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Cervical Decompression for Arm and Hand Pain

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Cervical Decompression with the DRX9000c

We have been providing cervical spinal decompression treatment in San Francisco for over 10 years now. The machine we use is the DRX9000c.

The DRX9000c cervical decompression system treats bulging and herniated discs in the neck which are a primary cause of arm and hand pain.

The nerves that exit from the neck travel down the arm and into the hand. When these nerves become pinched from herniated or bulging cervical discs it can cause neck pain, shoulder pain, arm and hand pain, weakness of grip, numbness, tingling, even night pain.

Because these symptoms mimic those of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), herniated discs in the neck are often misdiagnosed as CTS. In fact, sometimes carpal tunnel surgery is even performed (even though the cause is in the neck)…if you can believe that.

Once it is determined that the underlying cause of a patients arm and hand pain is a herniated or bulging disc (by MRI) we will first attempt to help with conservative treatments such as chiropractic, massage, and physical therapy. In the event these treatments fail to deliver results we may recommend cervical decompression with the DRX9000c.

The DRX9000c is designed and built to treat herniated discs in the neck without surgery. Sometimes a combination of decompression, chiropractic and exercise works best. If we need the help of a medical doctor we have them as part of our team also.

To find out if you are a candidate for arm and hand pain treatment with cervical decompression in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225. We are in network for most insurance carriers. We also have validated parking at the Embarcadero Center where we are located.

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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Neck and Shoulder Pain Treatment in San Francisco

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We have been providing neck and shoulder pain relief in downtown San Francisco for over 22 years now.

Neck and shoulder pain is very common amongst those who spend the majority of their day sitting in front of a computer. There is a natural tendency for the head to move towards the computer screen which causes the neck muscles to work harder then they should to hold your head upright.

Then there are the repetitious movements of the upper extremities doing the various tasks associated with working at a desk. It’s these repetitive movements over time that are a primary cause of cumulative trauma disorders (CMD) such as neck, shoulder, and arm pain…even carpal tunnel syndrome.

There are things you can do to avoid CMD such as proper ergonomics, frequent micro-breaks, and plenty of exercise, rest, and proper nutrition (lots of plant foods which are anti-inflammatory). It’s also a good idea to drink lots of water throughout the day.

In the even that you do develop neck, shoulder, or arm pain, you should be aware that there are natural solutions such as chiropractic, physical therapy and massage that are scientifically proven to be very effective. In fact, studies have shown the combination of chiropractic adjustments and low tech exercises that chiropractors teach patients to be the best treatment for neck and shoulder pain.

The last thing you want to do is get caught up in taking over the counter or prescription pain pills which could lead to dependency or side effects and complications…natural is best.

Ice is also a good home remedy as is a cervical neck pillow such as the Tempur-Pedic neck pillow.

If you have developed neck or shoulder pain and would like to find out if you are a candidate for neck and shoulder 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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Back, Neck and Arm Pain Treatment in San Francisco

Chiropractor San Francisco Financial DistrictOur "Patient of the Week" is Jennifer Rocco. We first met Jennifer almost 20 years ago. She had developed back, neck, and arm pain from long hours of repetitive movements at work. Jennifer works for a gaming company and is involved in testing new products and research and development. This requires intense sessions of sitting with lots of hand and arm movement and limited rest.

Jennifer soon discovered that regular chiropractic adjustments combined with regualr exercise and proper nutrition could keep her healthy and better able her to meet the physical demands of her job. She had witnessed co-workers succumb to the demands of the job and develop serious repetitive stress injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis and chronic back and neck pain. She did not want that to happen to her.

Well…here we are almost 20 years later and she is still going strong. Jennifer comes in 2-3 times per month depending on her workload and is in excellent health. Sure, sometimes she overdoes it like all of us from time to time but she seems to have struck that balance between work and her healthy lifestyle that enables her to live mostly "Pain Free". And we are proud to say that regular chiropractic care is the centerpiece of her healthy master plan.

Patients like Jennifer are the reason we do what we do. We like to refer to our little chiropractic clinic at the Embarcadero Center as a "Corporate Pit Stop". The corporate jungle and the fast pace associated with it is the race track.  And your body is the race car. And just like the cars in the Indy 500 have to pull over from time to time and get a super fast oil, tire and parts change…as well as fuel up…so do you…and that's what we do.

Our Financial District Chiropractic Clinic is open 9-6 Monday to Friday and does not require appointments. When you need a quick tune up you can just pull off the race track and right into our "pit stop". We have no waiting so we get to work right away so you can get back on the fast track.

