Is Spinal Decompression Expensive?

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We have been providing non-surgical spinal decompression in San Francisco for over 13 years now.

We were the first to bring the DRX9000 spinal decompression system to San Francisco. Since then, we have helped thousands of patients return to more active lifestyles and many have avoided back or neck surgery in the process.

Typically, herniated disc patients want to know:

1. Can spinal decompression help me?

2. Is spinal decompression expensive?

The answer to both depends on the nature and severity of your condition, how many sessions you need, and if you need additional therapies such as chiropractic, physical therapy, or medical care. We offer all of the above between our two downtown SF clinics, which are walking distance to one another.

Much of the non-decompression part of the treatment can be  covered by insurance. The spinal decompression itself is an out of pocket expense.  The good news is that the cost of decompression has been going down over the years not up. This is because there are more machines now in the market place.

The standard protocol for spinal decompression therapy is 20 one hour sessions done over a 6 week period. In the beginning, this was about $6000. Now, the out of pocket costs is around $3000-$4000.

I should also note that it’s not just all about the costs either.

Results are dependent on the experience of the clinic and their ability to utilize the technology on a case by case basis. There are many decisions that need to be made throughout the treatment process and what matters most is experience…and we have the most  experience  in downtown SF.

We have the ability to treat cervical and lumbar disc herniations, disc bulges, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis (soft tissue), and facet syndrome.

Satisfaction rates are high and the process of decompression is usually something patients look forward to as the machine is very comfortable and relaxing.

Symptoms such as back or neck pain, sciatica, arm or leg pain, numbness or tingling and weakness, can respond favorably to spinal decompression therapy.

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 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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Spinal Decompression or Back Surgery?

herniated disc treatment SFWe have been providing spinal decompression in San Francisco for over 13 years. We have been in business for over 23 years.

Spinal Decompression has become the gold standard for the nonsurgical treatment of herniated and bulging discs that are unresponsive to conventional treatments such as chiropractic, medical care, physical therapy or acupuncture.

Spinal decompression machines such as the DRX9000 are able to successfully treat disc herniations in the cervical and lumbar spine non-surgically.  This makes a lot of sense for those that do not want to have back or neck surgery. The treatment is very safe and gentle and success rates are high.

The decompression process is 20 sessions in about 6-8 weeks depending on patient response and schedules. Each session is an hour long. There is some set-up, then 30 minutes on the machine, then muscle stimulation and ice afterwards. We also include therapies such as deep tissue laser, massage, chiropractic, and physical therapy if indicated.

Our primary clinic, Chiro-Medical Group, Inc. is only a short walk away where we have medical doctors to help co-manage difficult cases.

Whether it be low back pain and sciatica, neck pain, arm pain, numbness or tingling in the arms or legs, weakness, or any of the other symptoms associated with bulging or herniated discs…decompression therapy may help.

Spinal decompression can also help with degenerative disc disease, facet syndrome, spinal stenosis, and pinched nerves.

Back or neck surgeries that involve fusion will permanently disqualify you from spinal decompression therapy. This is why many choose to try spinal decompression first. They realize they can always have surgery. Of course, not all herniated disc patients will qualify medically for disc decompression, but most will.

To find out if you are a candidate for spinal decompression therapy in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225 and ask for a complimentary consultation. We validate parking at the Embarcadero Center.  

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 For The Neck

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We have been providing treatment for neck pain in San Francisco for over 23 years.

Neck pain is very common. Chronic neck pain, which is neck pain that persists for over 90 days can often times have as it’s underlying cause a herniated or bulging disc. If so, it’s not the end of the world and gentle chiropractic can usually help.

However, there is a subset of patients with herniated or bulging discs in the neck that do not respond to conventional therapies such as chiropractic, physical therapy, or medications.  Sometimes these patients suffer for years.  These patients are candidates for nonsurgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000c.

The DRX9000c is designed and built to treat cervical disc herniations and bulges naturally. Cervical decompression can also help patients with Facet Syndrome, Degenerative Disc Disease, and Spinal Stenosis (in certain cases).

