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Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression or Physical Therapy for a Herniated Disc?

Posted Jun 02 2009 4:32pm

San Francisco Spinal Decompression Doctor Comments:

MD News Photos 011 We have been helping Bay Area patients with lumbar and cervical herniated discs in downtown San Francisco for many years now. We use a unique blend of nonsurgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000 and the DRX9000c, along with Active Release Techniques (ART), Graston Technique, Massage, Exercise, and modern Chiropractic.

We achieve favorable outcomes with a very high percentage of our herniated disc patients. So much so, that they refer others and return for maintenance care...a true sign of satisfaction (read our SF DRX9000 success stories ).

In fact, the DRX9000 has done very well of late under the microscope. Check out the DRX9000 Special Report   which is a compilation of preliminary research results on spinal decompression with the DRX9000 from the Mayo Clinic, John Hopkins University, and Duke University...very impressive.

So how do DRX9000 disc herniation treatment outcomes stack up against the outcomes of physical therapy? 

Honestly...I don' t know. What I do know is sure seems like just about every patient we treat on the DRX9000 lumbar decompression system or the DRX9000c cervical decompression system, has already tried everything under the sun...including physical therapy. Hey...we do physical therapy also...but we do it when the spine is ready for it...after the herniated disc has been repaired, re-hydrated and repositioned.

Exercise just doesn' t seem to work well (on some patients) when a herniated disc is putting pressure on a nerve or the spinal cord and there is lots of inflammation and spasm.

At least it didn' t (physical therapy) on our disc patients that tried it (prior to DRX).

Now,  if you have just been diagnosed with a herniated disc and your medical doctor has prescribed physical therapy, should you do it?  Probably...otherwise you will never know if it would have helped...because it might. Same with chiropractic. I have said many times...not all herniated disc patients need nonsurgical spinal decompression...only those that do not respond to more conventional therapies such as physical therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, and medical treatments.

Heck...some of you will start to feel better if you do nothing.

Sure, some patients jump right on the DRX without trying anything else...and it' s probably a good choice (yes my opinion is biased)...but most run the course and try all the aforementioned treatments...probably because decompression is NOT covered by insurance and all the other treatments are. The DRX9000 has just not been around long enough to be covered yet.

Now that there is favorable preliminary will lead to long term studies...that will eventually lead to nonsurgical spinal decompression being covered by insurance. But who wants to wait?

Anyway...the bottom line is this...If you feel like you have tried everything for your herniated disc...or want to save the time of trying everything and try the most effective therapy first...nonsurgical decompression with the DRX9000 just might be the answer.

To find a doctor near you with a DRX9000 go to

To find out if you are a candidate for care at our decompression facility, Executive Express Chiropractic, located at the downtown Embarca dero Center (we validate parking) 415-392-2225 or request an appointment online. Ask for a complimentary consultation.  

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