Spinal Decompression and Spinal Stenosis

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Can Spinal Decompression Help Spinal Stenosis?

We have been offering spinal decompression therapy in San Francisco for many years now.

Spinal Stenosis is when the diameter of the spinal canal narrows abnormally due to bony (arthritis or spurs) or soft tissue  (disc bulge or herniation or ligament thickening).  Spinal stenosis is mostly diagnosed in the lumbar spine and is less common in thee cervical region (but more serious).

Since there is no extra room inside the spinal canal, when the canal narrows due to stenosis, there is often compression of the spinal cord or nerve roots. This is especially true in the cervical spine.

While spinal decompression cannot reverse bony degeneration or bone spurs, it can reduce disc bulges and disc herniations. Spinal decompression therapy can also re-hydrate the discs, elongate the spine, increase the disc heights, and make the spine healthier overall…even with bony degeneration and spurs. Often times, this is enough to give relief to a patient with cervical or lumbar stenosis.

Can spinal decompression help a stenosis patient avoid surgery? 

We have seen this happen…but it’s usually with soft tissue stenosis. The good news is that spinal disc decompression is very safe and gentle and we can test a patient without any adverse effects to see if it makes sense to move forward with the complete program which is 20-24 one hour sessions.

We have helped thousands of patients with spinal decompression and many of those were difficult cases of spinal stenosis. It just depends on the individual circumstances.

In severe cases of bony stenosis the odds are not high of a favorable outcome and spinal decompression may not be indicated.

What we recommend if you have been diagnosed with cervical or lumbar stenosis is to get a second opinion from a decompression doctor.

If you live or work near San Francisco you can see us. We also have a team of medical doctors and physical therapists to assist with case management of spinal stenosis patients.

To schedule a complimentary consultation for spinal stenosis treatment in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225.

Eben Davis

San Francisco Chiropractor and Spinal Decompression Expert Dr. Eben Davis has been a chiropractor for over 22 years specializing in the nonsurgical treatment of back, neck and wrist pain using modern chiropractic techniques and technology. Dr. Davis is also an expert in plant based nutrition and exercise physiology.

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Cervical Spinal Decompression in San Francisco

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The DRX9000c spinal decompression system is designed and built to treat cervical disc herniations and disc bulges non-surgically.

Here is a list of all the conditions the DRX9000c treats:

  • Cervical Disc Herniations
  • Cervical Disc Bulges
  • Spinal and Foraminal Stenosis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Facet Syndrome
  • Pinched Nerves

Spinal decompression to the neck is very safe, gentle, and effective.  The DRX9000c has a built-in biofeedback mechanism that monitors the muscles of the  cervical spine during treatment. The machine adjusts it’s force to this data to reduce injury and increase comfort. Most patients fall asleep during treatment. Decompression visits are something patients look forward to.

Depending on the nature and severity of your condition we will come up with a custom “Recommended Action Plan” that may or may not include other therapies and treatments.

Here is a partial list of the treatments we offer:

  • Spinal Decompression
  • Chiropractic
  • Physical Therapy
  • Low Tech Cervical Rehab
  • Ultrasound
  • Cold Laser
  • Graston Technique
  • Massage
  • Acupuncture
  • Medical Care

The treatment duration is 15-25 visits done over 6-12 weeks. The treatment sessions last about an hour and we reserve the machine for you. Insurance may cover part of your treatment.

So…if you have been diagnosed with a herniated or bulging disc in the neck or feel you may have one, we would like to meet with you.

To schedule an appointment for cervical spinal decompression in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225. Ask for a complimentary consultation. 

Eben Davis

San Francisco Chiropractor and Spinal Decompression Expert Dr. Eben Davis has been a chiropractor for over 22 years specializing in the nonsurgical treatment of back, neck and wrist pain using modern chiropractic techniques and technology. Dr. Davis is also an expert in plant based nutrition and exercise physiology.

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Low Back Pain That Won’t Go Away?

