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Spinal Decompression or Back Surgery for a Herniated Disc?

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Spinal Decompression Therapy with DRX9000

We have been providing spinal decompression therapy in San Francisco for over 10 years now.

Many herniated disc patients are told they need back surgery. Maybe they do, maybe they don’t. How do they know for sure?

Well, welcome to the life of a spinal decompression doctor. This is what we are dealing with every day. I would like to give you my take on the situation.

In my opinion, a herniated disc patient should NOT rush to have back surgery. Because once they do, in many cases, the will be permanently disqualified from ever trying nonsurgical spinal decompression.

In addition, many herniated discs will repair naturally in time. In fact, they say that more people than not are actually walking around with bulging and herniated discs and do not even know they have them…and never will. Not all patients with a herniated disc in the low back experience low back pain or sciatica.

That’s right, the majority of lumbar disc herniations do not even cause symptoms.

But in certain cases, the disc is herniated in such a way that the body is unable to re-position it naturally or heal it such that it does not interfere with a person’s life. In situations like this conservative chiropractic care can be very effective.

There is however a subset of all herniated and bulging disc patients that do not respond to chiropractic, drugs, cortisone, physical therapy or anything for that matter. Some of these patients are suffering daily with sever low back pain and sciatica. many are unable to sleep and end up taking various kinds of medications day in and day out. Life is miserable.

These are the type of back pain patients that have a tendency to want to have surgery…they will try anything. In my clinical experience this type of patient represents about 10-15% of all herniated disc patients and is still a lot of people.

These are the perfect candidates for spinal decompression. The machine we use is the DRX9000 but there are many fine decompression systems out there.

Unless it is a medical emergency (rare) or you are disqualified from decompression therapy (rare), I recommend a course of spinal decompression to see if a patient will respond. Disc decompression is very safe and gentle. It takes about 6 weeks (20 sessions) to work through the protocol and make a determination if the treatment was successful.

If the DRX9000 does not achieve a favorable outcome and desired result you are still whole and able to pursue all other treatment options including back surgery.

If you have a spinal fusion you can never try decompression. So, why not try decompression first?

So there you go…that’s my 2 cents for what it’s worth. I have helped hundreds of herniated disc patients avoid surgery…the next one could be YOU!

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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Spinal Decompression in San Francisco For Disc Herniation

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Spinal Decompression Therapy with DRX9000

We have been providing Spinal Decompression in San Francisco for over 10 years now.

Most of the herniated or bulging disc patients that undergo spinal decompression therapy at our Financial District clinic have had previous chiropractic care. While chiropractic achieves favorable outcomes most of the time with herniated discs…sometimes it just can’t deliver.

The reason for this is that the herniated disc has positioned itself in such a way that it does not respond to the chiropractic adjustments or anything else for that matter. In fact, many are told that the only option is back surgery.

It is for this reason that spinal decompression machines such as the DRX9000 were invented.

Spinal decompression machines are designed and built to treat herniated and bulging discs non-surgically. They do this by enlarging the disc space and creating a negative pressure that pulls the herniated disc fragments back to the center of the disc where they belong…away from the delicate nerve roots and spinal cord.

Spinal decompression systems also elongate the spine which stretches the spinal muscles, ligaments and tendons, breaking up scar tissue formation and muscle spasms, which helps to restore lost motion and function. As motion is restored the injured spinal disc is able to regain lost water content which expands the disc creating a more normal separation between the vertebrae above and the one below. This gives the exiting nerve more room.

And of course, patients also feel better. You can get sore at first, but over time pain levels subside.

Some patients report a complete recovery, some very little, and everything in between. But the overwhelming majority of patients that we treat with the DRX9000 for lumbar or cervical disc herniations are glad they did the treatment..

The treatment process is for 20 sessions over 6 weeks. The sessions are one hour long and we reserve the machine for you. It seems like a lot but it goes by quick. And for the most part patients enjoy being on the machine…many fall asleep during the treatment.

At the end of the treatment you may be able resume chiropractic care. While adjustments did not work before the treatment, they will most likely make sense now with your healthier spine.

