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Conditions Treated at Strand Spine Institute Serving Pawleys Island and Myrtle Beach

Neck Pain

Several causes of neck pain include: whiplash, poor sleeping habits, excessive computer use and poor posture. The majority of neck pain cases can be linked to stress and injury of the spinal discs, muscles, ligaments and nerves of the cervical spine. A comprehensive history accompanied by thorough examination and advanced imaging will allow our clinic to determine the cause and proper treatment. At the Strand Spine Institute we offer multiple state of the art treatment options which provide a comprehensive and effective approach to care. Treatment can include specific chiropractic adjustments, K-Laser Therapy, non-surgical spinal decompression, therapeutic massage and rehabilitative exercise. If you are suffering from neck pain, our team at Strand Spine Institute can manage you pain by treating the cause.

Back Pain

3 Million Americans suffer annually from low back pain. Common causes are a result of poor posture, improper lifting, slips and falls, or lack of physical activity. These causes can lead to irritation of the spinal discs, back muscles, ligaments and spinal nerves. Common diagnoses for back pain include: Sciatica, herniated or bulging discs, arthritis, stenosis and muscle spasms. At the Strand Spine Institute we have treated thousands of individuals with low back pain utilizing Chiropractic Care, Non-surgical Spinal Decompression, K-Laser Therapy, Massage and Rehabilitative Exercise. If you are suffering from back pain we offer a comprehensive treatment approach that can eliminate your pain and treat the cause.  


Neuropathy is the term used to describe symptoms caused by dysfunction of the peripheral nerves. The most common areas affected in the body are the hands and feet. Individuals suffering from neuropathy often report symptoms of stabbing, burning or a tingling sensation in the extremities. Causes of neuropathy include diabetes, autoimmune diseases, infections, trauma, and certain prescription medications. Strand Spine Institute has an advanced approach to treating the symptoms caused by neuropathy.  K-Laser Therapy has been shown to oxygenate, heal damaged nerve tissue, and reduce inflammation. By utilizing this approach, many individuals with neuropathy reduced or even eliminated their symptoms caused by neuropathy. Schedule a consultation to determine if you can benefit from the care at Strand Spine Institute.


Fibromyalgia is characterized as diffuse muscle pain, tenderness, fatigue and changes with memory and mood. Chronic levels of inflammation cannot be eliminated by the immune system which can slowly lead to the diffuse pain throughout the body. Chiropractic, K-Laser, and specific nutritional support that reduces inflammation has been shown to be clinically effective in treating symptoms caused by fibromyalgia. Let the doctors at Strand Spine Institute evaluate and develop a plan to manage your symptoms.


73 percent of Americans suffer from different types of headaches annually. The most common types of headaches include migraines, sinus, and tension headaches. When evaluating individuals with headaches, it is important to look at the cervical spine and the nerves that branch off the spine. Irritation of the spinal nerves combined with poor head and neck posture are key factors for headache sufferers. Strand Spine Institute utilizes a comprehensive approach to evaluating the various types and causes of headaches. Chiropractic care, K-Laser Therapy, and non-surgical spinal decompression treats the cause and gives long term relief for chronic headaches. Strand Spine Institute is on the cutting edge, offering the most advanced approach of treating headaches without the use of medications or injections.

Knee Pain

Knee pain can result from direct injury, overuse, or degeneration. Symptoms usually reported are chronic pain, swelling, and stiffness. When evaluating the knee it is important to look at the ligaments, meniscus, and associated musculature. Arthritis, ligament sprains, and meniscus tears are the most common injuries. K-Laser Therapy can reduce swelling, inflammation and pain for individuals suffering from knee pain. K-Laser is cold laser therapy that penetrates deep into the tissue to create a reaction to deliver more oxygen into the joint. This oxygenation reduces inflammation and can heal the tissue. If you are looking for relief from knee pain without the use of drugs or surgery, give Strand Spine Institute a call today!