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Low Back Pain and Sciatica Treatment in San Francisco

We have been providing treatment for low back pain in San Francisco since 1992.

If you are experiencing low back pain or low back pain and sciatica, and the pain does not seem to want to go away no matter what you do, you may have a herniated disc in the lumbar spine.

Typically, low back pain will resolve on it’s own after a few days or with the help of chiropractic adjustments or massage anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Other times it takes a little longer.

If your back pain comes and goes or persists for over 90 days you may have chronic low back pain. The #1 predisposing factor to chronic low back pain is previous back pain.

Chronic back pain is very common. The back pain persists either because the lifestyle choices or stresses that are contributing to the problem persists or the actual underlying physical cause has not been treated properly. Often times, the latter is a herniated or bulging lumbar disc.

It is very possible that you may have a herniated disc in your low back that could become worse over time.  This is something that you want to address ASAP. The gold standard as far as a diagnostic test for a herniated disc is an MRI.

So, if you have low back pain or low back pain and sciatica or even just sciatica with no low back pain…and it wont go away, this should be your next step.  Your medical doctor or chiropractor can order one for you. If you do have a herniated disc it’s not the end of the world. In fact, at this point you should consider nonsurgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000.

To find out if you are a candidate for spinal decompression in San Francisco or to see if you need an MRI, please call 415-392-2225 and ask for a complimentary consultation. 

Eben Davis

San Francisco Chiropractor and Spinal Decompression Expert Dr. Eben Davis has been a chiropractor for over 22 years specializing in the nonsurgical treatment of back, neck and wrist pain using modern chiropractic techniques and technology. Dr. Davis is also an expert in plant based nutrition and exercise physiology.

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Sciatica Treatment with Spinal Decompression

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Sciatica Treatment with Spinal Decompression

We have been providing treatment for sciatica in San Francisco since 1992.

Sciatica is a symptom that results from pressure on the sciatic nerve, which is the largest nerve in the body. Typically, there is pain in the leg or legs that can be excruciating.

The pain can originate in the low back and travel down the legs or be in the legs or feet only.  In less severe cases the sciatic pain can feel like cramping or burning. There can also be associated numbness, tingling, and weakness. All cases are different.

The primary cause of sciatica is a herniated or bulging disc in the low back. What happens is the inflamed disc material irritates the lumbar spinal nerve roots as they exit the spine. The sciatica symptoms are then felt wherever those nerves were heading. It’s not uncommon to have sciatica without any back pain.

As far as sciatica treatment goes,  we need to focus on the cause. Remember, sciatica is a symptom. Since the cause of sciatica is usually a bulging or herniated disc that is where we want to treat.

Nonsurgical spinal decompression is a machine that is designed and built to treat disc herniations and bulges naturally. The machine we use is the DRX9000. Our machine can treat the lumbar and cervical spine and costs us about $150,000.

The treatment protocol for spinal decompression therapy is 20 one hour sessions done over 6-8 weeks.  The cost is around $3500-$5000 depending on the nature and severity of your condition.  The results are outstanding.

Spinal decompression is now considered the gold standard for nonsurgical treatment of lumbar and cervical disc herniations.

Sure disc decompression does not help everyone…just most everyone. But here’s the deal…even if the DRX fails to deliver results you are still whole and can pursue other treatment options.

If you have surgery first and it does not help you may be permanently disqualified from ever trying spinal decompression.

If you would like to find out if you are a candidate for spinal decompression in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225 and ask for a complimentary consultation.

We validate parking at the Embarcadero Center in the Financial District which is where we are located.  

Eben Davis

San Francisco Chiropractor and Spinal Decompression Expert Dr. Eben Davis has been a chiropractor for over 22 years specializing in the nonsurgical treatment of back, neck and wrist pain using modern chiropractic techniques and technology. Dr. Davis is also an expert in plant based nutrition and exercise physiology.

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Is Spinal Decompression Safe?

cervical spinal decompression SFWe have been providing Spinal Decompression in San Francisco for over 12 years now. 