Sounds pretty good Huh? Well it is!

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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Spinal Decompression or Back Surgery?

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Lumbar decompression with the DRX9000

We have been providing spinal decompression therapy in San Francisco for over 9 years now. The machine we use is the DRX9000. Spinal decompression machines are designed and built to treat disc herniations, disc bulges, disc degeneration, and spinal stenosis non-surgically.

Many of our patients have been told they need back surgery and want to try something less invasive first. Unless your condition is a medical emergency and you risk paralysis without immediate surgery, there is most likely no harm in trying spinal decompression first to see if it may help.

Some back surgeons will scare the heck out of you…especially some of the overseas doctors that are not familiar with the latest advancements with nonsurgical treatments.

If we accept a spinal decompression patient then we feel there is a very good chance of a favorable outcome…and we are usually right. If we are wrong then you are still whole and can pursue other treatment options.

Surgery on the other hand is permanent and cannot be reversed. Even a discectomy,  whereby the herniated disc fragments are removed, alters your structure and can predispose you to problems down the road in the same area or different areas of the spine.  And, the surgery may or may not even make you feel better. The patients that seek us out do not want to take this chance…at least not first.

So, if you have a lumbar disc herniation and are experiencing low back pain, sciatica, leg numbness or tingling, weakness or night pain, you should consider spinal disc decompression. You can always try surgery.

Plus, depending on the type of surgery…if it is a “fusion” surgery, you will forever be permanently disqualified from ever trying nonsurgical spinal decompression.

Why not try it first?

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

Scott Calzaretta

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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.

 

Scott Calzaretta

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Spinal Decompression: Back Surgery without the Surgery

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DRX9000 Lumbar Decompression Therapy

We have been providing treatment for bulging and herniated discs in San Francisco for over 20 years now. About 8 years ago we began to incorporate spinal decompression with the DRX9000 into our treatment protocols. Prior to this, we would have to refer out for surgical consultation if the patient did not respond to chiropractic care or physical therapy. There just was not a conservative “next step”…now there is.

Nonsurgical spinal decompression machines are designed and built to treat neurovascular compression syndromes such as herniated and bulging lumbar and cervical discs, without surgery. Spinal decompression therapy can also help conditions such as degenerative disc disease, facet syndrome, and spinal stenosis.

We like to say that spinal decompression is like back surgery without the surgery. The end result is the same…there is no more pressure or less pressure on the spinal nerve structures that are causing the back or neck pain.

Spinal decompression machines such as the DRX9000 are able to enlarge the disc space, elongate the spine, re-position the injured spinal disc (off the nerve and spinal cord), re-hydrate the disc, strengthen the spinal muscles and ligaments, and reduce pain levels.

Does the spinal decompression machine accomplish this every time?

NO…just most of the time. And there are varying levels of outcomes. Some get completely better, some a little better, and most just a lot better than they were.

Do spinal decompression results last?

YES…we have hundreds of patients that still maintain results achieved years ago…but they take care of their spines…and some do ongoing DRX care 4-6 times per year.

Here’s the deal…in my opinion (which is biased of course) you can always do surgery. Why not try spinal decompression first (if you qualify medically)? It’s safe. It’s gentle. And it’s effective. Maybe you don’t need surgery.

And here is something to consider. If you have a fusion surgery or rods or cement or anything permanent done to your spine…you will forever be disqualified from spinal decompression therapy. And that is scary.

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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Can Spinal Decompression Help Spinal Stenosis?

Spinal stenosis is narrowing of the spinal column that can cause pressure on the spinal cord, or spinal nerves, by narrowing the opening of the spinal canal or neural foramina, where spinal nerves leave the spinal column. This usually occurs from spinal degeneration, disc degeneration or bulging and herniated discs.

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Spinal Decompression Therapy with DRX9000

Chronic inflammation of the spinal ligaments and surrounding soft tissues can also narrow the spinal canal  and nerve channels.

Spinal stenosis typically develops slowly over time and effects one side of the body or the other.

