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.