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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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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

Chiro-Medical Group is an innovative collaboration of health care professionals who work together as a team to promote optimal health. Our group includes experts in the fields of medicine, chiropractic, physical therapy, massage, nutrition, and personal athletic training.

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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.

 

Scott Calzaretta

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Can Spinal Decompression Make My Sciatica Worse?

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Spinal Decompression Therapy with DRX9000

We have been providing sciatica treatment in San Francisco for over 22 years now in the Financial District.

Sciatica or leg pain is mostly caused by pinched nerves in the low back. Pinched nerves are usually the result of bulging or herniated lumbar discs secondary to spinal degeneration and ongoing misalignment’s and abnormal wear and tear.

The symptom of sciatica, and sciatica is a symptom not a cause, is usually the last thing to occur in the degenerative process, not the first. What this means is that when a patient presents with sciatica they have usually had a problem that has been developing for a long time vs. something that is new.

Once a patient has an MRI and the source of the sciatica is located and quantified (spinal disc level of bulging or herniated disc) we will begin spinal disc decompression per the manufacturers protocols superimposed with common sense and our clinic experience.

The bottom line is this: YES, it is possible for your sciatica to feel worse before it feels better.

Just like many healing or cleansing processes, there are often toxins and inflammation that have been in place for an extended time. Plus, even though the the injured spinal discs are not where they belong, they have become used to being there. When we begin the process of restoring normal position and function the body fights it and there can be an increase in symptoms. Fortunately this is usually temporary, but can go on for several weeks or more.

Sure, spinal disc decompression does not help every single person that does it, but soreness in the beginning is not an indicator of eventual results. Listen to you doctor who will most likely have specific home care recommendations to support your care. And hang in there and let the treatment unfold. In the end…chances are, you will be glad you did 🙂

To schedule an appointment for sciatica treatment in San Francisco call 415-392-2225. Ask for a complimentary consultation.

Scott Calzaretta

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Sciatica Treatment in San Francisco

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Sciatica Treatment in SF

We have been providing natural sciatica relief in San Francisco for over 20 years.  We use a combination of chiropractic, spinal decompression, massage, exercise, and deep tissue laser therapy to achieve favorable outcomes in the majority of sciatica cases.

The primary cause of sciatica (leg pain) is a “pinched nerve” in the lumbar spine. The majority of pinched nerves are the result of bulging or herniated lumbar discs. There are other causes of pinched nerves, like degenerative disc disease, facet syndrome. Piriformis Syndrome, spinal and foraminal stenosis, and vertebral subluxations (misalignment’s).

Sciatica may or may not be accompanied by low back pain.

Spinal decompression with the DRX9000 in conjunction with chiropractic or as a stand alone treatment is a very effective sciatica treatment and often provides instant relief. There is also a chance it can cause an increase in symptoms…temporarily. After-all, the treatment is physical, albeit gentle.

If we accept your case there is a very good chance we will achieve favorable results. We do not accept all cases…only those we feel we can help.

Sciatica can be very painful and debilitating and can persist as long as the underlying cause remains. Back surgery is usually not necessary in our opinion in most cases. We recently wrote about this on our  other blog (Low Back Surgery or Chiropractic: Study).

To find out if you are a candidate for sciatica treatment in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225. Mention this article for a complimentary consultation.

 

Scott Calzaretta

Chiro-Medical Group is an innovative collaboration of health care professionals who work together as a team to promote optimal health. Our group includes experts in the fields of medicine, chiropractic, physical therapy, massage, nutrition, and personal athletic training.

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Pinched Nerve in the Low Back?

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Pinched Lumbar Nerve Root of Sciatic Nerve

We have been providing treatment for low back pain and sciatica in the SF Bay Area for over 20 years now. We use a combination of chiropractic adjustments, massage, motion extension traction, custom exercises, deep tissue laser therapy, and nonsurgical spinal decompression when indicated. During this time we have helped over 5000 patients with low back pain and related disorders.

A primary cause of low back pain and sciatica is a “Pinched Nerve” in the low back. Pinched nerves are generally caused by herniated or bulging discs in the lumbar spine, most commonly at L5-S1.

Nerve tissue is very sensitive to pressure. In fact, just the weight of a pencil erasure on a nerve can alter it’s ability to function by 60% and cause severe pain and dysfunction.

The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body…it can be the diameter of a quarter at it’s greatest circumference. Bulging discs, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, disc degeneration, and various conditions like “Piriformis Syndrome” can put pressure on the sciatic nerve or nerve roots causing “pinched nerves”.

