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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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How much decompression do you need?

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Lumbar decompression with the DRX9000

We have been providing spinal decompression with the DRX9000 and DRX9000c to the San Francisco Financial District for over 8 years now to thousands of patients. One of the most important things we have learned is that everyone responds differently.

Spinal decompression therapy is a tool and it’s not a Magic Bullet…it requires weeks and sometimes months of initial treatment to achieve favorable outcomes. And favorable outcomes are not always a complete resolution of symptoms. Mostly, patients are just a lot better than they were and are happy with the treatment…many avoiding surgery.

Initially, the manufacturers protocol calls for 20 session of decompression, followed by 10 minutes of electronic muscle stimulation and 10 minutes of ice. Usually this is good enough. But in some cases it’s not and we need to do more. Usually, we realize this in the beginning and build more visits into the treatment program. We can always adjust up or down as the treatment unfolds.

Once we start some people begin to feel better immediately…some feel worse. And everything in between. It really does not matter how a patient responds when we start it’s where they end up when we finish.

Decompression therapy is physical and the body needs to adapt to these new forces and to the spine and discs moving into a more normal position. As the treatment progresses and we begin to incorporate exercises into the mixes there is more potential for soreness. in fact, patients tell us they feel much better from less nerve pain but the muscles soreness is still there…kind of like the soreness you get from working out…a good sore.

Then, at the end, depending on how you progressed and the nature and severity of your problem, and your overall health, we may want to do some more DRX session or a combination of chiropractic, exercise and decompression.

Our spinal decompression doctors work with our clinic director to create custom treatment plans based on individual needs. Some DRX9000 patients choose ongoing maintenance care of various frequencies and some just come in when they feel the need. We work together to find what’s best for you.

The first step in the decompression process is to find out if the DRX9000 makes sense for you.  To schedule a complimentary consultation to see if you are a candidate for spinal decompression in San Francisco, please call 415-392-2225.

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Leg Numbness with No Back Pain?

Have you been experiencing leg numbness or tingling in the leg or legs but you have no back pain? Well, you are not alone as this is a very common finding and symptom of a herniated disc in the low back. This is actually a form of Sciatica.

That’s right…it’s possible to have pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in the leg but have no back pain. The reason for this is that the nerves that exit from the lumbar spine travel down the leg to the foot and carry nerve impulses and chemicals that are responsible for motor (movement) and sensory (what you feel) functions. Any kind of pressure on these nerves from a herniated or bulging lumbar disc and you can feel numbness, pins and needles, hot and cold, or burning sensations.

If the leg numbness in your leg/s persists you should visit a chiropractor or orthopedic doctor to be evaluated for possible lumbar disc pathology.

If you are diagnosed with a herniated disc you should not rush to have back surgery even though it may be recommended as a primary option. The reason for this is that we now know ruptured spinal discs can heal on their own with a little help from a chiropractor or a nonsurgical spinal decompression machine like the DRX9000.

Sure, there are rare situations where surgery is the only option but they are far and few in between. Most of the time it makes sense to try non invasive treatments for herniated disc repair first. And in my experience favorable outcomes are achieved more often than not.

So…if you are experiencing numbness or tingling in the legs (sciatica) and you want to find out if you have a herniated disc make an appointment to see a chiropractor ASAP.

If you live or work or plan on visiting San Francisco in the near future you can come see us.

To schedule an appointment with one of our Spinal Decompression Doctors in San Francisco call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post for a complimentary consultation. We validate parking at the Embarcadero Center where we are located.

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Cervical Decompression or Neck Surgery?

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DRX9000c Cervical Decompression

We have been providing treatment for cervical disc herniations in San Francisco for over 20 years now. About 8 years ago or so we began to incorporate cervical decompression with the DRX9000c into the mix. Since then we believe we have helped prevent many neck surgeries.

How many times have you heard, “I have a pinched nerve in my neck and have to have surgery.” Though there certainly are cases where surgical intervention is required, surgery should ONLY be considered after ALL non-surgical treatment approaches have been tried first (and failed). It is alarming how many cases of cervical radiculopathy (i.e., “pinched nerve”) end up being surgically treated with NO trial of non-surgical care. Hence, the focus of this month’s article will look at research (“MEDICAL EVIDENCE”) that clearly states neck surgery DOES NOT improve the long term outcomes of patients with chronic neck pain.

