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Hand Numbness and Tingling?

carpal tunnel treatment san franciscoWe have been providing treatment for the neck, shoulders and hands in downtown San Francisco for over 23 years now.

Most of the patients we treat in the SF Financial District spend the majority of their day sitting in front of a computer doing repetitive motions. This activity can put a lot of stress on the bones of the spine in the neck and well as the muscles, ligaments and tendons of the shoulders, arms and hands.

The nerves that control the arms and hands exit from in between the bones of the spine in the neck. These nerves can become compromised with abnormal wear and tear leading to numbness and tingling in the hands. The problem can be in the neck, shoulders, elbows, or wrists.  All must be checked.

In most cases there is joint dysfunction and muscle imbalances, and even nerve pressure in multiple locations. The good news is that these sorts of problems tend to respond favorably to chiropractic and favorable outcomes are the norm.

The standard treatment for hand pain and numbness at our clinic is chiropractic adjustments to the neck, shoulder, elbow, wrists and fingers, massage or ART, low tech exercises in office and at home, deep tissue laser if needed, and ice or heat. Most cases respond in short order. Chronic long standing cases can take longer to treat.

We also have a team of medical doctors and physical therapists that specialize in sports medicine at our primary clinic, Chiro-Medical Group, Inc. which is a few blocks away from our Embarcadero Center walk-in clinic.

To find out if you are a candidate for hand pain treatment 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 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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Headaches That Wont Go Away!

 

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Headaches That Wont Go Away?

We have been providing treatment for headaches in San Francisco since 1992. 

One of the most common complaints n a chiropractic office are headaches. Especially, chronic headaches, which are headaches that persist for over 90 days wont go away.

There are many underlying causes of headaches, and fortunately, most respond favorably to chiropractic case management.

During the past 23 years or so we have helped thousands of patients with headaches return to more normal “headache free” active lifestyles. Some were diagnosed with tension headaches, some with migraines, temporal headaches, unilateral headaches, whatever. A diagnosis is just a name…a way to label the symptoms. It’s really just a particular doctors opinion.

In reality, most headache symptoms overlap with each other which makes it very difficult to correctly classify it as one type of headache or the other.

Chiropractors tend to focus more on how to help the headache than how to name it.

Experience tells us the most headaches originate from misalignment’s or pinched nerves in the neck. The causes are usually poor posture or ergonomics,  a bad mattress or pillow, stress,  auto accidents (many left untreated), sports injuries, a short leg, on and on. The cause is usually mechanical.

Sure, there can be serious causes of headaches, but these are usually associated with headaches that are new and acute with sudden onset. These are very rare and involve infections, tumors or fractures.

Sometimes x-ray or MRI is necessary to quantify the problem in the neck.

Chiropractic treatment for headaches (at our clinic) typically consists of chiropractic adjustments, massage, stretching, low tech exercises, posture and ergonomic advice, a cervical pillow, and laser if needed. Visits take about 20-30 minutes. Results are outstanding.

In the event you have a serious headache or there are any “red flags” we have medical doctors at our primary clinic a few blocks away to check you out.

So, if you have headaches that wont go away and would like to be checked to see if you are a candidate for headaches treatment in San Francisco, please 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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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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Headaches From Sitting at the Computer?

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Headaches Relief in San Francisco

We have been treating headaches in San Francisco for over 23 years.  

Headaches are fairly common…especially with people that spend a lot of time on the computer like most of our chiropractic patients in the San Francisco Financial District.

Sitting for long periods in front of a computer can cause static muscle tension in the back, neck and shoulder muscles. Constant tension on the neck and shoulder muscles which attach to the head can cause tension headaches that can become chronic (lasting over 90 days) and debilitating.

Poor ergonomics can also contribute to computer related neck pain and headaches. As can lack of proper (frequent) micro-breaks, which are brief resting periods (typically 1-2 minutes) that allow the muscles to rest and recover.

In addition, you could be compounding the problem by sleeping on your stomach or using a soft pillow. It’s always best to sleep on your back or side with an orthopedic pillow like a Tempur-Pedic Pillow.

If you do get a sore neck at home there are stretches you can do as well as ice techniques to reduce inflammation, pain and muscle spasms.  Your chiropractor is your best resource for these.  You can also search Google or YouTube. If you do a search for the following you can find some videos we have done:

“Neck stretches Executive Express Chiropractic”, “cervical pillow executive express chiropractic”, “how to ice executive express chiropractic”.

Your chiropractor is also an expert on ergonomics as well as natural neck, shoulder, back and headaches treatment. Typically, you can expect to start feeling better right away…although it could take a few weeks.

Our San Francisco headaches treatment consists of chiropractic adjustments, massage, laser, ice, heat, ergonomic instruction, work and home stretches, cervical pillow, and stress reduction techniques. We have affordable cash fees and accept most insurance.

To find out if you are a candidate for headaches relief in San Francisco at our chiropractic clinic 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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Carpal Tunnel SYMPTOMS vs. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

carpal tunnel treatment san franciscoWe have been providing treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome and related disorders in San Francisco for over 23 years. 

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is when a nerve in the wrist (the median nerve) becomes compressed, usually due to repetitive motions over time, acute trauma (rare), or as part of other upper extremity musculoskeletal disease complexes.

Either the diameter of the carpal tunnel narrows or the contents of the carpal tunnel expand putting pressure on the median nerve (which originates in the neck).  The carpal tunnel is a small opening, about the size of the tip of your pinkey, that is created by the 8 carpal bones and the transverse ligament that holds them together. There is no extra space in the carpal tunnel.

