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How Do You Know If You Have a Herniated Disc?

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We have been providing treatment for herniated discs in San Francisco since 1992. 

Herniated discs in the low back are fairly common. They are less common in the neck.  Usually there is low back pain or sciatica…but you can also have a herniated or bulging disc and not even know it.

That’s right…many will live and die with herniated discs and they never have any symptoms.  In fact, some herniated discs in the neck or back will heal on their own.

Most of the time it is low back or neck pain, sciatica,  arm pain, numbness or tingling or weakness that causes a herniated disc patient to seek treatment.  There are other causes of these symptoms so it’s not always a cervical or lumbar disc herniation.

Some of the other musculoskeletal conditions that can cause these symptoms are neck or back sprain/strain, subluxation, misalignment, pinched nerve, degenerative disc disease, facet syndrome, stenosis, and more.

A disc herniation is not the end of the world either. In fact, most of the time a cervical or lumbar disc bulge or herniation will respond favorably to convention chiropractic or physical therapy. In the event some extra help is needed, many chiropractors offer nonsurgical spinal decompression. The machine we use is the DRX9000.

Spinal decompression machines are designed and built to treat disc herniations naturally without drugs or surgery. Sometimes the combination of chiropractic and the DRX9000 is just what’s needed.

As far as confirming the presence of a disc herniation…the MRI is the gold standard. Typically, we order an MRI to quantify the problem and help dictate the treatment plan. Sometimes there are multiple levels of involvement which requires more treatment. Sometimes the severity is minimal which takes less time. All cases are different.

In addition, not everyone can qualify medically for spinal decompression treatment. Because of this we offer a complimentary consultation which we can do in person or by phone to see if you are a good candidate for care.

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

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Can a Herniated Disc Heal Itself?

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Lumbar Decompression For Chronic Back Pain

We have been providing treatment for herniated discs in San Francisco for over 23 years.

Herniated discs in the low back and neck are fairly common.  In fact, many of us have a herniated disc and don’t even know it. That’s right…you can have a lumbar or cervical disc herniation and have no symptoms.

On the other hand, you can have a disc herniation that is causing severe low back pain and sciatica or neck and arm pain. The pain can be so bad that you are unable to function in a normal manner. It just depends on the nature of the the disc herniation and how it is contacting your spinal cord or nerves.

It is now known that disc herniations and disc bulges (a form of a herniation) can heal on their own. Some never even cause symptoms Other times, the disc can become positioned in such a way that the body is unable to fix it and outside intervention is necessary.

The most effective treatment foe a disc bulge or herniation is traditional chiropractic. Some medical doctors will scare patients into thinking that gentle chiropractic could make the problem worse or even cause permanent damage. This is very rare and most chiropractors will know when they should stay away.

What happens most of the time is a very favorable outcome. Sometimes this can happen right away and other times it may take a while. Each case is different.

In the rare event that chiropractic is unable to deliver a favorable outcome we have a “next-step”…Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression with the DRX9000.

Spinal decompression systems are designed and built to treat lumbar and cervical disc herniations nonsurgically. The treatment is very safe, gentle and effective. Sometimes a combination of chiropractic and spinal decompression works best.

Spinal decompression is not new. We have been offering it in San Francisco for over 10 years.

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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Treatment for a Bulging Lumbar Disc in San Francisco

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Pinched Lumbar Nerve Causing Sciatica

We have been providing treatment for herniated and bulging lumbar discs in San Francisco for over 23 years. 

The spinal discs, which are the ligamentous pads in between the bones have tow primary components:

1. The Nucleus Pulposus, which is the gelatinous center part of the disc that helps give the spine it’s flexibility.

2. The Annulus Fibrosis, which are the strong fibrous circular rings that help contain the nucleus and attach the disc to the vertebrae.

The spinal discs are very strong and can handle tremendous amounts of stress. However, like anything, there are limits. When the annular fibers weaken and give way to the nucleus, which then puts pressure on the delicate spinal cord or nerve roots, we call this a disc bulge or herniation. There are various names for the particular type of bulge or herniation depending on the nature and severity of the problem.