Typically, a patient will feel various combinations of low back pain, leg pain, numbness, tingling, aching, weakness, and muscle stiffness and spasms that become progressively worse over time. There can also be pinched nerves with no symptoms at all…for a while and then BOOM…when you least expect it lightning strikes. This is fairly common actually, and can be very alarming.

The solution for pinched nerves in the low back depends on the nature and severity of the problem. Conservative chiropractic, massage, laser, and ice are always the first thing we try. That is of course unless the patient is unable to handle it. In rare cases such as this we do laser and ice to try to reduce inflammation and then maybe some muscle stim and light massage.

Spinal decompression with the DRX9000 is also an option in the beginning as it is very safe and gentle. The DRX is designed and built to treat neurovascular compression syndromes such as bulging and herniated lumbar discs. However, the cost is greater than chiropractic as is the time commitment…so typically we try more conservative chiropractic first.

In any case, many chiropractors that have included disc decompression and deep tissue laser therapy into their protocols (such as us) have become “one stop shops” for pinched nerves due to herniated and bulging spinal discs.

If you or someone you know requires treatment for a pinched nerve in San Francisco, please call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post for a complimentary consultation.

Scott Calzaretta

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Sciatica Relief with Spinal Decompression

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Lumbar decompression with the DRX9000

We have been treating Sciatica in the San Francisco Financial District for over 20 years now. Most of the time, chiropractic adjustments and physical therapy will bring low back pain and sciatica under control. However, about 10-15% of the time it wont.

Sciatica is mostly caused by pinched nerves in the lumbar spine due to herniated and bulging discs. But sometimes the discs are trapped, injured, and lodged into place and it is beyond the scope of chiropractic or physical therapy…what now?

Well…up until about 10 years ago we would need to refer out for surgical consultation and possibly back surgery. That is when we decided to purchase our first DRX9000 lumbar spinal decompression system.  We did extensive research on decompression machines and chose the DRX9000 because it was the best. The DRX9000 is designed and built for maximum results and patient comfort. Sure, it was the most expensive machine on the market, but you get what you pay for.

Anyway, we now have a “next step” for low back pain and sciatica patients that do not respond to conventional therapies. The DRX9000 actually targets the specific spinal level where the disc bulge or herniation is and over the course of about 20-24 visits rehabilitates and restores the injured disc to the extent healing is possible. That’s right…this is NOT magic and there are limitations to matter. But still…in the overwhelming majority of all cases the patients are satisfied with the outcomes and many choose ongoing maintenance care (optional).

So, if you are looking for sciatica relief in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225. Ask for a complimentary consultation with one of our spinal decompression doctors.

Scott Calzaretta

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Disc Bulges and Herniations: Most of Us Have Them

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Lumbar decompression with the DRX9000

Disc Bulges and Disc Herniations are Common. That’s right. If we were to randomly select 100 people off the street and perform a diagnostic MRI to their lumbar spines, 60%+ would reveal disc bulges or disc herniations.

And most would not even have any symptoms or loss of function. But some would have severe low back pain and sciatica and be unable to function normally.

Heck, 80% or more of us will have a bout of severe back pain at least once in our life. And the #1 predisposing factor to chronic back pain is previous back pain. Back pain is epidemic.

Some experts believe discs are becoming injured all the time and the body is repairing these injuries itself. In fact, research suggests that it is best to wait and there is no real advantage to having QUICK low back surgery when it is determined a person has a herniated disc in the low back. It may heal on it’s own and there are nonsurgical treatments now to speed up the process or help initiate the process when the body is unable to.

BUT…just like the immune system is always battling germs and fighting disease (and some still get sick)…in some people the disc herniations do not repair themselves and they DO cause symptoms and loss of function….sometimes severe.  From my studies this occurs about 15% of the time and still amounts to a very large number of people. WHY?

Well…the discs get lodged and displaced in a certain way that puts pressure on the delicate spinal cord and nerve fibers and the body is unable to fix it. Then, the immune system attacks the area as if it were an enemy in a war over and over to prevent further harm (the inflammation process). The muscles go into spasms to protect the injured disc and restrict the motion that the disc needs to take in nutrients and waste products. The chain reaction can be devastating to some. The condition becomes chronic (over 90 days) and continues to degenerate until the nerve pressure can be removed.

Does this require surgery? Maybe…but maybe not!

There is a treatment called nonsurgical spinal decompression that is done on a machine that is designed and built to repair disc bulges and disc herniations in the low back and neck. The disc decompression machine we use in San Francisco is the DRX9000.

Just like a “respirator” helps the lungs to breath until they can do it on their own, a “spinal decompression machine” does the same thing for the spinal discs. The decompression process mimics the natural motion of the spine and helps to unlock the herniated discs and relocate them to a more normal position.

