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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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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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Sciatica Relief in San Francisco

sciatica relief in SFWe have been providing treatment for Sciatica in San Francisco for over 22 years now.

The majority of the time, sciatica (leg pain) is the result of Pinched Nerves in the low back (lumbar spine). Pinched nerves or nerve roots are mostly caused by herniated or bulging discs.

Pinched lumbar nerves can also be asymptomatic. That’s right, you can have a herniated disc in the lumbar spine and have no symptoms. In fact, unless there is a trauma, herniated discs usually develop over time and the symptoms such as sciatica happen after the problem has been there for a while.

When a chiropractic patient presents with new symptoms of sciatica they have a tendency to think the problem is new…and it is in a way…but the cause has usually been there a while if the cause is a bulging or herniated disc, which it usually is.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that herniated and bulging discs in the low back, and the low back pain and sciatica they cause, respond favorably to gentle chiropractic care.

In the event that sciatica does not respond to chiropractic care we have nonsurgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000 as a “next step”.

Spinal decompression systems are designed and built to treat lumbar disc herniations, bulging discs, spinal stenosis, facet syndrome, and degenerative disc disease. The DRX9000 is safe, gentle and effective. It’s also painless. Sure, some get sore in the beginning, but that’s how it is with most treatments that are physical in nature.

So there you go. If you are suffering with low back pain or sciatica or both, you may have a herniated disc in the low back.

Your best bet is to find a doctor that treats herniated discs on a regular basis and does so nonsurgically. We are the clinic with the most experience treating herniated discs in SF. We also have a team of medical doctors, physical therapists, athletic trainers, and nutrition experts.

To find out if you are a candidate for Sciatica Relief 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 Pain Treatment with Spinal Decompression in San Francisco

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Spinal Decompression Therapy SF

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

About 10 years ago we began to include nonsurgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000 into the mix. The results have been outstanding.

Spinal decompression can help avoid surgery by repairing herniated and lumbar disc naturally. This is possible because decompression systems are designed and built to elongate the spine, enlarge the disc spaces and re-position the injured spinal disc into a more normal position away from the spinal nerve roots and spinal cord.

Decompression therapy is NOT  “magic bullet”. In fact, it takes quite a bit of effort by both the patient and doctor to achieve a favorable outcome.

Te typical course of spinal decompression therapy is 20 sessions over a 6 week period. There is extensive home care, dietary recommendations, and lifestyle modifications. The patients that do the most achieve the best results.

Disc decompression to the lumbar spine for the most part is painless and a majority of our patients actually fall asleep during treatments. Sometimes there can be soreness and if there is it is usually bearable and not extreme. Though moderate to sever discomfort is possible…just not likely.

To find out if you are a candidate for nonsurgical spinal decompression in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225. Ask for a complimentary consultation and tour of the DRX9000.

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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Low Back Pain From a Herniated Disc?

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Low Back Pain

We have been providing natural treatment for low back pain and sciatica in the San Francisco Financial District for over 22 years now. 

A common cause of low back pain and sciatica is a herniated or bulging lumbar disc. This condition is often referred to as a “Pinched Nerve” because the herniated or bulging disc traps the nerve as it exits the spine. Nerves are very sensitive to any kind of pressure. Even the weight of a pencil erasure on the sciatic nerve can alter the nerve signal by 60% and cause severe pain.

When a patient presents to a chiropractor with low back pain or sciatica we will check for a pinched nerve. If it is determined you have a pinched nerve from a herniated disc we will prescribe a course of treatment that may include chiropractic adjustments, exercises, massage or nonsurgical spinal decompression.

This combination of treatment is highly effective when it comes to reducing the symptoms associated with herniated or bulging discs and can often times help prevent back surgery.

If you feel you may have a herniated herniated disc in your low back it is probably a good idea to visit a chiropractor first. They may want to take x-rays or send you for an MRI in order to quantify the problem. Sometimes we need to do this first and sometimes we don’t.

To find out if you are a candidate for herniated disc treatment in San Francisco 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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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.

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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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Herniated Disc Symptoms and Treatment


Herniated disc san franciscoWe have been offering natural solutions for cervical and lumbar disc herniations in San Francisco for over 20 years now.

The spinal disc is a fibrous elastic cushion that sits between the bones of the spine. The spinal disc has two primary functions, to give the spine flexibility and to hold the bone above and the bone below together acting as a "ligament". Ligaments hold bones together. 

