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Do Spinal Decompression Results Last?

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Lumbar decompression with the DRX9000

We have been providing spinal decompression therapy in downtown San Francisco for 9 years now. During this time we have helped thousands of patients with cervical and lumbar disc herniations, bulging discs, and related disorders, return to more normal lives.

Because we have treated so many cases over an extended period of time, we know that for the most part, spinal decompression results are long lasting.

Depending on the nature and severity of the individual neck or back pain patient’s condition when we started, their overall health and lifestyle, occupation, and initial treatment outcome, we may recommend ongoing maintenance care to improve the odds of the results lasting. Most decompression patients are happy to do this if it means the results will last longer, which they will.

The treatment frequency for maintenance care on the DRX9000 is anywhere from 2 times per month in the beginning to once every couple of months ongoing. In addition, there are exercises, stretches, home care, and nutritional recommendations to help patients maintain results.

Some patients choose to move into chiropractic, yoga, Pilates, or physical therapy for ongoing support. This is good, but none of these do what the spinal decompression machine can do. If you really want the decompression results to last you should probably continue with some sort of maintenance care. You can play around with the frequency until you find an interval that works best for you. Of course, we help you with this process.

For those that do not do maintenance, the results seem to hold up well…just not as good. So, to get the most out of your decompression, YES, we recommend some sort of maintenance plan, and we will make it affordable for you.

To schedule a consultation to see if you are a candidate for nonsurgical spinal decompression in San Francisco, call 415-392-2225.

Dr. Eben Davis

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Can Spinal Decompression Help a Pinched Nerve?

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Pinched Nerve: Herniated Lumbar Disc

A Pinched Nerve is mostly the result of a herniated or bulging disc in the neck or low back. Nerves can also be pinched or irritated by acute muscle spasms secondary to acute trauma or chronic overuse. Vertebral Subluxations of the spine can also result in inflammation and muscle spasms that can irritate nerves directly or indirectly (chemical irritation) resulting in symptoms such as sciatica.

Spinal decompression with machines such as the DRX9000 are considered by many to be the gold standard for the nonsurgical treatment of cervical and lumbar disc herniations and bulges.

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Lumbar Decompression For Chronic Back Pain

Nonsurgical spinal decompression machines are able to isolate on a specific spinal disc, say L5-S1 and repair the disc to the extent it is possible. Sometimes the disc is injured beyond repair…but this is the exception and not the rule.

The DRX9000 elongates the spine, enlarges the disc space, re-hydrates the disc, strengthens the spinal ligaments, re-positions the disc, and helps align the spine.

Over the course of say 6-8 weeks or 20-26 sessions, partial healing to complete healing takes place. And yes…occasionally spinal decompression fails to deliver. It’s not perfect…nothing is.

But here’s the deal…even if decompression therapy does not achieve a favorable outcome for you, you are still whole and able to pursue other treatment options. Surgery on the other hand is mostly a permanent change that cannot be undone. And once you have a fusion surgery you are forever disqualified from ever trying disc decompression with the DRX9000.

So…why not consider spinal decompression first…you can always have surgery?

If you a have been diagnosed with a pinched nerve secondary to a cervical or lumbar disc herniation you may be a candidate for spinal decompression.

To schedule a complimentary consultation at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center call 415-392-2225 and mention this blog post.

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Sciatica Relief with Spinal Decompression

The term Sciatica refers to pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in the leg, that originates in the low back (lumbar spine).  The sciatic nerve originates in the low back and travels through the piriformis muscle in the buttocks, then all the way down the back of the leg.

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Pinched Lumbar Nerve Root of Sciatic Nerve

The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body and in some people can be the diameter of a size of a quarter at it’s largest point. It is formed by branches of nerve roots in the lumbar spine that come together to form one large nerve.

The most common cause of sciatica is a herniated or bulging lumbar disc causing a pinched nerve. Degenerative disc disease and spinal stenosis can also cause sciatica. As can Piriformis Syndrome.

Nonsurgical spinal decompression, which isolates on a specific spinal segment, say L5-S1, is in most cases, able to reduce pressure on the sciatic nerve by reducing the lumbar disc herniation or bulging disc. The spinal decompression machine we use is the DRX9000.