Hip pain

15% of individuals 65 and older report having hip pain. It is important to determine if the pain is directly associated with the hip joint and not radiating from the lumbar spine. Examination, x-rays or a MRI are the best tools to evaluate the hip joint. Common diagnoses include arthritis, sacroiliitis, tendonitis, fracture, infection, impingement or bursitis. Strand Spine Institute can isolate the cause of your hip pain and treat it utilizing our advanced technology and expertise.

Shoulder Pain

The shoulder is one of the most complex joints in the human body. There are many different muscles, ligaments and nerves that attach and travel through the shoulder. Trauma, overuse and underlying pathologies attribute to shoulder pain. Diagnoses associated with shoulder pain include: rotator cuff tears/tendinitis, impingement, frozen shoulder, arthritis, bursitis, and labrum injuries. When evaluating individuals with shoulder pain it is important to rule out radiating pain coming from the lower cervical or upper thoracic spine. Chiropractic adjustments, rehabilitative exercise and K-Laser Therapy is effective for the majority of these cases. Strand Spine Institute diagnoses why you are experiencing pain and works towards corrective the condition without the use of drugs or surgeries.

TMJ Syndrome

TMJ Syndrome refers to dysfunction of the Temporomandibular Joint. This is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull. TMJ is dysfunction and inflammation of the joint and surrounding tissue.  This can be painful and create difficulty with eating and sleeping. Common causes of TMJ include stress, trauma, arthritis, clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth. The joint can be misaligned which can be helped with chiropractic adjustments. To reduce the inflammation and pain, K-Laser Therapy has been proven to be clinically effective. If you are suffering from chronic jaw pain, schedule an appointment with Strand Spine Institute and receive a comprehensive evaluation and specific treatment plan for your condition.

Foot Pain

Nearly 8 out of 10 Americans will suffer from foot pain in their lifetime and half of these individuals have restricted their activities as a direct result of their foot pain. When activity is restricted this can lead to other ailing parts in the body. The most common diagnoses include plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, gout, fractures, heel spurs, and tarsal tunnel syndrome. One thing in common with all these disorders is inflammation. K-Laser Therapy is clinically effective for reducing inflammation and has been shown to eliminate foot pain in many individuals. Schedule an appointment today to determine the cause and treatment options for you.

Sports Injuries

Exercise is a vital component to your overall health and playing sports creates great exercise habits. However, fall and direct injuries can occur creating acute conditions. The most common sports injuries are sprains, strains, swollen muscles, knee pain, fractures, dislocations and concussions. Not stretching and not performing adequate training leads to greater risk of injury. At Strand Spine Institute we can evaluate and treat many different types of sports injuries and can teach athletes proper stretching and training habits to prevent future conditions.

Auto Accident Injury

There are over 107,000 motor vehicle collisions in South Carolina every year. About half of all collisions create injuries that need to be evaluated and treated. The most common injuries include whiplash, back pain, hip pain, shoulder pain and concussions. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle collision and are suffering from an unresolved injury, schedule an appointment with Strand Spine Institute. Our office will perform a comprehensive exam and create an individualized treatment plan to create optimum healing. Strand Spine Institute has cutting edge technology like K-Laser Therapy and non-surgical spinal decompression that can speed up recovery time for many different types of injuries. Stop hurting and begin healing with Strand Spine Institute.


Sprains and strains are common injuries that can occur in many different areas of the body. The most common locations are the ankle, shoulder and spine. The recommended treatment includes rest, ice, compression and elevation. Sprains occur in ligaments and strains occur in muscle tissue. If you are suffering from joint or muscle pain, schedule an appointment with Strand Spine Institute. Our office will perform a thorough examination and will implement an effective treatment plan to resolve your injury. If you have been sidelined from a sprain or strain, give Strand Spine Institute a call and get back in the game!

