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Prolotherapy in San Francisco

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Prolotherapy Treatment in San Francisco

Prolotherapy And Chiro-Medical Group San Francisco

As you may or may not already know. Executive Express Chiropractic is under new ownership. The name of our new owner is Chiro-Medical Group, Inc.

Chiro-Medical Group (CMG) specializes in sports injuries and chronic pain syndromes and is one of the only multi-disciplinary sports clinics in San Francisco to offer Prolotherapy.

So, What is Prolotherapy (Here is an excerpt from the CMG main website Prolotherapy page-please read entire article for more info): 

Prolotherapy involves a series of injections designed to produce inflammation in the injured tissue. To appreciate the value of such a seemingly counterproductive measure, you need to know something about connective tissue and how the body normally repairs it.

When tissues are injured, inflammation is a common natural response. It stimulates substances carried in blood that produce growth factors in the injured area to promote healing. Ligaments, tendons and cartilage have very poor blood supplies, which can result in incomplete healing.

The healing process can also be impeded when injuries are treated with anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen or Naprosyn, or prescribed nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (Nsaids) to relieve pain and swelling.

Unlike injections of corticosteroids, which also suppress inflammation and provide only temporary relief for a chronic condition, prolotherapy injections given over the course of several months are meant to provide a permanent benefit. In effect, prolotherapy tricks the body into initiating a healing response.

The technique reactivates the healing process by injecting a mildly irritating substance — commonly a somewhat concentrated sugar solution along with the painkiller lidocaine — into the injured area to stimulate a temporary low-grade inflammation. In some cases, growth factors themselves may be injected.

With growth factors in place at the site of inflammation, new tissue is said to be produced that strengthens lax or unstable ligaments and tendons. The technique may even support damaged or degenerated cartilage, which normally does not repair itself, by strengthening the fibrous connective tissues that stabilize the area.

Practitioners cite experiments in laboratory animals that demonstrated tissue growth in ligaments and tendons stimulated by prolotherapy injections. Two animal studies also showed healing of cartilage defects.

Can Prolotherapy Help You?

You may or may not be a candidate for Prolotherapy. The best thing to do if you have been injured and feel you may be a candidate is to come to our clinic for a consultation with Dr. Wolfer, our Harvard trained Physical Medicine doctor. Simply call 415-495-2225.  

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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Diabetes: Drugs or Diet, What’s Best?

Diet or drugs for diabetes
There are a lot of opinions on what the best form of treatment is for Diabetes. In fact…there are still experts that think that both Type I Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes are both incurable and can only be treated with drugs.

The best resource I know of for information on Diabetes, and how plant based nutrition and exercise can help and even cure Diabetes (Type 2) is Dr. John McDougall, MD. Here is an excerpt from the Diabetes page of his website. This page has useful links to many articles on the subject:

Elevated blood sugar is the hallmark of diabetes, but even more feared than the sugar should be the complications – heart attacks, kidney failure, loss of vision, etc. – that follow within a few years after diagnosis. Type-1 diabetes is due to destruction of the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas (in many cases this permanent damage is from an autoimmune reaction involving cow's milk). Type-1 diabetes is not curable (insulin therapy is required), but risk of complications can be greatly reduced with the McDougall Program. Type-2 diabetes is due to overnutrition from the rich Western diet – medication is not required and is usually inadvisable. The McDougall Program cures this form of type-2 diabetes by correcting the malnutrition with a plant-food based diet and exercise – and associated weight loss.

My Take: Before you consider drug therapy for your Diabetes, I highly recommend you spend some time educating yourself about your options.  

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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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Does Starch Make You Gain Weight?

San Francisco Chiropractor Comments: There are many misconceptions about starch foods….the primary misconception being starches are fattening. The truth of the matter is that populations around the world that eat primarily starches (potatoes, sweet potatoes, beans, rice, corn) are some of the thinnest, healthiest people on earth. It's only after they are introduced to an American style diet that they start to pack on the pounds. Check out this awesome video from the starch expert himself, Dr. John McDougall, MD as he introduces his new book The Starch Solution.     

The Starch Solution from John McDougall on Vimeo.

