We have been treating low back pain in San Francisco for over 20 years…in the SF Financial District. Our newest clinic is located at the landmark Embarcadero Center.
About 8 years ago we added spinal decompression with the DRX9000 to our treatment protocols for herniated and bulging lumbar discs. The results have been outstanding.
A typical spinal decompression patient will have already been diagnosed with a herniated or bulging disc and have MRI films. It’s also not unusual for our spinal decompression doctors to suspect a herniated disc and refer out for MRI. There is a diagnostic center right across the street from our spinal decompression clinic.
More often than not, the patient has already explored other treatment options such as cortisone, physical therapy, acupuncture, and pain medications…even chiropractic care.
As long as there are no contraindications such as previous fusion surgeries in the back, aortic aneurism, advanced osteoporosis, advanced spinal degeneration, MS and more…we are able to move forward with the DRX9000.
How many visits we recommend and what we decide to do along with the spinal decompression therapy is determined case by case.
The typical spinal decompression will consist of treatment on the DRX9000 for 30 minutes. 10 minutes of muscle stimulation to teach the spinal muscles to work with the spine in the new position, and 10 minutes of ice to reduce inflammation and soreness from the treatment.
YES…the treatment itself can make you a little sore…after-all it’s physical.
We have you wear a back support throughout the day and recommend that you ice every few hours for the first week or so.
The hour long treatments are usually performed 20-26 times over the course of 2 months. Some patients achieve complete resolution of pain and symptoms…some partial…and everything in between. It’s rare when there is no improvement. Most herniated disc patients are very satisfied with the treatment outcomes.
Our spinal decompression doctors have a lot of experience…and there is an art to setting someone up on the machine and fitting them for the harness that is worn during decompression therapy. And knowing when to increase the tension or lower it. Or when to start exercises…and what exercises will work best.
We also incorporate deep tissue laser therapy, massage, and gentle chiropractic adjustments into the process when indicated…knowing when is key.
So that’s it.
If you would like to find out if you are a candidate for care at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center…call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post for a complimentary consultation.