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Sciatica Treatment: What’s Best Laser or Spinal Decompression?

We have been providing treatment for sciatica in San Francisco for over 20 years now.

About 9 years ago we began to incorporate nonsurgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000 into our treatment protocols. Then, a few years later we purchased a deep tissue laser therapy system, the LiteCure LCT-1000. The results have been outstanding.

Just to clarify, sciatica, which is pain, numbness, or tingling in the leg due to inflammation of the sciatic nerve (the largest nerve in the body), is a symptom and not a cause. As is most pain. And believe me…when you have sciatica you do not really care if it is a symptom or a cause you just want to get rid of it…NOW!

Sciatica is usually the result of a pinched or irritated nerve (or nerve root) in the lumbar spine (low back) secondary to a herniated or bulging disc or degenerative disc disease (DDD). There are other conditions that can irritate the sciatic nerve like Facet Syndrome and Piriformis Syndrome.  But most of the time it’s a disc bulge or herniation.

Deep tissue laser therapy is often able to help sciatica pain because it can rapidly reduce inflammation by energizing damaged cells with light energy (photobiostimulation). Inflammation of the sciatic nerve is what causes the pain. However, if the underlying cause of the sciatica is a herniated or bulging disc in the low back, and it most likely is, this should be treated or the condition will continue to regress becoming more bothersome over time.

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Lumbar decompression with the DRX9000

The DRX9000 spinal decompression system is able to help heal herniated discs, bulging discs, facet syndromes, and pinched nerves naturally which is a more permanent solution to sciatica. We may use our laser to help get the pain levels down, but the spinal disc decompression machine is the gold standard for fixing the underlying problem.

In any case, the choice is yours. Spinal decompression is more expensive and is also much more of a time commitment. But the results for the most part are long lasting and it is addressing the underlying cause of the sciatica.

Either way is fine with us.

To find out if you are a candidate for Sciatica Treatment in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225. Ask for a complimentary consultation and we will demonstrate both the laser and DRX9000 to you. If you have an x-ray or MRI report bring it with you. Chances are we can help 🙂

Scott Calzaretta

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Spinal Decompression: How long until I see results with the DRX9000?

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Lumbar decompression with the DRX9000

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:

  1. The nature and severity of the condition. Is it just one herniation or is it multilevel? Is there severe pain, inflammation and muscle guarding?
  2. The age of the patient.
  3. Are there complications such as a scoliosis, short leg, advanced spinal or disc degeneration, fibromyalgia?
  4. 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.
  5. Is the patient compliant with keeping regular appointments and staying on the treatment plan?
  6. Is the patient getting plenty of sleep and drinking lots of water?
  7. Is the patient under a lot of mental stress?
  8. Is the patient eating the right foods? We recommend eating lots of plant foods as they help reduce inflammation and promote healing.
  9. 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.

Scott Calzaretta

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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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Herniated Disc? What happens if you do nothing?

We have been providing treatment for herniated discs in San Francisco for about 20 years now. During this time we have learned much. About 7 years ago we added nonsurgical spinal decompression to our treatment protocols. A while later deep tissue laser.

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Herniated Disc Treatment

So what happens if you are diagnosed with a herniated disc and you take no action?

It just depends.

Chances are if you have been diagnosed with a herniated disc you had an MRI…which is the “gold standard” diagnostic tool when it comes to confirming the presence of disc herniations or disc bulges.

And if you had an MRI you are most likely symptomatic…meaning you have symptoms such as sciatica from a lumbar disc herniation, or radiating arm pain from a cervical disc herniation.

So now your medical doctor tells you YES…you do in fact have a disc herniation in your lumbar spine at L5 and he wants to do surgery to remove it. WOW…what now?

Well…if it were me I certainly would not agree to low back surgery right off the bat. I would explore nonsurgical options such as nonsurgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000.

I would also consider major lifestyle modifications such as weight loss, giving up all bad habits such as smoking, drugs, drinking (if excessive) and anything else I was doing that was bad. I would seriously consider adopting a plant based diet such as the McDougall Program to reduce inflammation and help the disc to heal. I would go 100% clean and try to work it that way.

But that’s me…and most are not willing to do this. Plus, it might not work for you. A certain percentage of cervical and lumbar disc herniations simply are stuck on nerves in a way that requires that they be physically removed and lifestyle changes will do nothing for them other than provide a healthier context improved over-all health.

If you do nothing you just keep getting worse and the herniated disc will become more difficult to treat the longer you let it go. And your life will become even more miserable.

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Lumbar Decompression For Chronic Back Pain

Or, you can make all the lifestyle changes (or not) and try nonsurgical spinal decompression on a machine like the DRX9000. The DRX9000 is designed and built to actually isolate on a herniated disc and physically remove it from the spinal nerve it is irritating. It does this by creating a negative pressure, elongating the spine, enlarging the disc space, re-positioning the disc back where it belongs. YES it really does do this.

