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Can Spinal Decompression Help a Pinched Nerve?

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Pinched Nerve: Herniated Lumbar Disc

A Pinched Nerve is mostly the result of a herniated or bulging disc in the neck or low back. Nerves can also be pinched or irritated by acute muscle spasms secondary to acute trauma or chronic overuse. Vertebral Subluxations of the spine can also result in inflammation and muscle spasms that can irritate nerves directly or indirectly (chemical irritation) resulting in symptoms such as sciatica.

Spinal decompression with machines such as the DRX9000 are considered by many to be the gold standard for the nonsurgical treatment of cervical and lumbar disc herniations and bulges.

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Lumbar Decompression For Chronic Back Pain

Nonsurgical spinal decompression machines are able to isolate on a specific spinal disc, say L5-S1 and repair the disc to the extent it is possible. Sometimes the disc is injured beyond repair…but this is the exception and not the rule.

The DRX9000 elongates the spine, enlarges the disc space, re-hydrates the disc, strengthens the spinal ligaments, re-positions the disc, and helps align the spine.

Over the course of say 6-8 weeks or 20-26 sessions, partial healing to complete healing takes place. And yes…occasionally spinal decompression fails to deliver. It’s not perfect…nothing is.

But here’s the deal…even if decompression therapy does not achieve a favorable outcome for you, you are still whole and able to pursue other treatment options. Surgery on the other hand is mostly a permanent change that cannot be undone. And once you have a fusion surgery you are forever disqualified from ever trying disc decompression with the DRX9000.

So…why not consider spinal decompression first…you can always have surgery?

If you a have been diagnosed with a pinched nerve secondary to a cervical or lumbar disc herniation you may be a candidate for spinal decompression.

To schedule a complimentary consultation at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center call 415-392-2225 and mention this blog post.

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What does spinal decompression do?

Nonsurgical spinal decompression is often times misunderstood…even by medical doctors and spine experts. Some say it’s just fancy traction. Others say it’s a complete waste of money.

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Lumbar decompression with the DRX9000

Well…all I can say is “everyone is entitled to their own opinion”.  But if you are going to give patients or friends advice about a chronic back pain treatment that could potentially change their lives forever…you better know what you are talking about.

So what exactly does spinal decompression do anyway and what makes so many herniated disc patients want to do it?

I like to refer to spinal decompression as a respirator for the spinal disc.  A respirator for the lungs helps the lungs to breath when they are unable to do so on their own…until they can. Spinal decompression machines like the DRX9000 help the lumbar spinal discs (DRX9000c for cervical discs) to do what they would if they could.

So what is a spinal disc supposed to do?

A spinal disc has two primary functions:

1. The spinal disc acts as a ligament to hold the vertebrae above and below together and create separation of the bones so the spinal nerves can pass through to all all the muscles, glands, and organs. Spinal nerves are branches off the spinal cord.

2. The spinal disc also acts as a shock absorber (like the shocks on your car) to prevent wear and tear on the joints and body parts. The discs give the spine flexibility.

When external physical, mental, or chemical stresses overcome internal resistance it can cause the bones of the spine and the spinal discs to lose their normal position. When this happens the discs wear abnormally (like the tires on your car when the front end is out of alignment). This can offend and irritate the nerves they are designed to protect when they are in alignment, which can lead to disc bulges, disc herniations, degenerative disc disease, pinched nerves, back or neck pain and sciatica.

The problem here is physical. The spine and spinal discs are not where they are supposed to be. To take a medication for this which is chemical, will only address the symptom. Hey…sometimes the back or neck pain is so bad you need a drug…but just understand…the problem is still there.

Spinal decompression machines are designed and built to isolate on a specific herniated spinal disc segment…say L5-S1 (the most common disc to herniate) and reverse the process that led to the herniation. Disc decompression separates the spinal bones and enlarges the disc space taking pressure off the nerves (which cause the pain).

