Testimonials and Patient Results

Katie M

“I suffered from severe back and neck pain spanning several years prior to coming to Charleston Spine Institute. My pain was sharp, breath-taking and I was having extreme discomfort. Also, I had leg pain and numbness with pain of 7-8 on a 1-10 scale. My pain began slowly over the past 10-12 years. I tried massage, exercise, traditional chiropractic, pain medication and inversion table that gave me only temporary relief. I had a good experience resulting in relief of pain, relaxing therapy and it's great having a doctor who truly cares about the needs of his patients. I no longer have pain and have greater flexibility and can exercise without pain. ”

~ Katie M.

Nathan Brown

“My pain was 10 on a 1-10 scale! The pain and numbness radiated down my leg. I suffered for 5 years before finding Charleston Spine Institute. Because I had the pain for a long time I was concerned if this would work for me. I was taking pain medication twice a day with very little relief. My results are outstanding! My pain is 0 on a 1-10 scale! I never thought my back would be normal. I can tie my shoes, participate in family activities and get up without pain.”

~ Nathan B.

Wanda G.

“My pain was very bad! I could not move, lay, sit or stand without having severe pain. On a 1-10 scale my back, leg and arm pain was a 10 plus. In 1977 I injured my back carrying heavy food trays and the back and leg pain progressively worsened over time. I tried steroid injections, massage, exercise, physical therapy, neck surgery, traditional chiropractic and pain medication. Nothing helped. I found Charleston Spine Institute by the grace of God. I dialed the wrong number while trying to make an appointment with another office. My experience at Charleston Spine Institute has been awesome! Dr. Stanzel and staff were very caring. Now I'm able to stand up straight, sit in a chair, bend over and touch my chest to my knees and lay down with no pain. My pain has greatly improved from a 10 down to 0.”

~ Wanda G.

Chaz-P

“My neck pain was debilitating and constant at 9 out of 10. The pain radiated down both arms to my fingers. It started 3 years ago so I tried massage and exercise and received no permanent relief. My concern was if the pain would go away, will it work for me, will it be painful and will I need to come for the rest of my life. My experience was lovely and calming and I am able to move freely, work longer and enjoy my days.”

~ Chaz P.

Theresa Rousseau

“I was in severe pain following a car crash. My pain was crippling located on the left side of my lower back radiating pain and numbness down my left leg and I could barely walk and could not sit at all. I tried physical therapy and traditional chiropractic along with 800 mg of Ibuprofen and they did not help. My pain was a 10 on a 1-10 scale at the start of my treatment. My concern was if this would work for me. I've had a wonderful experience! Dr. Stanzel and staff are caring professionals that want to help stop your pain. Now I can sit for a few hours at a time and I can get a full night sleep without waking in pain. My pain has gone from a 10 to a 1 on a 1-10 scale!”

~ Theresa R.

BJ Smith

“I had serious back pain and I did not want surgery. A friend recommended Charleston Spine Institute and I knew I found the solution. Prior to decompression I couldn't walk, stand or lay down without extreme pain in my back, hips and legs radiating down to my toes. My legs and toes were numb as well. My pain was a 10 at best with moderate medication and I needed 6 epidurals so I could tolerate the pain but the relief was only temporary. I suffered for 8 months and tried acupuncture, massage, epidurals, physical therapy and pain medication. Nothing was relieving my pain long term. A friend referred me after he said Charleston Spine Institute completely cured him. My experience was very comfortable and inspiring. Each treatment I could feel I was getting better. Dr. Stanzel was very knowledgeable and had a fabulous bedside attitude that made me feel very relaxed and comfortable. After decompression I am able to walk, bend over and sit without pain! I can't say enough about how excited I am that I found Charleston Spine Institute. Surgery was not something I wanted because I know so many people who went with surgery and suffer after for many years. A few weeks of treatment at Charleston Spine Institute and I'm completely cured! I couldn't be happier!”

~ BJ S.

Vee G.

