John Schroeppel, Chiropractor

John Schroeppel


638 W Duarte Rd 16 Arcadia California, 91007


Dr. John Schroeppel is a Chiropractor practicing in Arcadia, California. Dr. Schroeppel 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. Schroeppel seeks to reduce pain and discomfort through manipulation and adjustment of the spine.

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Southern California University of Health Sciences Doctor of Chiropractic 2017

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  • What is the difference between an osteopathic physician and chiropractor?

    Osteopathy and chiropractic started out as quite similar disciplines. In fact, A.T. Stills (known as the Father of Osteopathy) and D.D. Palmer (known as the Father of Chiropractic) were contemporaries and knew each other. Some claim that one stole their ideas from the other (and the debate goes both ways), but there is not really any proof on either side. However, OMT (Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy) and chiropractic adjustments (also known as CMT - Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy) are very similar. There are differences in technique, but both, at their core, involve taking a joint (spinal or other joints) to the end of its range of motion and then delivering a high velocity, low amplitude thrust to gap the joint space and improve its function and remove tension. That being said, the osteopathic profession was kind of absorbed into mainstream medicine many years ago. The upshot of that change is that MD (Medical Doctor) and DO (Doctor of Osteopathy) are basically synonyms today. Those who graduate from an Osteopathic school with a DO degree, do a residency just like MDs and then they can work anywhere in medicine. Some work in a hospital ER, some are pediatricians, some are surgeons, some are OBGYNs, etc. They are still all taught OMT in school (it is a requirement if you go to an Osteopathic school), but most never really use it in practice. There are some who do, but they are the exception. (I have a couple of good friends who have been through DO school, which is where my information comes from.) The opposite is true in chiropractic. The adjustment is still the mainstay of chiropractic treatment today. Some DCs (Doctor of Chiropractic) use physiotherapy modalities (like electrical muscle stimulation, utlrasound therapy, etc.) and soft tissue modalities (such as massage or IASTM - Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization) alongside CMT, but almost all DCs use adjustments with all (or nearly all) of their patients. There are some DCs who don't do adjusting, but they are the exception. (I am a chiropractor who adjusts basically every patient, which is why I know about this.) So, unless you are able to find a DO who uses OMT as an integral part of their practice, they are probably not going to be very good at it, if they do it at all. Which ever you choose, I recommend that you go to a practitioner who does their particular manipulative treatment with almost all of their patients day in and day out. That way you receive the benefit of all that experience. READ MORE

  • My son hurt his back in a football game. Is surgery or chiropractic care best for him?

    Disc herniation is a serious condition, but it is also seriously misunderstood. The first thing you need to know is that you can't see a disc herniation on an standard x-ray. The discs actually do not show up at all. What you can see on X-ray is that there is less disc height than there should be. This can indicate that the disc is herniated, but it can also simply mean that the discs are compressed. CT scan or MRI can be used to actually visualize the discs and determine for certain if they are bulging, how much, and in what direction. The second thing you should know is that research shows that 70% of people who did not have any back pain showed lumbar disc herniation on MRI. This means that just because your disc is bulging, doesn't mean that it is causing you pain. This also means that if you have pain, it may not be caused by the disc herniation, it may be caused by something else. Third, spinal surgeries as a whole, are only about 25%-35% "successful." Meaning that 65%-75% of those who have some type of spinal surgery still have pain after the surgery. Although, certain types of spinal surgery have higher success rates than this, it is a pretty big risk for something that may not even help. With this background in mind, my answer to you question is: why not consider both? Chiropractic care is excellent at treating most types of back pain. Unlike surgery, it is non-invasive. I recommend that you find a competent Doctor of Chiropractic and see how much conservative care can help. Your son is young and his body will heal quickly. If for some reason he doesn't respond to treatment and his condition does not improve, you can always elect to have surgery at that point. The costs are comparatively small and your son will be no worse off for having tried it. I personally, would refer my patient to an orthopedic surgeon if they were not improving, or were getting worse, after a reasonable amount of treatment. However, you do need to give it a chance. Don't assume that he is going to be "all better" after a visit or two. It may take many treatments, depending on his condition. READ MORE

  • I have a dull pain in my lower back. How can I treat it?

    One of the most important things you can learn to do is to listen to your body. When you have pain, your body is telling you that there is something wrong. Continuing to do things that are causing you pain and hoping that the pain will just go away is not a good idea. Pain can be present for a variety of reasons. If the pain is only brought on by physical exertion, such as exercise, first try taking it down a notch. If you are starting a new exercise program, your body might just not be ready for that level of activity yet. Slow down to a more moderate level and see if the pain improves or goes away. If it does, you may need to just take things at a more moderate level until you build up the strength for more. However, sometimes the exercise or activity only makes us aware of an existing problem, such as joint restrictions in the spine or an imbalance in the pelvis. You may have adhesion in the muscles you are unaware of or muscles that are already overworked and can't handle the additional strain. If pain does not decrease with slowing down or persists when not exercising, it would be beneficial to visit a chiropractor for an assessment. Chiropractors are well trained in musculoskeletal conditions and can determine where your pain is likely coming from, as well as provide treatments and therapies that can correct the problem and/or improve the symptoms. Chiropractors use physical treatments and therapies rather than drugs or surgery. Treatments are not painful and usually take 30 mins or less. You can even continue to do a lighter version of your exercise routine while receiving care (in most cases). READ MORE

  • Can a chiropractor help me with a pain in the back of my thigh?