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Spinal Decompression Therapy with DRX9000

The DRX9000 enlarges the disc space which creates a negative pressure inside the disc, which creates a suction type action which repositions the herniated and bulging discs into a more normal position. The DRX9000 also elongates the spine, re-hydrates the disc (which increases disc height), and strengthens the spinal ligaments.

Spinal decompression therapy helps the spine to do what it would if it could…just like a respirator does for the lungs. The DRX9000 is a respirator for the spinal discs.

What this does is help to reduce inflammation and muscle spasm and gives the injured lumbar disc a chance to heal. It also reduces the pressure off the sciatic nerve which is the primary source of sciatica in most people.

Sciatica relief with spinal decompression usually happens within a few sessions. But we don’t want to stop there. We want to work through the entire program to make the sciatica relief permanent. At least that’s the plan.  Outcomes are excellent.

Will spinal decompression with the DRX9000 get rid of your sciatica? Maybe…probably.

It depends on your age, your over-all physical condition, how many disc herniations you have and spinal degeneration. Do you have any complications such as scoliosis or a short leg, etc.

The best thing to do if you are suffering with back pain or sciatica is to find a back pain doctor that has a spinal decompression machine like the DRX9000. There are also other fine decompression systems out there.

To find out if you are a candidate for the DRX9000 at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center, call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post for a complimentary consultation.

 

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Spinal Decompression Treatment for Lumbar Disc Herniations

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Lumbar disc herniations often times cause severe pain and dysfunction which can lead to cortisone injections and surgery. In fact…it is not uncommon for surgery to be the first choice a herniated disc patient makes…not knowing they have other options that are less invasive.

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DRX9000 Lumbar Decompresion

Options like non-surgical spinal decompression treatment with the DRX9000.

The DRX9000 is a computerized spinal disc decompression system that is designed and built to treat lumbar disc herniations without drugs or surgery.

The DRX9000 in my opinion is the Rolls Royce of spinal decompression machines. It is so comfortable that most herniated disc patients fall asleep during treatment. Patients often tell decompression doctors it’s the only good sleep they get every day.

Herniated discs, bulging discs, degenerative disc disease, and facet syndrome can all be successfully treated with the DRX9000.

Low back pain and sciatica are the most common symptoms associated with herniated lumbar discs. Back pain relief from herniated disc symptoms can happen during the first decompression session. The complete spinal decompression therapy treatment can take up to 6-8 weeks  depending on the severity of the condition and how many spinal levels are involved.

Non-surgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000 strengthens the spinal ligaments, elongates the spine, enlarges the disc space, re-positions and re-hydrates the injured disc, and reduces inflammation and pain. And it is highly targeted…unlike conventional traction.

Many decompression specialists will incorporate other modalities such as deep tissue laser, massage, core exercises, and chiropractic into chronic back pain treatment regimens. Some may include physical medicine or acupuncture as well.

The first step is to find a DRX9000 in your area.  And remember…just like everything else…and especially with disc decompression…you get what you pay for.

To schedule a complimentary DRX9000 decompression consultation at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center…call 415-392-2225 and mention this blog post.

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Best Treatment for Sciatica from a Pinched Nerve

Sciatica means pain down the leg. The Sciatic Nerve is the largest nerve in the body. It can be as large as the diameter of a quarter at it’s largest point in some people. It is formed from branches of nerve roots as they exit the lumbar spine (low back). The sciatic nerve then travels down through a muscle in the buttocks called the Piriformis Muscle, then all the way down the back of the leg to the feet.

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Pinched Lumbar Nerve Root of Sciatic Nerve

All nerves are very delicate and sensitive to pressure. In fact, all it takes is the weight of a pencil erasure on a nerve to alter it’s signal by up to 60% and cause pain and dysfunction. Because the bones of the spine are movable, and the nerve roots exit from in between them, the nerve roots may be pinched or irritated from bulging discs or herniated discs that encroach on the environment of the nerve as it passes through the nerve channel in between the vertebrae. This is called a pinched nerve.

There are many terms used to describe the cause of a pinched nerve in the lumbar spine from a herniated disc. The most common terms are ruptured disc, torn disc, slipped disc, herniated disk, bulging disk, prolapsed disc, etc.

The bottom line is that the spinal disc is injured and the jelly like center (nucleus) of the disc is bulging out or has broke free of the disc and is pinching the lumbar nerve root.

