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Spinal Decompression and Physical Therapy

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Spinal Decompression Therapy with DRX9000

We have been providing spinal decompression treatment in San Francisco for over 11 years now in the Financial District. 

Recently, we were acquired by Chiro-Medical Group, Inc. of San Francisco (CMG). The clinic has been re-named from Executive Express Chiropractic to Chiro-Medical Express (CMGE).

This now gives us the ability to offer a wider range of services to our spinal decompression patients than we could before.  CME is only a few blocks away from CMGE, which is located at the landmark Embarcadero Center (validated parking).

CME has one of the largest and most technologically advanced physical therapy depts. in San Francisco and also has world class medical doctors that specialize in Physical Medicine.

So, what this means is that our san Francisco spinal decompression patients now have access to CME and all it has to offer. We are now able to treat very advanced cases of lumbar and cervical disc herniations and bulges that require extensive post decompression rehabilitation.

Sure, most of our herniated disc patients will not need this…but some will, and we can now take care of them in house. This makes for a much more cohesive treatment and the outcomes so far have been outstanding.

Some of the condition we are able to treat with our DRX9000 spinal decompression system are as follows:

  • Lumbar and cervical disc herniations and bulges
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Facet Syndrome

If you have been diagnosed with any of these conditions and are interested in finding out more about our San Francisco Spinal Decompression program. please call 415-392-2225 and ask for a complimentary consultation. 

Scott Calzaretta

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What Does Spinal Decompression Costs?

We have been providing treatment for bulging and herniated discs in San Francisco for 23 years now. 

About 10 years ago, after considerable research, we decided to add nonsurgical spinal decompression to our clinic so that we could better treat these conditions. The results have been outstanding.   The machine we use is the DRX9000. The protocol for spinal decompression is 20 one hour sessions over 6-8 weeks. We were the first to offer spinal decompression with the DRX9000 in San Francisco and our cost at that time was $6000-$10,000 depending on the severity of the condition,  level of treatment and adjunctive therapies involved.

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DRX9000 Lumbar Decompresion

That was then and this is now. Now there are many more spinal decompression machines and the machines costs less…so the price has come down. Our prices these days for lumbar or cervical spinal disc decompression is $3500-$6000 depending on what you need. Quite a bit cheaper. Plus, we are much better at it…it’s an art. Over the past 10 years we have performed tens of thousands of spinal decompression sessions on thousands of patients. We are pretty good at this…and experience matters! Some of the conditions we treat are lumbar and cervical disc herniations, disc bulges, spinal stenosis, disc degeneration, and facet syndrome. The most common symptoms associated with these conditions are low back pain, sciatica, leg pain, numbness, tingling, burning, aching, neck pain, arm pain, weakness, night pain. There has never been a better time to consider spinal decompression therapy. We reserve the machine for your appointments so there is no waiting, and we validate your parking at the Embarcadero Center. It’s super easy and efficient.

To find out if you are a candidate for care at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center please call 415-392-2225 and ask 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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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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Low Back Pain and Spondylolisthesis

Low back pain can arise from many conditions, one of which is a mouthful: Spondylolisthesis.

The term was coined in 1854 from the Greek words, “spondylo” for vertebrae and “olisthesis” for slip. These “slips” most commonly occur in the low back, 90% at L5 and 9% at L4. According to www.spinehealth.com and others, the most common type of spondylolisthesis is called “isthmic spondylolisthesis,” which is a condition that includes a defect in the back part of the vertebra in an area called the pars interarticularis, which is the part of the vertebra that connects the front half (vertebral body) to the back half (the posterior arch). This can occur on one, or both sides, with or without a slip or shift forwards, which is then called spondylolysis. In “isthmic spondylolisthesis,” the incidence rate is about 5-7% of the general population favoring men over women 3:1. Debate continues as to whether this occurs as a result genetic predisposition verses environmental or acquired at some point early in life as noted by the increased incidence in populations such as Eskimos (30-50%), where they traditionally carry their young in papooses, vertically loading their lower spine at a very young age. However, isthmic spondylolisthesis can occur at anytime in life if a significant backward bending force occurs resulting in a fracture but reportedly, occurs most frequently between ages 6 and 16 years old.

Often, traumatic isthmic spondylolisthesis occurs during the adolescent years and in fact, is the most common cause of low back pain at this stage of life. Sports most commonly resulting in spondylolisthesis include gymnastics, football (lineman), weightlifting (from squats or dead lifts) and diving (from over arching the back). Excessive backward bending is the force that overloads the back of the vertebra resulting in the fracture sometimes referred to as a stress fracture, which is a fracture that occurs as a result of repetitive overloading over time, usually weeks to months.

If the spondylolisthesis lesions do not heal either by cartilage or by bone replacement, the front half of the vertebra can slip or slide forwards and become unstable. Fortunately, most of these heal and become stable and don’t progress. The diagnosis is a simple x-ray, but to determine the degree of stability, “stress x-rays” or x-rays taken at endpoints of bending over and backwards are needed. Sometimes, a bone scan is needed to determine if it’s a new injury verses an old isthmic spondylolisthesis.

