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The Best Treatment For a Herniated Disc

We have been providing treatment for back and neck pain in San Francisco for over 23 years in the Financial District.

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Cervical Disc Treatment in SF

There is a lot of information out there on how to diagnose and treat a herniated disc in the neck or low back. Some of it is good and some not so good. Our recommendations come from almost a quarter century of front line experience.

What most people don’t realize is that a herniated disc is very common. In fact, many people have them and do not even realize it. And when you are diagnosed with a herniated disc it is not the end of the world. And, it does not mean you automatically need back or neck surgery.

Often, a herniated disc will heal on it’s own. It just depends on the nature and severity of the condition and the patients overall health profile. All cases are different.

One thing for sure. Chiropractic adjustments should be considered as the #1 treatment option. This has been proven over and over again. You can find some very good research on this at Chiro-Trust.org.

In the event that chiropractic adjustments fail to deliver favorable outcomes there is a logical “next step”. It’s called nonsurgical spinal decompression. The machine we use is the DRX9000. The DRX9000 is designed and built to treat herniated and bulging discs in the cervical or lumbar spine nonsurgically. It is considered the gold standard for drugless disc treatment. You can find out more at SanFranciscoSpinalDecompression.com.

So, if you have been diagnosed with a herniated or bulging disc in the neck or low back, what should you do?

Our recommendation is that you find a clinic that has both chiropractic and spinal decompression. We have two clinics in San Francisco that are walking distance apart. Our primary clinic has chiropractic, medical care, physical therapy, and diagnostics. Our satellite clinic at the Embarcadero Center has spinal decompression and chiropractic, as well as laser therapy.

To find out if you are a candidate for spinal decompression therapy in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225 and ask for a complimentary consultation. 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 and Sports Injuries in San Francisco

sports injuries san franciscoWe have been providing treatment for sports injuries in downtown San Francisco for over 23 years now. 

Whether it be a sprain strain from weekend warrior activities or a herniated disc in the neck or the back, chiropractic can help…especially a sports chiropractor that spends the majority of their day treating sports injuries.

We learned early on that the combination of chiropractic, medical care, physical therapy, and sports trainers, is a potent combination for correctly diagnosing and treating sports injuries.

Chiropractic is great for preventing and treating the majority of sports related musculoskeletal conditions that we see in our clinics. But to be able to handle the full spectrum of sports related traumas and injuries it takes more.

Our primary clinic Chiro-Medical Group Inc. is fully equipped with digital x-ray, diagnostic ultrasound and many other advanced technologies geared towards treating sports injuries. We also have a very large staff of sports chiropractors, physical medicine doctors (MD’s) nurses, trainers, and support staff. Our clinic director Scott Calzaretta has even been a team doctor for the US Olympic Team.

Our satellite clinic is Chiro-Medical Group Express (CMGE) and is a few blocks away at the Embarcadero Center.  CMGE offers express, walk-in service for busy office workers on the go as well as sports injuries treatment  and spinal decompression for herniated and bulging discs.

Many of our patients visit both clinics depending on their needs.

The most important thing when it comes to effectively treating sports injuries is a correct diagnosis and proper treatment protocols. Most athletes want to get back to their sports training and performing and require special expertise that not all chiropractors can provide.

When it comes to treating sports injuries in San Francisco we stand above the rest and most of our medical team are athletes themselves. This really does matter.

So, if you live or work near the SF Financial District and have suffered a sports injury that requires treatment, we would love to meet up with you.

To schedule an appointment with a sports medicine doctor in San Francisco please call 415-495-2225 (CMG) or 415-392-2225 (CMGE). 

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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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Neck Pain Relief in San Francisco

neck pain relief san franciscoWe have been providing neck pain treatment in downtown San Francisco for over 23 years now. 

Neck pain is very common in people who spend the majority of their day sitting in front of a computer doing repetitive motions, which is what most of the work force does in the Financial District.