We offer chiropractic adjustments that include a stretch  exercise and warm-up massage. We also have "deep tissue laser therapy" and spinal decompression. There are not very many musculoskeletal problems that we cannot handle. We mostly treat neck, back, and wrist pain, shoulder and arm pain, foot pain, whiplash, carpal tunnel syndrome, and herniated and bulging discs.

So come on down. Mention this blog post for a complimentary consultation and tour.

Our San Francisco Chiropractors can be reached at 415-392-2225.

Serving local 94111 for over 20 years

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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What exactly is Whiplash?

Whiplash injury doctors in san francisco CAWe have been providing treatment for whiplash in San Francisco for over 21 years now.

“Whiplash” is considered a non-medical
term that encompasses a range of injuries. These injuries typically affect the
neck and are caused by a sudden movement of the cervical spine associated with extension
or forceful backward bending. The medical term “cervical
acceleration-deceleration” (CAD) is considered to be a more accurate
description of what happens during a car accident, and the term “whiplash
associated disorders
” (WAD) describes the injury’s residual signs and symptoms.

WAD or CAD is most commonly associated
with motor vehicle collisions (MVCs), when a vehicle is struck from behind.
Other less common causes include: dancing (especially “headbanging”), falls
from stools or ladders, bicycle injuries, horse related injuries, and many
others. In the UK
in 2007, 430,000 people made an insurance claim for WAD, accounting for 14% of
every driver’s premium. In the US,
over 1 million WAD injuries occur annually due to car accidents alone with an
estimated 3.8 cases per 1000 people per year. An estimated 6.2% of the US population has
“late whiplash syndrome” or long-term problems associated with WAD.

Prior to the advent of the automobile,
WAD was referred to as “railroad spine” (as it resulted from a train crash),
first documented in 1919. WAD also occurred frequently in pilots landing on
aircraft carriers due to the rapid deceleration that occurred as the planes
landed and suddenly braked. When one thinks of “whiplash,” the visual of a high
speed crash comes to mind. However, WAD can occur at speeds less than 15 mph
due to less crash energy absorption by crushing metal. Since there is less car
damage at lower speeds, that energy is transferred to the contents (the people)
inside the car.

The neck consists of 7 vertebrae, the
6 disks, the 8 pairs of nerves, and the muscles, ligaments and other
“soft-tissues.” There are 4 phases of injury (initial, retraction, extension
and rebound), which all occur within 300 msec. Whereas, it takes about 800msec
to voluntarily contract a muscle. Therefore, you can’t really “prepare” or
fully brace for the impact. Most injuries occur at C5 and C6 in the lower part
of the neck between 150 and 300 msec. of the cycle. Factors that influence
injury include: the seat back angle, the seat back rebound, the headrest
position, the direction the head is positioned at impact (worse if rotated),
the occupants gender (females are at greater risk due to a more thin, less
muscular neck), the size of each vehicle involved, and more. All these factors
make it extremely challenging to accurately reconstruct a MVC on paper.

The most common symptoms associated
with WAD include neck pain, upper back pain and headaches. There can also be referred pain into the
mid-back or down an arm and sometimes legs (sciatica). The onset of symptoms can be
immediate or delayed for days. Risk factors that worsen the prognosis of a case
include: the presence of radiating pain from the neck to the arm and hand that
follows a specific nerve, failure to respond to initial treatment, a delay in
getting treated, and being placed in a cervical collar (especially if not
allowing to be mobilized and exercised — i.e. chiropractic care). The key to
the success of WAD treatment is to get treated immediately, don’t restrict
yourself to a cervical collar, unless you have an unstable fracture, and do
your prescribed custom exercises!

We realize you have a choice in where you choose your healthcare
services.  If you, a friend or family
member requires care for whiplash, we sincerely appreciate the trust and
confidence shown by choosing our services and look forward in serving you and
your family presently and, in the future.

To schedule an appointment or complimentary phone consultation with one of our San Francisco Whiplash Doctors call 415-392-2225.

Serving local 94111 and surrounding areas since 1992

 

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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San Francisco Chiropractor Review

Chiropractor Review San FranciscoThe Executive Express Chiropractic "Patient of the Week" is Jennifer Ruocco. Jennifer has been a patient of ours for over 15 years. Jennifer works for a popular gaming company in San Francisco and had developed neck, arm, and hand pain from extreme computer use and gaming (testing new products). Jennifer has found that chiropractic adjustments 2 times per month helps to negate the physical stress of her job and are an integral part of her healthy lifestyle. Many people are concerned that they have to see a chiropractor forever. Jen laughs at this. It's like saying to get the benefits of eating healthy you have to eat healthy forever.  Chiropractic is a tool that can be used many ways. It can be used as a quick fix for back and neck pain or as an ongoing  lifestyle choice…and everything in between. Chiropractic is 100% natural and very affordable. For many it's a No Brainer.