The spinal disc when healthy also helps creates a nice opening between the bones for the spinal nerves to exit, which travel, split, and eventually connect to all body parts controlling their functions.

With age, the spinal discs become less elastic and more rigid which predisposes them to injury and rupture (disc herniation). A trauma at any age can cause a disc herniation but for the most part they develop slowly over time.

Depending on the lifestyle choices you make, including your physical  activity level, diet, stress, body-weight, habits (smoking and drinking), work environment, sports injuries, car accidents, etc., you may be more prone to disc herniations than others.

A little known fact is that many of us have disc herniations and don't even know it and never will. That's right…we will live and die with them and they never bothered us.

Not all disc herniations cause symptoms. And, those that do cause symptoms such as neck pain, arm and hand pain, low back pain and sciatica do not usually require surgery. In fact, chiropractic care can more often than not help people with a herniated disc in the neck or back return to more normal lives.

For those people that have disc bulges (a less severe form of a herniation) or disc herniations that have symptoms that do not respond to conventional chiropractic care or physical therapy there is always nonsurgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000. The DRX9000 is a computerized machine specifically designed and built to treat disc herniations without surgery. We have one at our San Francisco Chiropractic and Spinal Decompression Clinic.

We also incorporate deep tissue laser therapy into the mix with difficult to treat disc patients to help control the pain and inflammation in the beginning. Disc decompression therapy takes 20-24 one hour sessions and is not covered by insurance. Success rates are very high.

So, there you go. Sure, a herniated disc can seem like a nightmare. It can also seem like there are no other options but cortisone injections or back or neck surgery. But that simply is not true because gentle chiropractic and spinal decompression will help the majority of all cases. if chiropractic or decompression fail to deliver you are still whole and can try other treatment options including surgery.

But just know…If you have back or neck surgery and there is any type of fusion involved you will be permanently excluded from ever being able to try spinal decompression. Try it first if you qualify…it's the smart thing to do!

To schedule an appointment to see if you qualify for herniated disc treatment in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post for a complimentary consultation and spinal decompression tour.

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 Success Story

Spinal Decompression Therapy in SFKelsey presented to our spinal decompression clinic in 2011 complaining of constant
lower back pain which had been present for over 9 years.

Living a
healthy life filled with working out and playing sports, Kelsey was
heartbroken when her low back pain reached a level where she could no longer
enjoy these activities. Anyone that knows Kelsey, knows she’s a
fighter and she was determined not to let her pain ruin her life. After
spending countless hours at Kaiser to figure out what was wrong with
her, she was diagnosed with “back pain” and given pain relievers.
Dissatisfied with what she was told, she knew there was more to her
story, so she went to get an MRI. Her MRI results revealed degenerative
disc disease in her lumbar spine, and disc herniation at L5/S1. She
“google searched” for a treatment for her condition other than surgery
and found us!  She read our patient reviews about our DRX 9000 machine and how it helps
treat degenerative disc disease and disc herniations, so she figured
she’d give it a try.

Before Kelsey completed her first several session of
treatments, she reported being able to fly on a plane and start working
out at the gym again!  In less than 2 months, her constant and
debilitating low back pain was described as “mild low back pain”. Wow!

Kelsey now comes in periodically for her low back “tune up” and is able
to enjoy life again!  She enjoys going to the gym and playing softball
again.  We are over the moon with excitement that Kelsey no longer feels
like her pain is running her life.  Keep on rockin’ Kelsey!

To find out if you are a candidate for care at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center please call 415-392-2225 and 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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San Francisco Spinal Decompression Review

San Francisco Spinal Decompression ReviewRosi presented to our spinal decompression clinic in San Francisco with a herniated disc in her low back. Rosi was living with chronic low back pain and sciatica that was keeping her up at night and interfering with her home and work life.

Rosi had done online research and read our spinal decompression reviews from other patients in San Francisco who had achieved favorable outcomes with the DRX9000 spinal decompression system.

We prescribed a 20 visit course of spinal decompression for Rosi which included muscle stimulation, ice and custom exercises. At first, Rosi become more sore…but then the DRX began to re-position the herniated disc away from her sciatic nerve roots. Rosi began to become more mobile and get a better nights sleep.

About half way through her treatment the low back pain and sciatica were about 70% improved. This is when we started lumbar home exercises and stretches.

Rosi is now mostly pain free and comes once per month for DRX9000 maintenance care and chiropractic adjustments. She continues with her lumbar exercises and ices her back when needed.

To find out if you are a candidate for herniated disc treatment at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center, call 415-392-2225 and 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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