Spinal Decompression and Degenerative Disc Disease

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Degenerative Disc Disease Treatment in San Francisco, CA

We have been providing treatment for Degenerative Disc Disease in San Francisco for over 23 years.  

The spinal discs which are the pads in between the spinal bones have two primary functions:

1. To hold the bones above and below together The disc is a ligament.

2. To create a fibrocartilaginous joint to allow spinal motion and shock absorption.

When the spine is in it’s proper alignment the normal motion of the spine is responsible for pumping in freshly oxygenated blood to the disc and expelling waste products.  This process is called Imbibition. 

For various reasons including poor posture, injuries, repetitive stress, congenital disorders and mostly poor lifestyle choices, the spine tends to lose it’s natural alignment. When this happens it can compromise spinal motion and interfere will disc health This can lead to  cascade of problems including spinal disc degeneration and disc herniation.

Spinal decompression therapy can help to reverse this. Decompression therapy machines such as the DRX9000 seek to restore proper disc positioning and alignment as well as fluid and nutrient exchange between the blood stream and the spinal disc.

The goal of decompression is to enlarge the disc space, re-hydrate the disc, re-position the disc, stretch the spinal muscles and ligaments,  and move the herniated disc matter away from the nerves and spinal cord.

So, spinal decompression actually addresses the underlying cause of disc degeneration and allows for a more permanent solution than most other treatments or therapies.

We often incorporate chiropractic and physical therapy into our spinal decompression  process and have medical doctors to help oversee difficult to treat cases.

In addition to lumbar and cervical degenerative disc disease,  spinal decompression therapy may also benefit herniated and bulging spinal discs, spinal stenosis, facet syndrome, and pinched nerves.

To find out if you are a candidate for Degenerative Disc Disease Treatment 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 and Chiropractic For Back Pain

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Sciatica Treatment with Spinal Decompression

We have been providing chiropractic and spinal decompression  treatment in San Francisco for over 23 years.

Back Pain is very common. In fact, over 80% of the US population will experience back pain at some point.  Most of the time back pain will resolve either on it’s own or with proper treatment.

If you experience back pain and the symptoms do not resolve after a few days it’s probably a good idea to visit a chiropractor to make sure your back is in proper alignment so that the back pain does not become worse or develop into an ongoing problem.

If you have had back pain or even back pain and sciatica (leg pain) for more than 3 months you probably have developed chronic back pain and your condition may be a little more serious.

Often times, the underlying cause of chronic low back pain or sciatica is a herniated or bulging spinal disc. Same in the neck.

This is when treatment can become somewhat challenging in certain cases that do not respond to conventional chiropractic treatments.

The reason for this is because when an injured disc becomes inflamed and out of place it can be difficult to restore proper position and alignment.  It’s the enlarged disc putting pressure on the spinal cord or nerves that is causing the pain. This is when it becomes a good idea to consider nonsurgical spinal decompression. The machine we use is the DRX9000.

Spinal decompression machines are very safe and gentle. Spinal decompression seeks to do the following:

  • Elongate the spine
  • Stretch the spinal muscles and ligaments
  • Enlarge the disc space
  • Re-position the injured spinal disc
  • Re-hydrate the discs
  • Remove nerve pressure

Often times the combination of both chiropractic and spinal decompression is indicated. At our clinics e have the ability to incorporate chiropractic, spinal decompression, physical therapy, and medical care if needed into the treatment protocol. Rarely is surgery needed.

Spinal decompression actually addresses the cause of the underlying problem. It’s like a respirator for injured spinal discs. Disc decompression with machines like the DRX9000 are now considered the “gold standard” for nonsurgical disc 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.  

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 Does Spinal Decompression Cost?

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Spinal Decompression Therapy in Downtown San Francisco

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

We have actually been in business for 23 years, but decided to incorporate nonsurgical spinal decompression into our treatment protocols around 2003. We were the first to bring the DRX9000 and DRX9000c to downtown San Francisco.

At the time, there were only a few machines in the entire bay area and the cost could be as high as $15,000 for both cervical and lumbar decompression. If it was cervical or lumbar only it could still be as high as $10,000.

Now, there are many more machines around and the cost has come down considerably due to supply and demand.  In fact, you can pretty much find treatment for between $3000-$5000 dollars depending and what is included in the treatment, who does it, and where the clinic is located.

You should be aware that with spinal decompression experience matters. There is an art to the set-up process and case management of the spinal decompression patient. Some newer doctors will acquire a disc decompression machine and then offer a low ball price to attract business. This is not an ideal situation for the patient. You are much better off spending more with an established doctor that has years of experience.

In the past 12 years we have treated thousands of lumbar and cervical disc patients, many of which were severe in nature.  Over time we have developed protocols that include additional therapies such as deep tissue laser, ultrasound, Graston, Active Release Techniques (ART) and even Physical Therapy or medicine.

We have two neck and back pain clinics in San Francisco. They are a short walk apart. Our primary clinic is Chiro-Medical Group, Inc. which is would renowned for it’s Physical Medicine dept., which includes medical doctors, physical therapists, nurses, chiropractors, and athletic trainers. Often times a group effort is required to achieve favorable outcomes with severe back and neck pain.

We belong to most insurance networks so we can maximize your insurance benefits for you. Insurance will pay for most of the ancillary services associated with spinal disc decompression.

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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When Should You Have an MRI of the Neck?

cervical spinal decompression SFWe have been providing neck pain treatment in San Francisco since 1992. 

One of the more common questions and concerns of the neck pain patients we treat is if and when they should have an MRI?

