Jim F.Kittanning, PA

I have had ongoing/progressive weakness in my legs starting some 15 years ago. My daughter is a patient at DCC and I was somewhat interested in disc decompression. I had a preconceived notion that I needed to meet with a neurosurgeon first before any treatment. I actually had L4L5 discectomy with fusion 10 years prior. My daughter explained everything to Dr. DiMond and he referred me to Dr. Matt Alkhedi MD. Dr. Matt is a board certified neurosurgeon and teaches neurosurgery at UPMC. He is also the chief neurosurgeon at UPMC Passivent. So I called and he set me up for two months away. Dr. DiMond felt this was way too long to wait and got me in for an emergency appointment two days later! (WOW) I met with Dr. Matt and he did a lumbar MRI and informed me that the disc decompression system at the Disc Center at DiMond Chiropractic was without question the best first line of treatment. Mind you this is coming from a board certified neurosurgeon! So without delay I set up a treatment plan for disc decompression. One thing I forgot to mention is that after my first surgery I had no feeling in my right foot for the past ten years. Dr. Matt informed me that parasthesia lasting that amount of time virtually never comes back. Well I started out 4 times a week for two weeks to really get a decompressing force applied to my lumbar spine. I started to feel better after the end of week one into week two. By the end of the third week all of the symptoms that I started decompression for were gone. The right foot had no feeling yet and this was expected. I know from past experience not to quit when symptoms lesson so I was determined to finish the six weeks. Well, towards the end of the fourth week into the fifth the numbness in my right foot started to tingle. Then as treatments progressed it actually regained feeling 100%! Dr. Matt & Dr. DiMond were both blown away by this change of events. The chance of bringing a nerve back to 100% function after ten years is less than 1%. After finishing the intensive part of my plan, Dr. DiMond concentrates on strengthening and reconditioning muscle groups. I do believe Dr. DiMond is a tremendous asset to the community and I firmly believe that he saved me from a second major back surgery. The amount of knowledge Dr. DiMond brought here from his clinic associate position at the largest office in Pennsylvania is amazing and I consider him a valuable tool to have such a wonderful physician right here in Ford City.