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Numbness in the Hand?

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Hand Pain and Numbness Treatment in San Francisco

We have been providing treatment for hand  pain and numbness in San Francisco since 1992. 

Hand pain and numbness is fairly common  with people that spend the majority of their day in front of a computer.  Unfortunately, many are misdiagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) or wrist sprains when the actual problem  is in the neck.

That’s right, the primary cause of wrist pain, numbness, tingling and weakness in office workers is pressure on the nerves in the neck and not carpal tunnel syndrome.

The nerves that exit from in between the bones in the neck, travel down the arms and into the hands. Pressure on these nerves as they exit the spine from tight muscles, bulging discs, herniated discs, misaligned vertebrae, facet syndrome,  or disc and spine degeneration is much more likely than CTS (which is rare).

This is good new because it is much more easier to treat most of the above than it is true CTS.

Traditional chiropractic care is very effective for neck, arm and hand pain.  Massage, stretching and exercise, and even deep tissue laser can also help accelerate healing.

In the event chiropractic care fails to deliver a favorable outcome, we have cervical decompression with the DRX9000c spinal decompression system.

Herniated and bulging discs can be difficult to treat in some cases and the DRX9000c is very safe, gentle and effective.

Often times a combination of chiropractic and spinal decompression makes the most sense.

So…if you have been suffering with numbness in the hands or pain in the hands, weakness, tingling or neck pain, we would like to meet with you to discuss your treatment options.

To find out if you are a candidate for treatment at our San Francisco Chiropractic and Spinal Decompression Clinic please call 415-392-2225. 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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How Do You Know If You Have a Herniated Disc?

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We have been providing treatment for herniated discs in San Francisco since 1992. 

Herniated discs in the low back are fairly common. They are less common in the neck.  Usually there is low back pain or sciatica…but you can also have a herniated or bulging disc and not even know it.

That’s right…many will live and die with herniated discs and they never have any symptoms.  In fact, some herniated discs in the neck or back will heal on their own.

Most of the time it is low back or neck pain, sciatica,  arm pain, numbness or tingling or weakness that causes a herniated disc patient to seek treatment.  There are other causes of these symptoms so it’s not always a cervical or lumbar disc herniation.

Some of the other musculoskeletal conditions that can cause these symptoms are neck or back sprain/strain, subluxation, misalignment, pinched nerve, degenerative disc disease, facet syndrome, stenosis, and more.

A disc herniation is not the end of the world either. In fact, most of the time a cervical or lumbar disc bulge or herniation will respond favorably to convention chiropractic or physical therapy. In the event some extra help is needed, many chiropractors offer nonsurgical spinal decompression. The machine we use is the DRX9000.

Spinal decompression machines are designed and built to treat disc herniations naturally without drugs or surgery. Sometimes the combination of chiropractic and the DRX9000 is just what’s needed.

As far as confirming the presence of a disc herniation…the MRI is the gold standard. Typically, we order an MRI to quantify the problem and help dictate the treatment plan. Sometimes there are multiple levels of involvement which requires more treatment. Sometimes the severity is minimal which takes less time. All cases are different.

In addition, not everyone can qualify medically for spinal decompression treatment. Because of this we offer a complimentary consultation which we can do in person or by phone to see if you are a good candidate for care.

To find out if you are a candidate for care at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center please call 415-392-2225.  Make sure to ask for the complimentary consultation. 

Scott Calzaretta

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Can a Herniated Disc Heal Itself?

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Lumbar Decompression For Chronic Back Pain

We have been providing treatment for herniated discs in San Francisco for over 23 years.

Herniated discs in the low back and neck are fairly common.  In fact, many of us have a herniated disc and don’t even know it. That’s right…you can have a lumbar or cervical disc herniation and have no symptoms.

On the other hand, you can have a disc herniation that is causing severe low back pain and sciatica or neck and arm pain. The pain can be so bad that you are unable to function in a normal manner. It just depends on the nature of the the disc herniation and how it is contacting your spinal cord or nerves.

It is now known that disc herniations and disc bulges (a form of a herniation) can heal on their own. Some never even cause symptoms Other times, the disc can become positioned in such a way that the body is unable to fix it and outside intervention is necessary.