    When we work out, we are tearing muscle in order to build more muscle fibers. Often, this is painful or causes soreness, but usually only lasts a few days. Sometimes we damage the muscle tissue a little too much and the pain is more intense, lasting for weeks. This is what is called a muscle strain. The muscle tissue is more severely damaged and takes much longer to heal. Sometimes you hear people use the term muscle sprain or just a sprain/strain injury. These are misnomers, as a sprain in damage to ligaments, which connect bones together, where a strain is damage to a muscle or tendon, which attaches muscle to bones. With that in mind, the natural history (or average time to heal) for a mild strain injury is 3 to 6 weeks. So, if you do nothing except rest the area, that is what you can expect for healing time. Chiropractors can help to not only speed the healing process, but also improve the function of the muscles after the healing occures. Keep in mind that some Chiropractors don't treat soft tissue injuries and only perform chiropractic adjustments to joints, so you will want to ask if they treat soft tissue injuries before you make your appointment. In my practice, I treat muscle strains in 3 ways: First, I use either Therapeutic Ultrasound or Electrical Muscle Stimulation, with moist heat (or ice if the injury is very acute- 1 week or less). This helps to both relax the muscles, which are often in spasm, as well as reduce the inflammation that builds up in the area. Second, I use a soft tissue technique, such as massage or Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM). This helps to release tension in the muscles, as well as brake up fibrous adhesions (where the body builds up fibrous tissue, similar to scar tissue, in the muscles to help prevent further injury) that develop due to the injury and impede the function of the muscle long-term. Finally, I use chiropractic adjustments of the spinal and/ or extremity joints. This improves the structure of the framework which the muscles are attached to and enables them to perform better, with less tension, and without having to compensate for joint restrictions. Most often, these treatments improve the level of pain as well, but if not, there are topical ointments that have an analgesic (pain reducing) effect, which can be applied in the beginning. My patients usually feel 70-80% better in 2-4 treatments and have little to no pain after 6-8 treatments. We have the best results from doing several treatments close together (2-3 times per weeks) in the beginning. Fewer visits can work, too, but it does take longer to improve. READ MORE

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

    Doctors of Chiropractic do not specifically treat lipomas and I don't know of any treatment for a lipoma, other than having it surgically removed. A lipoma is a slow-growing, fatty lump unusually situated between your skin and the underlying muscle. This area is known as the fascial layer or fascia. The lipoma should feel doughy and is usually not tender. When you push on it, it moves readily with light pressure. If you have a bump that is hard, not easily moved, or painful when touched, you should have it examined right away by a competent doctor, as you may have something other than a lipoma. Unlike a cancerous growth, a lipoma isn't normally harmful. They don't usually require treatment, but if the lipoma bothers you, is painful or is growing quickly, you may want to have it removed. One way in which a chiropractor might be able to help with a lipoma is with a technique some chiropractors use called IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization). This is a process that uses metal tools to rub over the skin and the underlying fascia to brake up adhesions which form in the fascia. According to Lindsay Kellner, Senior Wellness Editor for "Because it's subdermal, changing the fascia over time through foam rolling, Rolfing, massage, or movement can actually change the way fat distributes under your skin, which is what creates the appearance of cellulite." And Natalie Martos, of says: "Recent studies have shown that the cause of cellulite may be due to tension of retinacula cutis fibers. These fibers allow for the sliding of superficial and deep fascial layers. If this gets inflamed the fibers can become thickened and restrict motion causing adhesions within fibers. So what does all this mean to you, if the fascia becomes restricted in any way, whether it is from dehydration, adhesions, or inflammation, then ripples in the skin can occur and fat deposits will get stuck in the web fibers of the fascial lining." So, if fascia holds the fat cells under the skin and disruption in the fascia (adhesions) changes the way that fat cells collect under the skin, leading the the appearance of cellulite, then it is possible that a major disruption in the fascia could be responsible for a lipoma forming. If this is true, it should be possible to diminish or dissolve a lipoma by removing the adhesions in the fascia with IASTM or a similar method. I have not tested this in practice as yet, but I believe it would be worth attempting to see if results were obtainable. READ MORE

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

    To really give a good answer, I would need to know more about the fracture and what type of surgical procedure was preformed. The elbow is a complex joint involving three different bones. Which one(s) was fractured, in what way, and what was done to repair it? Also, the three main nerves that supply the arm and hand, all pass through the elbow at various locations. Generally, pain, numbness, and tingling sensations are all caused by some type of nerve irritation. It can happen at any point along the nerve, from the nerve ending (like when you get pricked or cut), to the nerve body (like if you have carpel tunnel impingement or hit your "funny bone"), to the nerve root (where the nerve exits the spine, this is what we call a radiculopathy). In any case, there are a number of factors that could be effecting your nerves and causing the pain and numbness you are experiencing. These include nerve compression or impingement (something pressing on the nerve), nerve irritation (inflammation or the affects of the surgery), or even neuropathy (damage to the nerve itself). Most likely, the pain and numbness will subside in a few weeks or even months. Depending on the cause of the neuralgia (nerve pain), joint mobilization or soft tissue treatments could help to speed the processes along. If inflammation is the (or one of the) cause(s) of the symptoms, anti-inflammatory medication or treatments (including electronic muscle stimulation and therapeutic ultrasound) could also be useful. Doctors of chiropractic, like myself, treat these type of symptoms frequently. You should consult with the surgeon and your primary care doctor for suggestions and your fracture must have completely healed before attempting any other treatments or procedures. READ MORE

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