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.
Many chiropractors, physical therapists, and medical doctors claim to offer spinal decompression, but often times it's nothing more than a traction machine. Our spinal decompression system which includes the DRX-9000 (lumbar machine) and the DRX-9000c (cervical machine) cost over $150,000. So make sure you do your homework.
In addition, just because a chiropractor or medical clinic has a DRX-9000 or DRX-9000c, it does not mean they know what to do with it. It takes years of clinical experience to learn how to incorporate it into an overall lumbar and cervical disc herniation repair protocol. We have been providing treatment for herniated cervical discs in San Francisco for over 22 years.
Do you have a cervical disc herniation?
Typically, patients will present with neck, arm, or hand pain. Numbness, tingling or weakness in the upper extremities may be present also. 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?
Well, the gold standard for diagnosing a herniated disc is an MRI. Many of our spinal decompression patients come to us with MRI in hand looking for non-surgical solutions to their problem. Other times, we end up ordering the MRI after conservative chiropractic care fails to deliver results.
We have the "next step" if chiropractic does not achieve a favorable outcome. Our next step is non-surgical spinal decompression with the DRX-9000c. The DRX-9000c 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 years. In the event decompression is not successful, which is rare, the patient is left whole and can explore other treatment options, including neck surgery.
So, there you go. If you have been diagnosed with a herniated or bulging disc in the neck, or feel you may have one and do not want surgery, you may be a candidate for non-surgical spinal decompression.