Chronic neck pain (CNP) is, by definition, neck pain that has been present for a minimum of three months. This category of neck pain is very well represented, as many neck pain sufferers have had neck pain, “…for years” or, at least longer than three months. Depending on the intensity of pain and it’s effect on daily function, many patients with CNP often ask their primary care provider, “…is there anything surgically that can be done?” The desire for a “quick fix” is often the focus of those suffering with neck pain. Unfortunately, according to recent studies, there may not be a “quick fix” or, at least surgery is NOT the answer. The December 2012 issue of The European Spine Journal reports that spine surgery did NOT improve outcomes for patients with CNP. Moreover, they pointed to other studies that showed some VERY STRONG REASONS NOT to have spine surgery unless everything else has failed. One of the reasons was a higher hospital readmission rate after spine surgery. Another reported that most studies on surgical vs. conservative [non-surgical] care showed a high risk of bias, suggesting the research on surgical intervention was biased in the research approach used. They further reported, “The benefit of surgery over conservative care is not clearly demonstrated.” It is important to point out that the research analyzed studies that included patients with and without radiculopathy (radiating arm pain from a pinched nerve), and myelopathy (those with pinching of the spinal cord creating pain, numbness, weakness in the legs, and/or bowel / bladder dysfunction).

In February of 2008, the Neck Pain Task Force published overwhelming evidence that research supports the use of cervical spinal manipulation in the treatment of both acute and chronic neck pain with or without radiculopathy. Bronfort published similar findings in 2010 in a large UK based study that looked at the published evidence supporting different types of treatment for various conditions. They found cervical spine manipulation was effective for neck pain of ANY duration (acute or chronic). Chiropractic utilizes manipulation, manual traction, mobilization, muscle release techniques, home cervical traction, exercise, as well as a multitude of physiotherapy modalities when managing patients with CNP. Given the overwhelming research evidence that surgical intervention for CNP is NOT any better than non-surgical care, the greater amount of negative side-effects, and the obviously long recovery time post-surgically, chiropractic treatment of anyone suffering from CNP should be tried FIRST.

We realize that you have a choice in where you choose your healthcare services.  If you, a friend or family member requires care for neck 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.

If you are considering neck surgery than you owe it to yourself to find out more about cervical disc decompression with the DRX9000c.

 To schedule an appointment with one of our Cervical Decompression Doctors in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225

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Spinal Decompression Therapy for Multi-Level Disc Herniations

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DRX9000 Lumbar Decompression

We have been providing spinal decompression therapy in San Francisco for 9 years now.  The most common symptoms we treat are low back pain, neck pain, sciatica, numbness and tingling, due to herniated or bulging discs in the low back and neck. During this time we have performed almost 20,000 spinal decompression treatments on the DRX9000, the disc decompression system we introduced to San Francisco.

It is not uncommon for prospective spinal decompression patients to present with disc herniations or disc bulges at multiple spinal levels. What happens is, the spine tries to adapt to the first herniation and it just becomes too much for the other spinal discs to handle, and over time they break down and herniate.All the discs are connected and are part of your spinal structure. This becomes a problem when you present to an orthpedic surgeon because they often times have trouble pin pointing which disc is the primary source of the pain and dysfunction. Heck…if you have say three spinal levels of disc herniations, whet are they going to do, operate on all of them? Maybe…but I would not do this if it were me.

This is one of the reasons nonsurgical spinal decompression makes so much sense for multi-level disc herniations. First of all the treatment is drug-less and does not involve surgery. Nothing is cut out. If you remove part of a spinal disc you remove part of your spinal structure. This can make the problem even worse…because the other parts of the spine have to compensate for the loss of structure by absorbing more stresses, predisposing them to disc degeneration, bulges and herniations.

Decompression machines such as the DRX9000 are able to isolate on specific disc herniations one at a time and seek to repair them naturally.

Disc decompression therapy elongates the spine, enlarges the disc space, re-positions the injured disc, rehydrates the disc, strengthens the spinal ligaments, and helps replace the surrounding scar tissue with healthier, more pliable, more normally functioning muscle tissue.

More often than not, patients that present with symptoms such as severe low back pain, sciatica, numbness, tingling, night pain, and many of the other symptoms associated with lumbar and cervical disc bulges and herniations, achieve favorable outcomes and ovoid risky surgery.

Does spinal decompression work every time? NO…just most of the time.

But here’s the deal…If spinal disc decompression fails to deliver results you are still whole and can explore other options. If you have surgery…especially multi-level disc surgery and fusion, you will never be able to try spinal decompression…you will be permanently disqualified. OUCH!

My Advice: Try spinal decompression first. The worse thing that can happen (in the unlikely event that spinal decompression fails to deliver) is you will be out some time and money. But you will still be whole and can explore other treatment options.

To schedule an appointment at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Clinic please call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post for a complimentary consultation.