The most effective treatment foe a disc bulge or herniation is traditional chiropractic. Some medical doctors will scare patients into thinking that gentle chiropractic could make the problem worse or even cause permanent damage. This is very rare and most chiropractors will know when they should stay away.

What happens most of the time is a very favorable outcome. Sometimes this can happen right away and other times it may take a while. Each case is different.

In the rare event that chiropractic is unable to deliver a favorable outcome we have a “next-step”…Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression with the DRX9000.

Spinal decompression systems are designed and built to treat lumbar and cervical disc herniations nonsurgically. The treatment is very safe, gentle and effective. Sometimes a combination of chiropractic and spinal decompression works best.

Spinal decompression is not new. We have been offering it in San Francisco for over 10 years.

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

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Spinal Decompression Cost. Is it Worth The Money?

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Spinal Decompression Therapy with DRX9000

We have been providing Spinal Decompression in San Francisco for over 10 years now. At first, we had the only spinal decompression machine in the Bay Area. We quickly developed a waiting list and soon after this purchased two more machines. The machines we use are the DRX9000.

The spinal decompression cost has come down. The price back then was $6000 for 20 sessions. The protocol for decompression is twenty sessions over 6 weeks. Each session is about an hour. You are on the decompression machine for 30 minutes, then 10 minutes of muscle stimulation and 10 minutes of ice. It takes about 5-7 minutes to put the harnessing on that connects you to the machine.

Now, 10 years later, there are more DRX900 machines in San Francisco and the price is lower due to supply and demand. Our price is now around $3500-$4000 depending on the specific treatment plan and protocol.

So, is spinal decompression worth the money? Well, when you consider that spinal disc decompression has a very high success rate with very low risks of injury, the answer in my opinion is YES!

Heck, it is very labor intensive and the machines are very expensive. Our spinal decompression machine cost around $150,000 and treats both cervical and lumbar disc herniations.

And here’s the deal…In the unlikely event spinal decompression fails to deliver a favorable outcome you are still whole and can pursue other treatment options. If you have back surgery you may be permanently disqualified from ever trying disc decompression therapy.

So, it’s up to you. You can have back surgery which may or may not work out and could have serious complications including permanent bodily harm. Or, try safe, painless, highly effective spinal decompression first. Sure you will be out some time and money, but the upside is big…getting your life back!

To schedule an appointment for spinal decompression in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225. 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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Cervical Disc Herniation?

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DRX9000c Cervical Decompression

We have been providing  treatment for herniated cervical discs in San Francisco for over 22 years.

Typically, patients will present with neck, arm, or hand pain. There can be associated numbness, tingling or weakness in the upper extremities. Sometimes there is no neck pain at all, just arm or hand pain. It is not uncommon for a herniated disc in the neck to be misdiagnosed as carpal tunnel syndrome.

So how do you know if you have a herniated cervical disc?

Well, the gold standard for diagnosing a herniated disc is a MRI.

Many of our spinal decompression patients come to us with MRI in hand looking for nonsurgical solutions to their problem. Other times, we end up ordering the MRI after conservative chiropractic fails to deliver results.

We have a “next step” if chiropractic does not achieve a favorable outcome with cervical disc herniation. Our next step is nonsurgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000c. The DRX9000c is designed and built to treat herniated discs in the neck non-surgically. The results are outstanding.

We have been incorporating cervical disc decompression into our herniated disc treatment protocol for about 9 years now. In the event decompression is not successful, which is rare, the patient is left whole and can explore other treatment options, including neck surgery.

To find out if you are a candidate for nonsurgical cervical disc treatment in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225. Ask for a complimentary consultation.

Scott Calzaretta

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Neck Pain: Where Does It Come From?