The cervical decompression process is very safe and gentle and patients usually fall asleep during treatment. Deep tissue laser is applied during treatment and ice and muscle stimulation after. Sometimes we incorporate massage, chiropractic, or physical therapy into the mix.

Outcomes are excellent but there are still some patients that do not respond. While the DRX is a great tool it’s NOT a Magic Bullet.

The good news is that even in the unlikely event that you do not respond to decompression therapy you are still whole and can pursue other treatment options…even surgery.  If you have surgery and it does not help you may be (depending on the type of surgery) permanently disqualified from ever trying cervical decompression.

So,  if you have been diagnosed with a herniated or bulging disc in the neck and have been unable to find the right kind of treatment, you may want to consider decompression therapy to the neck.

The standard protocol is for 20 sessions over a 6 week period that are an hour long.

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

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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 in SF For Sports Injuries

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We have been treating sports injuries in San Francisco for over 23 years in the Financial District.

Last year Chiro-Medical Group, Inc.  (CMG) of San Francisco purchased Executive Express Chiropractic (EEC), also known as San Francisco Spinal Decompression.  The clinics are about a mile apart in downtown San Francisco.

CMG is world renowned for treating sports injuries and has a team of medical doctors, physical therapists, chiropractors, nurses, and support staff that is unmatched in San Francisco.

EEC had built a reputation of providing treatment for herniated and bulging discs non-surgically using the DRX9000 spinal decompression system, laser, and rehabilitation. Now that we are combined our patients get the best of both worlds which can make the difference between getting better or not.

Disc herniations are common among athletes and can be very challenging to treat to say the least. Incorporating spinal decompression into the treatment protocol with the DRX9000 can help to speed up the healing process and offer a more permanent solution. Physical therapy can further solidify the results by strengthening the spinal muscles. It’s win win.

Patients with sports injuries resulting in back or neck pain, sciatica, arm pain,  disc herniations, disc bulges, stenosis, facet syndrome, and even long standing degenerative disc disease can benefit from spinal decompression.

Spinal decompression systems seek to elongate the spine, increase the disc space, re-hydrate the discs, strengthen the spinal muscles ligaments and tendons, and restore proper disc position.  To the extent all this is possible depends on the nature and severity of your condition.

So, if you live or work near San Francisco and have suffered a sports injury, we would like to meet with you. It may be you do not need spinal decompression therapy and could benefit most from chiropractic care.

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

We validate parking at the Embarcadero Center 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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Spinal Decompression Response Times

 

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Spinal Decompression in Downtown San Francisco

We have been providing Non-surgical Spinal Decompression in San Francisco for over 13 years.

Herniated disc patients always want to get better quick and that is always our primary goal. In fact, most spinal decompression patients start to feel better well before they complete their recommended treatment plan (plans average 20 sessions). This does not mean they are necessarily better yet but it does indicate the treatment is working.

Just like taking a course of antiobiotics, patients often feel better soon but need to complete the entire treatment process so the condition does not return.  Keeping patients focused on the regimen and home care is our job. Adhering to the recommendations is the patients job. When done properly the odds increase significantly for a favorable outcome.

Even so, some spinal disc decompression patients are slower to respond. Sometimes results happen more towards the end of the treatment protocol. And in very rare circumstances some patients never respond. It’s just the way it is.

The good news is that most patients do see results and the ones that don’t are still whole and can pursue other treatments. If you have a back surgery (fusion) you may be permanently disqualified from ever trying decompression therapy.  So if at all possible and you look like a good spinal decompression candidate (a doctor will accept your case) it may make sense to try it before surgery.

So there you go. Most patients do achieve favorable results with machines like the DRX9000 (the machine we use). And most see results before the treatment is finished. Some take longer. In very difficult cases we have medical doctors at our primary clinic (Chiro-Medical Group, Inc.) to help co-manage the process and a team of physical therapists if needed.