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Surgery and anesthesia are the common approach to treating carpel tunnel syndrome. When surgery is performed for carpal tunnel syndrome the goal is to take pressure off the irritated median nerve. However in 75 percent of surgical cases for carpal tunnel syndrome the symptoms just return within a period of 2 years after surgery. New research into carpal tunnel syndrome has revealed that the pain it causes in the wrist and arm is likely a symptomatic problem elsewhere in the body. In fact, results have shown that wrist and arm pain is most likely related to misalignments of the bones, ligaments, and muscles in the neck. These finding only confirm soothing that chiropractors have known for decades: carpal tunnel pain has its origins in the upper spine, not in the arm and wrist itself. The chiropractic approach to treating carpal tunnel is much less intrusive than surgery. We use a conservative approach utilizing gentle spinal adjustment of the spine and upper extremities to realign skeletal structures that can impinge the nerves in accompany with certain therapies i.e. cold laser and electrical muscle stimulation that speeds healing and pain reduction to rehabilitate the condition.

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Dr. Fico has been nothing short of a godsend to me….

I walked in with neck pain at a 7-8 on the pain scale. Dr. Fico worked me up with scans, x-rays and an examination and developed a treatment plan. I walked out two months later with a pain level of 2-3. Very happy me. I continue to go see Dr. Fico for regular treatments to stay well. Kristy, their nutritionist took me under her belt and provided me with natural remedies for my pain, anxiety, depression and stomach issues. I did a 10 day cleanse with guidance - Worth it! The staff is so very kind, compassionate and caring. I felt like I was going to see friends that cared about my entire wellbeing and health, not just my neck. Forever grateful!.

- Sondra

Meet with the expert practitioners at Strand Spine! You’ll enjoy the care, wisdom, guidance and accountability they provide. Working with Dr. Parada and Kristy Whitehead has helped me significantly in my progress towards a healthier, more productive life. My regular adjustments, prescribed exercises and nutrition plan have increased my energy levels, changed my eating habits and prepared me well for my marathon this past January. I’ve lost weight, increased my flexibility and feel great.

- Brandon Schaefer

Dr. Fico was referred to me by Dr. Waters an Orthopedic Surgeon. I have also been evaluated by Neuro Surgeons with no hope short of surgery. I was in constant lower back pain, unable to stand or walk without the help of a cane. Dr. Fico and his very professional staff treated my wife and I like family.

Using the Spinal Decompression machine and spinal manipulation my compromised spine with two bulging discs, birth defects, began to heal. In only eighteen treatments I can now enjoy shopping for hours, travel in a car, vacation, and do normal house hold responsibilities without pain or limitations. I recommend the Strand Spine Institute to anyone that wishes to regain and maintain a healthy , happy life.

- Roger

I was worse off than I thought and we talked about a long term plan rather than the quick fix I was used to. After recommending the DRX9000 for treating my neck and back problems, I was on board. But I have to admit, I didn’t have the highest hopes. My skepticism disappeared when we saw the x-rays of my spine after I had finished my treatments. The space that was missing between my lower discs from the initial X-ray was now back significantly. Having a multitude of tools at his disposal like K-Laser treatment definitely helped in my recovery.

- Billy Zorn

Three years ago I came to Strand Spine Institute because I could not sit for any period of time without pain in my sciatic nerve. I had never been to a chiropractor but did not want to take drugs so I gave the chiropractor option a try. After taking a set of x-rays and discussing my lifestyle, Dr. Fico came up with a treatment plan which included Spinal Decompression, chiropractic adjustments every couple of days and ice daily. After a few weeks of this treatment, my sciatica had greatly improved and sitting for a period of time was no longer an issue. I did not want this to happen again so we discussed on-going treatment as well as wellness. I have continued monthly with Spinal Decompression, Chiropractic Adjustments and an occasional K-Laser treatment.

I have added probiotics to my supplements and changed to the Metagenics Wellness Essentials. All of these plus workouts with my personal trainer at the gym have greatly improved my back as well as my knees. The staff at Strand Spine Institute has been such a blessing in my well-being and even though I am 67 I feel like I am younger than that and able to do so much. Wish it would improve my golf game!!

-Mary Jane

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