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Cervical Decompression for C7 Disc Bulge

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DRX9000c Cervical Decompression

We have been providing spinal decompression therapy in San Francisco for over 8 years now. The machine we use is the DRX9000c.

Cervical decompression systems are designed and built to treat bulging and herniated cervical discs without drugs or surgery.

The C7 disc bulge is one of the most common conditions we treat with the DRX9000c. The C7 disc is the disc at the very bottom of the cervical spine in between the C7 and T1 vertebra. The C7 disc will often bulge as an adaption to things like abnormal stresses from poor posture over time, injury (sports, auto accident, repetitive strain) or degenerative disc disease…to name a few.

Typically, a bulging disc in the neck will eventually herniate if left untreated. This is why it’s so important to get the right kind of treatment as soon as the disc bulge is diagnosed.

Cervical disc decompression treats bulging and herniated disc by elongating the spine, re-positioning the disc, enlarging the disc space, and creating a negative pressure, which actually pulls the bulging disc material back to the center of the disc.

The treatment protocol is 20 sessions done as follows:

5 times for 2 weeks, 3 times for 2 weeks, 2 times for 2 weeks.

The sessions are about 50 minutes. You receive cervical decompression for 30 minutes, then 10 minutes of muscle stimulation, then 10 minutes of ice.

Bulging cervical discs at C7 can cause symptoms like arm pain and weakness, loss of grip strength, numbness and tingling in the arm and hand, night pain, and headaches.

Success rates are high with the DRX9000c.

If you have been diagnosed with a bulging or herniated disc in the neck and would like to fined out if you are a candidate for cervical decompression with the DRX9000c we would like to hear from you.

To schedule a complimentary consultation at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center please call 415-392-2225.

Scott Calzaretta

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Cervical Decompression with the DRX9000c

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DRX9000c Cervical Decompression

We have been providing cervical decompression therapy in San Francisco for about 8 years now. We have been serving the SF Financial District for over 20 years. The spinal decompression machine we use is the DRX9000c.

The DRX9000c is designed and built to treat cervical neurovascular compression syndromes such as bulging discs, herniated discs, cervical stenosis, degenerative disc disease, and facet syndrome, nonsurgically.

The DRX9000c is set to the specific spinal disc level of the problem. For instance, if there is a disc herniation of the C6-7 disc then that is the disc we target. Decompression therapy enlarges the disc space, elongates the spine, strengthens the spinal muscles and ligaments, re-hydrates the injured cervical spinal disc, and pulls the herniated or bulging disc fragments back to the center of the disc and off the spinal cord and spinal nerves.

The decompression therapy is about 30 minutes. Then there is 10 minutes and muscle stimulation and ice. The muscle stimulation teaches the cervical muscles to work with the spine in it’s new position. The ice reduces inflammation and muscle spasms.

The protocol for cervical decompression with the DRX9000c is 20 sessions. These sessions are done over a 6 week period.

Some spinal decompression patients continue with ongoing maintenance and some just come in as needed when they feel they need it.

There is home care and exercises that decompression patients follow to obtain optimum results.

Success rates are high with cervical decompression at our San Francisco clinic. We try to only accept cases that we feel will achieve favorable outcomes.

Sometimes there is a little soreness in the beginning…but most patients are already sore. Otherwise, the treatment itself is very gentle and relaxing…it’s something you look forward to.

If you have been diagnosed with a cervical disc herniation or disc bulge, or any of the other conditions listed above, and would like to find out if you are a candidate for spinal decompression, you should find a doctor with a DRX9000c in your area.

If you live, work, or can travel to downtown San Francisco, then you can see us.

To schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Doctors please call 415-392-2225 and mention this blog post.

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Spinal Decompression or Chiropractic for a Disc Herniation?

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Spinal Decompression Therapy with DRX9000

We have been providing chiropractic in San Francisco for over 20 years now. About 8 years ago we began to incorporate spinal decompression with the DRX9000 into the mix.

In general, we always want to rule out chiropractic as a first choice for herniated discs in the neck or low back. Spinal decompression is more expensive and time consuming and is not covered by insurance.  Actually, most insurance will cover re-exams, exercises, ice, muscle stimulation, and some of the ancillary services we provide to decompression patients.

If a patient presents with a new condition, even though it appears to be a herniated disc (it’s not hard to tell)…we still want to try conservative chiropractic care first if the patient can tolerate it…and most can because we start out very gentle and easy.

On the other hand…if a patient comes to us and has already tried chiropractic without much success, or we treat them ourselves without any change, say after a few weeks, then we consider decompression therapy and will usually order an MRI.

