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Treatment For Lumbar Disc Herniation in San Francisco

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Lumbar decompression with the DRX9000

We have been providing nonsurgical treatment for lumbar disc herniation in downtown San Francisco for over 22 years.

Believe it or not, there are many medical doctors and people who find out they have a disc herniation who think that back surgery is the best or only option.

First of all, there is often no connection between the low back pain or sciatica that a patient may be experiencing and the herniated disc. In fact, over 50% of the general population is estimated to have an asymptomatic bulging or herniated disc.  That’s right…you can have a bulging or herniated disc and not even know it.

Please read this excellent article from Chiro-Trust.org entitled The Mysteries Of Low Back Pain for updated research and statistics on low back pain and herniated discs.

Sure, there are patients that have a herniated disc that have severe pain and loss of function…but that does not automatically mean they should rush and have back surgery like many doctors recommend. Medical emergencies are very rare when it comes to back surgery. In fact, many problems heal on their own.

So, what should you do if you have been diagnosed with a herniated disc in the lumbar spine? Well…I would not run and have surgery. Chiropractic is a very effective treatment option and it is safe and gentle…despite what some doctors may tell you. You can find mounds of research over at Chiro-Trust.org to support this point of veiw.

In the event that chiropractic fails to deliver desired results then we have a “next step”…Nonsurgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000. The DRX9000 is designed and built to treat bulging and herniated discs in the low back without surgery. The results are outstanding.

For sure you want to make sure you find a chiropractor that has lots of experience treating herniated discs with spinal decompression. We were the first to offer spinal decompression with the DRX9000 in San Francisco and we have the most experience.

Our sister clinic, Chiro-Medical Group, Inc. has medical doctors, physical therapists, athletic trainers, and advanced diagnostic equipment which enables us to manage the most difficult of cases.

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

Scott Calzaretta

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Spinal Decompression and L5-S1 Disc Herniation

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Spinal Decompression Therapy with DRX9000

We have been providing spinal decompression in San Francisco for over 10 years.

The most common disc to herniate in the lumbar spine is the L5-S1 Disc. The L5-S1 disc is the very last disc in the spine and is positioned between the L5 lumbar vertebrae and the Sacrum in the L5-S1 disc space.

The reason this disc is more prone to disc bulges and herniation is because it takes on more stress than the other spinal discs because it is the last one at the base of the spine.

Because of this,  the majority of the patients we treat with spinal decompression therapy have L5-S1 disc herniations.

For the most part, a disc herniation will develop slowly over time as part of a degenerative process that will include the surrounding bone and ligaments. The disc will lose height, water content and flexibility.

As this process unfolds the outer containment walls of the disc give way to the gelatinous center of the disc which pushes out onto the nerves and spinal cord resulting in pain and dysfunction. Sometimes sciatica develops, which is pain in the leg/s.

In any case, spinal decompression is often able to achieve favorable outcomes even in the worst of cases. A favorable outcome can be anything from avoiding surgery to a complete resolution of the problem. In rare cases disc decompression does nothing to help. Just know…this is the exception and not the rule.

If you have been diagnosed with an L5-Si lumbar disc herniation or any other kind of herniation, disc bulge, degenerative disc disease, or facet syndrome…you may be a candidate for disc decompression with the DRX9000.

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

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Spinal Decompression and Physical Medicine in San Francisco

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Lumbar decompression with the DRX9000

We have been providing nonsurgical spinal decompression for over 10 years now.

Recently, our clinic was acquired by Chiro-Medical Group, Inc. of San Francisco.  Chiro-Medical Group (CMG) is known for it’s multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of sports injuries, chronic back pain, and complex back and neck pain syndromes such as herniated and bulging discs.  They specialize in “Physical Medicine”.

What this means is CMG can co-manage and treat your herniated or bulging disc with an expert team of medical doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, and trainers.

We have onsite digital x-ray and advanced diagnostic equipment that we can use to quantify and monitor your progress.

Physical therapy and core strengthening can make the difference when it comes to long lasting results from your spinal disc decompression.

Spinal decompression and physical therapy can offer a more permanent solution than spinal decompression alone.

Our two clinics are only a short walk away from each other in the San Francisco Financial District.

