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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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A Herniated Disc Often Times Leads to More Herniated Discs

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Cervical disc bulge on MRI

We have been providing treatment for herniated discs in San Francisco for almost 20 years now. Herniated discs in the lumbar spine are very common. Herniated discs in the cervical spine are less common. Herniated discs in the thoracic spine are rare.

Often times, at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center, a patient will present with herniated discs in both the cervical and lumbar spine. Usually one area is worse than the other, and we can guesstimate which area herniated first, and if the herniated disc in the neck influenced the herniated disc in the low back, or vice versa.

Most doctors will tell you that they are not connected…and maybe they aren’t.  But to me…how could they not be? After-all, the spine is made up of 24 movable segments called vertebrae. In between each vertebrae is the inter-vertebral disc. The disc is primarily cartilage tissue and is very dense, but at the same time flexible. There is a jelly like center that moves and gives according to our movements. When the bones of the spine are all in proper alignment the spine is strong and health and functions as intended.

If you injure a spinal disc say from a sports injury, auto accident, or years of poor posture from sitting at a computer, you can cause the jelly center to push out onto the nerves…this is called a disc herniation or disc bulge, depending on the nature of the disc damage.

Basic physics tells us if we alter structure, we alter function. If you put a ski rack on a Porsche it will not corner as well. If you have a disc in the low back that has herniated…it effects the other discs of the spine and makes them work harder because it changes the shape and strength of the disc and surrounding structures. The discs above and below the herniated disc segment are the most prone to future herniation from the extra stress put on them.

However, the discs in the neck also have to work harder because of the herniated disc in the low back. And if you are someone that is under a lot of constant physical and mental stress (to the neck)…say like a legal secretary…you may be prone to bulging or herniated discs in the cervical spine.

When it comes to herniated discs…they are not isolated occurrences…the entire spine is effected.

This is why we encourage disc herniation sufferers to seek nonsurgical treatment right away with nonsurgical spinal decompression. Because the last thing you want is more disc herniations or disc bulges. And whether you like it or not…and even if you medical doctor tells you it’s not likely…basic physics tells us it is.

What about back surgery? Well…if you cut that disc out your alter structure. Same with fusion surgery. Now you spend the remainder of your life with limited motion and abnormal stresses on the rest of the spine. This is why back surgery often fails and leads to more back surgery. You should avoid this at all costs.

Anyway, a controversial topic, but one we have a lot of first hand knowledge with.

To schedule an appointment with one of our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Doctors call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post for a complimentary consultation.

 

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Spinal Decompression: Finish what you start!

We have helped thousands of herniated disc patients at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center return to more normal lives. State laws prevent me from posting spinal decompression success rates, but I certainly would if I could.

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Spinal Decompression Therapy with DRX9000

The machine we use is the DRX9000.

I can tell you this…as long as you are a good candidate and qualify medically…there is a very good chance you will achieve a favorable outcome with spinal decompression.

IF…you finish what you start.

Often times herniated disc patients are looking for instant gratification with spinal decompression…and they usually get it, which is nice. But occasionally, patients do not respond right away and decide to abort the process before they finish. This is NOT a wise decision.

Why?

Well…some herniated disc patients take a while to respond to decompression therapy with the DRX9000. Sometimes, relief from back or neck pain does not happen until we get to the end of the treatment plan. What happens if you quit?

I’ll tell you what happens…you lose the opportunity to find out if spinal decompression could have fixed your problem. Just because it takes a while…which is the exception not the rule…it does not mean it’s not working.

Sure…there are herniated disc patients that do not respond to spinal decompression therapy…it happens. And you should understand this before you start.

Nothing works 100% of the time.

Here’s the deal…even if disc decompression fails to deliver for you, you are still whole and can try other forms of herniated disc treatment…even surgery. The same is not true if you have a spinal fusion surgery…you will forever be disqualified from spinal decompression.

Sure, if spinal decompression fails you will be out some time and money…but at least you will know and you can rule it out.

Bottom Line: If you decide you want to give spinal decompression a shot…finish what you start. It’s the smart thing to do!

If you would like 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 and receive a complimentary consultation.

 

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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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How To Finally Get Rid Of Your Sciatica!

