Neck Pain From Sleeping?

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Are You Using a Cervical Pillow?

We have been providing neck pain treatment in San Francisco since 1992.

One of the more common complaints in a chiropractic office is a patient complaining of neck pain from sleeping. More often than not the symptoms are ongoing but this episode is worse than normal. Some patients experience neck and shoulder pain and others headaches as well.

What causes this and what can be done about it?

Well…believe it or not the fix for morning neck pain may be easier than you think.  The first questions your chiropractor will probably ask you (and we ask all of our new patients these two questions) are this:

1. Do you use a cervical pillow when you sleep?

2. Do you sleep on your stomach?

When you sleep on your stomach you need to have your head turned so you can breath…this means you are sleeping with the spine twisted. The spine is also flat when you sleep on your stomach. Twisted and flat is the the worst possible thing for your neck. And even worse…most stomach sleepers have been doing this their entire life.

A cervical pillow is designed and built to support the spine in it’s normal alignment when you are on your back or on your side. These are the only positions you should sleep in. The pillow we prefer is the Tempur-Pedic Neck Pillow, but there are many other excellent pillows out there.

In addition, You may also need a some chiropractic adjustments as well as some home exercises to help restore the curve in your neck that you have most likely lost from years of sleeping on your stomach. Your new pillow will help to restore your neck curve. You should start feeling better right away because chances are the problem has been eliminated, though there can be a break in period for some with the pillow. Stick with it.

Your chiropractor will also show you proper ergonomics techniques as well as stretches you can do at your desk at work to counteract the stresses of sitting for long periods. Poor ergonomics can be a contributing factor to neck pain and headaches.

So there you go. If you have neck pain from sleeping your first stop should be the chiropractor. And if you don’t have a cervical pillow please get one. The best thing to do is to go to a store that has a variety or to a chiropractor that sells them. You will need to be fitted to make sure you get the right size and foam density.

To schedule an appointment with one of our San Francisco Chiropractors please call 415-392-2225. We validate parking at the Embarcadero Center. 

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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The Damaging Effects of Whiplash

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Whiplash Experts in San Francisco

We have been providing treatment for whiplash in San Francisco since 1992. 

Considering how many people take public transportation into downtown San Francisco where we are located, we sure do see a lot of whiplash cases. Some of this has to do with the fact that we have always put a special emphasis on helping whiplash patients.

Whiplash is nothing to mess around with. It is thought that many cases of chronic neck, back and shoulder pain and headaches as well,  can be traced back to previously untreated whiplash injuries or whiplash injuries that were not treated properly.

In general, whiplash victims are typically more concerned about their cars than they are about their bodies. Especially if the symptoms are not severe.

This is a big mistake as even a very low impact motor vehicle collision can cause permanent bodily damage. This is true even if the symptoms seem minimal at the time.

Think about it. Much of the force of the impact goes right into your body. In addition, your head is the weight of a bowling ball and is supported by the neck muscles and soft tissues. When you are involved in an auto accident your head tends to whip back and forth which can rip and tear the muscles, ligaments and tendons as well as knock your spine out of alignment. This is called whiplash.

If this injury to your spine and soft tissues is not treated properly (immediately is best) it can result in scar tissue, spinal degeneration, arthritis, and herniated or bulging discs down the road…even spinal stenosis. The time to treat a motor vehicle accident trauma is ASAP.

Most chiropractors can help you with whiplash. Some put more emphasis on it and are better equipped to help you.

We have two chiropractic clinics in San Francisco and have chiropractors, medical doctors, physical therapists, exercise physiologists, massage therapists, and personal trainers which allows us to effectively treat even the most difficult whiplash injuries.

We have have advanced diagnostic equipment such as digital x-ray, deep tissue laser therapy, diagnostic ultrasound and more.

To find out if you are a candidate for whiplash treatment in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225. We validate parking at the Embarcadero Center. 

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Headaches From Sitting at the Computer?

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Headaches Relief in San Francisco

We have been treating headaches in San Francisco for over 23 years.  

Headaches are fairly common…especially with people that spend a lot of time on the computer like most of our chiropractic patients in the San Francisco Financial District.

Sitting for long periods in front of a computer can cause static muscle tension in the back, neck and shoulder muscles. Constant tension on the neck and shoulder muscles which attach to the head can cause tension headaches that can become chronic (lasting over 90 days) and debilitating.