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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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Q and A with Dr. Wayne Wolfe, MD of One Medical Group in Downtown San Francisco



San Francisco Chiropractor Comments:

Once per month we profile one of the outstanding medical doctors, physicians assistants, or nurses of One Medical Group in downtown San Francisco. Meet Dr. Wolfe.    

                                                  Dr Wayne Wolfe, MD One Medical Group 
          
 What is the Biopsychosocial approach you employ in care of your patients?

  

     Most people only go to the doctor when their lives are affected by illness. I try to help the patients get back into their lives, what an illness may have taken away. I find out what a person likes or wants to do, and then I see how their current health status will either interfere or support them achieving their goals.  This involves looking at the illness itself and how it affects one’s life, and then trying to modify the disease and one’s life to create a balance that is tolerable and acceptable.

    This starts with education of the patient.  I enjoy educating the patient whether it is the first bit of education they receive, or expanding the knowledge of someone that has done extensive research. This starts with listening to my patients. As simple as that sounds, it is a common comment that I get from patients. “You are the first doctor that really listens to me” This is one of the things that is great about One Medical’s approach. The accessibility to and time with patients allows the doctor to listen, educate, and provide appropriate care during a visit and provide good follow up care when necessary. It’s very rewarding for the doctor and I think for the patients.

 

Your past experience was in a pain management clinic…what is your approach to health and treating patients?

 

Pain affects people’s lives in every single way. I utilize a multidisciplinary team approach in treating pain in order to improve function. My job is to be the centerpiece of a care team to help them decrease their pain and improve their function. This means that I assess the pain management needs of the patient and treat them utilizing  whatever means are appropriate. This may include surgery, medication, psychological care, chiropractic, acupuncture, etc

What is the trend you have seen in pain management.  Is, it leaning to new more drugs or away from that?

 

Pain management is now moving toward working on treating the brain. Neural plasticity work is the direction that healthcare/pain management is going. Neural plasticity is how the brain, central nervous system, and peripheral nervous system all interact to create certain pain states. Neural plasticity works on these pain states through movement, sound, visualization, smells, and more to create a new neural pathway to change how the brain interprets and deals with the pain.  Medications have a role to free the person to use their brain and body if the pain has overwhelmed their ability to do so.

 

 

What are your keys to a healthy life?

- Find and pursue what makes you happy.

- Be honest about what’s important to you.

- Take care of your body and mind so you can attain your goals.

- Minimize stress and maximize healthy habits.

 

 

To make an appointment with Dr. Wolfe or any of the doctors at One Medical Group San Francisco, please call (415) 291-0480

 

Wayne Wolfe, MD

Specialty

Family Medicine

Expertise

Annual Physicals

Birth Control Counseling

Cardiovascular Disease

Chronic Pain Management

Diabetes, Hypertension, Lipid Disorders

Diet and Nutrition Counseling

Lifestyle Modification

Men's Health

Preventive Health and Education

Psychiatric Care

Smoking Cessation

Stress Management

Women's Health

Wayne Wolfe, MD received his BA from Vassar College and completed his residency at University of Rochester. Prior to One Medical Group he divided his time as a primary care physician at University of California, Berkeley and at Bay Area Pain Medical Associates in Mill Valley. He is board-certified in family medicine and completed a fellowship in Addiction Medicine at UCSF. His approach to medical care utilizes the biopsychosocial approach to evaluate and treat medical issues and how these issues affect a person’s life. Outside of the office Wayne enjoys spending time with family, activities pertaining to the ocean, music, and rugby.

One Medical Group are a boutique primary care San Francisco Doctors office with
locations conveniently located in New York City and San Francisco.
 One Medical Group offers a refreshingly modern health care experience
that is more personalized to your needs with same day appointments that
start on time.

 

 

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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Q & A With Dr. Jennifer Young, MD of One Medical Group San Francisco

San Francisco Chiropractor Comments:

Once per month we profile one of the outstanding medical doctors, physicians assistants, or nurses of One Medical Group in downtown San Francisco. This month is Dr. Jennifer Young, MD.

