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Herniated Disc Back Pain Relief

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Spinal Decompression Therapy SF

We have been providing natural herniated disc back pain relief for over 20 years now in downtown San Francisco.

We use a combination of chiropractic adjustments, massage, deep tissue laser, custom exercises, and spinal decompression therapy to achieve favorable outcomes in most cases.

When a disc herniates and pinches a nerve it can cause low back pain, sciatica or leg pain, numbness and tingling in the legs and feet, and leg and foot weakness. Patients typically present with one or more of the above symptoms that are new or have been going on for a while.

In order to confirm a disc herniation an MRI is necessary of the lumbar spine. We will only order one if either the symptoms are severe or do not respond to conservative chiropractic, laser, exercise and massage.

If we order an MRI and disc bulge or herniation is confirmed, we will most likely recommend nonsurgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000. The DRX9000 is designed and built to treat lumbar disc herniations non-surgically. Success rates are high.

Sometimes the combination of chiropractic and spinal decompression achieves the best results. All cases are different and are handled as such.

Most of the patients that seek herniated disc treatment from us do so to prevent back surgery and for the most part that is what happens. Sure, there are exceptions and sometimes surgery cannot be avoided. But this is the exception and not the rule.

To find out more about herniated disc and back pain relief in San Francisco at Executive Express Chiropractic please contact us at 415-392-2225 and ask for a complimentary consultation.

By Eben Davis

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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Fibromyalgia Facts and Learning Quiz


Fibromyalgia clinic in san franciscoWe have been providing treatment for Fibromyalgia in San Francisco for over 21 years.

Fibromyalgia
(FM) has quite a history! There is evidence that dates as far back as
Hippocrates in ancient Greece,
when he described a mysterious condition affecting the muscles which portrays
FM quite accurately!

            FM is a complex condition that
includes fatigue and chronic muscle, tendon, and ligament pain that is
wide-spread (NOT contained to one small region). Generalized pain and fatigue
are the hallmarks of FM, which can range from mild to severe disability.
However, there are many misconceptions about FM.

            How much do you THINK you know about
FM? Try the self-test below. For each statement, decide if the statement is
true or false. The answers can be found below…

  1. FM
    shortens one’s life span.
  2. A
    patient may see several doctors before finding someone willing to help them.
  3. FM
    can affect children, though it is most common in adults ages 20-55.
  4. To
    properly diagnose FM, you must have at least 11 of 18 tender points.
  5. With
    FM, you should not exercise if your body hurts.
  6. A
    multi-discipline treatment approach usually works best (chiropractic, primary
    care, massage therapy, and others).
  7. If
    you have FM, you were probably born with it.
  8. Women
    usually develop FM more often than males.
  9. The
    presence of pain associated FM signifies muscle deterioration.
  10. It
    is easy to confuse FM with other diseases.

            FM is present in 2-4% of the
population and affects everyone differently, so each case is best managed by an
individualized form of treatment. In other words, one treatment approach for
every FM patient is NOT the proper approach. For some, fatigue is the primary
issue, while for others, it’s the sleep disturbance, irritable bowel syndrome.
or bladder problems that require the most attention. There is frequently a
co-existing psychological condition that may include depression, anxiety,
and/or a stress-related condition, such as post-traumatic stress disorder. In
reference to the 10 statements above, FM does NOT shorten one’s life span, but
it does affect quality of life. The primary goal of treatment is to help the FM
patient gain control of their condition. It truly can take multiple visits to
different doctors before finding one that’s willing to work with you and
coordinate care with other “team” providers to give you the best quality care.
FM can affect children, though it’s rare – it’s primarily the 20-55 year old
age group with a 9:1 ratio favoring the female population. The “old” 11 of 18
tender point diagnostic requirement has been replaced by “widespread,
generalized pain,” NOT limited to specific points. Exercise is one of the BEST
self-management strategies and should be encouraged. Though a genetic component
has been identified, FM is NOT something you are “born with.” The pain
associated with FM is NOT indicative of muscle deterioration. FM is often
confused with other diseases and the diagnosis is made by eliminating the other
more easily diagnosable disorders. Chiropractic is a VERY important part of the
management team in the care of the FM patient.

Answers:
1. False; 2. True; 3. True; 4. False; 5. False; 6. True; 7. False; 8. True; 9.
False; 10. True.

