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When to consider spinal decompression

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Lumbar decompression with the DRX9000

About 80% of the general population will experience a serious bout of low back pain at some point in their lives.  A certain percentage of these people will develop chronic low back pain…which is back pain that persists for over 90 days. In fact…the #1 predisposing factor for chronic back pain is previous back pain.

Of the patients that develop chronic low back pain, a certain percentage will become severe and debilitating, mostly due to conditions such as herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disc disease.

There are many treatment options for severe chronic low back pain. As far as conservative treatment, there is chiropractic, physical therapy, exercise, and acupuncture.

The medical approach is typically pain pills, muscle relaxers, cortisone, and surgery.

Some back pain clinics combine both medical care and conservative care.

Recently…about 7-8 years ago, a new nonsurgical treatment option for low back pain came to the marketplace.  It’s called nonsurgical spinal decompression, and is performed with a machine that costs about $100,000 (the best ones). The machine we use at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center is the DRX9000…the Rolls Royce of spinal decompression systems.

Spinal decompression machines are able to isolate on a specific spinal disc,  say L5/S1 and promote healing. It does this by enlarging the disc space, re-positioning the disc, elongating the spinal ligaments, stretching the spinal muscles, and re-hydrating the injured disc. Results are outstanding.

You should consider spinal decompression either at the point you have been diagnosed with a herniated or bulging disc, or after more conservative and less expensive treatments such as chiropractic and exercise have failed. Certainly before you have surgery. Because if you have fusion surgery you can never try spinal decompression…you are permanently disqualified.

Now, chiropractors like myself have a “next step” if chiropractic fails to deliver. Before spinal decompression we would have to refer out for surgical options. Times have changed.

So if you have been diagnosed with a herniated disc, bulging disc, spinal stenosis, facet syndrome, or disc degeneration…or are suffering with chronic back pain…consider nonsurgical spinal decompression. You just might be a candidate!

To schedule a complimentary consultation with a spinal decompression doctor in San Francisco call 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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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.

 

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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