We have been treating chronic back pain and related disorders for much longer than that (since 1992).

After researching spinal decompression therapy for a few years and determining that it was very safe, gentle and effective, we decided to incorporate it into our treatment protocols for cervical and lumbar herniated and bulging discs.  The results have been outstanding.

Last year, our spinal decompression clinic at the Embarcadero Center in downtown San Francisco was purchased by Chiro-Medical Group, Inc.  Chiro-Medical Group (CMG) is an industry leader in Chiropractic,  Physical Medicine and Sports Medicine and was recently featured on the cover of Chiropractic Economics Magazine.

They have a very large staff of medical doctors, physical therapists, chiropractors, athletic trainers, nurses, and support staff.  Our new spinal decompression patients now have access to the CMG team. The CMG clinic is only a few blocks away.

Spinal decompression treatment is typically 20-24 one hour sessions done over a 6-8 week period. You would be on the machine for 30 minutes followed by 10 minutes of muscle stimulation and ice.  We also incorporate deep tissue laser therapy, massage and chiropractic if indicated. In difficult to treat cases, co-care with our medical team may make sense.

The spinal disc decompression machine we use is the DRX9000, which is fully computerized with a biofeedback mechanism to ensure safety and efficacy.  Most of our herniated disc patients fall asleep during treatment.  It is rarely painful and is something you look forward to.

To find out if you are a candidate for Spinal Decompression in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225 and ask for a complimentary consultation. 

Eben Davis

San Francisco Chiropractor and Spinal Decompression Expert Dr. Eben Davis has been a chiropractor for over 22 years specializing in the nonsurgical treatment of back, neck and wrist pain using modern chiropractic techniques and technology. Dr. Davis is also an expert in plant based nutrition and exercise physiology.

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Spinal Decompression or Physical Therapy?

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Spinal Decompression or Physical Therapy in San Francisco?

We have been providing treatment for herniated discs is San Francisco for over 23 years.

Several times per month we will consult with a herniated disc patient that was told they needed physical therapy for their condition by their doctor. Sometimes this helped a little, but more often than not it made them worse.  WHY?

When a vertebral disc is out of it’s normal position and putting pressure on a nerve, nerve root or the spinal cord, it can cause severe inflammation and muscle spasm (guarding). This is the natural response of the body as it attempts to protect the injured area by limiting motion.

Physical therapy even done by an expert can often times aggravate the herniated disc complex as the body is unable to handle even gentle exercise in it’s inflamed state.

Spinal decompression on the other hand is very safe and gentle and by design seeks to restore the injured disc into a more normal alignment, reducing nerve pressure, muscle spasm and inflammation.

The spinal decompression machine has a built in bio-feedback mechanism that senses the response of the body to the treatment and makes adjustments to the force based on this feedback loop.  This protects the body and allows the process to begin even in the most difficult of cases.

Once the muscles guarding has subsided as well as the inflammation and pain levels, e will slowly increase the intensity and move through the treatment protocol until we achieve the desired outcome. This process usually takes about 6 weeks (20 1 hour sessions).

We incorporate electrical muscle stimulation, ice, deep tissue laser and gentle massage techniques along the way.

In the event that a patient requires physical therapy at the end of the treatment, they are now in a better physical condition to handle it.

We have one of the most advanced physical therapy teams in San Francisco at our primary clinic in San Francisco, Chiro-Medical Group, Inc.  So, in the event that PT is needed, our patients simply walk a few blocks to get treatment.

So, there you go. Be very careful when you are told that you need physical therapy for a herniated disc and you are in a lot of pain.  Consider spinal decompression first. You may not even need PT.

To find out if you are a candidate for spinal decompression in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225. Ask for a complimentary consultation. 

Eben Davis

San Francisco Chiropractor and Spinal Decompression Expert Dr. Eben Davis has been a chiropractor for over 22 years specializing in the nonsurgical treatment of back, neck and wrist pain using modern chiropractic techniques and technology. Dr. Davis is also an expert in plant based nutrition and exercise physiology.