            If you, a friend or family member
requires care for FM, we sincerely appreciate the trust and confidence shown by
choosing our services!

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To schedule an appointment for Fibromyalgia 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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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Diagnosis and Treatment

Carpal tunnel syndrome clinic san francisco
We have been providing treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in San Francisco for over 20 years.

Carpal
Tunnel Syndrome
(CTS) refers to the median nerve being pinched in a tunnel at
the wrist. As the name implies, “carpal” refers to the 8 small bones in the
wrist that make up the “U” shaped part of the tunnel and “syndrome” means
symptoms that are specific and unique to this condition. As we learned last
month, CTS can be affected by nerve pinches more proximal to the wrist, such as
at the forearm, elbow, mid-upper arm, shoulder or neck. To make matters more
complex, there are two other nerves in the arm that can also be pinched in
different tunnels, and the symptoms of numbing and tingling in the arm and hand
occur with those conditions as well. This is why a careful clinical history,
examination, and sometimes special tests like an EMG/NCV (electromyogram/nerve
conduction velocity) offer the information that allows for an accurate
diagnosis of one or more of these “tunnel syndromes” in the “CTS” patient.
Let’s look at these different tunnels and their associated symptoms, as this
will help you understand the ways we can differentiate between these various
syndromes or conditions.

            Let’s start at the neck. There are seven cervical
vertebrae and eight cervical spinal nerves that exit the spine through a small
hole called the IVF (intervertebral foramen). Each nerve, like a wire to a
light, goes specifically to a known location which includes: the head (nerves
C1, 2, 3), the neck and shoulders (C4, 5), the thumb side of the arm (C6), the
middle hand and finger (C7) and the pinky side of the lower arm and hand (C8).
If a nerve gets pinched at the spinal level (such as a herniated disk in the
neck), usually there is numbness, tingling, and/or pain and sometimes, usually
a little later, weakness in the affected part/s of the arm and hand (or
numbness in the scalp if it’s a C1-3 nerve pinch). So, we as chiropractors can
test the patient’s sensation using light touch, pin prick, vibration, and/or
2-points brought progressively closer together until 1-point is perceived and
then comparing it to the other arm/hand. Reflexes and muscle strength are also
tested to see if the motor part of the nerve is involved in the pinch. The exam
includes compression tests of the neck to see if the arm “lights up” with
symptoms during the test.

            Next is the shoulder. Here, the nerves and blood vessels travel through
an opening between the collar bone, 1st rib and the chest muscles (Pectorals).
As you might think, the nerves and blood vessels can be stretched and pinched
as they travel through this opening and can cause “thoracic outlet syndrome.”
Symptoms occur when we raise the arm overhead. Hence, our tests include
checking the pulse at the wrist to see if it reduces or lessens in intensity as
we raise the arm over the head. At the shoulder, the ulnar nerve is the most
commonly pinched nerve, which will make the pinky side of the arm and hand
numb, tingly, and/or painful. A less common place to pinch the nerves is along
humerus bone (upper arm) by a bony process and ligament that is usually not
there or resulting from a fracture. Here, an x-ray will show the problem.

            The elbow is the MOST common place to trap the ulnar nerve in
the “cubital tunnel” located at the inner elbow near the “funny bone” which we
have all bumped more than once. Cubital tunnel syndrome affects the pinky side
of the hand from the elbow down. The median/carpal tunnel nerve can get trapped
here by the pronator teres muscle, thus “pronator tunnel syndrome.” This
COMMONLY accompanies CTS and MUST be treated to obtain good results with CTS
patients. The radial nerve can be trapped at the radial tunnel located on the
outside of the elbow and creates thumb side and back of the hand
numbness/tingling.

            Hence, you see the importance of
evaluating and treating ALL the tunnels when CTS is present so a thorough job
is done (which is what Chiropractors do). Try the LEAST invasive approach first
– non-surgical treatment – as it’s usually all that is needed!

            We realize you have a choice in who
you consider for your health care provision and we sincerely appreciate your
trust in choosing our service for those needs.
If you, a friend or family member require care for CTS, we would be
honored to render our services.

To schedule an appointment with one of our San Francisco Carpal Tunnel Doctors 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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