Poor ergonomics can also contribute to computer related neck pain and headaches. As can lack of proper (frequent) micro-breaks, which are brief resting periods (typically 1-2 minutes) that allow the muscles to rest and recover.

In addition, you could be compounding the problem by sleeping on your stomach or using a soft pillow. It’s always best to sleep on your back or side with an orthopedic pillow like a Tempur-Pedic Pillow.

If you do get a sore neck at home there are stretches you can do as well as ice techniques to reduce inflammation, pain and muscle spasms.  Your chiropractor is your best resource for these.  You can also search Google or YouTube. If you do a search for the following you can find some videos we have done:

“Neck stretches Executive Express Chiropractic”, “cervical pillow executive express chiropractic”, “how to ice executive express chiropractic”.

Your chiropractor is also an expert on ergonomics as well as natural neck, shoulder, back and headaches treatment. Typically, you can expect to start feeling better right away…although it could take a few weeks.

Our San Francisco headaches treatment consists of chiropractic adjustments, massage, laser, ice, heat, ergonomic instruction, work and home stretches, cervical pillow, and stress reduction techniques. We have affordable cash fees and accept most insurance.

To find out if you are a candidate for headaches relief in San Francisco at our chiropractic clinic please call 415-392-2225. 

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Carpal Tunnel SYMPTOMS vs. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

carpal tunnel treatment san franciscoWe have been providing treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome and related disorders in San Francisco for over 23 years. 

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is when a nerve in the wrist (the median nerve) becomes compressed, usually due to repetitive motions over time, acute trauma (rare), or as part of other upper extremity musculoskeletal disease complexes.

Either the diameter of the carpal tunnel narrows or the contents of the carpal tunnel expand putting pressure on the median nerve (which originates in the neck).  The carpal tunnel is a small opening, about the size of the tip of your pinkey, that is created by the 8 carpal bones and the transverse ligament that holds them together. There is no extra space in the carpal tunnel.

Inside the carpal tunnel is the median nerve and some some blood vessels. The median nerve has protective sheaths around it that also secrete fluids which allow for the nerve to glide within the tunnel.

With overuse syndromes such as repetitive stress injuries (RSI) the fluid dries up and the nerve sheath and median nerve swell causing pain and dysfunction.  RSI can also cause the carpal bones to misalign which can irritate the median nerve as well. Trauma to the hand can also cause CTS. The signs and symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are as follows:

  • Hand Pain
  • Numbness and Tingling
  • Weak Grip
  • Night Pain
  • Burning
  • Neck, shoulder, elbow pain

So, true carpal tunnel syndrome is when there is compression of the median nerve in the carpal tunnel…either from the tunnel narrowing or the contents expanding. True CTS is rare. The majority of the time CTS symptoms are NOT the result of true CTS…they are the result of problems (nerve pressure) in the neck. 

The median nerve originates in the neck. It is actually created by branches of nerve roots that exit  the lower part of the neck (C5-8). Each of these nerves passes through bones. If there is any kind of nerve pressure on these nerve roots it can cause the same exact symptoms in the hand that you would get if you had true CTS.

This is why it’s so important to visit a doctor that routinely treats patients with carpal tunnel SYMPTOMS. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is one of the most misdiagnosed conditions there is. It is not uncommon for an emergency room doctor or primary physician or nurse to make a CTS diagnosis for hand pain. The typical course of treatment is a wrist splint and Motrin. Meanwhile, the true cause in the neck is left untreated.

Some of the conditions in the neck that can cause carpal tunnel SYMPTOMS in the upper extremity are as follows:

  1. Bulging or Herniated Cervical Disc
  2. Vertebral Subluxation
  3. Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  4. Facet Syndrome
  5. Degenerative Disc Disease
  6. Spinal Stenosis

There are other upper extremity disorders that can mimic CTS. The point here is you need to know what they are and how to check for them. And even more importantly…how to treat them before they get worse.

A chiropractor that specializes in carpal tunnel syndrome and related disorders is your best bet. We may take x-rays or order a nerve conduction test or MRI.  The treatments we use to treat these types of problems are spinal and extremity adjustments (gentle), massage, laser, exercise, ice/heat, physical therapy, ART, Graston, traction.

All cases present differently and are treated as such. Often times a patient that presents with carpal tunnel SYMPTOMS can be fixed in a fe days. Other times, with more chronic cases it takes months. And everything in between.

