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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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Spinal Decompression in Downtown San Francisco

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Spinal Decompression Therapy with the DRX9000 in SF.

We have been providing spinal decompression therapy in the San Francisco Financial District for over 10 years now. 

We were the first to introduce the DRX9000 lumbar decompression machine to San Francisco. A while later we purchased a DRX9000c cervical decompression machine so that we could treat both lumbar and cervical disc bulges and herniations.

During this time we have helped thousands of back and neck pain patients return to more normal active lifestyles. Hundreds have avoided back or neck surgery.

Low back pain and sciatica is the most common presentation of a lumbar disc herniation. Often times there just are not many treatment options. Most of the patients that seek us out for spinal decompression therapy have tried many forms of treatment with little to no success.

A typical herniated disc patient will have tried pain pills, muscle relaxers, cortisone, physical therapy, and maybe even acupuncture and chiropractic. Sometimes nothing seems to help. This is when many consider back or neck surgery.

Fortunately, there is a wealth of information online about the DRX9000 and the DRX9000c and those that do their homework are able to discover clinics such as our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center.

Spinal decompression machines are designed and built to treat neurovascular compression syndromes such as bulging and herniated cervical and lumbar spinal discs, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, Facet Syndrome and even failed back surgery.

Disc decompression therapy elongates the spine, enlarges the disc space, strengthens the spinal muscles and ligaments, re-positions and re-hydrates the injured spinal disc and restores lost motion and function.

Spinal decompression machines are like respirators for the spinal disc. They help the disc to do what they would do if they could…until they can.

Does spinal decompression heal every single herniated disc patient?

NO…just most of them.

How do I know if I am a good candidate for spinal decompression?

You need to find a local doctor that has a spinal decompression machine and have a decompression evaluation and assessment. If you have x-rays or MRI bring them along with you to the apt.

If you want to find out if you are a candidate for lumbar or cervical spinal decompression at our SF Financial District clinic then you need to contact us.

Call our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Clinic at 415-392-2225. 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 Chiropractor Review: Back and Ankle Pain

The Executive Express Chiropractic San Francisco "Patient of the Week" is Ousi Li. Ousi presented with severe ongoing tailbone, back, and ankle pain that was making life miserable and interfering with her active lifestyle. Ousi was recovering from an ankle injury and was wearing a boot cast that was throwing everything off. We have used a combination of deep tissue laser therapy, chiropractic adjustments, massage and exercises to help Ousi. So far so good. Ousi is getting better and better every day and looks forward to being back to normal soon. Check out her video review of us.

To schedule an appointment with one of our chiropractors in San Francisco call 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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How Whiplash Trauma Causes Weak Muscles

Whiplash symptoms san franciscoWe have been providing treatment for whiplash in San Francisco for over 20 years. One of the classic signs of whiplash trauma to the neck or low back is weak muscles in the arm or legs (see explanation below). So therefore muscle testing is one of the primary tools we use for assessing whiplash patients and monitoring progress.

Whiplash, as previously discussed, occurs quicker than the speed at which we can voluntarily contract our muscles in attempt to guard ourselves against injury. Hence, it is nearly impossible to properly brace in anticipation of an impending collision. When muscles, ligament, and joint capsules become injured, there is pain, and as a result, reflex muscle spasm occurs as the body attempts to “splint” the area to protect it. This sometimes sets up a vicious cycle which can make the pain last longer, hurt more intensely and / or hurt more frequently. Because of pain, as well as direct muscle injury that sometimes occurs in whiplash associated disorders (WAD), the natural tendency is to stop doing many activities and guard against motion both because of pain and the fear of it hurting worse. In both cases, the result is the same: muscle atrophy or shrinkage and muscle weakness due to not using the muscle.

There are other reasons that muscles become weak. When an injury occurs, a herniated or “ruptured” disk can injure the spinal nerves exiting the spine. The disk is like a jelly donut where the center is liquid-like surrounded by a thick ring of fibrocartilage and functions as a “shock-absorber” as it sits between 2 vertebral bodies.