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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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Whiplash: How long does it take to recover?

Whiplash specialist san franciscoWe have been providing treatment for whiplash in San Francisco for over 20 years now. During this time we have learned much….especially the fact that all whiplash patients respond differently. Sure, this is true when it comes to most musculoskeletal injuries…but it's especially true with whiplash.

You would think that the more property damage there is to the cars, the more physical damage to the patient…well, this is not always the case. A lot depends on the bumpers and headrests of each car…the position the whiplash victim was in upon impact…the vectors of impact…the road surface, etc.

We often have patients present with severe neck, shoulder, and arm pain, after a very low impact collision. Then the next day, someone walks in who was hit by a big truck and they were driving a Honda, and they have minor complaints. This is where experience treating whiplash comes in…the more cases you treat…and we have had thousands…the more you understand each case is different.

Typically, we will have a patient that has suffered a soft tissue whiplash injury come in 3-4 times per week for a several weeks. The beginning of treatment is very important because this is where scar tissue is likely to form because of reduced range or motion and inflammation from the soft tissue damage.

Some patients continue at 3x per week for up to 6-8 weeks. Others respond quicker. In general…a whiplash injury takes some time to heal compared to a sprain or strain from sports or a slip and fall.

On the low end a whiplash injury to the neck or low back may take 3-4 weeks to resolve. On the high end it may take 4-5 months…and there still may be some residual pain and loss of function that may take up to a year to heal. Each case is different.

Our San Francisco Whiplash Doctors will usually spend about 30 minutes each visit with a whiplash patient. We will perform chiropractic adjustments to the spine and extremities if needed, massage, special myofascial tissue work, traction, ice, and muscle stim if indicated. We also provide home and work care instructions such as ergonomic advice and sleeping positions.

With whiplash, the symptoms can be very uncomfortable and interfere with your work, home, and play. And it can often seem like you are not improving. You just have to keep in mind that pain is your body's way of telling you something is wrong and things are not better yet.

The other thing is…you want to be careful not to do too much when you do start feeling better. Because typically your neck, shoulder, or back pain will start to feel better before it is safe to do what you feel like you could do. Best Advice: Listen to your doctor and follow their orders…they deal with whiplash every day and know best.

So there you go…you may recover quick from your whiplash trauma or it may take a while. Follow your doctors instructions and you should be back to normal in no time.

If you would like an appointment with one of our whiplash doctors in San Francisco…please call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post for a complimentary consultation. We are located in Zip Code 94111.

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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San Francisco Chiropractor Review: Whiplash

The Executive Express Chiropractic "Patient of the Week" is Que Nguyen. Que was experiencing severe neck pain radiating into the arm from an auto accident. A common whiplash finding. Our chiropractic team has been treating Que with adjustments, massage, exercises, and traction, to the neck, back, and upper extremities. Que is doing great and really loves her treatment. Check-out what Que has to say about us.

 

If you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our San Francisco Chiropractors, please call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post 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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Can a chiropractor help hand pain?

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There are many causes of hand pain. Sometimes you just use them too much on the computer. Other times you use them in a position they are not used to being in for an extended period of time. Like when you assemble a new toy for your kid. Or, you perform some kind of task you don't do very often, such as packing boxes when you move, or deep sea fishing.

Most of the time the hand pain just goes away…and that was that.

However…sometimes you really over-do it and you actually pull some of the carpal bones (carpal means wrist in Latin) out of alignment or strain/sprain the ligaments or muscles in the forearm, elbow or hand.This can end up pinching a nerve in the wrist called the median nerve (as well as other sorts of hand injuries). We call this carpal tunnel syndrome. 

This will most likely require some form of treatment…and YES…chiropractic can help your hand pain.

Problems in the neck can also cause pain and symptoms in the hand. The reason for this is that that nerves that control the arms and hands originate in the neck. The nerves exit from in between bones in the neck that can lose their proper alignment and offend and irritate the same nerves they were designed to protect.

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When a bone (vertebrae) in the neck loses is normal alignment and irritates (pinches) a nerve, we call this a subluxation…which is what chiropractors treat.

Subluxations in the neck can occur from poor posture, sports injuries, bad ergonomics, stress, slips and falls, car accidents, etc.

A good chiropractor, especially one that treats extremities day in and day out, will always check a patient from neck to fingertips on both sides when they present with hand pain. 