Whatever you do make sure you see an expert. My advice is to see a chiropractor. Call around. Search the internet and find out if the doctor is experienced in carpal tunnel treatment and call and speak to them.

And even if you do have true carpal tunnel syndrome, a trained chiropractor is your best treatment choice.  You can save yourself a lot of time and grief by doing some homework.

If you live or work in San Francisco you can see us. We also have medical doctors and physical therapists in the event you need them.

To make an appointment with a carpal tunnel doctor in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225. We validate parking at the Embarcadero Center.  

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Chiropractic For Shoulder Pain

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Shoulder Pain Treatment with Chiropractic

We have been providing treatment for shoulder pain in San Francisco since 1992. 

Shoulder pain is fairly common these days, especially with office workers who spend the majority of their day sitting in front of a computer doing repetitive motions with the upper extremities.  often times there is associated neck, arm and hand pain.

There are 3 primary causes of shoulder pain:

1. Acute shoulder pain from trauma or injury such as a sports injury or auto accident.

2. Cumulative Trauma Disorder from doing repetitive shoulder and upper extremity movements over time.

3. Chronic shoulder pain, which is pain that persists for over 3 months. It is usually the result of 1 or 2 above,

Unfortunately, a visit to the chiropractor is not high on the list of someone that is experiencing a bout of shoulder pain. Typically, they do nothing or visit a medical doctor. Some sharp medical doctors will refer out for physical therapy or even chiropractic. Many will still prescribe painkillers and muscle relaxers (bad news). Drugs typically only mask the symptoms and do not address the cause.

Over the past 23 years we have treated thousands of cases of shoulder pain at our chiropractic clinic in San Francisco. The treatment methods (depending on the actual problem) we use are as follows:

  • Chiropractic adjustments to the neck, arms and shoulders
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Active Release Techniques (ART)
  • Deep Tissue Laser Therapy
  • Kinesio Tape
  • Graston
  • Electronic Muscle Stimulation
  • Ice and Heat

Depending on whether the case is acute or chronic or cumulative will dictate the actual treatment plan and duration of care. We will usually be able to make our recommendations on the first or second day.

So, if you live or work in the SF Bay Area and have suffered a shoulder injury, we would like to meet with you. We are conveniently located at the Embarcadero Center One in the Financial District and have validated parking.

To schedule an appointment for shoulder pain treatment in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225 and mention this blog post. 

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Sciatica From Sitting Long Periods

sciatica treatment SFWe have been providing treatment for sciatica in San Francisco for over 23 years now. 

Most of the people we provide chiropractic services to in the SF Financial District spend the majority of their day sitting in front of a computer for long periods. This is very hard on the body…especially the low back.

Sciatica (pain that travels down the leg/s) occurs when there is pressure on the sciatic nerve or nerve roots. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body and is formed by branches of nerves that exit from in between the bones in your low back.  Pressure on these nerves, which are very sensitive to pressure, can cause pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in the leg/s.

The primary cause of sciatica is a bulging or herniated disc in the lumbar spine (low back).  A herniated or bulging disc is a condition whereby the center (gelatinous) portion of the spinal disc pushes through the fibrous contain walls of the disc and irritates the spinal nerve roots or nerves.

A herniated disc can happen from a trauma such as a car accident, sports injury, or slip and fall. Or, more commonly, develop over time from abnormal wear and tear due to poor ergonomics or sleeping postures, stress, not enough rest, and life.

Obesity is a primary cause of back pain, sciatica and disc herniations  because it puts relentless stress of the joints of the spine, muscles, ligaments and tendons.

Sitting all day for years and years can take it’s toll too. Especially if you are overweight or do not live a healthy lifestyle.

There are things you can do to counteract the negative effects of sitting for long periods. Exercise is high on the list. Chiropractic adjustments are also. Frequent breaks can help, especially if you stretch and walk around in between sitting. Drinking lots of water and eating plenty of fruits and vegetables with have anti-inflammatory effects can help too.

We also recommend deep breathing techniques and Yoga as a way to counter the negative effects of mental stress and the physical effects of sitting.

Unfortunately, sitting for long periods has also been linked to heart attacks and strokes…even cancer.  The moral of the story is that we need to move around way more than was previously thought. Doing so will not only reduce the odds of developing sciatica…it will also be good for your heart and overall health and wellbeing.