 Dr. Jennifer Young, MD
Dr. Jen Young

 

 Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Jennifer received her undergraduate degree in Journalism with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received her MD at Georgetown University. Drawn to California, she completed her Internal Medicine training and an additional year of Hematology and Oncology at Stanford University. Jennifer believes that good health is best achieved when the patient and physician work together as a team. Through education and health information technology, she empowers her patients to take what they've learned and attain a healthy balance for life. She is board-certified in Internal Medicine and, in addition to providing comprehensive primary care, she offers patients with cancer an integrative approach.

 

 

   

Why did you decide to become a medical doctor?

When it comes down to it, ever since I was a young girl I really just wanted to help people and empower them. I was also able to be mentored by my neighbor who was an oncologist, which helped motivate me to become a doctor and advocate for cancer patients.

 

   

What is your approach to overall healthcare?

The patient and the doctor are partners in their overall health. I view myself as an advisor to the patient, and I devise practical treatment plans that they can follow and have them come back to update their progress.

 

  

How often should someone visit their primary care physician?

Well, there’s really no set frequency, but at minimum everyone should be getting annual physicals to check things like heart rate, blood pressure, address preventative care needs, and explore any abnormal things that arise.

 

 

How important is lifestyle decisions influence health?

Lifestyle is health. All the choices we make in our daily lives from what we eat to what activities we do, even how we manage our stress. It all shapes our lives. Anything I can do to help inform patients to make smarter lifestyle choices the better.

 

 

You have an integrative approach in treating cancer patients?

 


I did a year of fellowship in hematology and oncology at Stanford.  That fellowship offered me a window into the experience of a patient who finds out they have cancer. Now I feel   I am better equipped to be able to diagnose, treat, and most importantly coordinate the necessary open communication between  a cancer patients oncologist, hematologist, and me, the primary care physician. My patients can feel confident that all issues are being covered by the team.  When working with the cancer patients, I act as both their doctor and their advocate. 

 

 

 

 

What’s one of your biggest challenges in being a doctor?

There’s a fine line because you become attached to the patients as they go through the most traumatic thing they’ve ever gone through (cancer). You walk them through it, and sometimes they make it and sometimes they don’t.  It’s very difficult when they don’t pull through, but it’s through those experiences which have allowed me to be much more empathetic and understanding  than most doctors.

 


One Medical Group are a boutique primary care San Francisco Doctors office with
locations conveniently located in New York City and San Francisco.
 One Medical Group offers a refreshingly modern health care experience
that is more personalized to your needs with same day appointments that
start on time.

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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Questions & Answers With Dr. Dan Dinenberg of One Medical Group San Francisco

Daniel Dinenberg, MD                                                       


Dr. Daniel Dinenberg

Specialty:

Family Medicine

Expertise:

Annual Physical

Birth Control Counseling

Diet and Nutrition Counseling

Diabetes and Hypertension

Healing Touch and Guided Imagery

 Integrative and Functional Medicine

 Lifestyle Modification

Preventative Health and Education

Skin Rash and Biopsy

Stress Management

                                      Travel Medicine and Vaccination


Daniel Dinenberg is an excellent family practice physician who has extensive training in integrative and holistic medicine.  He is focused on individualizing health care for each patient, utilizing the connection of mind/body/spirit while promoting the strengths of western medicine along with exercise, nutrition, and Healing Touch.  Daniel is Board Certified in Family Practice through the UCSF/Santa Rosa Family Medicine program. He has completed training and received Board Certification in Holistic Medicine through the American Board of Holistic Medicine.  Daniel believes strongly in the innate healing power of the human body and utilizes a functional approach to patients, specializing in helping patients to achieve more vitality and better balance in their lives.  Dr. Dinenberg recently completed a fellowship in Wilderness Medicine.


 

 How do you incorporate your holistic training into your practice?

Well, my background is that  I’m Board Certified in Family practice and in Holistic medicine. Throughout my training, my goal has always been to figure out how to incorporate the innate healing of the body into my practice. The medical model doesn’t teach wellness, prevention, nutrition, etc. and they mainly focus on disease.   My holistic training helps me to teach my patients  the importance of a healthy mind and body as it relates to healing vs. simply treating the symptom with a drug.

 What are your goals for healthcare?

