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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.

 Serving local 94111 for over 20 years

 

Scott Calzaretta

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The time to start spinal decompression is always NOW!

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DRX9000 Lumbar Decompression

We have been offering spinal decompression therapy in San Francisco for over 8 years now. During this time we have performed over 15,000 spinal decompression sessions…so we know a little bit about what works.

One thing we have figured out is that there will never be a perfect time to start. There will always be vacations, prior commitments, kids, work, things you need to start and things you need to finish…life!

Sure, DRX9000 decompression therapy is a commitment…it’s 20 one hour sessions done in 6-8 weeks or more. But heck…the reason you are considering doing it is because low back pain, sciatica, or neck pain is interfering with your life. You have been diagnosed with some sort of neurovascular compression syndrome such as a herniated or bulging disc in the cervical or lumbar spine.  So whatever you are doing you are most likely doing it in pain and are unable to fully enjoy what life has to offer.

This is why i say that the time to start spinal decompression is always NOW.

Why not start the process of repairing your back now so you can get your life back?

At our spinal decompression center in San Francisco we try to make the process as easy as possible. We reserve the DRX9000 for you so there is no waiting. We can perform the entire treatment in around 50 minutes so you do not get trapped for hours like other clinics. And…we can work with your busy schedule to get you started even if it means you can only do a few sessions per week. It can be easy to start…really.

We have found that those that make decompression happen seem to get the best results. They are mentally prepared for a favorable outcome…they expect it. They are taking charge and not letting the normal stresses of life interfere with their decision. And we are right there with them making sure the process is a smooth ride.

Hey…the Holidays are a perfect time to start disc decompression therapy. Things slow down, we have space on the decompression machine, and it’s a great way to power into the New Year.

Anyway…we hope you are enjoying the season and we look forward to seeing you soon 🙂

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

Serving local 94111 for over 20 years

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Is Neck Pain from a Herniated Disc or Something Else?

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Neck Pain Treatment

Neck pain can arise from many different sources, and the patient’s clinical presentation can be quite similar making it a challenge to diagnose. One of those related, and sometimes co-existing conditions, is called thoracic outlet syndrome, or TOS. Let’s first discuss the anatomy of the neck and the thoracic outlet so we all have a good “picture” in mind of what we’re talking about.

            TOS can arise from either blood vessel compression, nerve compression or both, making the ease of diagnosis difficult. Adding to the challenge, the “pinch” of the structure can occur at more than one place! The nerves and blood vessels can get pinched at the exiting holes in the spine (“neuroforamen”), by tight “scalene” muscles, under the collar bone (clavicle) and/or by a tight pectoralis minor muscle near the arm pit. Hence, the symptoms usually include pain and numbness in the shoulder, arm and hand (usually affecting the 4th & 5th fingers). It’s our job to run different tests to figure out where the primary pinch or pinches are located so we can treat the right area.

            The causes of TOS can be many, with one of the obvious being a fractured collar bone or clavicle. Another is from having an extra rib. As there is not a lot of room for an extra structure, this can be a point of compression for some (but doesn’t create TOS in everyone). An overly tight scalene muscle, scar tissue, an extra large muscle and so on can also result in pinching of the nerves and/or blood vessels.

            Purses, backpacks, carrying golf clubs, a mailbag and the like can also cause a pinch. A seat belt injury in a car accident is yet another cause, either from the direct trauma, or later when scar tissue forms in the area.

            Our posture alone (without trauma), such as a slouchy, slumped posture where the shoulders roll forwards can cause TOS and, large breasts and obesity also add to the list of risk factors. Women are affected 3x more than men. Certain jobs where reaching overhead or outwards such as waitresses, carpenters, electricians, increase TOS risk.

            You can depend on us to identify, locate and treat the areas that need attending as chiropractic includes many effective TOS treatment methods. The surgical outcomes are less than impressive so do EVERYTHING else first (a good surgeon will tell you that).

            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.

To schedule an appointment for neck pain treatment in San Francisco call 415-392-2225.

 

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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The Neck and Shoulder Pain Relationship

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Neck and Shoulder Pain Connection

Given the close anatomical proximity between the neck and shoulder, it’s no wonder the two are intimately related. In our hectic lifestyles of driving, hunching over computers, talking on the phone, not to mention stress arising from multiple sources, the muscles in the neck, upper back and shoulders seem to tighten up and hurt at the same time. The question is, between the neck and the shoulder, which one is the “chicken” and which is the “egg?”

