We have been providing treatment for herniated discs in San Francisco for over 23 years.
So how do you know if you have a herniated disc in the neck or low back?
In our experience you don’t!
Sure, there are symptoms like low back pain that travels down the leg (sciatica), numbness and tingling in the arms, hands, legs or toes, weakness of grip, foot drop, night pain, antalgia (leaning away from the pain), abnormal reflexes, swelling, and pain when laughing or coughing (positive Valsava test), but you can have these signs and symptoms and not have a disc herniation.
And get this…You can have a herniated or bulging disc and have no symptoms at all. That’s right…there is a certain segment of the population that are walking around with disc herniations and will never know it.
If we were to pull 10 random people off the street and check them for disc herniation with MRI (the gold standard diagnostic test) we would find a few that had them and where asymptomatic. This is what makes herniated disc treatment so difficult and why surgery should be considered a last resort (in my opinion).
The reason I say this is because even after an MRI demonstrates disc herniation it’s still possible the disc herniation is not responsible for your symptoms. We know this from all the failed back surgeries.
The worst thing that can happen with back surgery is spinal fusion only to have the back pain return. Some back pain gets worse after surgery.
What we recommend (if possible) is a more conservative approach that would include chiropractic, physical therapy and nonsurgical spinal decompression. The machine we use is the DRX9000.
Spinal decompression machines are designed and built to treat cervical and lumbar disc herniations and bulges non-surgically. The results are outstanding.
About 12 years ago we began to incorporate the DRX9000 into our treatment protocols. During this time we have helped thousands of herniated disc patients return to more normal lifestyles. Hundreds of these patients avoided surgery, and many have done our treatment post-surgery (surgeries without fusion).
If you have had a spinal fusion you are permanently disqualified from ever trying spinal disc decompression. This is why surgery should be a last resort.
So, there you go. Lots of great info on herniated disc treatment. If you live in San Francisco or have the ability to stay here for an extended period we would like to discuss your disc herniation with you.
To find out if you are a candidate for herniated disc treatment in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225.
*We have two clinics a short walk from each other in the SF Financial District. We have medical doctors, physical therapists, spinal decompression and chiropractic to serve you. We validate parking at the Embarcadero Center.