To schedule an appointment with one of our San Francisco Chiropractors, please call 415-392-2225. Ask for an office tour. We have 2 clinics to serve you in downtown SF.  

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Spinal Decompression Therapy For Herniated Discs

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Spinal Decompression Therapy SF

We have been providing treatment for herniated discs in San Francisco for over 23 years.

Herniated discs in the neck and low back are fairly common. Sometimes a herniated disc will heal on it’s own. Sometimes conventional therapies such as chiropractic or physical therapy will help resolve a herniated disc. Other times nothing seems to help.

The symptoms can vary case to case. The most common symptoms are neck or low back pain, arm or leg pain, numbness, tingling in the extremities, weakness, night pain, carpal tunnel symptoms and even headaches. Everyone presents differently.

Spinal decompression therapy is performed on a machine that is designed and built to treat herniated and bulging discs naturally. The machine we use is the DRX9000.

The DRX9000 works by elongating the spine, enlarging the disc space, re-hydrating the disc, re-positioning the disc into a more normal alignment, strengthening the spinal ligaments, and restoring range of motion to the spine.

The treatment consists of twenty one hour sessions done over the course of 6-12 weeks depending on the case presentation and the patients schedule.

Results are outstanding.

If you have been diagnoses with a cervical or bulging disc herniation or suspect you might have one, we would like to meet with you to discuss your treatment options.

We are the spinal decompression experts in San Francisco and have the most experience…and experience matters.

To find out if you are a candidate for spinal decompression in San Francisco please call 415-392-2224. Ask for a complimentary consultation.    

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Nothing is more important than your health!

We have been providing chiropractic treatment and preaching our health is the best wealth message in downtown San Francisco since 1992.  

All of us know people that sacrifice their health for their careers. In fact, we may see that person every time we look into the mirror. Initially, the idea is that it will be short term and is a necessary evil. Once the groundwork is laid and the short term price paid we will have the rest of our lives to enjoy the fruits of our labor.

Well, that might have been the initial plan…but how often does it really work out like that?

What happens more often than not it seems is that the workload intensifies and next thing you know we have less and less time to spend with family and friends. We also tend to neglect our health. We get less sleep, we workout less, we don’t watch our diet like we should…but it’s all for a good cause and we will make up for it once the work is done.

I know all about this because I got caught-up in it myself. Working 7 days a week…neglecting my health and my family. Fortunately, about half way through my career I saw the light and started to back-off. It did take a few health scares and and some intervention from my family, but it was the best thing I ever did.

The best advice I can give is to “live your life now”. Sure, you want to be the best you can be at work but you need to devote just as much time and energy on your health and family. Because without your health it’s near impossible to enjoy life.

Here is one of my favorite quotes:

“When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied.” ― Herophilus

When it comes to staying healthy, nothing gives you more bang for the buck than chiropractic. Regular adjustments can keep your spine and joints healthy and keep your nervous system free of pressure (your nervous system controls all bodily functions). I also recommend a plant based diet, meditation and Yoga. And of course, lots of time-off and fun stuff. Laughter is great medicine.

“There is more to life than making a buck.” This is what my grandfather said on his deathbed.

That magic time when you get to enjoy life should not be put off into the future. That time is NOW!

For more information on our San Francisco Chiropractic Clinic call 415-392-2225.

 

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Walk-In Chiropractic Downtown San Francisco

walk in chiropractor SFWe have been providing chiropractic in the San Francisco Financial District for over 22 years. We are located at the Embarcadero Center One with Validated Parking. 

We have learned over the years that busy SF Office workers and city dwellers…and travelers, prefer the convenience of walk-in chiropractic service. After-all…time is money, right?

We have also learned that our patients do not have much tolerance for long ait times…so we have eliminated those also. We are also open 4 days per wee…Monday through Friday from 9-6pm. No complicated, hard to remember clinic hours here.

We also keep it simple when it comes to the chiropractic treatment itself. No long term treatment plans. Most of our patients pay by the visitor if they have insurance (and we are on most plans) it’s just a co-payment.

So, when neck pain, back pain, hand pain, or a headache strikes, no need to call…just come on down. You will never wait more than a few minutes for your adjustment and you will not get trapped either. A typical office visit which includes a short stretch and warm-up massage is less than 25 minutes from start to finish. We even have an “Express” visit if you are in a hurry an just want an adjustment.

