is getting dementia), but it does mean the part of the brain that controls her motion is not working as good as it used to. A more serious condition could be something called "Parkinson's". It is a progressive condition and should be taken seriously.
There are other causes, too numerous to list, but that is why you need to consult a professional.

Please consult a neurologist about this, soon.

My father is suffering from severe back pain. Can it be treated with manual adjustment of the spine?

Yes, chiropractic manual therapy can help. My suggestion is that you find a reputable chiropractor, get an x-ray of his low back, maybe an MRI depending on what is on the x-ray READ MORE
Yes, chiropractic manual therapy can help. My suggestion is that you find a reputable chiropractor, get an x-ray of his low back, maybe an MRI depending on what is on the x-ray and discuss treatment options and start from there.

Is it bad to suddenly stop chiropractic care?

Not in the short-term. In the long-term, you may experience stiffness and there is some clinical evidence that keeping your joints moving prevents the breakdown of your cartilage. READ MORE
Not in the short-term. In the long-term, you may experience stiffness and there is some clinical evidence that keeping your joints moving prevents the breakdown of your cartilage.

Very tight neck

Yes, it can. Chiropractic treatments are specifically designed to increase range of motion of the spine.

Should I see a chiro after a car accident?

Yes, I highly recommend you see a chiropractor 4 months after an accident to get proper care of your soft tissue injuries. Many of my patients don't feel pain until 3 to 6 months READ MORE
Yes, I highly recommend you see a chiropractor 4 months after an accident to get proper care of your soft tissue injuries. Many of my patients don't feel pain until 3 to 6 months after a serious accident.
However, there are several other factors you will have to take into account. Has your auto insurance authorized care? They might not after waiting so long. So, you might have to use your health insurance to assist with paying for insurance.

Can a chiropractor relieve muscle pain?

Yes, Chiropractic can help with muscle pain. We not only use manipulation of the joints to help (since muscle moves bone it effects the way you move and joints can lose motion READ MORE
Yes, Chiropractic can help with muscle pain. We not only use manipulation of the joints to help (since muscle moves bone it effects the way you move and joints can lose motion creating more muscle tension) but we use many types of physical therapy to alleviate the other causes of pain.

I had back surgery. Should I see a chiropractor or avoid it?

Generally, you can see a chiropractor after surgery. However, It depends on where in your back you had the surgery, what kind of surgery, whether or not you did rehab exercises READ MORE
Generally, you can see a chiropractor after surgery. However, It depends on where in your back you had the surgery, what kind of surgery, whether or not you did rehab exercises and how long ago. Generally, if you are having pain in the same area after the surgery I do a full assessment to see if I can help. I can help because I can help with rehabilitation and muscle tension.