Decompression therapy elongates the spine making it more flexible. Machines like the DRX9000 or DRX9000c help restore fluid exchange between the injured disc and the bloodstream by introducing a pumping action on the disc. This helps to get rid of toxins, inflammation, and waste products and bring in freshly oxygenated blood. This enlarges the disc and slows down the degenerative process.

Spinal decompression therapy strengthens the spinal ligaments, repositions the disc, and sucks herniated disc fragments back to the center of the disc and away from the spinal nerves….thereby reducing pain, inflammation, and spasms.

Like I said earlier…spinal decompression therapy is a respirator for the spinal discs.

Depending on how many disc herniations you have, your age, level of spinal degeneration, and any complications, the treatment process could be anywhere from 15-30 visits. But you have to qualify medically…not everyone does.

So what’s the next step if you want to try spinal decompression?

The next step is to find a spinal decompression doctor and see if you are a good candidate.

If you live or work near downtown San Francisco, you can visit our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center in the Financial District. Simply call 415-392-2225 and mention this blog post for a complimentary consultation.

If you can’t see us in San Francisco you can check our list of The Best Spinal Decompression Doctors in America.

Or, you can send an email to me at [email protected] with your city and zip code and I will try to locate a spinal decompression doctor for you.

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When to consider Spinal Decompression

We consult with hundreds of herniated disc patients every year at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center. Many choose to move forward with spinal decompression…many decide to wait…or to try something covered by their insurance. That’s right, nonsurgical spinal decompression is not covered by insurance.

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Lumbar Decompression For Herniated and Bulging Discs

If you have insurance, we can most likely use it to cover re-exams, exercises, ice, heat, muscle stimulation, and some other ancillary charges…but the decompression therapy itself is still considered experimental.

Spinal decompression on the DRX9000 costs about $5000 at our decompression clinic in San Francisco…about the same as a vacation for two to Hawaii.

So you don’t have to be rich. What you do need to have is the desire to get better. And you need to make fixing your back a priority. You need to schedule the rest of your life around the spinal decompression treatment, which usually lasts about 6-8 weeks. One hour sessions 2-4 times per week, with lots of home care and exercises.

Desire to get better in my opinion is the #1 factor (you must also qualify medically). As long as that is there we can work with you on the finances (payment plans, zero interest financing).

Spinal decompression is not a magic bullet. In fact, it’s quite a bit of work. But if you want your life back it’s a small price to pay. And chances are…if you are accepted into our spinal decompression program (we don’t accept everyone) you will achieve a favorable outcome.

If you have been diagnosed with a bulging or herniated disc, or spinal disc degeneration, or spinal stenosis, or facet syndrome…you may be a candidate for the DRX9000.

If you have tried other conventional back pain treatments that have failed to deliver results, such as medical care, physical therapy, acupuncture, or chiropractic…you should consider spinal decompression.

Even if you have not tried anything yet…but have been diagnosed with a herniated disc, or any of the conditions above…you can try decompression first.

What you can’t do is try surgical fusion first. If you have any hardware in your spine you are disqualified from spinal decompression. It may be wise to try decompression first…you can always have surgery.

So, whether you have been living with chronic back pain and have tried every treatment under the sun, or have recently been diagnosed with a herniated or bulging disc and want to go right after the best “nonsurgical” herniated disc treatment…spinal decompression just might make sense for you…sooner than later!

To find out if you are a candidate for spinal decompression with the DRX9000 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 Decompression a Permanent Fix?

Spinal Decompression Therapy has gained a lot of popularity of late…primarily because of world-wide favorable treatment outcomes. Nonsurgical disc decompression is performed on a machine such as the DRX9000 (lumbar decompression) or the DRX9000c (cervical decompression) systems.

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Lumbar decompression with the DRX9000

Spinal decompression machines are designed and built to treat disc herniations, disc bulges, facet syndrome, disc degeneration, and spinal stenosis. Spinal Decompression treatment enlarges the disc space, re-positions the herniated disc, elongates the spine, strengthens the spinal ligaments, and re-hydrates the disc.