The spinal discs are living tissue so they are also subject to the overall health and integrity of the internal environment,which is for the most part a reflection of the patients lifestyle.

So, for various reasons, many that are unknown (trauma, lifestyle and cumulative physical stress), and some that are unknown, the spinal discs breakdown and bulge or herniate. Typically, the disc will bulge before it herniates in degenerative conditions that develop over time.

Of special note is the fact that much of the population has a bulging or herniated disc and has no symptoms. That’s right…it’s possible to have this and not even know it. Not all cervical or lumbar disc bulges or herniations cause pain and/or dysfunction.

Over the past 23 years, we have helped tens of thousands of patients with herniated and bulging lumbar spinal discs. Our results have been outstanding.

We use a combination of chiropractic, spinal decompression, and physical therapy. We also have medical doctors if needed to help co-manage difficult cases.

A herniated or bulging disc in the lumbar spine can cause low back pain, sciatica or leg pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, and even night pain. There is usually associated muscle spasm, swelling, and loss of motion.

If you have been diagnosed with a herniated disc (usually by MRI) or suspect you may have one, we would like to meet with you.

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

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Do Spinal Decompression Results Last?

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Lumbar decompression with the DRX9000

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

About 10 years ago we began to incorporate spinal decompression therapy into our herniated disc treatment protocols. The machine we use is the DRX9000.

The DRX9000 is designed and built to treat herniated and bulging lumbar discs naturally. We also have a DRX9000c cervical decompression system. This enables us to treat herniated discs in the neck.

Over the past 10 years we have treated thousands of patients with spinal decompression. Many were scheduled for back or neck  surgery. We are proud to say that the results during this time have been outstanding. Most of the time we are able to achieve favorable outcomes and about half of our decompression patients continue on with some sort of maintenance program.

So…Do spinal decompression results last?

For the most part YES! As long as you do not return back do the unhealthy lifestyle habits that caused the condition to develop in the first place. Most herniated discs develop over time. Some are traumatic or due to sports or auto injuries, but the majority are because of things like poor posture or ergonomics, obesity, stress, bad shoes, poor sleeping habits, etc. Things you have control over.

Once the spine becomes damaged and misaligned it starts to cause abnormal wear and tear on the spinal disc, which can then lead to disc bulging and herniation.

The DRX9000 re-positions the disc, enlarges the disc space, re-hydrates the disc, strengthens the spinal ligaments and muscles, and elongates the spine. Typically the results are permanent, but many that lead active lifestyles wish to be proactive and have a decompression session here and there to help ensure things stay where they are. This is optional and totally up to the patient. Maintenance care visit frequencies range between 4-12 sessions per year.

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 Maintenance Care

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

Over the past 10 years or so we have helped thousands of herniated cervical and lumbar disc patients return to more active lifestyles with the DRX9000. Many have been able to avoid back or neck surgery as well.

Sure, there are always some that do not respond favorably to decompression therapy but they are the minority. What typically happens is that patients end up a lot better than they were and are glad they did the treatment. Some have a complete resolution of symptoms.

As we near the end of the spinal decompression protocol, which is typically around 20 sessions performed over a 6-8 week period, we discuss with the patient the option of continuing on with some sort of ongoing maintenance plan. About 50% choose to do so.

Is DRX9000 spinal decompression maintenance necessary? In some cases YES, in other cases we just don’t know. When we just don’t know, we recommend that our patients listen to their body and call for a decompression session “as needed”. This seems to work very well.

Some patients never need the decompression machine again and choose to keep their spine healthy with chiropractic, exercise, stretching, Yoga or Pilates.

So, if we feel you need cervical or lumbar spinal decompression maintenance care, we will tell you. If not, we will teach you how to take care of your new back or neck so that the results last.

The conditions that respond best to cervical or lumbar spinal decompression therapy are bulging or herniated disc in the neck or low back. Degenerative disc disease, Spinal Stenosis, Facet Syndrome, and Failed Back Surgery cases also respond well.

