Is Spinal Decompression Safe?

cervical spinal decompression SFWe have been providing Spinal Decompression in San Francisco for over 12 years now. 

We have been treating chronic back pain and related disorders for much longer than that (since 1992).

After researching spinal decompression therapy for a few years and determining that it was very safe, gentle and effective, we decided to incorporate it into our treatment protocols for cervical and lumbar herniated and bulging discs.  The results have been outstanding.

Last year, our spinal decompression clinic at the Embarcadero Center in downtown San Francisco was purchased by Chiro-Medical Group, Inc.  Chiro-Medical Group (CMG) is an industry leader in Chiropractic,  Physical Medicine and Sports Medicine and was recently featured on the cover of Chiropractic Economics Magazine.

They have a very large staff of medical doctors, physical therapists, chiropractors, athletic trainers, nurses, and support staff.  Our new spinal decompression patients now have access to the CMG team. The CMG clinic is only a few blocks away.

Spinal decompression treatment is typically 20-24 one hour sessions done over a 6-8 week period. You would be on the machine for 30 minutes followed by 10 minutes of muscle stimulation and ice.  We also incorporate deep tissue laser therapy, massage and chiropractic if indicated. In difficult to treat cases, co-care with our medical team may make sense.

The spinal disc decompression machine we use is the DRX9000, which is fully computerized with a biofeedback mechanism to ensure safety and efficacy.  Most of our herniated disc patients fall asleep during treatment.  It is rarely painful and is something you look forward to.

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

Scott Calzaretta

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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

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Numbness in the Hand?

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Hand Pain and Numbness Treatment in San Francisco

We have been providing treatment for hand  pain and numbness in San Francisco since 1992. 

Hand pain and numbness is fairly common  with people that spend the majority of their day in front of a computer.  Unfortunately, many are misdiagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) or wrist sprains when the actual problem  is in the neck.

That’s right, the primary cause of wrist pain, numbness, tingling and weakness in office workers is pressure on the nerves in the neck and not carpal tunnel syndrome.

The nerves that exit from in between the bones in the neck, travel down the arms and into the hands. Pressure on these nerves as they exit the spine from tight muscles, bulging discs, herniated discs, misaligned vertebrae, facet syndrome,  or disc and spine degeneration is much more likely than CTS (which is rare).

This is good new because it is much more easier to treat most of the above than it is true CTS.

Traditional chiropractic care is very effective for neck, arm and hand pain.  Massage, stretching and exercise, and even deep tissue laser can also help accelerate healing.

In the event chiropractic care fails to deliver a favorable outcome, we have cervical decompression with the DRX9000c spinal decompression system.

Herniated and bulging discs can be difficult to treat in some cases and the DRX9000c is very safe, gentle and effective.

Often times a combination of chiropractic and spinal decompression makes the most sense.

So…if you have been suffering with numbness in the hands or pain in the hands, weakness, tingling or neck pain, we would like to meet with you to discuss your treatment options.

To find out if you are a candidate for treatment at our San Francisco Chiropractic and Spinal Decompression Clinic please call 415-392-2225. Ask for a complimentary consultation. 

Scott Calzaretta

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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

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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

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Spinal Decompression and Physical Therapy

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Spinal Decompression Therapy with DRX9000

We have been providing spinal decompression treatment in San Francisco for over 11 years now in the Financial District. 

Recently, we were acquired by Chiro-Medical Group, Inc. of San Francisco (CMG). The clinic has been re-named from Executive Express Chiropractic to Chiro-Medical Express (CMGE).

This now gives us the ability to offer a wider range of services to our spinal decompression patients than we could before.  CME is only a few blocks away from CMGE, which is located at the landmark Embarcadero Center (validated parking).

CME has one of the largest and most technologically advanced physical therapy depts. in San Francisco and also has world class medical doctors that specialize in Physical Medicine.

So, what this means is that our san Francisco spinal decompression patients now have access to CME and all it has to offer. We are now able to treat very advanced cases of lumbar and cervical disc herniations and bulges that require extensive post decompression rehabilitation.

Sure, most of our herniated disc patients will not need this…but some will, and we can now take care of them in house. This makes for a much more cohesive treatment and the outcomes so far have been outstanding.

Some of the condition we are able to treat with our DRX9000 spinal decompression system are as follows:

  • Lumbar and cervical disc herniations and bulges
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Facet Syndrome

If you have been diagnosed with any of these conditions and are interested in finding out more about our San Francisco Spinal Decompression program. please call 415-392-2225 and ask for a complimentary consultation. 

Scott Calzaretta

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Spinal Decompression or Low Back Surgery?

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DRX9000 Lumbar Decompresion

We have been providing spinal decompression therapy in San Francisco for over 12 years.

One of more common reasons a herniated disc patient seeks spinal decompression is because they have been told they need low back surgery and they are looking for a less invasive option.

Spinal decompression machines are designed and built to treat lumbar disc bulges and herniations nonsurgically. Disc decompression also may help spinal stenosis, disc degeneration, and Facet Syndrome.

The treatment process is 100% natural. The protocol is for 20 one hour sessions over a six week period. You are on the machine for 30 minutes, then there is 10 minutes of muscle stimulation and 10 minutes of ice.  There is set-up time in between.

Most of the patients we treat have successful outcomes. For those that don’t they are still whole and able to pursue other treatment options, even surgery.

On the other hand…if you have back surgery and there is any kind of fusion, cement, wires or screws, you are permanently disqualified from ever trying spinal decompression.

Because of this it may make sense for you to try spinal decompression first.

Sure, if decompression fails to deliver you will be out some time and money, but at least you will know.

And the other thing is…not all spinal decompression treatment is the same. Just because a doctor has a spinal decompression machine does not mean they know how to use it. When it comes to spinal decompression therapy for disc herniations EXPERIENCE matters.

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

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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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What Does Spinal Decompression Costs?

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

About 10 years ago, after considerable research, we decided to add nonsurgical spinal decompression to our clinic so that we could better treat these conditions. The results have been outstanding.   The machine we use is the DRX9000. The protocol for spinal decompression is 20 one hour sessions over 6-8 weeks. We were the first to offer spinal decompression with the DRX9000 in San Francisco and our cost at that time was $6000-$10,000 depending on the severity of the condition,  level of treatment and adjunctive therapies involved.

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DRX9000 Lumbar Decompresion

That was then and this is now. Now there are many more spinal decompression machines and the machines costs less…so the price has come down. Our prices these days for lumbar or cervical spinal disc decompression is $3500-$6000 depending on what you need. Quite a bit cheaper. Plus, we are much better at it…it’s an art. Over the past 10 years we have performed tens of thousands of spinal decompression sessions on thousands of patients. We are pretty good at this…and experience matters! Some of the conditions we treat are lumbar and cervical disc herniations, disc bulges, spinal stenosis, disc degeneration, and facet syndrome. The most common symptoms associated with these conditions are low back pain, sciatica, leg pain, numbness, tingling, burning, aching, neck pain, arm pain, weakness, night pain. There has never been a better time to consider spinal decompression therapy. We reserve the machine for your appointments so there is no waiting, and we validate your parking at the Embarcadero Center. It’s super easy and efficient.

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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