The neck gives rise to the nerves that innervate the head (C1-3 nerve roots), the shoulders (C4-5), and the arms (C5-T2). Hence, there are 8 sets of nerves in the neck, 12 sets in the thoracic (middle back region), and 6 sets in the lumbar or low back region and 5 sets in the sacrum, all of which travel to a specific destination allowing us to move our muscles and to feel hot, cold, sharp, dull, vibration and position sense. When these nerves get pinched or irritated, they lose their function and the ability to feel, making it challenging to button a shirt, thread a needle, or pick up small objects.  It can also make it difficult to unscrew jars, squeeze a spray bottle, or lift a milk container from the refrigerator. Hence, the nerves arising from the neck, when pinched, can have a dramatic effect on our ability to carry out our desired activities in which the shoulder, arm and hand use is required.

On the other hand, when the shoulder is injured (such as a rotator cuff tear), this can also result in neck problems. There are several ways pain from the neck affects the shoulder and vice versa. When the shoulder is injured, pain “information” is relayed to the brain starting at the nerve endings located in the area of the shoulder injury, transmitting impulses between the shoulder and the neck, and finally from the neck to the sensory cortex of the brain. That information is processed and communication to the motor cortex prompts nerve signals to be sent back to the shoulder through the neck and to the injured area (in this case, the shoulder). A reflex muscle spasm often occurs as a result, serving as kind of an “internal cast” as the muscle spasm tries to protect the injured shoulder. This can become a “vicious cycle” or never-ending “loop” until the reflex is interrupted (perhaps by a chiropractic adjustment). Another means by which both areas become injured has to do with modifications in function. We tend to change the way we go about our daily chores when an injury occurs to the shoulder, such as putting on a coat differently by leaning over to the opposite side. These functional changes can also give rise to neck pain. Because of this reflex cycle, as well as the close anatomic relationship between the neck and shoulder, not to mention the “domino effect” of soft-tissue injuries which seem to change the function at the next joint level, it’s not surprising that both the neck AND the shoulder require simultaneous treatment for optimal treatment benefit. However, the good news is, regardless which one is the “chicken or the egg,” chiropractic treatments of shoulder injuries will almost always include the neck and vice-versa.

            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.

 To schedule an appointment with one of our chiropractors in San Francisco call 415-392-2225. Mention this neck and shoulder pain article and receive a complimentary consultation.

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Low Back Pain and Spinal Manipulation: How Does it Work?

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Spinal Adjustment

For many years, Chiropractic has been at the forefront of treating low back pain (LBP) with both greater patient satisfaction and less lost time at work when compared to other non-surgical treatment approaches. There have been many explanations as to why chiropractic manipulation therapy (CMT) works but many of these studies include other treatment modalities or methods and the benefits are ,therefore, not clearly derived only from CMT.  A recent study has tried to clear this up and the results are very interesting!

This study included two chiropractors and two a physical therapists (PT) from Canada and the US. What is unique about this study is that they measured clinical or symptomatic improvement by tracking improvement in activity tolerance using a standard questionnaire commonly used by chiropractors and PTs all over the world, as well as changes in the spinal stiffness using a valid/reliable instrument before and after CMT was utilized. The importance of these findings is that only CMT was utilized and hence, other forms of treatment commonly utilized by chiropractors did not cloud the findings. There were 48 patients included in the study and the initial 2 treatments were administered 3-4 days apart, followed by an assessment 3-4 days after the 2nd treatment. Assessments were also performed before and after each treatment. The assessments included use of the questionnaire and a stiffness measurement using the special instrument. Also, “recruitment of the lumbar multifidus muscle” (a muscle in the low back that helps stabilize the trunk or core) was measured by ultrasound. After each treatment, significant improvement was found in the overall pain level and in reduced spinal stiffness (which remained improved 3-4 days after the last/second treatment).

The study conclusions revealed less pain, more activity tolerance and less spinal stiffness after the administration of the 2 treatments. The greatest clinical improvement was found in those who had the most dramatic reduction in stiffness after each treatment. They found that the level of muscle recruitment was directly related to the degree of spinal stiffness.  They also found that patients who received thrust manipulation (CMT) had immediate improvements with reduced pain, stiffness and improved muscle recruitment measurements. However, this same effect was NOT obtained when non-thrust mobilization techniques were used. This means many non-thrust manual techniques such as mobilization, massage, and other soft tissue release methods do not create the immediate benefits that were produced by thrust manipulation.

With this new information, we are now able to explain with confidence to patients the reasons why they typically feel better after the spinal adjustment. The patient can then appreciate receiving an answer that makes clear sense and has been “proven.” It’s important to realize that the “bonus” of receiving chiropractic care for low back pain includes not only just pain reduction, but more importantly, improvement in tolerating activities such as vacuuming, washing dishes, golfing, walking and of course, working.

            We realize you have a choice in who you choose to provide your health-care services.  If you, a friend or family member requires care for low back 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.

To schedule an appointment with one of our San Francisco Chiropractors call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post for a complimentary consultation.

