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Cervical Decompression with the DRX9000c

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DRX9000c Cervical Decompression

We have been providing treatment in San Francisco for herniated discs in the neck for over 20 years now. About 8 years ago we began to incorporate nonsurgical cervical decompression with the DRX9000c into the mix.

Since then, cervical decompression has become the gold standard for the nonsurgical treatment of neurovascular compression syndromes such as bulging and herniated cervical discs, cervical stenosis, disc degeneration, and facet syndrome.

Often times,  patients are scheduled for risky neck surgery when they decide to try the DRX9000c first at the recommendation of their medical doctor. Other times, we discover the cervical disc herniation when we send an unresponsive chiropractic patient out for an MRI. Some patients find us while conducting their own research for nonsurgical drug-less options for neck pain, which may or may not be radiating into the arms and hands.

Neck pain that radiates into the upper extremities can also lead to weakness up grip strength and disability. It’s best to seek treatment right away before it gets worse.

We have seen miracles at our spinal decompression clinic with the DRX9000c. Most recently,  a dentists that was having to use a wheel chair and could not work, is now walking on his own and reports a 70% recovery at about the half way point.

While cervical decompression is not a Magic Bullet…it is the most advanced technology in the marketplace today for herniated and bulging discs.

Not all patients qualify medically for the DRX9000c. The best thing to do if you feel you are a candidate is to find a spinal decompression doctor near you.

If you live or work near downtown San Francisco you can visit us at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center. Simply call 415-392-2225 and ask for a complimentary consultation and demonstration of the DRX9000c.  

 

Scott Calzaretta

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Cervical Disc Herniation or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) occurs when a nerve in the wrist called the “Median Nerve” is compressed. This typically occurs in people that do repetitive motions of the wrist day in and day out, such as office workers, meat cutters, hair dressers, and athletes.

Carpal Tunnel or Herniated Disc?

The most common signs and symptoms of CTS are pain in the wrist, numbness, tingling, weakness of grip, arm pain, and night pain.

The median nerve actually originates in the neck. It forms from nerve roots in the lower cervical spine, then travels down the middle of the forearm and through a bony tunnel in the wrist called the carpal tunnel.

When the carpal tunnel bones are out of alignment or the contents of the tunnel are overworked (tendons), the median nerve can become irritated and cause CTS symptoms.

But here’s the deal…if the nerve roots that form the median nerve are irritated as they exit the spine…say from a herniated disc in the neck…it can cause the same symptoms you feel when you have carpal tunnel syndrome.

And get this…you would not necessarily have any neck pain. Sometimes you do…sometimes you don’t. It’s when you don’t that causes problems with a proper diagnosis. If you go to a doctor for CTS symptoms that does not deal with carpal tunnel syndrome and herniated discs in the neck on a regular basis, you may get a bad diagnosis.

In fact, in my 20 years in practice, I can’t tell you how many times a doctor has diagnosed hand pain as CTS when the problem was a herniated disc in the neck.

Sometimes the patient has both. If a herniated disc in the neck is suspected we will usually order a cervical MRI to rule it out. But first we try conservative chiropractic care to see if we can improve the patients condition.

Our treatment is from the neck to the fingertips on both sides. We will typically perform chiropractic adjustments to the neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, and fingers to realign the spine and extremities, restore motion, and improve strength and function. We will also massage the area to reduce muscle spasms and inflammation as well as break-up and prevent scar tissue formation. Then, we will implement custom exercises to strengthen the areas and restore normal motion.

In the event this CTS protocol fails to deliver desired results, we consider a cervical MRI and nonsurgical spinal decompression to the cervical spine with the DRX9000c. We also have deep tissue therapeutic laser which can help with herniated discs and carpal tunnel syndrome.

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DRX9000c Cervical Decompression

A little different than wrist splints and Motrin Huh?

Believe it or not that’s a common medical approach to these problems. Then cortisone…then surgery…OUCH!

Now not every chiropractor is a carpal tunnel and herniated disc expert…but some are…you have to do some homework to find them.

If you live or work or plan to travel to San Francisco you can visit our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center. Our chiropractors are trained in all the above. If you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation please call 415-392-2225 and mention this blog post.

Scott Calzaretta

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When should you have an MRI of the Neck?

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Cervical disc bulge on MRI

We have been treating cervical disc herniations at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Clinic since 1992. Most of the time we are the ones to refer a patient out for a cervical MRI, which is the gold standard diagnostic tool for herniated discs. And this is usually after the neck pain patient has had extensive medical evaluations. Go figure?

Almost every patient we refer for a cervical MRI turns out to have either disc bulges, spinal stenosis, disc degeneration, or cervical disc herniations.

Our spinal decompression doctors are highly trained in examination procedures so they are able to zero in on herniated discs in the neck and back.

Here’s the deal though…Even though we may suspect a herniated disc in the cervical spine, it does not automatically mean we refer out for MRI. It depends on many factors…such as the patients age, over-all physical condition, and presenting symptoms…and functional impairment.

The reason for this is because many times even though a patient has bulging or herniated discs, they still may respond favorably to a short course of conservative chiropractic, exercise, and therapy.

