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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. 

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 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 🙂 

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 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

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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Herniated Disc Treatment in San Francisco

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Spinal Decompression Therapy with DRX9000

We have been providing nonsurgical herniated disc treatment in San Francisco for over 22 years now. 

Often times, patients diagnosed with cervical or lumbar disc herniations feel they have nowhere to turn and that back or neck surgery is the only option. Well…that simply just is NOT true. Heck, many people have herniated discs and don’t even know it. They will live and die with them. It’s never a good idea to rush into back surgery…you have options.

Sure, sometimes disc herniations and disc bulges contact the spinal cord or nerve roots in ways that are very difficult to treat. And yes, some of these patients are in extreme pain that can cause severe pain and disability. And yes, sometimes surgery is the only option. But this is the exception and not the rule.

At our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center we have successfully treated thousands of herniated disc patients, many of which thought surgery was the only answer. Spinal disc decompression machines such as the DRX9000 are designed and built to treat herniated discs non-surgically.

The DRX9000 elongates the spine, enlarges the disc space, strengthens the spinal muscles, ligaments and tendons, and re-positions the herniated disc material back to the center of the disc where it belongs.

Does it do this every time? NO…just most of the time.

For sure, disc decompression is worth a shot before surgery. Either it works or it doesn’t. If not, you are still whole and can pursue other treatment options…even surgery.

To find out if you are a candidate for herniated disc treatment in San Francisco please 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

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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.

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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Leg Numbness?

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Spinal Decompression Therapy with DRX9000

We have been providing nonsurgical treatment for herniated discs in San Francisco for over 20 years. A not so common presentation is that of leg numbness only without low back pain or sciatica. There may or may not be associated leg weakness.

If the leg numbness is new and was brought on by a particular sequence of events such as participating in a  run or walk with a new pair of shoes or doing a new workout or sitting in a new chair for extended periods or even using a new mattress, then there is a good chance you will recover quickly with chiropractic adjustments and therapy.

If your leg numbness is chronic (over 3 months duration) and ongoing, and especially if it is getting worse, you may have a herniated or bulging lumbar disc. This still may respond favorably to conservative chiropractic care or physical therapy.

However, if your leg numbness does not resolve with chiropractic, physical therapy, acupuncture or even medical care, you should probably have an MRI of the lumbar spine to rule out a herniated disc.

If you do have a herniated disc you may be a candidate for nonsurgical spinal decompression on the DRX9000. The DRX9000 is designed and built to treat disc herniations, bulges, stenosis and disc degeneration non-surgically. The treatment is gentle and safe and success rates are high.

Spinal decompression treatment programs are typically 20 sessions spread out over 6-8 weeks. The sessions are 1 hour long and include 30 minutes of decompression, 10 minutes of electrical muscle stimulation and 10 minutes of ice. There is some set-up involved which takes 5-10 minutes.

If you would like to find out if you are a candidate for the DRX9000 at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center, please call 415-392-2225 and ask for a complimentary consultation.

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DRX9000 spinal decompression

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Spinal Decompression Therapy with DRX9000

We have been treating disc herniations in San Francisco for over 21 years. About 8 years ago we began to incorporate nonsurgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000 into the mix.

The DRX9000 spinal decompression system is a computerized machine that is designed and built to treat lumbar disc herniations, bulges, stenosis, facet syndrome, and degenerative disc disease without drugs or surgery. The machine we have cost’s over $150,000 because it also treats disc herniations in the neck. There are much cheaper and less effective machines out there so beware.

DRX9000 spinal decompression is the Rolls Royce of spinal decompression systems. We like the machine because it is very comfortable for the patient while at the same time effective. Most of the patients we treat fall asleep during the treatment.

DRX sessions usually last about an hour or less. It takes a few minutes to set you up and harness you so we can connect you to the machine. You are on the machine for 30 minutes or so. Then, we do 10 minutes of electrical muscle stimulation to teach the spinal muscles to work with the spine in it’s new position, and 10 minutes of ice to reduce muscle spasms, pain, and inflammation. Sometimes we will incorporate deep tissue laser therapy if there is a lot of initial pain and inflammation in the beginning.