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Numbness in the Hand?

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Hand Pain and Numbness Treatment in San Francisco

We have been providing treatment for hand  pain and numbness in San Francisco since 1992. 

Hand pain and numbness is fairly common  with people that spend the majority of their day in front of a computer.  Unfortunately, many are misdiagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) or wrist sprains when the actual problem  is in the neck.

That’s right, the primary cause of wrist pain, numbness, tingling and weakness in office workers is pressure on the nerves in the neck and not carpal tunnel syndrome.

The nerves that exit from in between the bones in the neck, travel down the arms and into the hands. Pressure on these nerves as they exit the spine from tight muscles, bulging discs, herniated discs, misaligned vertebrae, facet syndrome,  or disc and spine degeneration is much more likely than CTS (which is rare).

This is good new because it is much more easier to treat most of the above than it is true CTS.

Traditional chiropractic care is very effective for neck, arm and hand pain.  Massage, stretching and exercise, and even deep tissue laser can also help accelerate healing.

In the event chiropractic care fails to deliver a favorable outcome, we have cervical decompression with the DRX9000c spinal decompression system.

Herniated and bulging discs can be difficult to treat in some cases and the DRX9000c is very safe, gentle and effective.

Often times a combination of chiropractic and spinal decompression makes the most sense.

So…if you have been suffering with numbness in the hands or pain in the hands, weakness, tingling or neck pain, we would like to meet with you to discuss your treatment options.

To find out if you are a candidate for treatment at our San Francisco Chiropractic and Spinal Decompression Clinic please call 415-392-2225. Ask for a complimentary consultation. 

Eben Davis

San Francisco Chiropractor and Spinal Decompression Expert Dr. Eben Davis has been a chiropractor for over 22 years specializing in the nonsurgical treatment of back, neck and wrist pain using modern chiropractic techniques and technology. Dr. Davis is also an expert in plant based nutrition and exercise physiology.

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How Do You Know If You Have a Herniated Disc?

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We have been providing treatment for herniated discs in San Francisco since 1992. 

Herniated discs in the low back are fairly common. They are less common in the neck.  Usually there is low back pain or sciatica…but you can also have a herniated or bulging disc and not even know it.

That’s right…many will live and die with herniated discs and they never have any symptoms.  In fact, some herniated discs in the neck or back will heal on their own.

Most of the time it is low back or neck pain, sciatica,  arm pain, numbness or tingling or weakness that causes a herniated disc patient to seek treatment.  There are other causes of these symptoms so it’s not always a cervical or lumbar disc herniation.

Some of the other musculoskeletal conditions that can cause these symptoms are neck or back sprain/strain, subluxation, misalignment, pinched nerve, degenerative disc disease, facet syndrome, stenosis, and more.

A disc herniation is not the end of the world either. In fact, most of the time a cervical or lumbar disc bulge or herniation will respond favorably to convention chiropractic or physical therapy. In the event some extra help is needed, many chiropractors offer nonsurgical spinal decompression. The machine we use is the DRX9000.

Spinal decompression machines are designed and built to treat disc herniations naturally without drugs or surgery. Sometimes the combination of chiropractic and the DRX9000 is just what’s needed.

As far as confirming the presence of a disc herniation…the MRI is the gold standard. Typically, we order an MRI to quantify the problem and help dictate the treatment plan. Sometimes there are multiple levels of involvement which requires more treatment. Sometimes the severity is minimal which takes less time. All cases are different.

In addition, not everyone can qualify medically for spinal decompression treatment. Because of this we offer a complimentary consultation which we can do in person or by phone to see if you are a good candidate for care.

To find out if you are a candidate for care at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center please call 415-392-2225.  Make sure to ask for the complimentary consultation. 

Eben Davis

San Francisco Chiropractor and Spinal Decompression Expert Dr. Eben Davis has been a chiropractor for over 22 years specializing in the nonsurgical treatment of back, neck and wrist pain using modern chiropractic techniques and technology. Dr. Davis is also an expert in plant based nutrition and exercise physiology.