There are 3 basic types of neck pain:

  1. New and acute neck pain.
  2. Chronic neck pain (over 90 days duration).
  3. Repetitive Stress Injury (builds-up silently over time).

While most of the new patients we  see for neck pain report that their neck pain is new, it turns out that the problem has been building up silently under the surface due to things like poor ergonomics, stress (tenses neck muscles), poor sleeping habits (lack of cervical pillow), inadequate breaks at work (it’s best to take frequent stretch breaks), poor posture.

Sure, you can be using a cervical pillow, taking micro-breaks at work, meditating, and have a perfect workstation set-up and still get neck pain, but the odds are greatly reduced when these things are in place.

So what’s the best treatment for neck pain?  

Well, according to research, chiropractic and low tech exercises (the kind chiropractors show you) is much more effective than OTC medications or physical therapy. It’s much more cost effective and takes less time as well. Here is an excerpt from Chiro-Trust.org entitled Chiropractic & Exercise vs. OTC Medication for Neck Pain:

However, this new research clearly supports that seeing a chiropractor and/or engaging in light exercise can bring neck pain relief more effectively than relying on pain medications! Researchers even found that the benefits of chiropractic adjustments were still favored A YEAR LATER when comparing the differences between the spinal manipulation and medication treated groups! Moderate acute neck pain is one of the most frequent complaints prompting appointments at primary care/medical clinics and is estimated to account for millions of doctor visits per year. In some cases, pain and stiffness occurs without a known cause and there is no “standard” medical treatment. Though physical therapy, pain medication, and chiropractic have all been utilized for neck pain, until now no one had compared the benefits of each in a single study.

The study consisted of 272 neck pain subjects split up into three groups: 1) Chiropractic group (approximately 20-minute treatments an average of 15 times); 2) Pain medication group (meds included acetaminophen, and in some cases stronger prescription meds including narcotics and muscle relaxants); 3) Physical Therapy group (consisting of meeting twice and receiving advice and exercise instruction at 5-10 repetitions up to eight times a day).

At the end of three months, the chiropractic and exercise group did significantly better than those who took drugs. Approximately 57% of those receiving chiropractic management and 48% of those who did the exercises reported at least 75% reduction in pain vs. 33% of people in the medication group. A year after the treatment period ended, the numbers decreased to 53% in the chiropractic and exercise groups, compared to 38% in pain medication group. The chiropractic group received the highest scores in patient satisfaction at all time points. An interesting downside noted in the medication study group was that the subjects had to use a progressively greater amount of medication at a progressively increased frequency to manage their pain. Stomach trouble is the most common side effect of NSAIDs (leading to ulcers) as well as liver and kidney problems. Another interesting finding was that the subjects in the medication treated group felt less empowered, less active, and less in control over their own condition compared with those in the other two groups.

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Bottom Line:  Your best bet for neck pain relief in San Francisco or anywhere for that matter is chiropractic. Not only can your chiropractor provide your with the low tech exercises that are research proven to reduce neck pain, they can also help you get a cervical pillow, proper ergonomic set-up, and any thing else you may need to help your body adapt to modern day living and working.

We have two chiropractic clinics in San Francisco to serve you. For neck pain relief 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 and the Office Worker

chiropractor posture san franciscoWe have been providing chiropractic to office workers in the San Francisco Financial District since 1992. 

People that spend the majority of their day sitting at a desk in front of a computer expose themselves to a unique set of risk factors. Prior to the technological revolution office workers would be doing a variety of tasks and were not confined to their workstations for hours on end with minimal breaks.

Now it seems staffs have been downsized to increase productivity and those lucky enough to have a job are spending even more time in front of the computer. Some even go home and work more. It’s no wonder there has been an increase in back and neck pain new patients at our clinics of late.

So what can be done to prevent musculoskeletal related  back and neck pain from sitting and working longs hours in front of a computer?

Well, chances are if you have a desk job you will be doing this for many years. This is how you will be putting food on the table. And, it’s also very likely that you spent 15-20 years in school sitting at a desk…and that you started your career with some sort of back or neck pain ailment.