So sure…you can jump right into neck or back surgery and risk all kinds of bad stuff. You can do nothing and risk the problem getting worse and becoming more difficult to treat. Or you can try spinal decompression therapy and see if you can get your life back…naturally.

Sure, there’s a chance disc decompression will not help you…but success rates are high…so it’s a chance worth taking 🙂

To schedule a complimentary consultation to see if you are a candidate for spinal decompression with the DRX9000…contact our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center at 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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Does Spinal Decompression Work?

Many herniated disc patients are confused as to why their orthopedic surgeons do not offer spinal decompression therapy…or why they do not recommend it. After-all, nonsurgical spinal decompression with machines like the DRX9000 is now the new gold standard for nonsurgical treatment for herniated and bulging discs.

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Lumbar decompression with the DRX9000

I’m not sure what to say because our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center gets referrals all the time from medical doctors…and we have also treated many medical doctors, nurses, and medical personnel on the DRX9000. I guess it just depends who your doctor is and how up to date they are with medical technology…and how open minded they are.

There are are close minded people in every profession. Our spinal decompression doctors go out of their way to educate other health care providers on the benefits of cervical and lumbar disc decompression. We also co-manage herniated disc patients with medical doctors. This way the patient gets the best of both worlds.

Some doctors will not recommend treatment unless there is substantial research to document it’s efficacy. Unfortunately, since spinal decompression is relatively new (5-10 years) there are no double blind studies yet…which is why insurance companies will not pay for it.

However, there are hundreds of thousands of happy spinal decompression patients that swear disc decompression gave them their life back…and they could care less if there are any double blind studies.

Spinal decompression with the DRX9000 (the machine we use) is also very safe. Permanent bodily harm is something that pretty much does not happen. Soreness is common…like the soreness you get from exercise…but it’s manageable.

So does spinal decompression work?

YES

Does it work for everyone and will it work for me?

Well…for sure it does not work for everyone. First you have to be cleared for spinal decompression. Not all herniated disc patients qualify. Once you qualify you have to keep all your appointments, do your home care, wear your back brace, and adhere to the treatment protocol. If you do…chances are very good for a favorable outcome.

At our spinal decompression clinic we manage expectations. Some patients completely get better…some just become a lot better than they were…and everything in between. It’s rare when a patient does not respond at all…but it does happen.

Since there is no surgery…there is no harm done if decompression fails to deliver results. The only damage is to your pocket book. It’s a risk worth taking.

To find out if you are a candidate for disc 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 Traction?

There are many spinal decompression skeptics out there…I know…I used to be one. After-all, the idea that a disc herniation can be repaired with a machine is beyond the comprehension of many…including some medical doctors and so called spine experts.

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DRX9000 Lumbar Decompresion

It is not uncommon at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center, for a herniated disc patient to tell us that their orthopedic surgeon said that spinal decompression is nothing more than expensive traction and chances are it wont do anything.

Well…tell that to the hundreds of thousands of disc patients worldwide that are now living more active lifestyles (many avoiding surgery) because of nonsurgical spinal decompression.

So is spinal decompression traction?

Hardly…traction pulls on the entire spine without any regard to the individual patient “muscle guarding” response. When you apply force to an injured spinal segment the body tries to protect it by guarding against the pull with it’s muscles…it’s involuntary. The muscle response varies patient to patient so there is no way to anticipate it effectively…you can only react to it…which is what computerized spinal decompression does.

In fact, this is the primary difference between conventional traction and spinal decompression. Nonsurgical disc decompression systems have a built in computerized biofeedback mechanism that instantaneously senses a patients muscle guarding response and adjusts the amount of force being applied to the pull accordingly. Big difference.

Plus, spinal decompression systems adjust the angle of pull precisely to better target the injured discs. Spinal decompression machines such as the DRX9000 actually have a split bed (one of them floats) to negate the force of gravity, allowing for enlargement of the disc space.

Modern decompression also creates a negative pressure inside the disc which pulls the herniated disc fragments back to the center of the disc where they belong. Regular traction just pulls…and pulls..that’s it.

So when herniated disc patients ask us if spinal decompression is traction, we happily inform them of the differences. One thing for sure…anyone who has ever had conventional traction quickly realizes they are different animals as soon as they try decompression therapy for the first time…it’s an amazing sensation.

So there you go. Nonsurgical spinal decompression is not traction. Spinal decompression is the most advanced technology in the marketplace today for the nonsurgical treatment of neurovascular compression syndromes such as lumbar and cervical herniated and bulging discs.

To find out if you are a candidate for spinal decompression at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Clinic…call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post for a complimentary DRX9000 consultation.

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