“This is my second time undergoing decompression therapy with Dr. Stanzel due to two car accidents. My first was in 2018. I came to Charleston Spine Institute in a great deal of neck pain and severe headaches. The pain was so bad I was considering having surgery to correct the bulging disc in my cervical spine. “After several treatments I felt fantastic and eventually I became pain free.
My most recent experience began in October 2019 due to another car accident which re-aggravated the previous bulging disc and caused a new bulging disc. I was in excruciating debilitating pain. Luckily, I knew where I could go to recover and heal once again.
“I’m so very grateful for the compassion and care that I received while under the care of this fine establishment. This is one of Charleston’s best kept secrets. He’s simply AMAZING!”

~ Vee G.

Theressa M.

“There are no words for the back and leg pain. Nothing has ever put me down like this. I couldn't do anything but cry and stay in bed. I was a very active person before this. My pain was a 10+ on a 1-10 scale. For months before seeing Dr. Stanzel at Charleston Spine Institute I tried steroid shots, traditional chiropractic, Advil and ice packs. Nothing helped. I was concerned if this non-surgical treatment would help prior to coming in for my consultation. My experience was wonderful, kind and true concern at Charleston Spine Institute. Dr. Stanzel never gave up on me. After my treatment, my pain is 0 on a 1-10 scale.”

~ Theressa M.

Lurline A.

“I was referred by my medical doctor because I developed hip pain with tingling and numbness down my leg after years of lower back pain. My pain was a 9 on a 1-10 scale. I tried pain medication with only temporary relief. I was afraid that I would walk bent over for the rest of my life.

My experience at Charleston Spine Institute was very comfortable. My pain has dropped down to a 1 on a 1-10 scale and I am able to turn and walk normally and feel I am well on my to a full recovery.”

~ Lurline A.

Mirian M.

“My pain began in 2005. The pain was unbearable and I couldn't walk straight, sit or lay down. My pain was a 10 on a 1-10 scale and I tried epidural injections, massage, exercise, physical therapy, back surgery, traditional chiropractic and pain medication. The relief was only temporary.

Before coming to Charleston Spine Institute I was concerned that it may not work for me. My experience was very pleasant. The staff was knowledgeable and friendly. I'm thankful that Dr. Stanzel was able to help me. My pain is almost completely gone and I am able to dance, cook, clean and most of my daily activities.”

~ Mirian M.

Selena T.

“I was having sharp, throbbing pain in my lower back that radiated down my hips and legs. The pain was so severe I didn't want to move or walk. On a 1-10 scale my pain was a 10! I tried massage and chiropractic and was taking 8 Tylenol and 16 Ibuprofen a day with no relief. My experience with Charleston Spine Institute and non-surgical spinal decompression has been wonderful! I was skeptical at first but now I'm moving around and walking without pain. I'm able to go for walks with my dog, do chores around my house and enjoy life again!”

~ Selena T.

Dorothea K.

“My pain began years ago. As a registered nurse I spent many hours on my feet, lrt as a nurse on a medical surgical floor which required turning post-op patients every 2 hours, some very overweight. I then changed to women's surgical unit and then to the NICU as it was easier to turn my tiny patients. After standing over an isolette, the pain became too much and I opted to retire early after 40 years of nursing at 62 instead of 65. I really loved my job and the people I worked with, but felt I had to leave as the pain I was experiencing became worse and I could no longer fully concentrate on my tiny patients. Unfortunately my pain became worse after I retired.

My back pain was 7/10 radiating into my left hip and numbness along the lateral aspect of my left knee progressing downward to my left foot. The pain progressed over time to include burning. I tried pain medication on a daily bases and exercise with no lasting relief.

I was concerned that I may need back surgery and wanted something non-invasive because as an RN I know how debilitating back surgery can be.

My experience with Charleston Spine Institute was wonderful! Dr. Stanzel explained in detail what spinal decompression was and sent me for an MRI. We reviewed the MRI together and he felt I was a candidate for the procedure.

I'm very happy with my results. I have resumed all my previous activities! I can go for long walks with my husband, go up and down stairs and garden. I can even enjoy my grandchildren again without the constant, nagging pain! So very happy! My husband has also remarked that I'm like my old self again, no longer grumpy, tired and inactive.”

~ Dorothea K.

Oceal R.

“My low back pain was sharp and severe radiating down both legs for over a year. My pain was so severe I couldn't work or walk without assistance.