Another very common type is called degenerative spondylolisthesis and occurs in 30% of Caucasian and 60% of African-American woman (3:1 women to men). This usually occurs at L4 and is more prevalent in aging females. It is sometimes referred to as “pseudospondylolisthesis” as it does not include defects in the posterior arch but rather, results from a degeneration of the disk and facet joints. As the disk space narrows, the vertebra slides forwards. The problem here is that the spinal canal, where the spinal cord travels, gets crimped or distorted by the forward sliding vertebra and causes compression of the spinal nerve root(s), resulting pain and/or numbness in one or both legs. The good news about spondylolisthesis is that non-surgical approaches, like spinal manipulation in particular, work well and chiropractic is a logical treatment approach!

            We realize you have a choice in who you choose to provide your healthcare 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.

For a complimentary consultation with one of our San Francisco Chiropractors  to determine the cause of your low back pain, call 415-392-2225 and mention this blog post.

 

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 Lumbar Stenosis?

We have been helping patients with lumbar stenosis at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center since 1994.

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Sost Tissue and Bony Lumbar Stenosis

Lumbar Stenosis by definition means that there is a physical obstruction in either the spinal canal where the spinal cord is, or in the nerve channel (foramina) where the nerve roots exit before they make the journey out to the body. The latter is referred to as Foraminal Stenosis.

What happens is the bulging disc or spinal degeneration narrows the canal and puts pressure on the spinal cord or nerve root. This can lead to symptoms such as sciatica, numbness or tingling in the legs, leg weakness, night pain, foot drop, and back pain.

There are two basic causes of lumbar stenosis:

1. Bony stenosis from spinal and disc degeneration (includes spinal ligament degeneration and calcification).

2. Soft tissue stenosis from bulging and herniated discs and well as inflamed ligaments and soft tissues.

Spinal decompression like the DRX9000 work best if the cause of your lumbar stenosis is a bulging disc or a herniated disc. However, spinal decompression can also help bony stenosis as well.

Spinal decompression machines are designed and built to enlarge the disc space, elongate the spine, strengthen the spinal ligaments, re-position the injured disc, and create a negative pressure which help to re-establish nutrient exchange between the spinal disc, the surrounding tissues, and the blood stream.

To the extent the above is possible, depending on the level of severity, your age, and any complications, various stages of healing can take place…all the way to complete recovery.

Some stenosis patients only have a single disc herniation…but it is a big one…putting pressure right on a spinal nerve…most commonly at L5-S1. Well…this kind of case stands a really good chance at a complete recovery..especially if the patient is young without much spinal decay. If the herniation was small the chances would be even better.

Some patients have multiple levels of involvement, with disc herniations at several spinal levels, along with disc and spinal degeneration, enlarged ligaments from calcium deposits and inflammation, and bone spurs. A case like this is much more difficult to treat…but still there is much potential for improvement.

The DRX9000 can pump life into an unhealthy, degenerated spine and bring herniated and bulging discs back to life. Once a spine starts to regain lost motion and the discs re-hydrate…anything is possible.

It’s also possible to have a patient present with bony stenosis that is beyond help. There is just so much spinal degeneration and the disc are completely calcified. It;s possible…but this is rare. It’s mostly seen in the elderly.

So…can spinal decompression with the DRX9000 help you? Maybe.

I would certainly find out more about spinal decompression before I considered back surgery. Heck…you can always have back surgery if decompression fails. But even if spinal decompression does not help you are still left whole. Nothing cut-out. No cement. No metal.

It’s worth a shot.

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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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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Decompression Therapy with the DRX9000

We have been providing treatment for herniated discs in San Francisco for almost 20 years now at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center.  About six years ago we introduced spinal decompression therapy with the DRX9000.

The DRX9000 is a computerized back therapy machine that is designed and built to treat neurovascular compression syndromes such as herniated discs, bulging discs, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, and facet syndrome.

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Lumbar decompression with the DRX9000

DRX9000 herniated disc repair treatment, often referred to as Non-surgical spinal decompression,  is now considered the “gold standard” as far as drug-less, non-invasive back pain therapy is concerned.

Decompression therapy is able to repair a herniated disc…once thought impossible, by elongating the spine, enlarging the disc space, which reduces pressure on the spinal disc, stretching the spinal ligaments, strengthening the spinal muscles, and actually pulling the herniated disc back to the center where it belongs.

I know this sounds too good to be true…but that’s what disc decompression therapy does.

Will the DRX9000 fix all chronic back pain patients? NO

Decompression therapy is not a magic bullet. In fact, many herniated disc patients are not able to qualify medically for spinal decompression treatments. If you have had a spinal fusion you do not qualify. If you have too much spinal degeneration, an unstable spondylolisthesis, or severe scoliosis you are disqualified. There are other reasons also.

And…just because you do qualify for decompression therapy with the DRX9000…there still is no guarantee it will fix your back problem. There is no guarantee…but the success rates are excellent.

Heck…what’s more important than a healthy back? If you can try nonsurgical decompression therapy with even a chance that it might give you your life back…with no side effects (maybe soreness) wouldn’t you? I would.

If the DRX9000 does not repair your herniated disc or bulging disc, you are still whole. Nothing was cut out of your body. Nothing was put into your body. You can still explore other back pain treatment options…including surgery.

So that’s the deal. Does DRX9000 spinal decompression make sense for you?

Nobody can decide that but you!

Dr. Eben Davis is clinic director of Executive Express Chiropractic, an experienced provider of Spinal Decompression in San Francisco.

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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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