Spinal decompression actually repairs the spinal disc…to the extent repair is possible. There are a lot of variables as far as results are concerned. The patients age, overall  physical condition, complications such as advanced spinal degeneration or scoliosis, the number of herniated or bulging discs that are involved, lifestyle patterns, and adherence to the spinal decompression treatment program.

So, is Spinal Decompression a Permanent Fix?

Sometimes, YES. But what happens most of the time is that decompression patients choose to maintain the positive changes with ongoing maintenance care and exercises. Most decompression patients  come in once per month for decompression therapy…some less, some more. They do it because they do not want the spine to return to it’s previous unhealthy state. And…the price is usually less…and spread out over time.

We have been offering nonsurgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000 and DRX9000c for over 5 years in the SF Financial District…and we have performed over 10,000 sessions. We think it’s a permanent fix…but we can only base our opinion on our 5 year history.

I don’t think a herniated disc patient should return to the same bad habits that led to the herniated disc in the first place and expect the spinal decompression results to hold.

Our spinal decompression doctors in San Francisco are also lifestyle coaches…they teach patients how to adjust lifestyle variables such as exercise, diet, and rest, that play a big part in chronic back and neck pain…and recovery.

The more a patient puts in…the more they get out…same with all things worthwhile.

We only accept spinal decompression patients that we feel we can help…and that agree to keep their appointments and make adjustments to lifestyle variables that may interfere with treatment objectives.

Disc decompression is kind of like a respirator for the spine and discs. It helps the spine and disc to work together they way the do when they are healthy…which helps to make them healthy.

Is spinal decompression treatment for you?

Maybe. But you have to be ready for change…and ready for work…because the healing can only take place with your participation. Are you ready? If so, we would like to meet you.

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If you would like to find out if you are a candidate for spinal decompression to the cervical or lumbar spine 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 decompression safe with osteoporosis?

We have been performing spinal decompression therapy in San Francisco for many years now. During this time several of our patients have expressed concern as to whether or not spinal decompression is safe for a patient that has been diagnosed with osteoporosis. This is a valid concern…I mean, who would want a machine pulling on their bones if it could harm them?

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DRX9000 Lumbar Decompression

The good news is, spinal decompression therapy with the DRX9000 is very gentle…and it’s safe also. Sure, an elderly patient with advanced osteoporosis and severe spinal degeneration should probably not undergo decompression therapy. But for the most part,  this is a non issue. We have performed disc decompression treatments on many patients with osteoporosis, and we have never had any problems.

Sure, when we encounter a younger patient that has advanced osteoporosis, we will consult with their medical doctor first before starting a spinal decompression program…but this is rare.

The good news is…once a herniated disc patient completes a spinal decompression program, they become more active…and weight bearing activity is a primary factor in maintaining healthy bone mass.

We also make sure our osteoporosis patients know that high protein diets (typical American Diet) are a common cause of excess calcium excretion by the kidneys. High protein diets are acidic. The body needs to maintain a certain PH in the blood (7.4). The body will leach calcium which is a base (alkaline) from the bones to maintain normal PH. The calcium then gets passed in the urine. This can also lead to kidney stones.  Dr. John McDougall, MD is the best medical resource on this subject.

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San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center News

We have been helping chronic back and neck pain patients in downtown San Francisco for almost 20 years now. About 6 years ago we decided to incorporate non-surgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000 into our treatment protocols…and the results have been outstanding.

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Spinal Decompression Therapy with DRX9000

Recently, our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center performed it’s 10,000th spinal disc decompression treatment on the DRX9000.  Here is an excerpt from our recent  SF Spinal Decompression press release announcing this milestone:

Dr. Eben Davis, founder of Executive Express Chiropractic and Spinal Decompression in downtown San Francisco recently performed spinal decompression treatment number 10,000.