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Neck Pain Treatment

 Neck pain can arise from a number of different tissues in the neck. Quite often, pain is generated from the small joints in the back of the vertebra (called facets). Pain can also arise from disk related conditions where the liquid-like center part of the disk works its way out through cracks and tears in the thicker outer part of the disk and can press on nerves producing numbness and/or weakness in the arm. It is possible to “sprain” the neck in car accidents, sports injuries, or from slips and falls. This is where ligaments tear and lose their stability resulting in excessive sliding back and forth of the vertebrae during neck movements. When muscles or their tendon attachments to bone are injured, these injuries are called “strains” and pain can occur wherever the muscle is torn. There is also referred pain. Here, the injury is at a distance away from where the pain is felt. A classic referred pain pattern is shoulder blade pain when a disk in the neck herniates. Let’s take a closer look at two conditions we often diagnose and treat as chiropractors:


Spinal Stenosis: This occurs when the canals in the spine narrow to the point of pinching the spinal cord in the trefoil shaped central canal (called “central stenosis”) or when the nerve roots get pinched in the lateral recesses (called lateral recess stenosis). This can occur from arthritis in the facet joints, disk bulging or herniations, thickening of ligaments, shifting of one vertebra over another, aging, heredity (being born with a narrowed canal), and/or from tumors. Usually, combinations of several of the above occur simultaneously. When this is present in the neck, it can be more serious compared to stenosis in the low back as the spinal cord ends at the upper part of the low back (T12 level) so only the nerves get pinched. Stenosis in the neck however pinches the spinal cord itself. Symptoms can include pain in one or both arms, but it’s more dangerous when leg pain, numbness, or weakness occur (called myelopathy). Rarely, loss of bowel or bladder control can occur which is then considered a “medical emergency” and requires prompt surgery.


Cervical Disk Herniation: As previously stated, the liquid-like center of the disk can work its way through cracks and tears in the outer layer of the disk and press on a nerve resulting in numbness, pain, and/or weakness in the arm. The classic presentation is the patient finding relief by holding the arm over the head, as this puts slack in the nerve and it hurts less in this position. The position of the head also makes a difference as looking up usually hurts more and can increase the arm pain/numbness while looking down reduces the symptoms. We will carefully test your upper extremity neurological functions (reflexes, muscle strength, and sensation as each nerve performs a different function in the arm), and we can tell you which nerve is pinched after a careful examination. This condition can lead to surgery so please take this seriously.

            The good news is that chiropractic care can manage both spinal stenosis and cervical disk herniations BEFORE they reach the point of requiring surgery. So, make chiropractic your FIRST choice when neck pain occurs!

In the event that conservative chiropractic care fails to deliver a favorable outcome, you should consider nonsurgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000c.

To find out more about natural neck pain treatment in San Francisco call 415-392-2225


            We realize that you have a choice in where you choose your healthcare services.  If you, a friend or family member requires care for neck 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.


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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Pinched Nerve in the Low Back?

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Pinched Lumbar Nerve Root of Sciatic Nerve

We have been providing treatment for low back pain and sciatica in the SF Bay Area for over 20 years now. We use a combination of chiropractic adjustments, massage, motion extension traction, custom exercises, deep tissue laser therapy, and nonsurgical spinal decompression when indicated. During this time we have helped over 5000 patients with low back pain and related disorders.

A primary cause of low back pain and sciatica is a “Pinched Nerve” in the low back. Pinched nerves are generally caused by herniated or bulging discs in the lumbar spine, most commonly at L5-S1.

Nerve tissue is very sensitive to pressure. In fact, just the weight of a pencil erasure on a nerve can alter it’s ability to function by 60% and cause severe pain and dysfunction.

The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body…it can be the diameter of a quarter at it’s greatest circumference. Bulging discs, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, disc degeneration, and various conditions like “Piriformis Syndrome” can put pressure on the sciatic nerve or nerve roots causing “pinched nerves”.

Typically, a patient will feel various combinations of low back pain, leg pain, numbness, tingling, aching, weakness, and muscle stiffness and spasms that become progressively worse over time. There can also be pinched nerves with no symptoms at all…for a while and then BOOM…when you least expect it lightning strikes. This is fairly common actually, and can be very alarming.

The solution for pinched nerves in the low back depends on the nature and severity of the problem. Conservative chiropractic, massage, laser, and ice are always the first thing we try. That is of course unless the patient is unable to handle it. In rare cases such as this we do laser and ice to try to reduce inflammation and then maybe some muscle stim and light massage.

