Spinal Decompression and The Elderly Patient

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Spinal Decompression in SF for the elderly

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

Spinal decompression is an excellent nonsurgical, drugless treatment method for the treatment of herniated and bulging discs.  It is very gentle and safe for the most part.

However, spinal decompression is physical and involves pulling and stretching.  The machine we use is the DRX9000. The DRX9000 has a built-in biofeedback mechanism that enables the machine to sense the patients muscle response to the therapy and make adjustments to the intensity of the treatment based on this incoming data.

This is a key component of most of the top of the line decompression systems and makes it so even the most difficult of cases can be gently treated.

As far as the elderly patient goes,  we have helped many when all else failed. We have also had some elderly patients that we could not help. We will not accept a case we feel we cannot help. Even so, sometimes we start an elderly patient and it just does not work. The good news is, other some some soreness we have never had a patient sustain serious or permanent injury.

A lot has to do with the patients overall physical condition and if there are any complications as far as underlying health problems that may interfere with a favorable outcome.  It’s the doctors call. We have medical doctors and physical therapists at our primary clinic and often times we co-manage difficult cases with them.

Spinal decompression should be considered for the elderly only if it makes sense medically.

If you would like to find out if you are a candidate for spinal decompression at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center we would like to meet with you.

Simply 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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How Safe is Spinal Decompression Therapy?

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

During this time we have performed over 25,000 spinal decompression sessions to a wide variety of patients and conditions.

We have never had a patient that was seriously injured while undergoing spinal decompression.

Sure, some patients get sore. In fact,  we tell everyone to expect some soreness. After-all, the treatment is physical. However, there are built in treatment mechanisms to minimize soreness and increase the odds of a favorable outcome.

For one thing, we always start off very light and easy. We then increase the intensity each day until we reach the maximum treatment intensity. This may take a few weeks.

In addition, the spinal decompression machine has a built in biofeedback mechanism that senses the patients muscular response to the treatment and makes adjustments to the pull based on this information. The machine we use is the DRX9000.

Plus, the machine has a “kill switch” that remains in the patients hand throughout the treatment in the event they want to stop the decompression machine for whatever reason.

We also have onsite therapists and doctors that closely monitor the process to ensure maximum comfort and safety.

Since spinal decompression therapy is 100% natural there are no drugs, needles, injections, or surgical procedures to be concerned with. It’s all about the machine,  the rehabilitation exercises and home care. Response rates are excellent.

Yes, sure, it’s possible to get really sore from the treatment or to just not like it for some reason, but these things are the exception and not the rule. You are never locked into the treatment plan. If you don’t like it you can quit.  It’s that simple.

So, if you are suffering with lumbar or cervical disc herniations or bulges, or even spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, you may be a candidate for spinal decompression.

For more information or to schedule a consultation at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center please call 415-392-2225.

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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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Are You a Candidate For Spinal Decompression?

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

Some consider nonsurgical spinal decompression to be the gold standard for the natural treatment of herniated and bulging spinal discs. The machine we use is the DRX9000.

Over the past 13 years we have helped thousands of patients return to more normal lifestyles and many have avoided back or neck surgery.

Spinal decompression does not always completely cure a problem. What it mostly does is make things better than they were…mostly a lot better. And patients are happy with this as satisfaction rates are high.

The best candidates are those that have herniated or bulging cervical or lumbar discs that have not responded to conventional treatments such as medical care, physical therapy or chiropractic.

Here are some  of the contraindications:

  1. Previous fusion surgery.
  2. Scoliosis.
  3. Moderate to severe osteoporosis.
  4. Spondylolithesis.
  5. Advanced spinal degeneration.
  6. Multiple Sclerosis.
  7. Aortic Aneurysm.

Each doctor is different so you will need to clarify what types of cases they accept.

We must also consider the patients lifestyle because conditions such as diabetes, obesity, chronic stress, and deconditioning can also effect treatment outcomes. Fortunately, our doctors are trained to help patients make healthier lifestyle choices.

It also takes about 6-8 weeks to complete the 20 one hour sessions on the spinal decompression machine. You need to be able to carve out this time and put your life around the treatment. There is also home care that you do to assist the process.

Spinal decompression is NOT a magic bullet. It’s quite a bit of work. So it’s not for everyone. But for those looking for results and willing to do their part, it can be the answer they have been looking for.

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

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 Maintenance Care

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

 Spinal decompression is considered the gold standard for the non-surgical treatment of herniated discs in the neck and back.  Success rates and patient satisfaction are high.

Typically, a herniated disc patient will be seen 20 times over a six week period or an hour or so. The protocol we use for the DRX9000 is 30 minutes on the machine, then 10 minutes of muscle stimulation and 10 minutes of ice. Some patients require additional therapies such as laser, massage, or exercises.

At the end of the recommended treatment we do an exam to measure the treatment outcome. Depending on the individual patient we may recommend maintenance care to maintain the changes.

Maintenance care for spinal decompression is usually anywhere from once per month to 4 times per year. Some patients simply wish to call us when needed. However, some are better off with the regularly scheduled appointment’s.  At least for a while.

Your doctor will recommend what makes the most sense for you.  There is also extensive home care and exercises. This increases the odds of positive changes lasting long term.

In our experience spinal decompression results last long term and the changes are mostly permanent and are directly proportional to patient compliance. This does not mean that you are immune from re-injury. We see a few of our DRX9000 alumni each month that have either a new injury or exacerbation.

The good news is it’s usually not necessary to start from scratch.  A short course of treatment, say 6-8 visits will get most people back on track.

To find out more about spinal decompression in San Francisco and to see if you are a candidate for the DRX9000 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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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. 

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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 or Back Surgery?

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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. 

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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 Response Times

 

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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.

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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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How Does Spinal Decompression Work?

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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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