Does Spinal Decompression Work?

Many herniated disc patients are confused as to why their orthopedic surgeons do not offer spinal decompression therapy…or why they do not recommend it. After-all, nonsurgical spinal decompression with machines like the DRX9000 is now the new gold standard for nonsurgical treatment for herniated and bulging discs.

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Lumbar decompression with the DRX9000

I’m not sure what to say because our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center gets referrals all the time from medical doctors…and we have also treated many medical doctors, nurses, and medical personnel on the DRX9000. I guess it just depends who your doctor is and how up to date they are with medical technology…and how open minded they are.

There are are close minded people in every profession. Our spinal decompression doctors go out of their way to educate other health care providers on the benefits of cervical and lumbar disc decompression. We also co-manage herniated disc patients with medical doctors. This way the patient gets the best of both worlds.

Some doctors will not recommend treatment unless there is substantial research to document it’s efficacy. Unfortunately, since spinal decompression is relatively new (5-10 years) there are no double blind studies yet…which is why insurance companies will not pay for it.

However, there are hundreds of thousands of happy spinal decompression patients that swear disc decompression gave them their life back…and they could care less if there are any double blind studies.

Spinal decompression with the DRX9000 (the machine we use) is also very safe. Permanent bodily harm is something that pretty much does not happen. Soreness is common…like the soreness you get from exercise…but it’s manageable.

So does spinal decompression work?


Does it work for everyone and will it work for me?

Well…for sure it does not work for everyone. First you have to be cleared for spinal decompression. Not all herniated disc patients qualify. Once you qualify you have to keep all your appointments, do your home care, wear your back brace, and adhere to the treatment protocol. If you do…chances are very good for a favorable outcome.

At our spinal decompression clinic we manage expectations. Some patients completely get better…some just become a lot better than they were…and everything in between. It’s rare when a patient does not respond at all…but it does happen.

Since there is no surgery…there is no harm done if decompression fails to deliver results. The only damage is to your pocket book. It’s a risk worth taking.

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