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Spinal Decompression or Physical Therapy?

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Spinal Decompression or Physical Therapy in San Francisco?

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

Several times per month we will consult with a herniated disc patient that was told they needed physical therapy for their condition by their doctor. Sometimes this helped a little, but more often than not it made them worse.  WHY?

When a vertebral disc is out of it’s normal position and putting pressure on a nerve, nerve root or the spinal cord, it can cause severe inflammation and muscle spasm (guarding). This is the natural response of the body as it attempts to protect the injured area by limiting motion.

Physical therapy even done by an expert can often times aggravate the herniated disc complex as the body is unable to handle even gentle exercise in it’s inflamed state.

Spinal decompression on the other hand is very safe and gentle and by design seeks to restore the injured disc into a more normal alignment, reducing nerve pressure, muscle spasm and inflammation.

The spinal decompression machine has a built in bio-feedback mechanism that senses the response of the body to the treatment and makes adjustments to the force based on this feedback loop.  This protects the body and allows the process to begin even in the most difficult of cases.

Once the muscles guarding has subsided as well as the inflammation and pain levels, e will slowly increase the intensity and move through the treatment protocol until we achieve the desired outcome. This process usually takes about 6 weeks (20 1 hour sessions).

We incorporate electrical muscle stimulation, ice, deep tissue laser and gentle massage techniques along the way.

In the event that a patient requires physical therapy at the end of the treatment, they are now in a better physical condition to handle it.

We have one of the most advanced physical therapy teams in San Francisco at our primary clinic in San Francisco, Chiro-Medical Group, Inc.  So, in the event that PT is needed, our patients simply walk a few blocks to get treatment.

So, there you go. Be very careful when you are told that you need physical therapy for a herniated disc and you are in a lot of pain.  Consider spinal decompression first. You may not even need PT.

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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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. 

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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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. 

Scott Calzaretta

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Low Back Pain Relief in San Francisco

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Low Back Pain

We have been providing treatment for Low Back Pain and Sciatica in Downtown San Francisco for over 22 years now.

Over 80% of the population will experience low back pain at some point in their life. Many will go on to develop chronic low back pain, which is low back pain that persists for over 90 days.

Sciatica, which is pain down the leg or both legs, is also fairly common and can result from the same underlying cause of the low back pain. Some patients have sciatica only or low back pain only or both.

 

Here is a list of the most common causes of low back pain:

  1. Low back sprain or strain.
  2. Vertebral Subluxation (misalignment).
  3. Herniated or Bulging Lumbar Disc.
  4. Spinal Stenosis.
  5. Degenerative Disc Disease.
  6. Facet Syndrome.

The best course of treatment depends on the nature and severity of the underlying problem, your age, your overall health, and if there are any complications such as a short leg, Scoliosis, foot pronation, spinal fusion, etc.

Chiropractic adjustments are your best first choice when it comes to low back pain relief or sciatica relief. Sometimes you will see results after the first visit. Sometimes it takes or longer.

In the event you have a herniated or bulging disc that does not respond to chiropractic adjustments, nonsurgical spinal decompression is a logical next step.

Spinal decompression machines are designed and built to treat herniated and bulging discs naturally and painlessly. The machine we use is the DRX9000.

Often times a combination of chiropractic and spinal decompression works best. We also incorporate spinal rehabilitation, nutrition, and lifestyle modifications into our programs.

So…if you are looking for low back pain relief in San Francisco and would like to learn more about our program, please call 415-392-2225 and 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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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. 

Scott Calzaretta

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Hand Pain and Herniated Disc in The Neck

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Is it Really CTS?

We have been providing treatment for hand pain in San Francisco for over 22 years now. 

Hand pain is very common in people that spend the majority of their day sitting at a desk in front of a computer…like most of our patients.

When it comes to hand pain treatment the source of the pain is not always in the hand. In fact, more often than not the source of the arm or hand pain is from pinched nerves in the neck. That’s right, pinched nerves in the neck can cause the same type of hand pain that pinched nerves in the hand or wrist can cause (carpal tunnel syndrome).

This is why it’s so important for a doctor to examine the neck to the finger tips when a patient presents with carpal tunnel symptoms such as hand pain.

The primary cause of pinched nerves in the neck is a herniated or bulging cervical disc.

Chiropractors have great success treating pinched nerves in the neck with adjustments, massage, exercise and other non-invasive treatments such as deep tissue laser and Active Release Techniques (ART).

In the unlikely event that chiropractic fails to deliver desired results for hand pain due to a herniated disc, then nonsurgical cervical decompression is considered for the neck.

At our clinic we will often incorporate cervical decompression with the DRX9000c and chiropractic adjustments. This can work extremely well.

We also have a medical team and physical therapy team for difficult cases.

So, if you are suffering with neck, arm, shoulder, elbow, or hand pain, you should probably visit a chiropractor that has expertise in CTS treatment and repetitive stress injuries. And if they have a cervical spinal decompression machine that’s even better.

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

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Cervical Spinal Decompression in San Francisco

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DRX9000c Cervical Decompression

The cervical disc decompression machine we own and operate is the DRX9000c. The DRX9000c is fully computerized and has a built-in biofeedback mechanism that senses the herniated disc patient’s response to the treatment and makes adjustments accordingly.

The cervical decompression system is able to target a specific spinal disc in the neck, such as the C5/6 disc because the computer adjusts the angle of pull according to which disc in the neck is being treated.

Many chiropractors, physical therapists, and medical doctors claim to offer spinal decompression, but it is nothing more than a glorified traction machine. Our spinal decompression system which includes the DRX9000 (lumbar machine) and the DRX9000c (cervical machine) costs over $150,000.

So make sure you do your homework.

In addition, just because a chiropractor or medical clinic has a DRX9000 or DRX9000c, it does not mean they know what to do with it. It takes years of clinical experience and operation to learn how to incorporate it into an overall lumbar and cervical disc herniation repair strategy and protocol.

We have performed over 12,000 decompression sessions on thousands of patients. In fact, we were the first to offer the DRX9000c to San Francisco.

So there you go…if you have been diagnosed with a herniated or bulging disc in the neck or feel you may have one and do not want surgery, you may be a candidate for nonsurgical spinal decompression to the cervical spine with the DRX9000c.

To find out if you are a candidate for cervical spinal decompression in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225 and ask for a complimentary consultation.

PS: We also offer physical therapy and medical case management at our sister clinic Chiro-Medical Group, Inc. a few blocks away.

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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Cervical Disc Herniation?

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DRX9000c Cervical Decompression

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

Typically, patients will present with neck, arm, or hand pain. There can be associated numbness, tingling or weakness in the upper extremities. Sometimes there is no neck pain at all, just arm or hand pain. It is not uncommon for a herniated disc in the neck to be misdiagnosed as carpal tunnel syndrome.

So how do you know if you have a herniated cervical disc?

Well, the gold standard for diagnosing a herniated disc is a MRI.

Many of our spinal decompression patients come to us with MRI in hand looking for nonsurgical solutions to their problem. Other times, we end up ordering the MRI after conservative chiropractic fails to deliver results.

We have a “next step” if chiropractic does not achieve a favorable outcome with cervical disc herniation. Our next step is nonsurgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000c. The DRX9000c is designed and built to treat herniated discs in the neck non-surgically. The results are outstanding.

We have been incorporating cervical disc decompression into our herniated disc treatment protocol for about 9 years now. In the event decompression is not successful, which is rare, the patient is left whole and can explore other treatment options, including neck surgery.

To find out if you are a candidate for nonsurgical cervical disc treatment in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225. Ask for a complimentary consultation.

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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

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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