Now this does not happen overnight…it takes 20 one hour visits or more and a lot of effort by the patient and doctor. It is NOT a “magic bullet”. What it IS is the most technologically advanced nonsurgical treatment for herniated and bulging disc available in the marketplace today.

Our Spinal Decompression Clinic in San Francisco has been offering the DRX9000 to herniated disc patients as a surgical alternative for almost 10 years now. We introduced San Francisco to spinal decompression and we have helped thousands and thousands of patients avoid back surgery and return to more normal lives.

To find out if you are a candidate for nonsurgical spinal decompression in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225 and ask for a “complimentary consultation”. We validate parking at the Embarcadero Center in the Financial District where we are located.

Scott Calzaretta

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When Choosing a Spinal Decompression Doctor: Experience Matters!

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Spinal Decompression Therapy with DRX9000

We have been providing spinal decompression in San Francisco for over 9 years. We have been serving downtown  San Francisco for over 20 years providing natural solutions for cervical and lumbar herniated and bulging discs. We specialize in chronic and severe neck pain,  low back pain and sciatica. The machine we use is the DRX9000 spinal decompression system. Prior to this we had perfected a back and neck pain treatment regimen that included chiropractic, physical therapy, acupuncture, massage, and deep tissue laser therapy.

Spinal disc  decompression gave us a “next step” for disc patients that did not respond to our normal lumbar and cervical disc treatment protocols. Instead of referring for a surgical consultation we could now handle these cases in house. Since then we have performed over 25,000 spinal decompression sessions on thousands of patients and the result have mostly been outstanding.

When it comes to spinal decompression results “experience matters”. There are many decisions to be made from the very start to the finish and then post care and rehab.

A Spinal decompression machine is NOT a commodity like a gallon of milk. Just because a doctor has a DRX9000 or similar machine does not mean they know what to do with it. The DRX9000 is a tool, and like all tools it’s use must be mastered.

Decisions like whether or not to even accept a patient for disc decompression therapy. Where to start as far as pounds of pull? What spinal disc to target? What other therapies to do along with the decompression treatment? How many sessions to do? When to change the angle of pull? Nutritional support to reduce inflammation? What about meditation and relaxation techniques…do they help? Then, the choice of exercises and rehab and whether or not to incorporate acupuncture, physical therapy or chiropractic…what about weight lifting? These are all decisions that are better made with lots of experience and help determine treatment results (or not)…it’s not just about the machine.

Plus, does your spinal decompression doctor have a decompression support blog? Are there spinal decompression patients onsite you can talk to? How many years have they been in business? How many years experience do they have performing cervical and lumbar spinal decompression? It all matters…Big Time!

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

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Leg Numbness with No Back Pain?

Have you been experiencing leg numbness or tingling in the leg or legs but you have no back pain? Well, you are not alone as this is a very common finding and symptom of a herniated disc in the low back. This is actually a form of Sciatica.

That’s right…it’s possible to have pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in the leg but have no back pain. The reason for this is that the nerves that exit from the lumbar spine travel down the leg to the foot and carry nerve impulses and chemicals that are responsible for motor (movement) and sensory (what you feel) functions. Any kind of pressure on these nerves from a herniated or bulging lumbar disc and you can feel numbness, pins and needles, hot and cold, or burning sensations.

If the leg numbness in your leg/s persists you should visit a chiropractor or orthopedic doctor to be evaluated for possible lumbar disc pathology.

If you are diagnosed with a herniated disc you should not rush to have back surgery even though it may be recommended as a primary option. The reason for this is that we now know ruptured spinal discs can heal on their own with a little help from a chiropractor or a nonsurgical spinal decompression machine like the DRX9000.

Sure, there are rare situations where surgery is the only option but they are far and few in between. Most of the time it makes sense to try non invasive treatments for herniated disc repair first. And in my experience favorable outcomes are achieved more often than not.

So…if you are experiencing numbness or tingling in the legs (sciatica) and you want to find out if you have a herniated disc make an appointment to see a chiropractor ASAP.

If you live or work or plan on visiting San Francisco in the near future you can come see us.

To schedule an appointment with one of our Spinal Decompression Doctors in San Francisco call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post for a complimentary consultation. We validate parking at the Embarcadero Center where we are located.

Scott Calzaretta

Chiro-Medical Group is an innovative collaboration of health care professionals who work together as a team to promote optimal health. Our group includes experts in the fields of medicine, chiropractic, physical therapy, massage, nutrition, and personal athletic training.

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