So, if you have been diagnosed with a herniated disc in the lumbar or cervical spine and are experiencing neck, low back, arm or leg pain…you may be a candidate for spinal decompression and physical medicine.

To find out if you are a candidate for care please call 415-392-2225 and ask for a spinal decompression assessment. Chances are…you will be glad you did 🙂 

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Spinal Decompression and Failed Back Surgery

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Lumbar decompression with the DRX9000

We have been providing spinal decompression therapy in San Francisco for over 10 years now. During this time we have helped thousands of herniated discs patients return to more normal lives. We have also assisted in preventing hundreds of low back surgeries.

Every now and then a patient that has had previous back surgery presents for spinal decompression treatment. They had the back surgery and either the symptoms got worse or did not improve…or did not improve much.

Unfortunately, if the back surgery was a spinal fusion, there is nothing we can do. Patients with spinal fusion surgeries are permanently disqualified from spinal decompression.

If the surgery was a discectomy, then there is hope. In fact, we have helped dozens of patients over the past 10 years with spinal decompression that have had failed discectomy back surgery.

This is good news for those who may have been told they have no other treatment options for their chronic low back pain or sciatica.

Sure, we may do the treatment and it does not help…but that is not likely.

And the decompression therapy is very safe and gentle.

We also have a team of medical doctors and physical therapists that can participate in the treatment process, increasing the odds of a favorable outcome.

So, yes…if you have failed surgery you still may be a candidate for spinal decompression on the DRX9000.

To find out if you qualify medically please call 415-392-2225 and make an appointment with one of our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Doctors. Ask for a complimentary consultation.

Scott Calzaretta

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Chronic Low Back Pain Treatment with Spinal Decompression

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Spinal Decompression Therapy with DRX9000

We have been providing chronic low back pain treatment  in San Francisco for over 22 years now in the Financial District.

Chronic low back pain is pain in the lumbar spine that has persisted for over 90 days. The #1 predisposing factor for chronic low back pain is previous back pain. That’s right, if you now have back pain and you have had it before, you are at a high risk to develop chronic back pain.

So what can be done?

Well…first you need to find out what is causing your low back pain. Do you have leg pain (sciatica) also? Is there numbness, tingling or weakness in the legs or feet? Is there night pain?

A chiropractor is a great place to start the discovery process. X-rays may be indicated or even an MRI if a herniated or bulging disc is suspected.

Typically, we will first try a course of chiropractic treatment first or physical therapy. If chiropractic fails to deliver results we will consider spinal decompression with the DRX9000.

Spinal decompression machines are designed and built to help problems such as chronic low back pain or sciatica that are caused by herniated or bulging discs, degenerative disc disease, facet syndrome, or spinal stenosis.

A standard course of treatment is 20 sessions over a 6-8 week period. Results are outstanding and side effects are minimal.

Sure, spinal decompression may not help you…but that is the exception and not the rule. In the event disc decompression therapy fails to deliver you are still whole and can pursue other treatment options, even surgery.

If you have surgery first you may be permanently disqualified from ever trying spinal decompression and there are risks to consider as well.

So…if you are suffering with chronic low back pain and are looking for answers, you may have just found some.

Are you in need of Chronic Low Back Pain Treatment? To find out if you are a candidate for spinal decompression in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225. Ask for a complimentary consultation.

Scott Calzaretta

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Spinal Decompression Maintenance Care

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Spinal Decompression Therapy with DRX9000

We have been providing spinal decompression in San Francisco for around 10 years now. The machine we use is the DRX9000. Prior to this, patients that did not respond favorably to chiropractic care were referred for surgical consultation.

Over the past 10 years we have helped thousands of herniated disc patients return to more normal lives and prevent back surgery.

About half of our spinal decompression patients continue on with maintenance care. They do this because they are happy with the results and wish to maintain them. The frequency of maintenance care varies from once every 3 months to around once per month in advanced cases.

Your spinal decompression doctor will usually have a good idea of what you need from how you respond to the initial intensive care, which is 20 visits over a 6 week period.

As far as what to expect from decompression therapy…some report a complete resolution of their low back pain or sciatica. A small minority report no change at all. And everyone else reports they are much better than they were and glad they did the treatment.