A few weeks ago we had a 28 year old male present with severe back and leg pain with no apparent cause. He was listing to one side (antalgia) which is common with a lumbar disc herniation, and had all the positive disc findings…another-words chances are he has a herniated disc…we would need MRI to confirm.

Our game plan was to treat with conservative chiropractic for a few weeks and see if we could stabilize him and get him back on track. He really wanted to avoid an MRI and the  time and expense of spinal decompression.

The treatment started out slow with not much change…then after 4 chiropractic adjustments he started to come around, sleep better, stand straighter, feel better, and have hope that chiropractic can help.

As it stands he had to go on a work trip and will be back at the end of the week. This is not ideal so we will see.

I guess the point is this…We always want to try the more conservative, less expensive chiropractic adjustments first when it comes to treating bulging and herniated cervical and lumbar discs. But we have a Plan B if we need it, Nonsurgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000 or DRX9000c (cervical decompression system).

To find out if you are a candidate for spinal decompression in San Francisco, call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post for a complimentary consultation.

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Spinal Decompression for an L5 Herniated Disc

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Spinal Decompression Therapy with DRX9000

We have been providing treatment for herniated discs in San Francisco for over 20 years now. Currently, we use a combination of chiropractic adjustments (if tolerated), nonsurgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000, deep tissue laser therapy, core exercises, and lots of TLC.

The L5 spinal disc is in between the L5 lumbar vertebrae and Sacrum. It is the last vertebral disc in the spine and is the most common lumbar disc to herniate and require back surgery.

The L5 lumbar disc is the disc that we apply nonsurgical spinal decompression to most often…and with great success. Even if there are other bulges or herniations in the spine we always target L5-S1 first as many of the other herniations will correct themselves if the primary L5 disc heals and is re-positioned.

Spinal decompression is able to achieve favorable outcomes in most herniated disc patients by doing the following (the machine targets a specific spinal disc level such as L5 by adjusting the angle of pull):

  1. Elongates the spine.
  2. Enlarges the disc space.
  3. Re-hydrated the injured disc.
  4. Re-positions the herniated disc material off the nerves.
  5. Strengthens the spinal ligaments and muscles.
  6. Makes the spine more flexible and “life is motion”.

Spinal decompression patients must first qualify medically for DRX9000 treatment. If you have had fusion surgery or have scoliosis or severe osteoporosis (and other contraindications) you may not qualify. Your doctor will make this determination.

The best thing to do if you have an L5 disc herniation or herniated or bulging disc anywhere else in the low back or neck, is to find a spinal decompression center close to you and see if you qualify for decompression therapy. I would do this before you consider back surgery because you may not need to have it.

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

 

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Considering Spinal Decompression?

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Spinal Decompression Therapy with DRX9000

We have been providing treatment for herniated discs in San Francisco for over 20 years now. For the past 8 years we have included nonsurgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000 into the mix.

Prior to spinal decompression therapy we would be unable to help certain herniated disc patients. After-all…chiropractic, which is a wonderful form of treatment for most cases, just can’t help certain disc patients. My guess is that up to 20% of the patients that suffer with a herniated or bulging cervical or lumbar disc, simply will not respond to chiropractic care, physical therapy, medications, acupuncture, or exercise. They need something more.

Before spinal decompression we would refer most of these patients for back or neck surgery consultations. Some would have surgery, but most would just live with the pain. These are the first patients we treated when we purchased our first DRX9000 8 years ago.

Now things are different. The DRX9000 becomes our “next step” if chiropractic fails to deliver results with herniated and bulging disc patients. We also have a DRX9000c to treat cervical disc herniations.

Sometimes the DRX9000 or DRX9000c can actually help make chiropractic adjustments work. The spinal decompression process is able to reduce inflammation, pain, and muscle spasms , which allow a patient to tolerate chiropractic. And the combination of chiropractic adjustments and spinal decompression can be much more powerful than either one alone.

Don’t get me wrong…spinal decompression IS NOT a magic wand. What it is is the most advanced form of nonsurgical treatment in the marketplace today for neurovascular compression syndromes such as herniated discs, bulging discs, facet syndrome, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disc disease.

Does spinal decompression therapy with the DRX9000 work every time?

NO…nothing does.  Just most of the time.

But here’s the deal. Spinal decompression is very safe. If it does not help you are still whole and can explore other treatment options. If you have fusion surgery you cannot UN-do it. You will be forever disqualified from ever trying spinal decompression.

TIP: Try spinal decompression first…you can always have surgery!

To schedule a complimentary consultation with a spinal decompression doctor in San Francisco, call 415-392-2225 and mention this blog post.

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