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Chiropractic, Spinal Decompression, or Both?

Posted Jun 02 2009 4:34pm

San Francisco Chiropractor and Spinal Decompression Doctor comments:

Md_news_photos_011 We have been working with quite a few herniated disc patients lately, more than we usually do. I guess the word is out that we are able to obtain favorable outcomes without drugs or surgery, often times with really bad cases. But, most of what we do are good old fashioned chiropractic adjustments, primarily for vertebral subluxations of the spine. Yes, vertebral subluxations can lead to bulging or herniated discs in the neck or low back, but regular chiropractic care can actually help prevent disc herniations in the first place. 

Because we also offer non-surgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000 and DRX9000c, some patients with severe back or neck pain often times think they need decompression therapy, when they may only need chiropractic care.  So, how do we know if a patient with say... Herniated Lumbar Discs needs chiropractic or spinal decompression?  Easy, if you have not tried chiropractic yet, we give it a shot. How much time do we give it?  Well, we may only give it a few weeks if the patient absolutely cannot handle it. In fact, maybe only a session or two. Our chiropractic adjustments are very gentle, so the process of figuring out if chiropractic will help is not traumatic.

I have been practicing chiropractic for 15 years at my San Francisco Back and Wrist Pain Center. About two and a half years ago we began to incorporate lumbar decompression with the DRX9000. Then, about a year later we purchased the DRX9000c cervical spinal decompression system. Now we can treat cervical or lumbar disc herniations with nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy if chiropractic does not work. Or, we can do them both together.  I have been experimenting over the years with various combinations of care, and since every case is different, we decide what we feel will work best on an individual basis. DRX9000 only, chiropractic only, or a combination of both.   

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