Sure, some patients do not respond to decompression…it’s just the way it is. But you know what? They are still whole and can pursue other treatment options.

If you have surgery you may be disqualified from decompression…so why not try spinal decompression first?

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

 

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Spinal Decompression or Chiropractic?

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Spinal Decompression Therapy with DRX9000

We have been providing chiropractic and spinal decompression services in San Francisco for over 20 years in the Financial District.

Often times patients present to our clinic with back or neck pain related to a herniated disc and say they are interested in nonsurgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000 or DRX9000c.

This is great, but it may not make the most sense. The reason I say this is that pinched nerves due to bulging or herniated discs respond favorably to conventional chiropractic care, which is cheaper and less of a time commitment than disc decompression.

Sure, a certain percentage of herniated disc patients will not respond to chiropractic and will end up on the decompression machine…but we find it works best when we try chiropractic first.

Some patients do not want to try chiropractic for various reasons and we will honor their wishes and initiate decompression. Some patients have already tried chiropractic without favorable results so we go right to decompression. And sometimes we do both chiropractic and decompression together.

All cases are different. When you have as much experience as we do treating lumbar and cervical disc herniations non-surgically, you get good at mixing and matching therapies. We also incorporate acupuncture, physical therapy, and deep tissue laser as needed into the mix and the results are outstanding.

So, if you have been diagnosed with a herniated disc and are wondering if you should try chiropractic or spinal decompression, why not go to a chiropractor that does both and has lots of experience. Chances are you will be glad you did 🙂

To schedule an appointment with one of our back pain doctors in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225.

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Low Back Pain Statistics

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Low Back Pain

We have been providing Low Back Pain Relief in San Francisco for 22 years now.

As stated last month, the prevalence of low back pain (LBP) is REALLY high! In fact, it’s the second most common cause of disability among adults in the United States (US) and a very common reason for lost days at work. The total cost of back pain in the US, including treatment and lost productivity, ranges between $100 billion to $200 billion a year! Is low back pain on the rise, staying the same, or lessening? Let’s take a look!

            In the past two decades, the use of health care services for chronic LBP (that means LBP > 3 months) has substantially increased. When reviewing studies reporting insurance claims information, researchers note a significant increase in the use of spinal injections, surgery, and narcotic prescriptions. There has been an increase in the use of spinal manipulation by chiropractors as well, along with increased physical therapy services and primary care physician driven non-narcotic prescriptions. In general, LBP sufferers who are chronic (vs. acute) are the group using most of these services and incurring the majority of costs. The reported utilization of the above mentioned services was only 3.9% in 1992 compared to 10.2% in 2006, just 11 years later. The question now becomes, why is this? Possible reasons for this increase health care use in chronic LBP sufferers may be: 1) There are simply more people suffering from chronic LBP; 2) More chronic LBP patients are deciding to seek care or treatment where previously they “just accepted and lived with it” and didn’t pursue treatment; or, 3) A combination of these factors. Regardless of which of the above three is most accurate, the most important issue is, what can we do to help chronic back pain sufferers?

            As we’ve discussed in the past, an anti-inflammatory diet, exercise within YOUR personal tolerance level, not smoking, getting enough sleep, and obtaining chiropractic adjustments every two weeks are well documented methods of “controlling” chronic LBP (as there really ISN’T a “cure” in many cases). You may be surprised to hear that maintenance care has good literature support for controlling chronic LBP. In the 8/15/11 issue of SPINE (Vol. 36, No. 18, pp1427-1437), two Medical Doctors (MDs) penned the article, “Does Maintained Spinal Manipulation Therapy for Chronic Nonspecific Low Back Pain Result in Better Long-Term Outcomes?” Here, they took 60 patients with chronic LBP (cLBP) and randomly assigned them into one of three groups: 1) 12 treatments of sham (fake) SMT (spinal manipulation) have over a one month period; 2) 12 treatments, over a one month period but no treatment for the following nine months; or 3) 12 treatments for one month AND then SMT every two weeks for the following nine months. To measure the differences between the three groups, they measured pain, disability, generic health status, and back-specific patient satisfaction at baseline, 1-, 4-, 7-, and 10-month time intervals. They found only the patients in the second and third groups experienced significantly lower pain and disability scores vs. the first group after the first month of treatments (at three times a week). BUT, only the third group showed more improvement at the 10-month evaluation. Also, by the tenth month, the pain and disability scores returned back to nearly the initial baseline/initial level in group two. The authors concluded that, “To obtain long-term benefit, this study suggests maintenance SM after the initial intensive manipulative therapy.” Other studies have reported fewer medical tests, lower costs, fewer doctor visits, less work absenteeism, and a higher quality of life when maintenance chiropractic visits are utilized. The question is, WHEN will insurance companies and general practitioners start RECOMMENDING chiropractic maintenance care for chronic LBP patients?