My Advice: Treat your body as if you are a professional athlete and your work is your sport. If you do this you will reduce the odds of work related injuries which can also predispose you to sports injuries and chronic pain syndromes.

One of the primary tools of those in the know, including professional athletes, is chiropractic care. That’s right…most athletes get adjusted on a regular basis to reduce the odds of injury and speed up recovery from the stress and strain of training and performing.

And here’s the deal: You have access to the same chiropractors that the professional athletes use. The same doctors, the same technologies such as deep tissue laser therapy, ultrasound, Graston Techniques, Active Release Techniques (ART), and more. Some chiropractic clinics such as ours are diverse and offer physical therapy and medical care (See our primary San Francisco Chiropractic Center).

Some office workers choose to come in whenever they feel they need a tune-up. Some come in on regular intervals of once per week to once per month. Since chiropractic care is so affordable and does not take a lot of time, it is the perfect tool for busy office workers.

Here are some of the benefits of chiropractic care: 

  • Increased flexibility
  • Decrease inflammation and pain
  • Increase resistance to stresses (sitting and computer)
  • Better sleep
  • Better posture
  • Improved Mood

Common conditions office workers present with:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Shoulder, arm and hand pain
  • Headaches
  • Hip, knee, leg and foot pain
  • Vertigo and insomnia

To schedule an appointment with one of our San Francisco Chiropractors 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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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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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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How Do You Know It’s A Migraine Headache?

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Treatment for Migraine Headaches San Francisco

We have been providing migraine headaches treatment in San Francisco for 22 years.

There are MANY different types of headaches, of which migraines are a common type. This discussion will concentrate on some unique characteristics that are associated with migraine headaches. This information may help you understand what type of headache you’re having. A unique feature of migraine headaches is that prior to the start of the headache, there is often a pre-headache “warning” that the migraine is about to commence. This is often referred to as an “aura,” and it can vary from a few minutes to a few hours, or in some cases, two days prior to the start of the migraine. Here are some of the more common “warning signs” that you are having, or are about to have, a migraine:

 

·         Neck pain. In an online survey, the National Headache Foundation found that 38% of migraine patients “always,” and 31% “frequently” had neck pain accompany their migraine headache.

·         Frequent urination. This can precede the migraine by an hour or as much as two days.

·         Yawning. A 2006 article in the journal Cephalgia reported that about 36% of migraine sufferers describe yawning as a common pre-migraine warning. This can occur quite frequently, such as every few minutes.

·         A “sensory aura” may occur on half of the body, moving from the finger tips through the arm, across the face, or elsewhere and usually includes a temporary lack of feeling as if the body region is “half asleep.”

·         Nausea and vomiting. This is a common aura. According to the American Migraine Study II (a mail survey of more than 3,700 migraine patients) 73% reported nausea and 29% vomiting. Another study reported that migraine sufferers who have nausea/vomiting usually have more severe migraine headaches and get less relief from migraine medications compared to those who do not get nausea or vomiting.

·         Other common auras or “sensitivities” during the migraine include bright light, noise, and/or smells (like perfumes), and many migraine sufferers seek refuge in a dark, quiet room and try to sleep.

·         Physical activity. Routine activities such as walking, climbing steps, running, weight lifting, or sexual activity can trigger a migraine and/or increase the intensity of an existing migraine headache.

·         Trouble speaking. Difficulty “getting the words out” or formulating thought (staying on task) can be another warning sign of an impending migraine. Obviously, if this is the first time this symptom has occurred and it’s “…out of the ordinary,” we’ll have to make sure it’s not something more serious (…like a stroke)!

·         Weakness. This may occur in an arm or leg or entire half of the body (left or right side) and also could be a more serious sign of a stroke, but it is also a fairly common pre-migraine aura.