Chiropractic adjustments to the neck, arms, and hands. Active Release Techniques (ART). Deep Tissue Laser. Cervical Traction. Ice, and Exercise are all therapies we use at Executive Express Chiropractic to treat neck, arm, and hand pain.

Most of the time a sore hand will heal quickly. Other times it can take a while. It just depends on the nature of the problem. Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) that have developed slowly over time, tend to take longer to heal.

The best thing to do if you have hand pain that you are concerned about is to see a chiropractor… chances are it will really help.

To find out if you are a candidate for care at Executive Express Chiropractic in downtown 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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Can Back Pain, Neck Pain, and Wrist Pain Be Connected?

San Francisco Chiropractor and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Doctor Comments:

Cervical nerve roots in carpal tunnel syndrome The nerves that control the arm and hand exit from in between bones in the lower part of the neck and upper back. These nerves then pass through neck muscles and other soft tissue structures as they travel down the arm and into the hand. One of the nerves, the median nerve travels through a tunnel in the wrist called the "carpal tunnel" and when there is pressure on this nerve it can lead to "carpal tunnel syndrome"…a painful hand condition.

Pressure on the nerve roots as they branch off the spinal cord and exit from in between the vertebrae of the neck and upper back can actually cause symptoms in the target cells of the arm and hand. And you may or may not have neck pain or back pain. 

Cervical nerve root pressure can be caused by bones out of alignment…what chiropractors refer to as a "vertebral subluxation"…or other conditions such as a pinched nerve, herniated or bulging disc, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, or arthritis.

The symptoms of nerve pressure in the neck or upper back can vary person to person, but some of the neck, back, arm pain treatment san francisco most common are hand pain, arm pain, numbness/tingling in the arm & hand, night pain, weakness of grip, and loss of dexterity. These are almost the exact same signs and symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). In fact, cervical nerve pressure (that you don't necessarily know you have) can predispose someone to CTS. It can be very confusing.

This is why it's so important to be checked by an expert…someone that deals with back, neck, and wrist pain day in and day out. At Executive Express Chiropractic we check the full spine and the neck to the fingertips on both sides with anyone that presents with any kind of upper extremity disorder. And we treat the full spine, neck to fingertips as well. We want to remove any and all nerve pressure from the neck and back…all the way to the wrists…so the body can heal itself. Anything less is not good enough…at least for us.

Sometimes this is not easy and takes a while. Other times the pain goes away in a few days. It just depends how long the problem has been there and the severity of the condition.

One thing for sure…you don't want to ignore hand pain…because when hand pain becomes chronic it is much more difficult to treat. And yes, the hands are connected to the neck and back…connected by nerves that control their function. So find yourself a good chiropractor…one that routinely treats neck, back, and arm pain. Because chances are…you will be glad you did.

Dr. Eben Davis is clinic director of Executive Express Chiropractic at the Embarcadero Center in downtown San Francisco. To schedule an appointment call 415-392-2225 or request an appointment online.

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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Neck Pain That Radiates Into The Arms? You May Have A Cervical Disc Herniation

San Francisco Chiropractor and Spinal Decompression Doctor Comments:

6a00d834525ed169e200e54f5be98c8833-115si[1] Radiating neck pain is a common symptom of a bulging or herniated disc in the neck. Sometimes the pain travels from the neck and into the arms…sometimes all the way into the hands. Sometimes the pain travels down one arm…sometimes both…all cases are different.

The neck, arm, and hand pain will often times come and go…leading you to believe the problem is gone. But when the pain returns it will usually be more intense and the symptoms will last longer.

If a disc bulge in the neck, or a herniated disc in the neck is left uncorrected, the frequency, intensity, and duration can increase to the point where the pain is unbearable…not much fun. 

This is not a good place to be. In fact, you should get yourself down to the chiropractor at the first sign of radiating neck pain…because chances are…the problem has already been there for a while. 

Gentle chiropractic will probably be the solution…but if chiropractic fails to deliver results, an MRI may be indicated. If we order an MRI and find that you have a herniated or bulging disc, we have a next step….Nonsurgical cervical spinal decompression with the DRX9000c.

The DRX9000c is able to help difficult to treat cervical disc herniations without surgery. Sure, it can't fix all of them…but the results are very impressive.

Chiropractic and cervical decompression with the DRX9000c…that's what I would try. In fact, I have personally done cervical decompression for neck and hand pain, so I know first hand how effective it can be…and so can you.

To find out if you are a candidate for care at Executive Express Chiropractic at the downtown SF Embarcadero Center…call 415-392-2225 or request an appointment online.  

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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