                        We realize you have a choice in whom you consider for your health care provision and we sincerely appreciate your trust in choosing our service for those needs.  If you, a friend, or family member requires care for back pain, we would be honored to render our services.

For Low Back Pain Relief in San Francisco call 415-392-2225

 

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Low Back Pain Treatment

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Lumbar decompression with the DRX9000

We have been providing low back pain treatment in San Francisco for over 20 years in the Financial District. We use a combination of chiropractic, deep tissue laser therapy, massage, exercise, and spinal decompression with the DRX9000.

Most of the time spinal decompression is not necessary, but when it is, it’s nice to have onsite.

The most common causes of low back pain are subluxations (misalignment’s) in the lumbar spine, sacrum and pelvis, bulging and herniated lumbar discs, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, and Piriformis Syndrome. There are others but they are rare.

When it comes to low back pain treatment it can be a little tricky. Sometimes patients get better right away and sometimes it takes a while. It depends on the patients age, level of spinal degeneration, any complications, and the nature and severity of the underlying cause of the back pain (which can be difficult to identify).

So, we take all the information we have and formulate a treatment plan. A typical treatment plan at our SF back pain center is 10 visits or so over a 3-4 week period. We will use spinal adjustments, massage, stretching, ice, and home/work modifications to achieve favorable outcomes in the majority of cases. If low back pain or sciatica persists we may want to order an MRI of the lumbar spine to quantify the problem and rule out herniated or bulging disc pathology.

Our next step is spinal decompression with the DRX9000. This is typically 20 sessions over 6-8 weeks. The sessions are one hour long and include muscle stimulation and ice…laser if needed. The cost is $3500. Sure, it’s expensive but we have helped over 2000 patients with the DRX9000 and most are happy they did the treatment. It’s all about quality of life. Decompression therapy is safe, gentle and highly effective.

If you are looking for low back pain treatment in San Francisco you should give us a call. Ask for a complimentary consultation and tour of the DRX9000.

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Low Back Pain Relief

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Low Back Pain

Low back pain can often times be hard to diagnose and treat. It is not uncommon for doctors to think they know the underlying cause of a patient’s back pain or sciatica, only to find out later that they were wrong.

This is why we always advise against rushing into back surgery unless it is a medical emergency, because your doctor might just be wrong about what you think they are about to fix.

In our opinion it is always best to try natural solutions for low back pain first…treatments like chiropractic care or nonsurgical spinal decompression.  In the event the treatments do not deliver favorable outcomes you are still whole and can pursue other treatment options. If you rush into surgery you may be permanently disqualified from ever being able to try spinal decompression. And surgery is NOT reversible.

Chiropractic adjustments and low tech exercises have a very high success rate and patient satisfaction rate when it comes to low back pain. In fact, Consumer Reports ranks chiropractic #1 for back pain relief. But, chiropractic will not help all cases of back pain. Sometimes when the cause of the back pain is a herniated or bulging disc, chiropractic may even worsen the problem. This is when we turn to nonsurgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000.

The DRX9000 is designed and built to treat low back pain and sciatica due to herniated and bulging spinal discs. The DRX can also help degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, and Piriformis Syndrome. The success rates are very high.

So, if you have been suffering with low back pain or sciatica and have been unable to find relief, you may want to see if you are a candidate for disc decompression therapy.

To find out if you are a candidate for Low Back Pain Relief in San Francisco at our Spinal Decompression Center, please call 415-392-2225 and ask for a complimentary consultation.

 

Scott Calzaretta

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