Depending on the age of the patient and the source of the spinal stenosis, surgery may be necessary to remove pressure off the spinal cord or nerves.

If the source of the spinal stenosis is a herniated or bulging disc…back or neck surgery may NOT be necessary. Physical therapy, or cortisone injections may offer relief.

Or,  you can consider nonsurgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000 (lumbar) or DRX9000c (cervical) decompression machines.

Spinal decompression can increase the size of the spinal canal or nerve channel by reducing the size of the herniated or bulging disc in most cases. Spinal decompression also enlarges the disc space, rehydrates the discs, and elongates the spine, making it stronger and more flexible.

With bony stenosis due to long standing spinal degeneration, disc degeneration, bone spurs, and inflamed and hardened ligaments, spinal decompression outcomes are not as favorable…but are still worth considering.

Spinal decompression machines act as a respirator for injured spines. The pumping action of spinal decompression therapy on an injured spinal segment helps the spine to do what it would if it could. Decompression when done for an extended period of time…say 2-3 months, will often offer enough relief to consider the treatment effective.

Bottom Line: Spinal decompression with the DRX9000 or DRX9000c should be considered by all patients who are searching for a nonsurgical solution to their cervical or lumbar spinal stenosis.

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.

 

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Is Spinal Disc Decompression Safe?

We have been providing disc decompression therapy in downtown San Francisco for 6 years now. It is not uncommon for herniated disc patients who are considering non-surgical spinal decompression as a treatment option to be concerned about safety. After-all, many have been told they need back surgery and if they don’t have it they could end up in worse shape than they already are.

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Lumbar decompression with the DRX9000

Often times their orthopedic doctor or medical doctor tells them that spinal decompression could harm them and the last thing they want is for a traction machine to be pulling on the injured spinal disc.

I would agree with this if spinal disc decompression were a traction machine. But it’s not.

Conventional spinal traction tables pull on the entire spine and can actually hurt a herniated disc patient. Spinal decompression systems such as the DRX9000 are computerized and have a built in bio-feedback mechanism that senses and monitors the patients muscle guarding response.

When muscle guarding increases, the spinal decompression machine decreases it’s pull. When muscle guarding decreases, the spinal decompression machine increases it’s pull, up to the predetermined target. All the while…a constant tension is maintained.

It does this while isolating on a specific spinal segment (unlike regular traction), such as L5-S1, which is the most common lumbar disc to bulge or herniate.

Your spinal decompression doctor and staff will closely monitor the decompression process by keeping an eye on the graphs on the machine that tell them how your body is responding to the treatment. All patients have a “kill button” in their hand during treatment and can stop the decompression instantly if something does not feel right.

Spinal decompression patients mostly fall asleep on the decompression machine…it’s that comfortable. After disc decompression the muscles are electronically stimulated to teach them to work with the spinal bones in their new position. Then ice is applied to reduce inflammation and soreness.

We have performed thousands of spinal disc decompression treatments at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center. Never has a patient suffered permanent bodily injury. Sure, some patients got sore…and a small percentage real sore…but that’s about it.

When you compare the safety record of spinal disc decompression to back surgery or cortisone injections or pain pills…heck, it’s not even close.

So YES!…spinal decompression therapy is safe…and it’s gentle. Will it fix your herniated disc? Maybe…maybe not. But even if the decompression process does not help your herniated disc…which is rare…you will still be whole and can try other treatments.

When we have a chronic back pain patient or chronic neck pain patient, that is concerned about the safety of  spinal decompression, we let them watch others do it…we let them do it and feel it themselves…and we let them talk to others that have done it. We make sure they are comfortable before we start.

So that’s it. Non-surgical spinal decompression might be just the treatment you need for your herniated disc. And please don’t let uninformed people talk you out of something that could possibly give you your life back. You be the judge.

Dr. Eben Davis is clinic director of Executive Express Chiropractic and Spinal Decompression in downtown San Francisco. Call 415-392-2225 and ask for a complimentary consultation.

 

Scott Calzaretta

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