Neck Pain: Where Does It Come From?

Neck pain can arise from a number of different issues in the neck or shoulder region. Quite often, pain is generated from the small joints in the back of the vertebra, called facets. Pain can also arise from disc-related conditions where the liquid-like center part of the disc works its way out through cracks and tears in the thicker outer part of the disc. Pressure on nerves produce numbness and/or weakness in the arm. It is possible to “sprain” the neck in car accidents, sports injuries, or from slips and falls.

Can a Herniated Disc Heal Itself?

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.

How Do I Know If I Have a Herniated Disc?

Herniated discs in the low back are fairly common. They are less common in the neck.  Usually when a disc is herniated there is low back pain or sciatica pain, but you can also have a herniated disc and not even know it. Truthfully, many people will live with herniated discs and never have any symptoms. In fact, some herniated discs in the neck or back will heal on their own.

Is Spinal Decompression Expensive?

We use is the DRX-9000 machine for spinal decompression treatments in our office. The protocol for spinal decompression is 20 one-hour sessions over the course of 6 to 8 weeks. There are many spinal decompression machines and practitioners in the Bay Area, so the price for lumbar or cervical spinal decompression is $3,500-$4,000 depending on what is recommended.

Numbness in the Hand?

Hand pain and numbness is fairly common among people who 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 located 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.

Our Decompression Story

We have been treating chronic back pain and related disorders since 1992.

After researching spinal decompression therapy for a few years and determining that it was very safe, gentle and effective, we decided to incorporate it into our treatment protocols for cervical and lumbar herniated and bulging discs. The results have been outstanding.

Decompression Helps Sciatica

Sciatica is a symptom that results from pressure on the sciatic nerve, which is the largest nerve in the body. Typically, there is pain in the leg or legs that can be excruciating. The pain can originate in the low back and travel down the legs or be in the legs or feet only.  In less severe cases, the sciatic pain can feel like cramping or burning. There can also be numbness, tingling, and weakness. All cases are different.


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