Scott Calzaretta

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Is it Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or a Disc Herniation in the Neck?

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Is it Really CTS?

Carpal tunnel syndrome or, CTS, causes pain and/or numbness into the hand and because it’s so common, CTS is often the first and the last diagnosis a doctor makes when a patient presents with these symptoms. The purpose of this article is to consider other conditions that present in a similar way and if not treated correctly, may result in a poor post-treatment result. Conditions like a herniated disc in the neck.

In  order to understand what CTS is, it’s important to learn about where the nerves originates.  The nerves to the hand start in the neck and merge together like 5 lanes of traffic (C5 to T1 nerve roots exiting the spine) merging into 3 primary lanes (called “cords”) that give rise to smaller roads and eventually continue into the arm as 3 primary nerves (the ulnar, median, and radial nerves).

Our San Francisco Spinal Decompression doctors have found that the most common cause of hand pain and CTS like symptoms is nerve irritation in the neck from a misaligned vertebrae, bulging disc, facet joint syndrome, or herniated disc.

There are also various other anatomical locations where a nerve can become irritated, pinched, or trapped.

In their journey into the arm, they travel through tight openings (some of which are called tunnels) at various places which include: the neck (the anterior scalene triangle made up of muscles); the thoracic outlet (in the shoulder where the collar bone, first rib and shoulder blade come together with multiple muscle attachments); the elbow which has 3 tunnels: the cubital tunnel located on the inner side (palm facing forwards) often referred to as the “funny bone,” where the ulnar nerve travels (which brings strength and sensations to the pinky side of the forearm, hand and 4th and 5th fingers), the pronator tunnel located in the middle of the elbow where the median nerve travels (bringing strength and sensations to the middle 3 fingers – digits 2, 3, and thumb side of digit 4); and the radial tunnel located on the thumb side outer elbow where the radial nerve travels (which strength and sensations to the thumb and back half of the index finger); and finally the wrist, which also has 3 tunnels for the same 3 nerves: tunnel of Guyon on the pinky side (ulnar nerve), carpal tunnel in the middle of the wrist (median nerve), and the radial tunnel at the “anatomical snuff box” for the radial nerve for thumb and back side of digit 2/index finger).

Therefore, when we consider all the places where nerves can get pinched, it’s no wonder why the entire area MUST BE thoroughly evaluated BEFORE agreeing to a surgical procedure for CTS or any other peripheral neuropathy. A nerve can get pinched anywhere if a fracture or blunt trauma occurs.  The challenge occurs when there isn’t an obvious injury like a fracture and we have to systematically check each of the many “tunnels” that exist in the neck, shoulder, elbow and wrist as described above.

The “take home message” here is don’t rely on a quick exam where the health care provider barely touches you and quickly diagnoses CTS based on your history of numb hands. Because it’s the most common of the upper extremity peripheral neuropathies, this is frequently assumed and is probably the explanation for those who fail post-surgically. To complicate matters, diabetes and other conditions can create similar symptoms and, more than 1 area may become compressed, requiring treatment in multiple areas.

The bottom line is this: Just because you have hand pain, numbness, or weakness, does not automatically mean you have carpal tunnel syndrome. In fact, it’s more likely the cause of your hand pain is a problem in the neck…even though you may not even have neck pain. So make sure the doctor you see is experienced with the diagnoses and treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome, causes, preventions, and cures. And make sure they check your neck…because chances are…that’s where the problem is.

            We realize you have a choice in who you consider for your health care provision and we sincerely appreciate your trust in choosing our service for those needs.  If you, a friend or family member require care for CTS, we would be honored to render our services.

To schedule an appointment with one of our neck and hand pain doctors in San Francisco, call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post for a complimentary consultation.

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How To Finally Get Rid Of Your Sciatica!

Sciatica, or pain down the leg, is a very common symptom of a pinched nerve in the low back (lumbar spine). There are varying degrees of sciatica from mild to severe. Other symptoms in the leg such as numbness and tingling or pins and needles can be considered sciatica also…as long as the source of the problem is sciatic nerve compression.

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Pinched Lumbar Nerve Root of Sciatic Nerve

The sciatic nerve originates in the low back and is formed by nerve roots that branch off the spinal cord, exit from in between the lumbar vertebra, then come together. Kind of like a four lane highway merging into one lane. The sciatic nerve travels from the low back down to the feet. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body….it can be the diameter of a quarter at it’s largest circumference.

The most likely cause of sciatica is a herniated or bulging disc in the lumbar spine. Other causes are facet syndrome, degenerative disc disease, DJD, and spinal stenosis. Usually there is a little bit of everything.

The good news is, there really is a way to “Finally Get Rid of Your Sciatica”…even when conventional treatments such as chiropractic, physical therapy, acupuncture, and medicine fail to deliver. I’m talking about nonsurgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000.

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Lumbar Decompression For Low Back Pain and Sciatica

The DRX9000 is a machine that is designed and built to treat disc herniations and disc bulges. That’s what it does…and it does it without drugs or surgery. And, the DRX9000 has very high success rates even when all else fails. In fact, spinal decompression therapy is now considered to be the “Gold Standard” for the nonsurgical treatment of chronic low back pain.

So there is hope for sciatica patients that are living in pain. I can’t tell you how many sciatica patients we meet with have been told “you either get back surgery or learn to live with the pain”. Nice Huh?

Well…most laugh about that now. Will the DRX9000 fix your sciatica? Maybe.

You first need to make sure you qualify medically as not everyone does. If you have had a previous surgical fusion in your spine you are disqualified. If you have severe scoliosis or severe osteoporosis decompression is not for you. There are more. Most qualify though.

The next step is to call our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center at 415-392-2225 and ask for a complimentary consultation.

If you do not live or work near downtown San Francisco, you can check our list of the Best Spinal Decompression Doctors in America.

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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San Francisco Spinal Decompression

Our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center is located at One Embarcadero Center in the downtown SF Financial District in zip code 94111. We are two blocks from the Ferry Building. We are open 6 days per week (M-F 9-6, Sat 9-1).

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Spinal Decompression Therapy with DRX9000

Recently, we celebrated our 10,000th spinal decompression treatment. We were the first to bring the DRX9000 and the DRX9000c to San Francisco…that was about 6 years ago. During this time we have perfected treatment protocols for cervical and lumbar herniated and bulging discs, degenerative disc disease, facet syndrome, and spinal stenosis.

Our spinal decompression doctors use a combination of spinal decompression therapy, deep tissue laser, Graston Technique, Active Release technique, custom spinal exercises, muscle stimulation, and home/work activities of daily living counseling, to achieve favorable treatment outcomes.

Developing disc decompression treatment plans for chronic back and neck pain patients is an art…and after 10,000 treatment you get pretty good. The harnessing process to prepare a patient for DRX9000 lumbar decompression is quite extensive. It can make or break the treatment. If you do not set a patient up in the proper position on the table or use to much force it can cause pain and muscle spasm…and that’s not a good thing.

So…when you consider where to have your spinal decompression therapy in San Francisco…we hope you consider us. You won’t be disappointed.

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

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San Francisco Spinal Decompression Review: Cervical

Every week at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center we feature a patient that has achieved outstanding neck or back pain relief with the DRX9000 or DRX9000c.  Our featured patient is David Bain who presented with neck, shoulder, and arm pain due to cervical disc herniations and cervical disc degeneration. Listen to what David has to say about the DRX9000c:

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Cervical Disc Herniation Symptoms and Treatment

We have been providing treatment for cervical disc herniations in San Francisco for almost 20 years now. Some of the more common symptoms of a herniated disc in the neck are neck pain, shoulder pain, hand pain, weakness in the upper extremities, numbness and tingling in the arms and hands, night pain, swelling of the fingers, headaches, and cervical muscle spasms.

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DRX9000c

It is possible to have no neck pain at all with a herniated disc…which is why herniated cervical discs are often misdiagnosed as carpal tunnel syndrome. A cervical MRI is the gold standard diagnostic tool for ruling out or confirming a disc herniation.

At our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Clinic, a patient will often present with cervical disc signs and symptoms that have not responded to conventional treatments such as physical therapy, cortisone, chiropractic, or medications. They feel they have nowhere to turn…and may have been told they need neck surgery.

This is when cervical spinal decompression with the DRX9000c should be considered. The DRX9000c is designed and built to treat cervical disc herniations without surgery. We have the only DRX9000c in San Francisco.

Cervical decompression isolates on the spinal segments of the injured cervical disc…say C5-6. The DRX9000x seeks to reposition the herniated disc, enlarge the disc space, elongate the cervical spine, rehydrate the disc, and strengthen the spinal ligaments and muscles. It’s like a respirator for the discs.

Does the DRX9000c work every time? NO…just most of the time. For those that do not benefit from cervical decompression, they are still whole and can pursue other treatment options. The same is not true if you have certain spinal surgeries like a fusion. If you have surgical fusion to the cervical spine, you can never try the DRX9000…you are disqualified.

What if I am having the symptoms of a herniated disc and nothing is helping me…should I get an MRI? YES…and visit a doctor that does nonsurgical spinal decompression.  Many multidisciplinary clinics offer spinal decompression…so you can consult with an MD and a chiropractor.

Whatever you do don’t just run and have neck surgery…check out your options first. Surgery should be the last resort…not the first.

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.

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