Sciatica, or pain down the leg, is a very common symptom of a pinched nerve in the low back (lumbar spine). There are varying degrees of sciatica from mild to severe. Other symptoms in the leg such as numbness and tingling or pins and needles can be considered sciatica also…as long as the source of the problem is sciatic nerve compression.

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Pinched Lumbar Nerve Root of Sciatic Nerve

The sciatic nerve originates in the low back and is formed by nerve roots that branch off the spinal cord, exit from in between the lumbar vertebra, then come together. Kind of like a four lane highway merging into one lane. The sciatic nerve travels from the low back down to the feet. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body….it can be the diameter of a quarter at it’s largest circumference.

The most likely cause of sciatica is a herniated or bulging disc in the lumbar spine. Other causes are facet syndrome, degenerative disc disease, DJD, and spinal stenosis. Usually there is a little bit of everything.

The good news is, there really is a way to “Finally Get Rid of Your Sciatica”…even when conventional treatments such as chiropractic, physical therapy, acupuncture, and medicine fail to deliver. I’m talking about nonsurgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000.

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Lumbar Decompression For Low Back Pain and Sciatica

The DRX9000 is a machine that is designed and built to treat disc herniations and disc bulges. That’s what it does…and it does it without drugs or surgery. And, the DRX9000 has very high success rates even when all else fails. In fact, spinal decompression therapy is now considered to be the “Gold Standard” for the nonsurgical treatment of chronic low back pain.

So there is hope for sciatica patients that are living in pain. I can’t tell you how many sciatica patients we meet with have been told “you either get back surgery or learn to live with the pain”. Nice Huh?

Well…most laugh about that now. Will the DRX9000 fix your sciatica? Maybe.

You first need to make sure you qualify medically as not everyone does. If you have had a previous surgical fusion in your spine you are disqualified. If you have severe scoliosis or severe osteoporosis decompression is not for you. There are more. Most qualify though.

The next step is to call our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center at 415-392-2225 and ask for a complimentary consultation.

If you do not live or work near downtown San Francisco, you can check our list of the Best Spinal Decompression Doctors in America.

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Cervical Spinal Decompression in San Francisco

Cervical Spinal Decompression can make a lot of sense for disc herniations in the neck.  Neck surgery can be very scary…there is a lot to go wrong. What happens if you have a cervical fusion  and it does not work?  You are stuck with it.

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DRX9000c

The worst thing that can happen to you from nonsurgical spinal decompression to the cervical spine is it does not work. You are still left whole and can explore other treatment options…including surgery. Sure, some people get sore…a very small percentage real sore…but so what…they are already sore.

The machine we use at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center is the DRX9000c. The DRX9000c is designed and built to treat neurovascular compression syndromes in the neck such as herniated discs, bulging discs, cervical stenosis, disc degeneration, and facet syndrome.

The DRX9000c treatments last about an hour. Typically, we do 20-24 sessions depending on the level of severity and response to treatment. Sometimes more…sometimes less. There is also extensive rehabilitation and home care…including dietary recommendations (plant based nutrition), sleeping position, and ergonomics.

There are other fine cervical decompression machines out there, but the DRX9000c maximizes patient comfort and the outcomes are excellent.

We usually do cervical decompression in conjunction with deep tissue laser therapy, ice, and massage. Muscle stimulation is included also.

Will cervical decompression with the DRX9000c work for you? Don’t know…and neither does anyone else. We have to clear you for decompression therapy and make sure you have no contraindications such as spinal fusion, severe osteoporosis, severe scoliosis, and more. Most cervical disc patients qualify.

So…if you have been diagnosed with a herniated disc in your neck and conventional treatments are not helping…you may want to consider the DRX9000c before you go under the knife…you can always do that. But if you have surgical fusion…you will NEVER be able to try nonsurgical cervical decompression.

To find out if you are a candidate for cervical decompression with the DRX9000c…call our Spinal Decompression Clinic in San Francisco at 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post for a complimentary consultation.

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Is Spinal Decompression Covered by Insurance?

We have been providing treatment for herniated discs in San Francisco for almost 20 years now.  About 6 years ago we added nonsurgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000 to the mix. The results have been outstanding.

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Spinal Decompression Therapy with DRX9000

The DRX9000 is a machine that is designed and built to treat neurovascular compression syndromes such as herniated and bulging discs without surgery. Spinal decompression is now considered by many (including me) to be the gold standard for disc herniation treatment.