Some patients have been suffering with ongoing neck pain and some have sudden onset. Some have neck pain that radiates into the shoulders or arms and some have headaches with their neck pain.

 Here is a list of symptoms that are commonly associated with neck pain:

  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Arm, Elbow and Hand Pain
  • Numbness in the arms and hands
  • Tingling
  • Weakness of grip
  • Night pain
  • Burning
  • Headaches

Some patients have only neck pain, some have all the symptoms listed above, and everything in between.

So what causes neck pain? Here is a partial list:

  • Herniated or Bulging disc in the neck
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Vertebral Subluxation
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Facet Syndrome
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Forward Head Posture
  • Arthritis

Depending on the nature and severity of the underlying cause of your neck pain you may or may not need an MRI. MRI’s are expensive and are not always needed when it comes to directing the proper course of treatment. Some chiropractors and medical doctors take routine x-rays and they may not be indicated either.

Typically…as long as there are no “red flags” we will initiate treatment which consists of gentle spinal adjustments and low tech exercises for neck pain and associated disorders.  Patients will normally respond within a very short period of time.

If a patient does not respond after say 2-4 weeks of chiropractic care we will consider an MRI of the neck to further quantify the problem.  If the MRI reveals a disc herniation or bulge then  we can expect the treatment to take longer. We can also consider nonsurgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000c.

Cervical decompression machines are designed and built to reduce disc bulges and herniations naturally. They are very safe and gentle.

We also have supportive therapies such as deep tissue laser, ultrasound, massage, and Active Release Techniques (ART) to assist with difficult to treat cases.

We have two San Francisco Clinics within walking distance of each other. Our primary clinic (Chiro-Medical Group, Inc.) has a team of medical doctors, physical therapists. nurses, chiropractors, and athletic trainers to serve you.

Our satellite clinic at the Embarcadero Center has spinal decompression and chiropractic. We also offer express service with validated parking.

Bottom Line: If you have neck, arm, or hand  pain and feel you may need an MRI or might have a herniated disc in the neck, we would like to meet with you to discuss treatment options.

To schedule an appointment with a neck pain doctor in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225. We accept most insurance.  

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 For The Elderly?

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Spinal Decompression in San Francisco for the elderly

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

About 12 years ago we began to incorporate nonsurgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000 into our treatment protocols. The results have been outstanding.

During this time we have helped hundreds of elderly patients return to more normal lifestyles. Some more than others and some not at all (rare).

The primary determining success factor is the nature and severity of the underlying condition.  Here is some of the  criteria we consider:

  • The patients age and overall physical condition.
  • The condition of the spine and discs.
  • Are there multiple levels of involvement.
  • Are there any complications such as a scoliosis or short leg?
  • Is there Osteoporosis?
  • Are there any neurological disorders?

There are more things to consider as well. We only accepts cases we feel we can help. The good news is that spinal decompression therapy is very safe and gentle and can be used to help treat many elderly patients and difficult to treat cases.

We always start off nice and easy and build-up the intensity slowly to patient tolerance. Most of our decompression patients fall asleep during treatment which is about 30 minutes long on the machine.

Here is a list of conditions spinal decompression can help:

  • Herniated and bulging lumbar or cervical discs.
  • Spinal stenosis.
  • Degenerative Disc Disease.
  • Facet Syndrome.

The treatment protocol for spinal decompression is 20-24 one hour sessions. There is some set-up time and then 30 minutes on the machine. Afterwards we do 10 minutes of ice and muscle stimulation to reduce inflammation, pain and muscle spasms.

We will also incorporate other therapies such as cold laser, ultrasound, stretches and physical therapy as needed.  A few blocks away is our primary clinic where we have a team of medical doctors and physical medicine experts to help co-manage your care.

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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What’s Best For a Herniated Disc?

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Chiropractic and Spinal Decompression in San Francisco

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

It wasn’t that long ago when surgery was considered the only option for a lumbar or cervical herniated disc. Now we know that some disc herniations will actually heal on their own and that others will respond to non surgical treatments that target the cause.

That’s right, you should never rush into surgery for a disc herniation unless it is a medical emergency.

As far as treatment options go, in my opinion, conventional chiropractic care has established itself as the best nonsurgical treatment option for the prevention and treatment of cervical and lumbar disc bulges and herniations.

In the event chiropractic fails to deliver favorable outcomes there is nonsurgical spinal decompression.   The machine we use is the DRX9000.

Spinal decompression machines are designed and built to target disc herniations and repair them. They do this by elongating the spine, enlarging the disc space, re positioning the injured spinal disc, re-hydrating the disc, strengthening the spinal muscles, ligaments and tendons, and stimulating nerve repair.

Does spinal disc decompression work every time? NO…just most of the time.

Here’s the deal:  Even if spinal decompression fails to fix your problem you are still whole and can pursue other treatment options such as PT, medical care or surgery.

On the other hand. If you have surgery you may be permanently disqualified from ever trying spinal decompression therapy. And that can be a real nightmare. So why not try spinal decompression first…after chiropractic of course.

Sometimes we do a combination of spinal decompression and chiropractic. We also incorporate deep tissue laser, massage, physical therapy, ultrasound, muscle stimulation, and exercise therapy as needed.  Some clinics like ours also house medical doctors that can co-manage your case.

So, there you go. My recommendation is to find a chiropractor that has a spinal decompression machine…a good one like the DRX9000. If they also have physical therapists and medical doctors than that’s even better. Do NOT rush into back or neck surgery.

To find out if you are a candidate for care at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center 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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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

cervical spinal decompression SFWe were the first to offer cervical spinal decompression in San Francisco with the DRX9000c.

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.

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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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