Many herniated disc patients are told they need back surgery. Maybe they do, but maybe they don't. How are they to know for sure?
Welcome to the life of a spinal decompression doctor. This is what we are dealing with every day! I would like to give you our take on the situation.
A herniated disc patient should NOT rush into back surgery, because once they do, in many cases, they will be permanently disqualified from trying non-surgical spinal decompression.
We have helped hundreds of herniated cervical and lumbar disc patients return to more active lifestyles with the DRX-9000. Many have been able to avoid back or neck surgery as well. Sure, there are always some that do not respond favorably to decompression therapy, but they are the minority. What typically happens is patients end up a lot better than they were and are glad they did the treatment. Some have a complete resolution of symptoms.
Hand pain is very common for people that spend the majority of their day sitting at a desk in front of a computer.
When it comes to hand pain, the source of the pain is not always in the hand itself. In fact, more often than not, the source of the arm or hand pain is pinched nerves in the neck. That's right! Pinched nerves in the NECK can cause the same type of hand pain that pinched nerves in the HAND or wrist can cause (known as carpal tunnel syndrome).
The cervical disc decompression machine we own and operate is the DRX-9000c. The DRX-9000c is fully computerized. It has a built-in biofeedback mechanism that senses the patient's response to treatment, making adjustments accordingly. The cervical decompression system is able to target a specific spinal disc in the neck, such as the C5/C6 disc. The computer adjusts the angle of pull according to which cervical disc is being treated.
Your spinal discs, which are the ligamentous pads in between the bones of the spine, have two primary components:
1. The Nucleus Pulposus, which is the gelatinous center of the disc that helps give the spine its flexibility and
2. The Annulus Fibrosis, which are the strong fibrous circular rings that contain the nucleus and attach the disc to the vertebrae.
One of the more common reasons a herniated disc patient seeks spinal decompression is they have been told they need low back surgery, but they are looking for a less invasive option. Spinal decompression machines are designed to treat lumbar disc bulges and herniations non-surgically. Disc decompression also may help spinal stenosis, disc degeneration, and Facet Syndrome.
The treatment process is 100% natural. The protocol is 20, one-hour sessions over a six-week period. You are on the machine for 30 minutes and then 10 minutes of muscle stimulation with ice.
We offer a wide range of services to our spinal decompression patients. With two offices located at the Embarcadero Center, we can provide chiropractic care, physical therapy treatment and advanced regenerative medicine services.
We have one of the largest and most technologically advanced physical therapy departments in San Francisco. We also have world-class medical doctors who specialize in Physical Medicine.
We are able to treat very advanced cases of lumbar and cervical disc herniations and bulges that require extensive post decompression rehabilitation.
Most of the herniated disc patients with whom we consult are searching for a non-surgical solution. Some have been told they need back surgery. Some have been told, "You just need to learn to live with the pain."
A typical herniated disc pain patient has been suffering for years. They have tried every back or neck pain treatment under the sun. Acupuncture, physical therapy, pain medications, muscle relaxers, cortisone injections, inversion tables, chiropractic care, massage, you name it, they have tried it. Nothing seems to work and they are very skeptical, to say the least.
Sciatica, which is pain in the hips or legs due to irritation of the sciatic nerve (the largest nerve in the body), can be very painful. It can become chronic and debilitating.
The most common cause of sciatica is a herniated or bulging disc in the low back (lumbar spine). Sciatica has a history of being difficult to treat and surgery is often the unfortunate outcome of a herniated disc diagnoses. But it doesn't have to be that way.
Over 80% of the population will experience low back pain at some point in their life. Many will go on to develop chronic low back pain, which is low back pain that persists for over 90 days.
Sciatica, which is pain down the leg or both legs, is also fairly common and can result from the same underlying cause of low back pain. Some patients have sciatica only, low back pain only, or both.
Here is a list of the most common causes of low back pain: