We have been providing spinal decompression therapy in San Francisco for over 8 years now with the DRX9000. The DRX9000 treats low back pain and sciatica associated with bulging and herniated lumbar discs.
Prior to this we would refer out our herniated disc patients that did not respond to chiropractic or physical therapy to medical doctors for surgical consults. Some would have surgery, but most would just live with the pain.
But that was then and this is now. With the DRX9000 we are able to achieve favorable outcomes with a very high percentage of our patients. Sure, there are patients that do not respond but it is rare.
How soon a herniated disc patient starts to feel better from disc decompression treatment is dependent on many factors. Here are some of them:
- The nature and severity of the condition. Is it just one herniation or is it multilevel? Is there severe pain, inflammation and muscle guarding?
- The age of the patient.
- Are there complications such as a scoliosis, short leg, advanced spinal or disc degeneration, fibromyalgia?
- The activity level of the patient and primary occupation. It will typically take longer to heal if a patient is performing manual labor, driving for long periods, or sitting/standing all day with minimum breaks.
- Is the patient compliant with keeping regular appointments and staying on the treatment plan?
- Is the patient getting plenty of sleep and drinking lots of water?
- Is the patient under a lot of mental stress?
- Is the patient eating the right foods? We recommend eating lots of plant foods as they help reduce inflammation and promote healing.
- Everyone heals differently. We are all unique and respond to treatments in our unique way.
So, there you go. Some decompression patients begin to feel better right away and some take a while. Some may even feel more sore in the beginning. It’s just the way it is. The treatment is physical and involves repositioning injured spinal discs, strengthening spinal muscles and ligaments, and teaching the body to work with the spine and discs in a new position.
We recommend wearing a lumbar support as much as you can in between DRX visits and icing frequently throughout the day to reduce inflammation, pain, and muscle spasms.
It does not even matter so much how you feel in the beginning. What matters is how you feel at the end of the treatment. As long as you keep your appointments, do your home care, try to keep a positive attitude, drink lots of water, and eat right, you give yourself an excellent chance for becoming another nonsurgical spinal decompression success story.
To schedule an appointment at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Clinic, call 415-392-2225. Ask for a complimentary consultation.