However…if the condition is acute and severe, we will refer right away.

When one of our spinal decompression doctors in San Francisco refers for an MRI of the cervical spine, we have the films and report sent to us. Why? Because we have a next step at our clinic…Nonsurgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000c.

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DRX9000c Cervical Decompression

The DRX9000c is designed and built to treat cervical disc herniations, bulges, degeneration, stenosis, and facet syndrome.

So first we try gentle chiropractic, exercise, massage, and physical therapy. If there is no response we order and MRI of the neck. If there are positive findings we may recommend cervical disc decompression with the DRX9000c or refer out to an orthopedic surgeon (rare).

So maybe you need an MRI of the neck…maybe you don’t.

My recommendation is to find yourself a chiropractor that has a cervical spinal decompression machine and lots of experience using it. Chances are they will have a good relationship with a diagnostic facility and can prescribe an MRI if indicated.

If you live or work near downtown San Francisco you can visit our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center. To schedule a complimentary consultation call 415-392-2225 and mention this blog post.

We also have a list of recommended spinal decompression doctors around the US. If you need help locating a doctor send an email to [email protected]

 Check-out this video: Spinal Decompression Review: Cervical

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Cervical Decompression for Herniated Discs in the Neck

Nonsurgical spinal decompression to the cervical spine has become a very popular treatment option for herniated disc patients. After-all, who wouldn’t want to avoid neck surgery.

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DRX9000c Cervical Decompression

The machine we use at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center is the DRX9000c. The DRX9000c is the companion to the DRX9000 lumbar decompression system. In fact…they connect to one another.

We have been providing spinal decompression services in San Francisco for over 6 years now and the results have been outstanding. Cervical decompression typically takes about 6-8 weeks from beginning to end. Sessions are an hour long. The decompression therapy itself is 30 minutes on the DRX9000c. Then we do muscle stimulation for 10 minutes. Then, 10 minutes of ice.

Cervical decompression enlarges the disc space, elongates the spine, strengthens the spinal ligaments, repositions the herniated disc, re-hydrates the disc, and gives the herniated disc a chance to repair itself. The muscle stimulation teaches the spinal muscles to work with the spine in it’s new position. The ice helps to reduce pain, inflammation, and muscle spasms. We also incorporate massage, deep tissue laser, and exercise into our treatment protocols.

Does cervical decompression work for everyone we treat?

NO…just the overwhelming majority of them.

Is Cervical Decompression Safe?

YES…the only side effect is occasional soreness.

Is Spinal Decompression Expensive?

It depends what you compare it to. Compared to neck surgery cervical decompression is cheap. Compared to Aspirin it’s expensive. For about the same price as a vacation for two to Hawaii ($5000) you can go through the entire program. A small price to pay to get your life back. We have payment plans with no interest.

Is Spinal Decompression for me?

That’s for you to decide. Whatever you do don’t let someone else decide for you. The only way to know if spinal decompression can fix your disc herniation is to try it for yourself. The worst case scenario is that is does not help and you are out some time and money. The worst case scenario for neck surgery is that you bones are fused together and you are still in pain. Surgery should be a last resort.

What should I do next?

If you live, work, or have the ability to stay in San Francisco for 6 weeks or so you can see us. Otherwise, you can send me your zip code ([email protected]) and I can locate a DRX9000 or DRX9000c near where you live.

To find out if you are a candidate for the DRX9000c at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center…call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post for a complimentary consultation and assessment.

 

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Cervical Decompression with the DRX9000c or Surgery?

Many patients that have been told they need neck surgery, are choosing to try cervical decompression with the DRX9000c first…why? Well, because neck surgery is much more risky than nonsurgical decompression, and the outcomes are not all that great. Plus, you cannot undo a cervical fusion.

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DRX9000c Cervical Decompression

Once you have a cervical fusion, other treatment options are limited.  And, you will never know if cervical disc decompression with the DRX9000c would have worked…because you are now disqualified from treatment. We can’t perform decompression to a permanently fused spinal segment.

I once had a retired surgeon beg me to perform the treatment. The surgery had failed. He said he would have the hardware removed. He could only sleep upright…it was very sad.

I guess the point I am trying to make is that you can always have neck surgery. If nonsurgical cervical decompression fails to deliver results you are still whole and can try other options…including surgery.

The DRX9000c isolates on the specific areas of involvement and does the following:

  • Enlarges the disc space
  • Stretches the spinal ligaments
  • Repositions the herniated disc
  • Re-hydrates the injured disc
  • Strengthens  the spinal muscles

Does the DRX9000c repair every cervical disc herniation it treats?  NO…just most of them.

Will the DRX9000c help you? Maybe…but you have to qualify for treatment first and be willing to follow through with home care and exercises. Believe it or not…some would rather have surgery. Here…you fix me mentality.

Chances are if you are reading this blog you are searching for a nonsurgical solution for a herniated or bulging cervical disc. If so, you may have found it.

To find out if you are a candidate for cervical decompression with the DRX9000c in San Francisco, call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post for a complimentary consultation.

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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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