We have performed tens of thousands of spinal decompression sessions at our clinic and look forward to answering any questions you may have about the treatment.

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.

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 Does Spinal Decompression Work?

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Spinal Decompression Consultation For Herniated and Bulging Discs in San Francisco

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

Spinal decompression machines are designed and built to treat neurovascular compression syndromes such as herniated and bulging discs non-surgically.  Spinal decompression can also help conditions such as Facet Syndrome, Degenerative Disc Disease, and Spinal Stenosis.

So how does it do it?

The machine we use is the DRX9000. We chose this machine because of patient comfort favorable outcomes. We have a combination unit so we can treat both the  lumbar and cervical spine.

The lumbar spine requires some harnessing to connect you to the machine. This takes about 5-7 minutes and is not uncomfortable. Depending on the location of your disc problem…say L5, we adjust the angle of pull on the machine to target the specific spinal segment involved.

The spinal decompression system is designed such that it negates the forces of gravity during the treatment. The DRX seeks to elongate the spine, stretch the spinal ligaments, enlarge the disc space, re-hydrate the disc, and move the bulging or herniated disc matter away from the nerves and spinal cord and back to the center of the disc.

A negative pressure is actually created during spinal decompression that helps to accomplish this to the extent it is possible…which is most cases.

The DRX9000 or DRX9000c (cervical) both have built-in bio-feedback mechanisms which closely monitor your muscles during treatment. There is a natural tendency for the body to protect the injured area and the machine will lessen it’s pull or increase it as needed.  This is the biggest difference between traction and spinal decompression (at least in the more expensive machines). Traction just pulls which can harm you. Spinal decompression pulls and releases based on your response to decompression.

The treatment protocol for spinal decompression is 20 one hour sessions done over 6-8 weeks. It’s a process not a magic bullet. A typical visit involves set-up, 30 minutes of spinal decompression and 10 minutes of ice and muscle stimulation Some patients require other services such as laser, massage, chiropractic or physical therapy.  We also have medical doctors at our main clinic a few blocks away to co-manage difficult cases. Our primary clinic is Chiro-Medical Group, Inc.

If you would like to learn more about spinal decompression in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225 and ask for a complimentary consultation. We validate parking at the Embarcadero Center.

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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What Is A Spinal Decompression Visit Like?

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We have been providing Spinal Decompression in downtown San Francisco for over 13 years now.

Spinal decompression machines are designed and built to treat lumbar and cervical disc bulges and herniations naturally. The machine we use is the DRX9000. We chose the DRX 9000 because it is very comfortable for the patient. In fact, most fall asleep during treatment.

The typical spinal decompression treatment protocol is 20 one hour sessions done over a period of 6-8 weeks. We reserve the machine for you at your start time each session and mostly run right on schedule.

When you arrive we ask you a few questions and may do a few quick tests to monitor your progress. Then, we fit you in a harness to connect you to the machine. This takes 5-7 minutes. Once you are on the machine the decompression session begins. This is about 30 minutes. Then, after we take you off the DRX machine we administer muscle stimulation (painless), then 10 minutes of ice.

Depending on the nature and severity of your condition we may also incorporate laser therapy, heat, massage or even chiropractic. All cases are different.

Most of our patients really look forward to the spinal decompression sessions. It is their time to relax and get well.

In the event you require more extensive treatment such as physical therapy or medical care…our primary clinic, Chiro-Medical Group, Inc. is just a few short blocks away.

We also validate parking at the Embarcadero Center where we are located.

To find out if you are a candidate for nonsurgical 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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Not All Spinal Decompression Doctors Are The Same

We have been treating herniated discs in downtown San Francisco for over 23 years.

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Spinal Decompression in downtown San Francisco Since 1992

About 12 years ago or so we began to incorporate nonsurgical spinal decompression into our treatment protocols for cervical and lumbar disc herniations.  During this time we have helped hundreds of patients return to more normal active lifestyles and many have avoided surgery. I guess you could say the results have been outstanding.