I observe the big picture…using broader strokes to heal on a bigger level which includes exercise, nutrition, and life balance. I use functional medicine and try to get the body into balance. I look at the biochemical, biotransformation, detoxification, hormonal, immune, and inflammatory systems of the body, as well as try to understand the interconnectedness of symptoms…  For example, how does not getting enough  sleep affect the inflammatory reaction, natural cortisol production, and hormonal balance in the body.  I seek to treat the whole person…  and that’s when true healing happens.

Do you utilize any hands on techniques in your practice?

  I use various techniques and some are almost hands off healing such as healing touch, Reiki, energy work, etc. I mainly use it for things like stress reduction, anxiety, insomnia by using guided mediation and imagery. I use an individualized treatment program and clinical assessment for a person by figuring out what is going on with the person, and applying the appropriate healing modality specific for that person, instead of using a generalized approach.  I try not to do any test that won’t change my management of the patient and may be costly.

 What would you consider to be the keys living a lifestyle of health and vitality?


 

1.       What you put in your body (nutrition)

2.       Exercise/movement

3.       Connection to loved ones (including yourself, friendships, family).

4.       Replenishing sleep

5.       Managing stress

Side note: Yoga is a great help making that mind/body connection

  

 

 

What is your philosophy to living a healthy lifestyle?

  Life is all about balance and allowing yourself to enjoy being in balance, and allowing it to bring happiness and fulfillment into your life at every level.  Health is our natural state.

 As you can see, Dr. Dinenberg has a very special approach to health care. 

www.drdan.md


One Medical Group are a boutique primary care San Francisco Doctors office with
locations conveniently located in New York City and San Francisco.
 One Medical Group offers a refreshingly modern health care experience
that is more personalized to your needs with same day appointments that
start on time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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Dr. Eben Davis Recommends The McDougall Program in Santa Rosa, California

McDougall 10-Day Program from John McDougall on Vimeo.

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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The International Year Of The Potato

San Francisco Vegan Chiropractor Comments:

0098060911161025_tn1 When I tell patients and friends that potatoes are one of natures perfect foods…they think I am nuts. There are many very smart people that think they understand nutrition that wont eat them. In fact, there is a myth that potatoes make you fat. If potatoes make you fat…I should be enormous…because I eat them almost every day. It’s HOGWASH.

What makes people fat is all the garbage they put on the potato. The cheese…the sour cream…the bacon…the butter…all that stuff…not the potato.

Potatoes are a complete food. There are cultures that consume only potatoes, or mostly potatoes. They fill you up and satisfy your hunger. Potatoes are loaded with fiber and nutrition, and almost no fat…and just the right amount of protein.

Anyway…2008 is The International Year Of The Potato, and Dr. John McDougall, MD has written a great article for us…check it out…and go buy some potatoes. Have a potato party to celebrate :)    

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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Eating Right: It’s Really Not That Hard-Once You Know What The Good Stuff Is

San Francisco Vegan Chiropractor Comments:

9445_overweight_man_eating_junk_foo I am shocked at what I see sometimes when I run into old friends, or visit with people I have not seen in a while. Like they say…The Proof is in the Pudding.

Chances are…if someone is overweight and out of shape, they lack proper nutrition and discipline. Or, maybe they have the discipline, but they lack the knowledge about what foods are good…and which ones are bad.

It’s sure not hard to see how this can happen with all the advertising dollars that are spent by the food companies trying to brainwash us into thinking their garbage is good for us. Not to mention the fact that most Americans have a poor diet…not many role models. The people that do eat right (vegans), are often times considered weirdos. 

So… chances are, most of the people you know also make poor decisions when it comes to food. It’s just the way it is. Heck, I have seen some of the same people in my gym for years now, spending hours and hours every week lifting weights, riding the bike, and doing sit-ups…but they still look 20-50 lbs. overweight.

Obviously they have some discipline…but maybe not with food. Or…maybe they just don’t know what to eat. I will always give someone the benefit of the doubt because I know the really good information is not mainstream. It’s not taught in school…and it requires some work to learn and put into action.

But for those that are interested…the best place I know of to start is www.drmcdougall.com.  Spend some time and learn how are bodies are designed and the best foods to support this design. Chances are…You will be glad you did.

 

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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