I tried massage, exercise, physical therapy, traditional chiropractic and daily pain medication that only gave me temporary relief. My experience with Charleston Spine Institute was great! It was comfortable and everyone was kind and helpful. Since starting non-surgical spinal decompression, my pain has gone from an 8 down to a 1 on a 1-10 scale. Now I can walk, sleep and sit without pain.”

~ Oceal R.

Henri G. and Cassie V.

“I can't tell y'all how much Tom Stanzel at Charleston Spine Institute has helped me over the past few weeks. I was taking Aleve and told I needed surgery for a herniated disc in my back. Cassie Verhaeghe was told she needed surgery for vocal nodules. Dr. Stanzel has gotten us to the point where neither of us feel the need for our respective surgeries. Shout out to Brady Smith for introducing us to the best chiropractor in Charleston!! Thank you Dr Tom for supporting our music and fixing us up!!”

~ Henri G. and Cassie V.

Brady Smith

“Two months ago I was dealing with serious neck pain and numbness and tingling in my left arm and left hand, and didn't know why. With Dr. Tom Stanzel's help I found out that I had a degenerative disc that had been getting worse for over 25 years. After less than 2 months of treatment the pain is SO much better and the numbness and tingling is almost non existent. Thank you for keeping me rolling, Dr. Tom!”

~ Brady S.

Mel S.

“I contacted Charleston Spine Institute with severe lower back pain, 10+ out of 10, on a scale of 1-10, after lifting fertilizer bags. The pain radiated down my right leg to my foot. My right foot and toes were numb as well. I could barely get out of bed and walk. I tried physical therapy, exercise, chiropractic, pain meds and inversion table with no long term relief. Since having non-surgical spinal decompression at Charleston Spine Institute, my pain level is 0 on a 1-10 scale! I am back lifting fertilizer bags and working in the yard. My experience was great! I feel as though I am faster than a speeding locomotive and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!”

~ Mel S.

Tony-T.

“I came to Charleston Spine Institute with severe lower back pain, 9.5 out of 10. The pain radiated down my right leg to my foot. My pain was off and on for years, constant for 2 years and severe for the last 6 months. I tried massage, exercise, and chiropractic with no long term relief. Since having non-surgical spinal decompression at Charleston Spine Institute I no longer have back pain and I can bend, lie on my side and walk standing straighter than I was prior to treatment. The doctor and staff made sure I was comfortable throughout the entire process. The atmosphere was warm and loving with informative detail of my treatment and how it works. Thumbs up!!”

~ Tony T.

Randy S.

“I came to Charleston Spine Institute, LLC with sharp, dull pain shooting down my back and legs. My pain was constant for 30 years. I tried back surgery, epidural injections, massage, exercise, PT, chiropractic, pain medication and inversion table with no long term relief. Since having non-surgical spinal decompression at Charleston Spine Institute I no longer have leg pain and I can lift my grandchildren, ride my motorcycle and perform live music again. The doctor and staff are excellent, very professional and caring.”

~ Randy S.

William M.

“I came to Charleston Spine Institute after several months with severe sharp pain in my lower back and legs. My pain was 9 on 1-10 scale. I tried pain medication with no relief. After a few short weeks of non-surgical decompression, my pain was gone! My experience at Charleston Spine Institute was great! Very wonderful Doctor and staff, very helpful and very successful treatments.”

~ William M.

Mardy S.

“... I was at the end of my rope. I have had physical therapy, epidurals and cortisone shots for neck and shoulder pain in the past, but the pain always came back, along with daily headaches. X-rays showed that I had Degenerative Disc Disorder, bulging discs and stenosis in my neck. Not wanting surgery, I explored other options .... After just a few Spinal Decompression treatments, I felt much better. After 17 sessions, I feel like a new person!”

~ Mardy S.

Byrene W.

“I was diagnosed with a pinched nerve in my back, which was causing severe pain in my buttock and leg. I love to bowl but my bowling score has been very poor since my back started hurting. I was given a number of cortisone shots but I was still having pain. When I heard about spinal decompression, I felt it might help me. After seeing the table I was a little worried what the treatments might be like. Would they help? Would the treatments be painful? The treatments were actually very relaxing. One time I even fell asleep. After my third treatment of Spinal Decompression, I went bowling and bowled 30 points above my average which greatly impressed my Team. I definitely feel that Decompression Treatments are improving my body’s mobility and strength, as well as relieving the pain that I have been experiencing for over a year!”