Bulging discs and herniated discs are the primary cause of sciatica. The sciatic nerve can also be pinched as it passes through the piriformis muscle, if the muscle is in spasm…which is common with long haul truck drivers or men that wear thick wallets while they sit. This is called Piriformis Syndrome.

Pinched Sciatic Nerve in Piriformis Muscle

Sciatica can be mild, or it can be severe and debilitating. It can be acute or chronic (lasts for more than 3 months). Sciatica can also be used to describe ongoing abnormal sensations in the legs and throbbing.

So what’s the best treatment for sciatica from a pinched nerve?

The medical approach will usually be muscle relaxers, cortisone injections, pain pills, and maybe physical therapy. Depending on the age of the patient and over-all condition of the spine, surgical fusion may be recommended, or a micro-surgery like a discectomy (remove herniated disc fragments off nerve).

A chiropractor will want to adjust the spine into a more normal alignment with the idea that the disc will naturally want to be where it is supposed to be…which is not on the sciatic nerve or nerve roots. Chiropractors will often use soft tissue therapies such as massage and Active Release Technique as well as exercises and laser therapy.

Acupuncture can also help reduce the inflammation and pain associated with disc bulges, disc herniations, and piriformis syndrome.

Nonsurgical spinal decompression should also be considered as a treatment for sciatica due to a pinched nerve. Spinal disc decompression to the lumbar spine is done on a spinal decompression machine such as the DRX9000. The DRX9000 lumbar decompression system is designed and built to treat herniated and bulging discs naturally.

New York City spinal decompression doctor Steven Shoshany uses spinal decompression in conjunction with physical therapy, acupuncture, and physical medicine to achieve favorable outcomes for severe, chronic low back pain and sciatica.

Spinal decompression is a tool that can be combined with many other therapies and modalities to treat sciatica and low back pain.

If you would like me to help you find a spinal decompression doctor…simply send an email to ebendavis@yahoo.com. You can also check our list of recommended chiropractors. Most of them offer spinal decompression services.

To schedule an appointment at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center call 415-392-2225 and ask for a complimentary consultation.


Scott Calzaretta

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Chronic Back Pain Treatment in San Francisco

I have been treating back pain in San Francisco since 1992…almost 20 years now. For the most part I have used modern chiropractic techniques, physical therapy, exercise, yoga, and laser therapy. About 6 years ago I added nonsurgical spinal decompression to the mix. The decompression machine we use at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center is the DRX9000.

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Dr. Eben Davis

Chronic back pain (CBP) is one of the most common conditions a spinal decompression specialist deals with on a day to day basis. Previous episodes of back pain are the #1 predisposing factor to CBP. If the underlying cause of back pain is left to heal on it’s own, like most are, the injured structures, such as the spinal discs and muscles can heal inappropriately and set the stage for chronic back pain and disability down the road.

The DRX9000 lumbar decompression system is designed and built to treat disc conditions in the low back. We also offer cervical decompression with the DRX9000c.

Chronic back pain or chronic neck pain can take over your life. Sure, it may seem like the pain went away on it’s own…but what if it comes back? And what if it keeps coming back and stays…then what?

This is why I recommend that patients get checked by a chiropractor on a regular basis to make sure that their spine is in it’s proper alignment.

As for as chronic back pain is concerned…it can most likely be managed with chiropractic care, exercise, and good sleeping and ergonomic habits. However, there is a sub-set of chronic back pain patients that have problems that simply do not respond to chiropractic…or anything for that matter.

This is where decompression therapy with the DRX9000 may make sense. Heck…it’s 100% natural…and safe also. Sure, there is physical therapy, and cortisone, and muscle relaxers, and acupuncture…blah, blah, blah.  But none of those back pain therapies reposition the spinal disc, or strengthen the spinal ligaments…or create a negative pressure that actually pulls herniated disc fragments back to the center of the disc…only nonsurgical spinal decompression does that.

So, my advice…if you have chronic back pain or chronic neck pain secondary to disc herniations, bulging discs, disc degeneration, spinal stenosis, or facet syndrome…consider disc decompression therapy. It’s just a smart thing to do!

Dr. Eben Davis is clinic director of Executive Express Chiropractic and Spinal Decompression in San Francisco.

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