Non-surgical spinal decompression is performed on a computerized machine that is designed and built to treat conditions such as herniated and bulging discs, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, and facet syndrome. The machines that are used at San Francisco Spinal Decompression are the DRX9000 lumbar decompression system, and the DRX9000c cervical decompression system.

Many chronic back and neck pain sufferers feel they have nowhere to turn when they are diagnosed with a herniated or bulging spinal disc. Some disc patients are told they need back surgery, or they just need to learn to live in pain. A herniated disc in the lumbar spine can lead to sciatica, or pain down the leg, weakness, and severe back pain and disability.

Herniated discs in the neck can cause pain down the arm, weakness of grip, night pain, and severe headaches.

So, we are excited and our disc herniation treatment with the DRX9000 and DRX9000c is thriving. You learn a lot treating this many back and neck pain patients with spinal decompression…it’s an art.

If you live or work near the  San Francisco Financial District, and are suffering with low back or neck pain that will not go away…or have been diagnosed with a herniated disc in the cervical or lumbar spine…you may be a candidate for spinal disc decompression therapy.

Some of the conditions that non-surgical spinal decompression treats are:

  • Cervical and Lumbar Disc Herniations
  • Cervical and Lumbar Disc Bulges
  • Cervical and Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Cervical or Lumbar Facet Syndrome
  • Degenerative Disc Disease

To schedule an appointment at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center…call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post to receive a complimentary consultation. We validate parking at the Embarcadero Center.

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How many spinal decompression treatments do you need?

We have been providing nonsurgical spinal decompression treatment in San Francisco for over 6 years now. During this time we have helped hundreds…maybe thousands of chronic back and neck pain patients return to more normal lifestyles. While disc decompression therapy is not a magic bullet…it is the most advanced form of drug-less, non-surgical treatment for neck pain, back pain and sciatica.

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Spinal Decompression Therapy with DRX9000

Many back and neck pain patients we consult with are surprised to learn that spinal decompression treatment can last several months and require up to 30+ sessions…16-20 sessions is usually the minimum.  The spinal decompression machine we use is the DRX9000, which is designed and built to treat disc herniations, disc bulges, degenerative disc disease, and facet syndrome.

How many spinal decompression sessions you need will depend on your age, your over-all health, the condition of your spine, and any complications such as a scoliosis or a short leg. Also…do you have only one disc herniation or are there disc herniations at multiple spinal levels? Are you overweight? Are you deconditioned? Do you smoke? All of this must be considered.

Once we determine if you are a good candidate for decompression therapy we will come up with a game plan. We may only use the DRX9000…or we may incorporate deep tissue laser, massage, or chiropractic into the treatment protocol.

After the decompression treatments begin and we see how you respond to them…we can make adjustments as far as ancillary therapies and visit count. There is no cook book for herniated disc treatment…everyone responds differently…but within a certain range.

Sure, we have done more than 30 DRX9000 sessions a few times. But this is the exception and not the rule.

We have also done only 10 decompression sessions for complete resolution. But this was on a 19 year old disc patient in perfect health that had suffered a single disc herniation surfing.

So anyway…how many spinal decompression sessions you need, and what else you need to go along with it will be determined by our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Doctors…that’s their job.

If you do not live or work near the San Francisco Financial District, please see our list of the Best Spinal Decompression Doctors in the US.

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

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Is Spinal Decompression a Permanent Fix?

We have been providing spinal disc decompression in downtown San Francisco for about six years now. In fact, we were the first to offer decompression therapy with the DRX9000 to the SF Financial District.

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Spinal Decompression Therapy with DRX9000

One of the most common questions herniated disc patients have about spinal decompression therapy is this:

Will spinal decompression fix my herniated disc or do I have to keep getting treatments?