Not all patients can qualify medically for decompression therapy. The best thing to do is research online, find a spinal decompression doctor near you with lots of experience (this matters most) and make an appointment to find out if you are a good candidate.

If you live or work near the San Francisco Financial District, or have the ability to stay for a month or two, you can see us.

To schedule an appointment at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center please call 415-392-2225.

Scott Calzaretta

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Spinal Decompression or Back Surgery for a Herniated Disc?

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

Many herniated disc patients are told they need back surgery. Maybe they do, maybe they don’t. How do they know for sure?

Well, welcome to the life of a spinal decompression doctor. This is what we are dealing with every day. I would like to give you my take on the situation.

In my opinion, a herniated disc patient should NOT rush to have back surgery. Because once they do, in many cases, the will be permanently disqualified from ever trying nonsurgical spinal decompression.

In addition, many herniated discs will repair naturally in time. In fact, they say that more people than not are actually walking around with bulging and herniated discs and do not even know they have them…and never will. Not all patients with a herniated disc in the low back experience low back pain or sciatica.

That’s right, the majority of lumbar disc herniations do not even cause symptoms.

But in certain cases, the disc is herniated in such a way that the body is unable to re-position it naturally or heal it such that it does not interfere with a person’s life. In situations like this conservative chiropractic care can be very effective.

There is however a subset of all herniated and bulging disc patients that do not respond to chiropractic, drugs, cortisone, physical therapy or anything for that matter. Some of these patients are suffering daily with sever low back pain and sciatica. many are unable to sleep and end up taking various kinds of medications day in and day out. Life is miserable.

These are the type of back pain patients that have a tendency to want to have surgery…they will try anything. In my clinical experience this type of patient represents about 10-15% of all herniated disc patients and is still a lot of people.

These are the perfect candidates for spinal decompression. The machine we use is the DRX9000 but there are many fine decompression systems out there.

Unless it is a medical emergency (rare) or you are disqualified from decompression therapy (rare), I recommend a course of spinal decompression to see if a patient will respond. Disc decompression is very safe and gentle. It takes about 6 weeks (20 sessions) to work through the protocol and make a determination if the treatment was successful.

If the DRX9000 does not achieve a favorable outcome and desired result you are still whole and able to pursue all other treatment options including back surgery.

If you have a spinal fusion you can never try decompression. So, why not try decompression first?

So there you go…that’s my 2 cents for what it’s worth. I have helped hundreds of herniated disc patients avoid surgery…the next one could be YOU!

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 L5-S1 Disc Herniation

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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.

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Spinal Decompression Cost. Is it Worth The Money?

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We have been providing Spinal Decompression in San Francisco for over 10 years now. At first, we had the only spinal decompression machine in the Bay Area. We quickly developed a waiting list and soon after this purchased two more machines. The machines we use are the DRX9000.

The spinal decompression cost has come down. The price back then was $6000 for 20 sessions. The protocol for decompression is twenty sessions over 6 weeks. Each session is about an hour. You are on the decompression machine for 30 minutes, then 10 minutes of muscle stimulation and 10 minutes of ice. It takes about 5-7 minutes to put the harnessing on that connects you to the machine.

Now, 10 years later, there are more DRX900 machines in San Francisco and the price is lower due to supply and demand. Our price is now around $3500-$4000 depending on the specific treatment plan and protocol.

So, is spinal decompression worth the money? Well, when you consider that spinal disc decompression has a very high success rate with very low risks of injury, the answer in my opinion is YES!

Heck, it is very labor intensive and the machines are very expensive. Our spinal decompression machine cost around $150,000 and treats both cervical and lumbar disc herniations.

And here’s the deal…In the unlikely event spinal decompression fails to deliver a favorable outcome you are still whole and can pursue other treatment options. If you have back surgery you may be permanently disqualified from ever trying disc decompression therapy.

So, it’s up to you. You can have back surgery which may or may not work out and could have serious complications including permanent bodily harm. Or, try safe, painless, highly effective spinal decompression first. Sure you will be out some time and money, but the upside is big…getting your life back!

To schedule an appointment for spinal decompression in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225. Ask for a complimentary consultation.

Scott Calzaretta

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