Think of the spinal nerves like electrical wires that connect a fuse box to a house. The fuse box is the spinal cord and each wire represents the spinal nerves going to different parts of the house (body). In the cervical spine or neck, each wire goes to different parts like the head, shoulder, arm, and hand and innervates specific areas. Patients who have a pinched nerve from a whiplash injury describe their symptoms as numbness, tingling, pain and/or muscle weakness in a specific distribution or area.

There are 8 pairs of nerves in the neck that travel to different parts of the head (C1-3), the shoulders (C4, 5), and the arm (C6-T2). Let’s say a patient has numbness and tingling down the arm to the 4th & 5th fingers and the pinky side of the hand. That immediately tells us as chiropractors that the C8 nerve is injured (pinched) because that’s the pain pattern of the C8 nerve.  Certain muscles are controlled by C8 that we can test in our office to determine if they are weak (abnormal) or strong (normal).

We grade the weakness between 0-5 (5=normal). The chiropractic treatment is aimed at un-pinching the nerve which results in a return of normal nerve function or no numbness/tingling and a strong C8 muscle (finger flexion strength). To accomplish this, we may use a combination of treatments such as spinal adjustments, mobilization, traction, exercises, and/or modalities (electric stim, deep tissue laser therapy, ultrasound or others). We also incorporate soft tissue therapies such as Graston and Active Release Technique (ART).

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 with a San Francisco Whiplash Doctor call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post for a complimentary consultation.

Serving Zip code local 94111 and surrounding areas in the Financial District for over 20 years.

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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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Got the Back Pain Blues?

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Back pain san francisco Back pain effects over 80% of us at some point in our lives. Many back pain sufferers go on to suffer with chronic back pain…which is pain in the back that persists for more than 90 days.

Low back pain is the most common spinal ailment. If low back pain becomes chronic it may mean there is underlying degenerative disc disease, bulging discs, or maybe even a herniated disc. Sciatica or leg pain often develops with chronic low back pain which can really make life miserable.

Recently, I received an inquiry from Belgium from a gentleman who's wife is suffering with severe low back pain and sciatica. Medical treatment is not helping and there are no chiropractors or spinal decompression machines close by. OUCH!

No such problem in the San Francisco Bay Area…there are spinal decompression machines all over the place. I'm not sure if all the doctors that have them know how to use them…but they are here.

The disc decompression machine we use at Executive Express Chiropractic is the DRX9000. The DRX9000 is designed and built to treat disc herniations, disc bulges, facet syndrome, and disc degeneration without surgery. We use the DRX9000 along with chiropractic, massage, laser, and exercise. It's a great combination of treatments for chronic back pain, sciatica, and pinched nerves.

Back pain patients are lucky here in the states…they have access to the latest and greatest technologies, like the DRX9000.

Most of the time, back pain can be helped with conventional chiropractic adjustments. According to Consumer Reports, chiropractic is the treatment of choice for back pain. Spinal decompression is the treatment of choice for chronic back pain and sciatica due to herniated or bulging discs (causing pinched nerves) that do not respond to chiropractic as a stand alone treatment. 

Deep tissue laser therapy turbo charges both chiropractic and spinal decompression by accelerating the healing process, increasing circulation, decreasing inflammation and muscle spasms, and promoting new cellular growth.

The trifecta of spinal decompression, chiropractic adjustments, and laser therapy, is very powerful and can achieve favorable outcomes with chronic back pain even when all hope is lost.

So there you go. If you are going to be suffering with back pain…or low back pain and sciatica…or pinched nerves due to ruptured degenerated discs…just be glad you live in the US of A…hopefully near a non-surgical spinal decompression machine :-)

Dr. Eben Davis is clinic director of Executive Express Chiropractic and Spinal Decompression in downtown San Francisco. To schedule an appointment call 415-392-2225.

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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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