Our Services

Intervertebral Disc Injuries

intervertebral-disc-injuries California Spinecare Institute utilizes non-invasive/non-surgical options to help heal injuries to intervertebral discs. By using spinal decompression via flexion distraction, the patient will experience pressure release along their lumbar spine (lower back), giving way for pain relief. With optimal results, patients can avoid surgery and maintain a highly active quality of life.

Migraine & Low Grade Headaches

migraine-and-low-grade-headaches Specified protocols are followed to help heal migraine, cervicogenic, tension, and stress related headaches. These include physiotherapeutic modalities, and myofascial trigger point therapy. Equipped with the state of the art Electro-Acuscope, our clinic utilizes the most advanced bio-electric technology to treat migraines and low grade headaches. Please explain to your doctor in detail the nature of your headaches, including duration and frequency.

Sciatica / Lumbar Radiculopathy

sciatica_lumbar-radiculopathy The Sciatic nerve originates from the sacral and lumbar nerves, and passes through the greater sciatic notch. At our clinic, spinal decompression is used to take pressure off of the intervertebral discs, and post isometric relaxation, in conjunction with myofascial release therapy, is used to relieve sciatic nerve pressure allowing for relief of symptoms.

Soft Tissue Injury / Myofascial Pain

soft-tissue-injury_myofascial-pain California Spinecare Institute applies numerous methods to treat and rehabilitate soft tissue injuries. Soft tissue injuries are a grouped together to include muscles, ligaments, tendons, and intervertebral discs. Injury to any one of these structures may be classified as a soft tissue injury. Your doctor will explain in detail you indeed have experienced a soft tissue injury, and what the steps in treatment and recovery will include.

Shoulder / Wrist / Elbow Injuries

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For shoulder, wrist, and elbow joint injuries, Dr. Cherik has numerous protocols that are tailored and specified, all depending on your mechanism of injury. Of the many modalities that may be applied, Ultrasound therapy is one that is used to induce healthy healing of the ligaments and tendons, and is an initial step in restoring mobility. Electronic muscle stimulation may also be used to fatigue your muscles in order to induce relaxation. Myofascial release may be utilized to encourage proper collagen deposition and trigger point therapy may be added to address myofascial pain and dysfunction. Manipulation or an Adjustment may be applied on the bones to help improve your range of motion, and ensure that your joints are functioning at maximum potential. After a treatment plan is outlined, Dr. Cherik will walk you through therapeutic exercises that will ensure stability and pain relief.

Low Back / Hip Pain or Injury

low-back_hip-pain Comprehensive treatment plans are devised for numerous lower back and hip injuries including facet syndrome, muscle sprains, snapping hip, hip bursitis, coxa vara, hip dislocation, and a vast array of additional conditions. Your clinical history plays an important role in your management plan, so please make sure you explain to your doctor in detail as much as you can about your symptoms including when they started, and how they started. Special tests and imaging may be required.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

carpal-tunnel-syndrome Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is defined as a Median nerve compression neuropathy at the area where the nerve passes through the carpal canal, deep to the transverse carpal ligament. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome accounts for about 60% of all mononeuropathies and enthesopathies. Common symptoms may include, but are not limited to: sensations of pins and needles along thumb, index & middle finger, numbness over palm, wrist and hand pain, and wrist and hand stiffness. Further tests, including NCV and EMG’s, may be conducted in order to ensure proper diagnoses. Treatments include osseous manipulation & mobilization, myofascial release, cryotherapy/heat, electrotherapy, wrist support, as well as nutritional prescriptions.

Knee / Ankle Pain or Injury

Dr. Cherik treats a wide range of conditions involving the knee and ankle area. Some if these include:


  • ACL Sprains
  • PCL Sprains
  • MCL Sprains
  • LCL Sprains
  • Meniscus Tears
  • Chondromalacia Patella
  • Genu Varum
  • Genu Valgum
  • Genu Recurvatum
  • Jumper’s Knee
  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome
  • Knee Bursitits
  • Osgood Schlatter’s
  • Patellar Dislocation

  • Ankle Sprains (Inversion and Eversion)
  • Shin Splints
  • Compartment Syndrome
  • Tennis Leg
  • Achilles Tendonopathy
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Morton’s Foot
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Hallux Valgus
  • Hammer Toe
  • Pes Cavus
  • Pes Planus

Plantar Fasciitis

plantar-fasciitis Have you ever felt a sharp, irritating pain on the bottom of your foot? Plantar Fasciitis could likely be the culprit. This condition involves straining at the bottom of the foot, associated with intermittent inflammation and irritation. Effective treatment may include manual therapy, therapeutic ultrasound, manipulation and nutritional therapy (for anti-inflammatory effects).

Kyphotic / Scoliotic Curvature

kyphotic_scoliotic-curvature Kyphosis is a progressive spinal disorder that can affect children and adults. This disorder may cause a deformity described as humpback or hunchback. Kyphosis can be in the form of hyperkyphosis or sharp angular gibbus deformity. Abnormal kyphotic curves are more commonly found in the thoracic or thoracolumbar spine, although they can be cervical. Over the course of treatments, patient’s spines will restore themselves to their optimal curvature, maintaining a pain free posture.

Pediatrics / Geriatrics

pediatrics_geriatrics At California Spinecare Institute, we work to ensure that all walks of life have an opportunity for care. From childhood to older populations, we provide treatment and relief for a vast array of conditions. For more information or to schedule an appointment please call us at: 818.937.9950

Athletes & Weekend Warriors

athletes-and-weekend-warriors Sport specified approaches are taken at California Spinecare Institute with athletes involved in CrossFit, Weightlifting, Basketball, Football, Baseball, Soccer, Tennis, Golf, Track, Swimming, Gymnastics, Cheerleading, Bowling, Ballet, and many more. For each and every sport, there are unique strength training, conditioning, and educational protocols. Dr. Cherik will outline which muscle groups are specific to your goals, and describe the biomechanics of your joints. A better understanding of your of muscle system and joint biomechanics can allow for more optimal performance and maintenance. At California Spinecare Institute, strength training and conditioning programs are coupled with nutritional counseling and dietary concerns. Nutritional factors in health and performance are pivotal to perform to your potential. At California Spinecare Institute you can obtain the knowledge you need to apply to your workout regime, diet, and sport.

Nutritional Counseling & Weight Loss

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The nutritional factors are pivotal to our health and everyday well being. Supplementation or simple nutritional dietary changes are often all it takes to feel an immediate difference to your metabolism and energy levels. At our clinic we will help you understand how to evaluate the adequacy of your diet, and how macronutrients, vitamins, and minerals affect your wellbeing.

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