It’s a good question…but the answer is not so simple. In reality…it just depends. It depends on the age of the patient, the over-all condition of the spine, how many disc herniations there are…and whether or not there are any complications such as obesity, scoliosis, or a short leg.

And you know what…sometimes we just don’t know until you finish the DRX9000 treatment protocol and we see how you hold up. Many patients decide at the end of the initial phase of treatment that they want to do spinal decompression on an ongoing basis because they love the way it makes them feel. Some take a wait and see approach…and everything in between.

Not much of an answer I know…but it’s the truth.

Heck…our San Francisco Spinal Decompression patients are usually elated with the way they feel and they want to make sure it stays that way. Core exercises, stretching, chiropractic, and an over-all fitness program will also help maintain the changes made with decompression therapy.

I have had disc decompression patients not follow through with any maintenance care, and do fine. But in general…the herniated disc patients that do some sort of ongoing decompression therapy seem to do the best…which is why we recommend something.

Bottom Line: Spinal decompression is a permanent solution if you stick with some sort of regular spinal health regimen that may or may not include ongoing disc decompression treatments.  But if you can figure some ongoing spinal decompression sessions into your budget…it’s sure to be a good investment 🙂

Dr. Eben Davis is clinic director of Executive Express Chiropractic and San Francisco Spinal Decompression in downtown San Francisco.

 

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Spinal Decompression Review

 

San Francisco Spinal Decompression presents a patient review of the DRX9000 lumbar decompression machine.  Spinal disc decompression is a non-surgical treatment for low back pain and sciatica secondary to lumbar disc bulges and disc herniation.

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What Causes Low Back Pain?

“Were does the pain come from?” is probably the most commonly asked question we hear as chiropractors and spinal decompression specialists…and frequently, the patient is not told the answer to this simple question. WHY?

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Low Back Pain

Here’s the problem…the question is really not so simple.  This is because there are many structures in the low back that share a common nerve supply and hence, the pain arising from those structures is located in the same area of the back.

For example, the back portion of the disk, the facet capsule and some of the deep muscles in the spine are all innervated by the same nerve and therefore hurt is a similar location. In all honesty, the only way to try to isolate the pain generator is to inject a local anesthetic to block the pain for a short while.  This is like when you go to the dentist and they “numb” your tooth so you don’t feel the pain when they work on it.  After a few hours, you start to feel some “life” coming back to your mouth and soon it regains its full feeling. Of course, no one would consider “numbing” the back just to figure out exactly where the pain is arising as really, it’s not that important.

This is because the chiropractic treatment approach is similar regardless of the exact tissue that is involved.  However, it DOES matter in cases where a nerve root is shooting pain down the leg caused by a herniated disk vs. a localized pain in the back that doesn’t radiate.

This is where spinal disc decompression is considered. Nonsurgical disc decompression with the DRX9000 actually isolates on a specific spinal segment to remove bulging or herniated disc fragments that may be pinching a lumbar nerve root and causing sciatica and back pain.

Hence, we doctors of chiropractic will work hard to differentiate these two distinct types of conditions as the treatment is definitely different. As a spinal decompression specialist this is what I do.

In 1995, the Quebec Task Force recognized the importance of this distinction and recommended all health care providers concentrate on differentiating the nerve root / herniated disk case from what is called “mechanical low back pain.”  Common structures that cause nerve root pain (the herniated disk) and mechanical low back pain (the facet joint) need to be treated differently.

The facet joint, when sprained / injured, hurts worse when bending backwards and feels good bending forwards.  This is exactly the opposite for the herniated disk where bending backwards helps reduce pain and often reduces the shooting leg pain as well, while bending over even a little can create a sharp stabling pain in the back that may shoot down the leg. Of course, there are variations of this and, to make matters more complicated, BOTH the disk and the facet can generate pain at the same time, so it’s not always this cut and dry.

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.

Dr. Eben Davis is clinic director of Executive Express Chiropractic and Spinal Decompression in downtown  San Francisco.

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