~ Byrene W.

Liz U.

“I came ... with severe back pain and sciatica. The pain in my low back was excruciating. My pain level was a ‘12’, on a scale of 1 to 10. I had pain radiating down my right leg for the last 2 months. I tried acupuncture, pain meds and back surgery. I was taking 6 Tylenol a day. My concern when I came ... was, will this work for me? I’ll admit I was apprehensive because of a bad experience in the past. But after starting Spinal Decompression treatments, I knew I had made the right decision in coming here. My pain level has gone from ‘12’ to ‘0’! I am able to walk straighter, sleep better and do housework without pain.”

~ Liz U.

Jeff B.

“After experiencing excruciating pain from a work-related injury, I knew I needed an immediate solution. I found it hard to walk, stand, sit or even lie down. I even had to take an absence of leave from my job at the restaurant due to my pain. My pain level was a 10, on a scale of 1-10. After learning that I had a herniated disc at L4-L5, along with spinal stenosis, I was scared that I would be facing surgery. I had tried everything. Then I was referred ... by my chiropractor. After 4 weeks, my pain was completely gone! Thank you for allowing me to get my life back. I am excited to be able to return to work after not having been able to work the past 6 months because of the pain.”

~ Jeff B.

Clifford S.

“After 2 failed back surgeries in 2000, I still had severe pain and I was informed no further surgeries would help. I had extreme pain while standing and walking. The pain was constant and was an 8-10 on a scale of 1 to 10. An Orthopedic test indicated that there was nothing more that could be done. Other than back surgery, I tried epidurals, steroid shots and pain meds. My experience ... was outstanding. Everyone was friendly and very efficient. ... The goal has been met. Hooray! It has been an amazing experience. I can walk better, am reduced to a level ‘3’ pain while standing, have less stress and have a better outlook on life. We were informed it would be about 6 weeks and that has been the time to be in an almost pain-free status. I only wish I had known about Spinal Decompression before going under the knife because I really feel that I wouldn’t have needed the surgeries that didn’t even help.”

~ Clifford S.

Maria B.

“As an owner of a housekeeping business, I came ... due to constant pain in my low back, with pain radiating down to my legs. My pain was a ‘10’ on a scale of 1 to 10. I have been suffering with this pain, on and off, since January of 2011. I have tried Pain Meds, taking 1-2 every 6 hours. I wondered if I would ever be pain-free. ... I was very pleased with how quick I was able to start treatment. Feeling results within a few days was amazing. I can enjoy my days being pain-free. I’m able to work, still!! My kids really appreciate me being able to play with them and not be restricted or limited to activities. I would highly recommend ... non-surgical, medication-free, painless treatment that has great results. Within a matter of a few days I was able to stop my pain medication and since then not have to take one! Treatment is painless and actually relaxing. I really enjoyed it. Most of all no recovery needed.”

~ Maria B.

Lois S.

“I was in excruciating pain for two years. I went to a “Pain Management Doctor” who wanted to give me steroid shots. The idea of shots into my spine made me very nervous. I ended up having three steroid shots in my back which didn’t help. Then I saw an ad in the newspaper for spinal decompression .... After my complimentary consultation the doctor recommended spinal decompression.... I got relief after one week of treatment. It gets better every time. I am now able to do the things that I have missed over the last 2 years. It works, it helped me.”

~ Lois S.

Hilma S.

“I had a herniated disc at L3 and L5, according to my MRI. My right side was in excruciating pain from my disc pushing on my sciatic nerve. My foot was numb and tingly all the time. I was in the E.R. every weekend. I was taking all kinds of pain pills, was in a wheelchair for 2 months and used a walker for 1 month. I knew the pills could cause damage to my liver and kidneys but I didn’t know what else to do. They were also becoming very addictive and that made me scared. I was three days from having back surgery when I saw an ad in the newspaper. I came down to the office and the Doctors explained everything. The Dr’s put me on the Decompression Table and only 6 weeks later my back and leg feel wonderful. No more pain pills for me. I cannot say enough about Spinal Decompression! I recommend it to anyone with back or neck pain.”