Many new herniated disc patients are surprised to learn that  spinal decompression is NOT covered by insurance. After-all…if it works so well why wont my insurance pay for it?

Well…we wish they did, that’s for sure…it would make everyone’s life easier. But it doesn’t…and here’s why. Spinal decompression has only been around for 7-8 years and is still considered experimental. There are no long term double blind studies to support the results that patients and spinal decompression doctors are reporting worldwide.

There has been very favorable preliminary research done by the Mayo Clinic, John Hopkins University, and Duke University (a joint effort). You can download the spinal decompression special report and read the results yourself.

The good news is that your insurance will most likely pay for exams, re-exams, exercises, and various other ancillary treatments that are part of the spinal decompression treatment process. This can be significant depending on your actual benefits.

I can tell you this though…The chronic back pain patients that are paying out of their pocket for treatment with the DRX9000 or one of the other fine decompression systems, are happy to do so. Most have tried many forms of back or neck pain treatment, with little to no relief.

Hey…life is short. And when you have severe back pain or sciatica, life can be miserable. When you live in pain it effects your earning potential, your immune system, your attitude, everything. The DRX9000 has the potential to give you your life back.

On average, spinal decompression is 20-24 visits, at a cost of $3000-$8000 depending on the area of the country, the severity of your condition, and what the program includes (laser, rehab, chiropractic, massage, nutrition).

If you are suffering with chronic back or neck pain and have been diagnosed with a bulging or herniated disc, you should consider spinal decompression…even though your insurance wont pay for all of it.

My spinal decompression doctors offer zero interest financing and easy payment plans…I know we do. It’s usually not money that prevents a disc patient from starting care.

Anyway…that’s my two cents, and of course my opinion is biased because I provide these services. But it’s my honest opinion…and I received many dozens of roses from happy spinal decompression patients…and that’s the truth.

To find out if you are a candidate for 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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San Francisco Spinal Decompression Review: Cervical

Every week at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center we feature a patient that has achieved outstanding neck or back pain relief with the DRX9000 or DRX9000c.  Our featured patient is David Bain who presented with neck, shoulder, and arm pain due to cervical disc herniations and cervical disc degeneration. Listen to what David has to say about the DRX9000c:

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Can Spinal Decompression Help Degenerative Disc Disease?

Degenerative Disc Disease is fairly common with aging…along with most other degenerative processes. However, it is possible to slow down the progression of spinal disc degeneration and in some cases actually reverse it with nonsurgical spinal decompression.

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Spinal Decompression Therapy with DRX9000

When the bones of the spine lose their proper alignment, the spinal discs which are in between them wear abnormally…just like your tire tread wears abnormally when the front end of your car is out of alignment.

If this situation is corrected in time it is possible to bring the degenerated disc back to life. Spinal decompression with the DRX9000 or other fine decompression systems can help repair a degenerated disc by elongating the spine, enlarging the disc space, re-positioning the injured spinal disc, strengthening the spinal muscles and ligaments, and re-hydrating the spinal disc by re-establishing fluid and nutrient exchange with the blood stream.

It’s also possible that the spinal disc degeneration is so far advanced that even nonsurgical spinal decompression is not able to help it. It’s possible…but not likely. My experience has been that there is usually some sort of positive change…albeit minor.

Lifestyle factors play a big role also in degenerative disc disease. If you are overweight or obese it makes it much harder to slow down disc degeneration. There is just too much constant stress on the joints and discs. High fat diets rich in animal proteins and processed foods tend to cause ongoing inflammation which can contribute to disc degeneration. Smoking, drugs, and alcohol do not help…and poor sleep and work habits make things worse…as does stress.

So Yes, spinal decompression with the DRX9000 can help degenerative disc disease…often times when all else fails. A healthy lifestyle with plenty of clean food, clean air, and exercise will help create the right conditions for decompression to achieve a favorable outcome.

I have seen patients with chronic back pain and sciatica due to long standing disc disease and spinal degeneration return to active lifestyles after only a few months on the DRX9000…amazing.

Will the DRX9000 help your degenerative disc disease? Maybe. You need to find out if you qualify medically first…not all back pain patients do.

To find out if you are a candidate for nonsurgical spinal decompression at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center…call 415-392-2225 and ask for a complimentary consultation.

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