Here’s the deal. Not all spinal decompression doctors are the same. It is an art and there are lots of important decisions that need to be made during the course of treatment. Heck, just deciding whether or not a case will be accepted is a big decision. Decompression is not for everyone and we only accept cases we feel we can help.

Recently, Executive Express Chiropractic was purchased by Chiro-Medical Group, Inc. of San Francisco (CMG). The clinic is only a few short blocks away.

This is important because CMG has an expert team of chiropractors, medical doctors, physical therapists, nurse case managers, and support staff to serve you. Often times the difference between getting results with difficult to treat herniated disc patients can be working with other doctors and therapists. This makes the process very convenient and cost effective.

The new name of Executive Express Chiropractic is Chiro-Medical Group Express (CMGE).

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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Do Spinal Decompression Results Last?

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Sciatica Treatment with Spinal Decompression in San Francisco

We have been providing spinal decompression therapy in San Francisco for over 12 years.

Spinal decompression machines are designed and built to treat cervical and lumbar disc bulges and herniations non-surgically.

Spinal decompression treatments can also help other conditions such as Facet Syndrome, Spinal Disc Degeneration and Stenosis.

Spinal decompression machines like the DRX9000 (the one we use) seek to enlarge the disc space, re-position the disc, re-hydrate the disc, elongate the spine, strengthen the spinal ligaments and restore spinal motion and biomechanics.

The treatment process takes between 15-30 one hour sessions (the average is 20). We reserve the machine for you and you are on it about a half hour. Then there is muscles stimulation, ice, laser, or anything else you may need such as massage or chiropractic.

Results are outstanding. Many lumbar or cervical disc patients who are suffering with physical limitations and pain are able to return to more normal lives. Some require ongoing maintenance and some don’t. All cases are different.

The results are usually permanent as long as the patient continues on with the recommended exercises and decompression sessions if indicated. Usually 4-6x per year on the decompression machine is enough to keep things in place…along with the patients home care.

Sure, some patients suffer major set-backs due to over-doing it or an accident…but the DRX9000 is usually able to get them back on track in much less time that it took initially.

If you are suffering with symptoms such as low back pain, neck pain, sciatica, arm pain, weakness, numbness in the extremities and have been diagnosed with a herniated or bulging disc, you may be a candidate for nonsurgical spinal decompression.

For a complimentary consultation at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center please call 415-392-2225. We validate parking at the Embarcadero Center. 

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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Degenerative Disc Disease and Chiropractic

degenerative disc disease san franciscoWe have been providing treatment for Degenerative Disc Disease in San Francisco for over 23 years.  

Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) mostly results when the spinal discs wear abnormally, often resulting in pain and loss of function.

Just like the tread on your tires will wear uneven when the front end is out of alignment…so will the spinal discs when the spine is out of alignment. When the discs lose their normal height and water content they lose the ability to function properly.

Loss of disc height brings the spinal bones closer together which can cause nerve irritation. The discs also are prone to disc bulging and disc herniations which can pinch nerves resulting in pain and disability.

When the spine is out of alignment it also causes abnormal stresses on the bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles. This can cause spinal degeneration and calcification of the ligaments.  All of the above are typically part of the degenerative disc disease complex.

So how do you know if you have DDD?

Well, in advanced cases you may have symptoms such as back or neck pain, arm or leg pain (sciatica), numbness in the extremities, weakness of grip, night pain, loss of normal motion, to name a few.

Or…you may have no symptoms at all.

Since DDD develops slowly over time as the result of spinal misalignment’s, it’s best to be checked by a chiropractor frequently to make sure things are in place.  Children should be checked as well.

X-ray is the best way to confirm degenerative disc disease or spinal degeneration.  A chiropractor will often takes x-rays when DDD is suspected.

If you are experiencing back or neck pain and it does not seem to want to go away, you may have DDD. The good news is that DDD responds favorably to chiropractic adjustments and exercise.  A visit to the chiropractor is probably your best bet.

To schedule an appointment with one of our San Francisco Chiropractors 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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