Spinal decompression with the DRX9000 is also an option in the beginning as it is very safe and gentle. The DRX is designed and built to treat neurovascular compression syndromes such as bulging and herniated lumbar discs. However, the cost is greater than chiropractic as is the time commitment…so typically we try more conservative chiropractic first.

In any case, many chiropractors that have included disc decompression and deep tissue laser therapy into their protocols (such as us) have become “one stop shops” for pinched nerves due to herniated and bulging spinal discs.

If you or someone you know requires treatment for a pinched nerve in San Francisco, please call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post for a complimentary consultation.

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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The time to start spinal decompression is always NOW!

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DRX9000 Lumbar Decompression

We have been offering spinal decompression therapy in San Francisco for over 8 years now. During this time we have performed over 15,000 spinal decompression sessions…so we know a little bit about what works.

One thing we have figured out is that there will never be a perfect time to start. There will always be vacations, prior commitments, kids, work, things you need to start and things you need to finish…life!

Sure, DRX9000 decompression therapy is a commitment…it’s 20 one hour sessions done in 6-8 weeks or more. But heck…the reason you are considering doing it is because low back pain, sciatica, or neck pain is interfering with your life. You have been diagnosed with some sort of neurovascular compression syndrome such as a herniated or bulging disc in the cervical or lumbar spine.  So whatever you are doing you are most likely doing it in pain and are unable to fully enjoy what life has to offer.

This is why i say that the time to start spinal decompression is always NOW.

Why not start the process of repairing your back now so you can get your life back?

At our spinal decompression center in San Francisco we try to make the process as easy as possible. We reserve the DRX9000 for you so there is no waiting. We can perform the entire treatment in around 50 minutes so you do not get trapped for hours like other clinics. And…we can work with your busy schedule to get you started even if it means you can only do a few sessions per week. It can be easy to start…really.

We have found that those that make decompression happen seem to get the best results. They are mentally prepared for a favorable outcome…they expect it. They are taking charge and not letting the normal stresses of life interfere with their decision. And we are right there with them making sure the process is a smooth ride.

Hey…the Holidays are a perfect time to start disc decompression therapy. Things slow down, we have space on the decompression machine, and it’s a great way to power into the New Year.

Anyway…we hope you are enjoying the season and we look forward to seeing you soon 🙂

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

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How do you know if your spinal decompression is working?

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DRX9000 Lumbar Decompression

We have been providing spinal decompression therapy in San Francisco for 8 years now. During this time we have performed over 20,000 decompression treatments to thousands of patients. We were the first to offer the DRX9000 in San Francisco.

The protocol for the DRX9000 is 20 sessions. The recommended treatment is 5x for 2 weeks, 3x for 2 weeks, and 2x for 2 weeks. When they conduct research this is what they do.

In reality, not all herniated or bulging disc patients can adhere to this treatment protocol due to family, work or school schedules. And honestly, sometimes we think the treatment might be too much for someone to handle. So…we treat each patient on an individual basis, sometime starting at only 2-3 times per week.

How do we know the 20 spinal decompression sessions will be enough?

We don’t…sometimes it takes more…but it rarely takes less. Sure, if you are a young adult (under 25 years old) and have a single level disc herniation, say at L5-S1, and an otherwise healthy spine, we may recommend 15 sessions.  Other than this scenario, we usually do 20-26 sessions.

In our experience it’s best to complete the program…even if you are feeling better after say 10 sessions. It’s kind of like when you take antibiotics…you feel better before the problem is fixed.

We often have patients that want to only do 10 sessions to see how they feel…but honestly…even if you are not feeling results, it does not mean the decompression therapy is not working. Some of our most dramatic results have happened at the end of treatment…in the last 5 sessions…and the results have lasted years.

And you should never stop after 10 sessions if you are feeling better…because you may risk a relapse.

What we recommend is deciding before you start that you are going to complete the program. Sure, we can split your payments up to make them more affordable…but don’t jeopardize your potential outcome by doing too little…that just does not make sense.

We will do it if you want…but we recommend you “stay the course”.  Because if you do the results will be more permanent. And we have the experience to know. We have seen patients that have done partial treatment get partial results. We we want this to be life changing and long lasting…and so should you!

To schedule an appointment with a spinal decompression doctor in San Francisco 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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