·         Visual aura. This can include double vision and / or vertigo (balance loss with a spinning feeling). This often occurs in a special type of migraine called a “basilar-type migraine” and symptoms can include dizziness, double vision or loss of vision. The balance loss is often associated with a “bad migraine” and occurs when the migraine is stronger or more intense than usual.

·         “Headache hangover.” This usually occurs after the migraine has passed and people describe a feeling of being “wiped out.” Symptoms can include fatigue, difficulty concentrating, weakness, dizziness, lightheadedness, and extreme energy loss.

 

            In many cases, our migraine headaches treatment, consisting primarily of adjustments applied to the neck and upper back, especially when delivered BEFORE the migraine, can reduce the intensity and in some cases STOP the migraine from even starting!

 

                        We realize you have a choice in whom 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 requires care for headaches, we would be honored to render our services.

 

To schedule an appointment for migraine headaches relief in downtown San Francisco 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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Acupuncture Available At Executive Express Chiropractic

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Dr. Vincent Kan, L.Ac, C.M.E

Acupuncture San Francisco Financial District.

We would like to welcome back Dr. Vincent Kan, L.Ac., C.M.E. to our clinic at the Embarcadero Center. Dr. Kan worked with us for many years at Front Street Chiropractic. Dr. Kan is very unique, in that he is both a licensed Acupuncturist and Board Certified Medical Esthetician.

Dr. Kan has over 25 years experience as a master Acupuncturist and is able to manage very difficult cases from infertility and allergies to chronic pain syndromes and insomnia. He can also, perform cosmetic acupuncture including natural laser assisted facelifts, hair restoration, wrinkle and acne scar reduction, and chemical peels.

The following is a partial list of conditions Dr. Kan has expertise in:

  • Back, Neck, Shoulder and Arm Pain and Headaches
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Frozen Shoulder
  • Bells Palsy and TMJ
  • Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Syndromes
  • Allergies, Asthma, and Insomnia
  • Herpes Outbreaks and Shingles
  • Hair Loss, Infertility and Scars
  • Digestive and Respiratory Disorders
  • Depression, Stress and Anxiety
  • and much much more…

Dr. Kan is also a master herb formulator. Dr. Kan will typically make recommendations for herbs which will stimulate the immune system and promote healing.

Please check out the Yelp Reviews of Dr. Vincent Kan and see for yourself why we are so excited to have Dr. Kan back with us.

Dr. Kan will treat at our clinic on Monday and Wednesday from 9-6pm starting 10/21/2013.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kan, please call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post and receive the initial consultation and treatment for $79 (Normally $150).

 

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 Treatment with Chiropractic

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Neck Pain Treatment & Chiropractic

We have been providing neck pain treatment in San Francisco for over 20 years.

Neck pain represents a major problem for people throughout the world with considerable negative impact on individuals, families, communities, health care systems, and businesses. Up to 70% of the general population will have neck pain at some point in their life. Recovery within the year from neck pain ranges between 33% and 65%, AND relapses are common throughout the life time of the neck pain patient. Generally, neck pain is more common in women, higher in high-income countries, and higher in urban regions. The greatest risk of developing neck pain occurs between 35 and 49 years of age. Since neck pain, very similar to low back pain, is very common and likely to recur over and over again, the question is, what is the best course of action regarding neck pain treatment?

 

            A recent study on neck pain patients compared the effectiveness of manual therapy performed by a chiropractor, physical therapy performed by a physical therapist (PT), and medical care performed by medical physician (MD). The success rate determined at the seventh week was TWO TIMES BETTER for the manual therapy/chiropractic group (68.3%) compared to the medical care group. Those receiving manual therapy also had fewer absences from work compared to both the medical and PT treated groups. Lastly, both the manual therapy and PT groups used less pain relief medication compared to the medically treated group. Another study looked at the multiple approaches that chiropractors use for treating patients with neck pain to determine the “best” approach a chiropractor can use. They reported 94% had improvement or less neck pain after just one treatment when the mid-back (thoracic spine) was also adjusted. Similarly, after receiving two treatments over a one week time frame, the group receiving midback adjustments (vs. the group who did not) reported lower pain and disability scores. A similar study concluded that the best results occurred when the neck, upper back/lower neck, and mid-back were adjusted. This group, when compared to neck adjustments alone, reported greater reductions in disability scores. Thus, having the cervical spine, upper back, and mid-back all adjusted appears to yield quicker, more satisfying results than just neck pain treatment (adjustments) alone.