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Are You a Good Candidate For Spinal Decompression?

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DRX9000 Lumbar Decompression

We have been providing spinal decompression in San Francisco for 13 years now.

During this time we have treated thousands of patients with our DRX9000 spinal decompression machine.

Most of the patients we treat have a herniated or bulging lumbar or cervical disc. The conditions that spinal decompression can help are as follows:

 

  • Herniated Discs
  • Bulging Discs
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Facet Syndrome
  • Spinal Stenosis

Success rate are very high as long as we determine that the patient is a good candidate. Some things to consider are the patients age, overall health, level of spinal degeneration, areas of disc herniation or bulges (how many and where). Multiple disc herniations are more difficult to treat than one.

In addition, are there any complicating factors like a scoliosis, short leg, osteoporosis, obesity. If you have any surgical hardware, screws, cement, etc., you are disqualified from disc decompression therapy. These are all things we determine as part of your initial exam and consultation.

As far as symptoms go, some patients present with low back pain, sciatica, numbness tingling, neck pain, arm and hand pain, weakness, night pain, and more. All cases are different.

If you have had a lumbar or cervical MRI and have been told you need back or neck surgery, you may want to consider spinal decompression first Because if you have a spinal fusion you will never be able to try it.

What happens if the surgery does not work? I can tell you that I have had patients crying in my office when they found out they could not try it. One surgeon offered to have the hardware removed first.

Decompression therapy is safe, gentle, and effective. The odds are good it will help you if you case is accepted. But…it still does not help everyone. But even if it does not help you you are still whole and can pursue other treatment options, including back or neck surgery.

To find out if you are a candidate for care at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Clinic please call 415-392-2225 and ask for a complimentary consultation.  

Eben Davis

San Francisco Chiropractor and Spinal Decompression Expert Dr. Eben Davis has been a chiropractor for over 22 years specializing in the nonsurgical treatment of back, neck and wrist pain using modern chiropractic techniques and technology. Dr. Davis is also an expert in plant based nutrition and exercise physiology.

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Can a Herniated Disc Heal Itself?

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Lumbar Decompression For Chronic Back Pain

We have been providing treatment for herniated discs in San Francisco for over 23 years.

Herniated discs in the low back and neck are fairly common.  In fact, many of us have a herniated disc and don’t even know it. That’s right…you can have a lumbar or cervical disc herniation and have no symptoms.

On the other hand, you can have a disc herniation that is causing severe low back pain and sciatica or neck and arm pain. The pain can be so bad that you are unable to function in a normal manner. It just depends on the nature of the the disc herniation and how it is contacting your spinal cord or nerves.

It is now known that disc herniations and disc bulges (a form of a herniation) can heal on their own. Some never even cause symptoms Other times, the disc can become positioned in such a way that the body is unable to fix it and outside intervention is necessary.

The most effective treatment foe a disc bulge or herniation is traditional chiropractic. Some medical doctors will scare patients into thinking that gentle chiropractic could make the problem worse or even cause permanent damage. This is very rare and most chiropractors will know when they should stay away.

What happens most of the time is a very favorable outcome. Sometimes this can happen right away and other times it may take a while. Each case is different.

In the rare event that chiropractic is unable to deliver a favorable outcome we have a “next-step”…Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression with the DRX9000.

Spinal decompression systems are designed and built to treat lumbar and cervical disc herniations nonsurgically. The treatment is very safe, gentle and effective. Sometimes a combination of chiropractic and spinal decompression works best.

Spinal decompression is not new. We have been offering it in San Francisco for over 10 years.

To find out if you are a candidate for care at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center please call 415-392-2225 and ask for a complimentary consultation. 

Eben Davis

San Francisco Chiropractor and Spinal Decompression Expert Dr. Eben Davis has been a chiropractor for over 22 years specializing in the nonsurgical treatment of back, neck and wrist pain using modern chiropractic techniques and technology. Dr. Davis is also an expert in plant based nutrition and exercise physiology.

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