~ Hilma S.

Tim S.

“When I started this program, I had burning, stabbing pain down my right leg and numbness and tingling in my foot. Doctors told me I had Sciatica complicated by Degenerative Disc Disease. I tried chiropractic and physical therapy with only minimal relief. Sometimes the physical therapy actually made it worse. After beginning the spinal decompression treatments ... the pain is now gone. My back was always sore and stiff. Now it feels much, much better. Overall, this program worked wonders for me and I hope it will for everybody.”

~ Tim S.

Chase G.

“I first came ... with a Lumbar Disc Herniation after a weight lifting injury. The pain was pinching and piercing down my right leg. It caused abnormal nerve sensations and led to a decrease in life enjoyment. I had a significant amount of numbness and tingling radiating down my leg as well. On a scale of 1 to 10, the pain was a 7. I tried Chiropractic care, pain meds, exercise and an inversion table. Seriously, nothing helped. I decided to take matters in my own hands.... My first concerns were if the treatment would work for me and if I would need to come in for the rest of my life. My recovery process has been both fast and enjoyable. As a result of my treatment, I now enjoy daily exercise, time with family and can finally sleep soundly at night! The only drawback is that now I can no longer use my back pain as an excuse to miss family reunions. I would highly recommend ... Spinal Decompression.”

~ Chase G.

Hilma S.

“I had a herniated disc at L3 and L5, according to my MRI. My right side was in excruciating pain from my disc pushing on my sciatic nerve. My foot was numb and tingly all the time. I was in the E.R. every weekend. I was taking all kinds of pain pills, was in a wheelchair for 2 months and used a walker for 1 month. I knew the pills could cause damage to my liver and kidneys but I didn’t know what else to do. They were also becoming very addictive and that made me scared. I was three days from having back surgery when I saw an ad in the newspaper. I came down to the office and the Doctors explained everything. The Dr’s put me on the Decompression Table and only 6 weeks later my back and leg feel wonderful. No more pain pills for me. I cannot say enough about Spinal Decompression! I recommend it to anyone with back or neck pain.”

~ Hilma S.

Lorraine K.

“... I had sciatica. It felt like I was going to fall anytime I put pressure on that foot. I would turn my foot sideways too walk and used a cane often for protection. When I first began treatment my pain was an 8 on a scale of 0 to 10. I suffered with this pain for 8 years. It started when I was getting out of bed and felt like I pulled a muscle before I got my other leg down. Before coming here I tried traditional Chiropractic which didn’t help much. Before starting treatment ... I would take Aleve for the pain, when needed.... Before I came here I wondered if Spinal Decompression would work for me. I have had a wonderful experience here. All the employees remembered my name. It is a family atmosphere. Four things I am able to do as a result of my treatment ... are: walk up and down the stairs one foot after another, able to get out of a chair without trying several times, have more ambition to do work around the house, and I can now put my socks on by myself.”

~ Lorraine K.

Phyllis B.

Since 1986 I have suffered with neck and back problems. I’ve tried every muscle relaxer and pain pill on the market. I hate taking the pills because I know they are not good for kidneys and liver but I felt that I didn’t have a choice. Surgery was an option but the odds weren’t in my favor. I was in daily physiotherapy for six months. I have tried overhead traction, neck collar, pain management, yoga, chiropractic, massage and acupuncture. The day I walked [in] ... my pain was 9-10. I was ready to go back to Canada for surgery. Since Day One, the Doctor and his staff have been excellent. They have put me back on my feet to recovery. I can golf and dance again! My pain level is now a “2”. Thank you so much!”

~ Phyllis B.

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We treat low back pain, neck pain, sciatica, herniated discs, degenerative or bulging discs, or spinal stenosis with non surgical spinal decompression. Learn more about this safe, comfortable, and affordable low back and neck pain treatment offered by Charleston Spine Institute, LLC in Charleston, South Carolina; read testimonials and spinal decompression reviews from many satisfied patients.

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