 

            What about the role of exercise in the management of neck pain patients? In November 2012, a systematic review of manual therapies for nonspecific neck pain reported that the addition of neck exercises to a treatment plan provided more benefits than spinal manipulation alone. Similarly, in September 2012 (The Annals of Internal Medicine), chiropractic adjustments were compared against exercise and pain medication treatment groups involving 272 patients tracked over a one-year time frame after a 12-week treatment. Both the chiropractic and exercise groups experienced the most significant pain reduction when compared to the medication treated group with more than double the likelihood of complete pain relief. The chiropractic and exercise groups also had the best short and long term results, but ONLY the chiropractic group found the benefits to last a year or more. The authors (Bronfort, et. al) reported the success of chiropractic treatment stems from its ability to address the CAUSE of the problem rather than simply addressing the symptoms!  

 

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

Our chiropractors adjust the full spine in most neck pain cases and provide onsite and home exercises for the neck, back and extremities. To schedule an appointment for neck 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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Whiplash Treatment Basics

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Whiplash Treatment

We have been providing treatment for whiplash injuries in the San Francisco Financial District for over 20 years now.

Whiplash is a non-medical term typically describing what happens to the head and neck when a person is struck from behind in a motor vehicle collision. Let’s look at some basic facts about whiplash:

·         Before cars, trains were the main source of whiplash and was called “railroad spine.”

·         Better terms for whiplash injuries include “cervical acceleration-deceleration” (CAD) which describes the mechanism of the injury, and/or the term “whiplash associated disorders” (WAD), which describes the residual injury symptoms.

·         Whiplash is one of the most common non-fatal injuries involved in car crashes.

·         There are over one million whiplash injuries per year due to car crashes alone.

·         An estimated 3.8 per 1,000 people per year have a whiplash injury.

·         In the United States alone, 6.2% of the population has “late whiplash syndrome” (symptoms that do not resolve at one year).

·         1 in 5 cases (20%) remain symptomatic at one year post-injury of which only 11.5% returned to work and only 35.4% of that number returned to the same level of work after 20 years.

·         The majority of whiplash cases occur in the fourth decade of life, females>males.

·         Whiplash can occur from slips, falls, and brawls, as well as from horse-riding, cycling injuries, and contact sports.

·         Injury from whiplash can occur at speeds of 15 mph or less.

·         In the “classic” rear end collision, there are four phases of injury (time: 300msec)

o        Initial (0msec) – before the collision (the neck is stable)

o        Retraction (1-150msec) – “whiplash” starts where the head/neck stay in the original position but the trunk is moving forwards by the car seat. This is where the “S” shaped curve occurs (viewing the spine from the side).

o        Extension (150-200msec) – the whole neck bends backwards (hopefully stopped by a properly placed head rest).

o        Rebound (200-300msec) – the tight, stretched muscles in the front of the neck propels the head forward immediately after the extension phase.

·         We simply cannot voluntarily contract our neck muscles fast enough to avoid injury, as injury to the neck occurs within 500msec. and voluntary contraction or bracing takes 800msec or longer.

·         Injury is worse when the seat is reclined as our body can “ramp” up and over the seat and headrest. Also, a springy seat back increases the rebound affect.

·         Prompt treatment is better than waiting for a long time. Manipulation is a highly effective (i.e., COME SEE US!) treatment option.

 

            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 both presently and in the future.

To schedule an appointment for whiplash treatment in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225. We can also do a complimentary in house or phone consultation to answer any questions you may have.

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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