Some of the more common conditions we treat are as follows:

  • Back and Neck Pain
  • Arm and Leg Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Whiplash
  • Herniated and Bulging Discs
  • Sports Injuries

Our main clinic which offers medical care, physical therapy, performance training, and specialised sports medicine is just a few blocks away in the event you need more than express chiropractic.

To find out more about our San Francisco Walk-In Chiropractic Clinic check-out our website or call 415-392-2225.

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Managing Low Back Pain

We have been providing treatment for low back pain in San Francisco for over 22 years. 

Male Patient Visiting Doctor's Office With Back AcheOver 80% of the population will experience low back pain at some point in their lives. Many will develop chronic low back pain which is back pain that persists for over 90 days. Some will develop low back pain that goes away…but then it returns and becomes worse. Some get low back pain that goes away and never returns…and everything in between. Just about every case is unique and should be treated as such.

Sciatica, which is pain down the leg or legs due to pressure on the sciatic nerve can also result from the same underlying causes of low back pain. In fact, you can have sciatica and not have back pain at all…just the pain, numbness, or abnormal sensations in the leg. Most patients with low back pain just have low back pain with varying levels of severity.

The causes of low back pain are many. Things like obesity or weight gain can put too much stress on the low back and cause low back pain. If this persists it can result in thinning of the discs, disc degeneration, bulging and herniated spinal discs, and spinal stenosis. Since 2/3 of Americans are overweight or obese this is a primary cause.

Then there are injuries to the spine from sports, exercising, car accidents, poor posture and ergonomics, bad sleeping habits, slips and falls, traveling, and other activities of life.

Here are some of the more common conditions that cause Low Back Pain:  

  • Lumbar sprain or strain
  • Herniated or Bulging Disc
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Facet Syndrome
  • Scoliosis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Vertebral Subluxation and Misalignment
  • Spondylolisthesis

The good news is the low back pain responds very favorable to chiropractic adjustments. This is good because often times the true cause is not known. That’s right…you can take 10 different doctors, physical therapists, chiropractors, medical, whatever, and get 10 different opinions. I sure would not want to be getting back surgery under these conditions. But chiropractic…sure, why not? Chiropractic is 100% natural and very very safe…and gentle too.

Heck…all you care about is getting rid of your low back pain right? Not many patients care about the name the doctor gives it…and why should you?

Here is an excerpt from an article entitled The Mysteries of Low Back Pain on the great website Chiro-Trust.org

Do you realize how complicated the low back region is when it comes to investigating the cause of low back pain (LBP)? There can be findings on an x-ray, MRI, or CT scan such as degenerative disk disease, arthritis, even bulging and/or herniated disks that have NOTHING to do with why the back hurts. Similarly, there are often other abnormal findings present in many of us who have NO low back pain whatsoever! Because of this seemingly paradoxical situation, we as clinicians must be careful not to over-diagnose based on the presence of these “abnormal findings” AND on the same hand, be careful not to under-diagnose them as well.

Looking further into this interesting paradox, one study reported findings that support this point. Investigators examined 67 asymptomatic individuals who had NO prior history of low back pain and evaluated them using magnetic resonant imaging (MRI). They found 21 of the 67 (31%) had an identifiable disk and/or spinal canal abnormality (which is where the spinal cord and nerves run). Seven years later, this same group of non-suffering individuals were once again contacted to see if they had developed any back problems within that time frame. The goal of the study was to determine if one could “predict” who might develop low back pain based on certain abnormal imaging findings in non-suffering subjects. A questionnaire was sent to each of these individuals, of which 50 completed and returned the questionnaire. A repeat MRI scan was performed on 31 of these subjects, and two neurologists and one orthopedic spine surgeon interpreted the MRI studies using a blinded approach (without having knowledge about the subject’s symptoms or lack thereof). Each level was assessed for abnormalities including disk bulging/herniation and degeneration. Those who had initial abnormal findings were defined as “progressed” (worsened) if an increased severity of the original finding was evident or if additional or new spinal levels had become involved over the seven-year time span.

Of the 50 who returned the questionnaire, 29 (58%) had NO low back pain. Full story here

Bottom Line: It’s easy to get all caught-up in a bunch of unnecessary diagnostic testing and doctors visits. My recommendation is to make the first visit to the chiropractor…it will most likely also be your last.

To find out if you are a candidate for low back pain treatment in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225. 

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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