The DRX9000 treatment protocol is for 20 sessions over a 6 week period. Sometimes it takes more than this. We incorporate exercises at the halfway point. There is extensive home-care instructions including dietary and nutrition recommendations.

Success rates are very high.

Not all patients are accepted for care. You must qualify for treatment medically.

If you would like 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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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.

 

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Low Back Pain? Things Not To Do

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Low Back Pain


Here is a partial list of things “Not To Do” if you have low back pain or sciatica:

STAY STILL: You’ve heard, “…don’t do that – you’ll get a bad back!” There is something to be said about being careful, but one can be too cautious as well. In order to determine how much activity vs. rest is appropriate, you have to gradually increase your activities by keeping track of how you feel both during and after an activity. If you do notice pain, it may be “safe” to continue depending on the type and intensity of the pain. In general, a sharp, knife-like pain is a warning sign that you should STOP what you’re doing, while an ache is not. Until you’re comfortable about which type of pain is “safe,” start out with the premise, “…if in doubt, stop.” If the recovery time is short (within minutes to hours), then no “harm” was done. If it takes days to recover, you overdid it. Think of a cut on your skin – if you pick at it too soon, it will re-bleed, but if you are careful, you can do a lot of things safely without “re-bleeding.” Talk to us about the proper way to bend, lift, pull, push, and perform any activity that you frequently have to do that often presents problems. There is usually a way to do that activity more safely!


SURGERY IS A “QUICK FIX”: Though in some cases this may inevitably be the end result for your back condition, most of the time, it is not needed. As a rule, don’t jump to a surgical option too soon. It’s tempting to view surgery as a “quick fix,” but non-surgical care at least for 4-6 weeks and maybe several months is usually the best approach. As the old saying goes, you can’t “un-do” a surgery, so wait. UNLESS there are certain warning signs such as: a) bowel or bladder weakness &/or, b) progressive neurological losses (worsening weakness in the leg). If there are no “surgical indicators” meaning, no instability, no radiating leg pain, and only low back pain that is non-specific and hard to isolate what is generating the pain, DO NOT have surgery as the chances of improvement following surgery drops off dramatically in this group. There are guidelines that we all should follow and they all support non-surgical care initially for 4-6 weeks. Chiropractic is one of the best options cited in these guidelines because it’s less costly, involves less time lost from work, and chiropractic carries the highest patient satisfaction. If chiropractic fails to deliver then there is nonsurgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000.


DON’T STRETCH – IT’S HARMFUL: You may have heard or read that stretching can actually increase or worsen your time if you’re a runner, reduce your ability to lift heavy weight (if you’re a weight lifter), or cycle as fast.  Though this seems obviously silly, there IS a growing body of evidence that has found this TO BE TRUE! HOWEVER, it appears (at least at present), that is applies primarily to static, long hold stretching and NOT to dynamic exercising like jumping jacks, toy-soldier like high kicks, or core stabilization. Moreover, no study YET has found a negative effect for non-athletic competitive activities or for low back pain specifically. A good general rule is, if you feel better after exercising, or in this case stretching, it’s probably better for you than not. Also, as stated last month, there is a “right vs. wrong” time to exercise and WAY to exercise. For example, when LBP occurs in flexion but reduces in extension, there is plenty of evidence published that performing exercises INTO the direction of pain relief is VERY helpful. So until you hear differently, KEEP ON STRETCHING, but follow our advice!  


            We realize you have a choice in who you choose to provide your healthcare services.  If you, a friend or family member requires care for low back pain, we sincerely appreciate the trust and confidence shown by choosing our services and look forward in serving you and your family presently and, in the future.

To schedule a complimentary consultation for low back pain relief in San Francisco call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post.

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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