Inside the carpal tunnel is the median nerve and some some blood vessels. The median nerve has protective sheaths around it that also secrete fluids which allow for the nerve to glide within the tunnel.

With overuse syndromes such as repetitive stress injuries (RSI) the fluid dries up and the nerve sheath and median nerve swell causing pain and dysfunction.  RSI can also cause the carpal bones to misalign which can irritate the median nerve as well. Trauma to the hand can also cause CTS. The signs and symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are as follows:

  • Hand Pain
  • Numbness and Tingling
  • Weak Grip
  • Night Pain
  • Burning
  • Neck, shoulder, elbow pain

So, true carpal tunnel syndrome is when there is compression of the median nerve in the carpal tunnel…either from the tunnel narrowing or the contents expanding. True CTS is rare. The majority of the time CTS symptoms are NOT the result of true CTS…they are the result of problems (nerve pressure) in the neck. 

The median nerve originates in the neck. It is actually created by branches of nerve roots that exit  the lower part of the neck (C5-8). Each of these nerves passes through bones. If there is any kind of nerve pressure on these nerve roots it can cause the same exact symptoms in the hand that you would get if you had true CTS.

This is why it’s so important to visit a doctor that routinely treats patients with carpal tunnel SYMPTOMS. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is one of the most misdiagnosed conditions there is. It is not uncommon for an emergency room doctor or primary physician or nurse to make a CTS diagnosis for hand pain. The typical course of treatment is a wrist splint and Motrin. Meanwhile, the true cause in the neck is left untreated.

Some of the conditions in the neck that can cause carpal tunnel SYMPTOMS in the upper extremity are as follows:

  1. Bulging or Herniated Cervical Disc
  2. Vertebral Subluxation
  3. Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  4. Facet Syndrome
  5. Degenerative Disc Disease
  6. Spinal Stenosis

There are other upper extremity disorders that can mimic CTS. The point here is you need to know what they are and how to check for them. And even more importantly…how to treat them before they get worse.

A chiropractor that specializes in carpal tunnel syndrome and related disorders is your best bet. We may take x-rays or order a nerve conduction test or MRI.  The treatments we use to treat these types of problems are spinal and extremity adjustments (gentle), massage, laser, exercise, ice/heat, physical therapy, ART, Graston, traction.

All cases present differently and are treated as such. Often times a patient that presents with carpal tunnel SYMPTOMS can be fixed in a fe days. Other times, with more chronic cases it takes months. And everything in between.

Whatever you do make sure you see an expert. My advice is to see a chiropractor. Call around. Search the internet and find out if the doctor is experienced in carpal tunnel treatment and call and speak to them.

And even if you do have true carpal tunnel syndrome, a trained chiropractor is your best treatment choice.  You can save yourself a lot of time and grief by doing some homework.

If you live or work in San Francisco you can see us. We also have medical doctors and physical therapists in the event you need them.

To make an appointment with a carpal tunnel doctor 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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Managing Low Back Pain

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

Male Patient Visiting Doctor's Office With Back AcheOver 80% of the population will experience low back pain at some point in their lives. Many will develop chronic low back pain which is back pain that persists for over 90 days. Some will develop low back pain that goes away…but then it returns and becomes worse. Some get low back pain that goes away and never returns…and everything in between. Just about every case is unique and should be treated as such.

Sciatica, which is pain down the leg or legs due to pressure on the sciatic nerve can also result from the same underlying causes of low back pain. In fact, you can have sciatica and not have back pain at all…just the pain, numbness, or abnormal sensations in the leg. Most patients with low back pain just have low back pain with varying levels of severity.

The causes of low back pain are many. Things like obesity or weight gain can put too much stress on the low back and cause low back pain. If this persists it can result in thinning of the discs, disc degeneration, bulging and herniated spinal discs, and spinal stenosis. Since 2/3 of Americans are overweight or obese this is a primary cause.

Then there are injuries to the spine from sports, exercising, car accidents, poor posture and ergonomics, bad sleeping habits, slips and falls, traveling, and other activities of life.

Here are some of the more common conditions that cause Low Back Pain:  

  • Lumbar sprain or strain
  • Herniated or Bulging Disc
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Facet Syndrome
  • Scoliosis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Vertebral Subluxation and Misalignment
  • Spondylolisthesis

The good news is the low back pain responds very favorable to chiropractic adjustments. This is good because often times the true cause is not known. That’s right…you can take 10 different doctors, physical therapists, chiropractors, medical, whatever, and get 10 different opinions. I sure would not want to be getting back surgery under these conditions. But chiropractic…sure, why not? Chiropractic is 100% natural and very very safe…and gentle too.

Heck…all you care about is getting rid of your low back pain right? Not many patients care about the name the doctor gives it…and why should you?

Here is an excerpt from an article entitled The Mysteries of Low Back Pain on the great website Chiro-Trust.org

Do you realize how complicated the low back region is when it comes to investigating the cause of low back pain (LBP)? There can be findings on an x-ray, MRI, or CT scan such as degenerative disk disease, arthritis, even bulging and/or herniated disks that have NOTHING to do with why the back hurts. Similarly, there are often other abnormal findings present in many of us who have NO low back pain whatsoever! Because of this seemingly paradoxical situation, we as clinicians must be careful not to over-diagnose based on the presence of these “abnormal findings” AND on the same hand, be careful not to under-diagnose them as well.

Looking further into this interesting paradox, one study reported findings that support this point. Investigators examined 67 asymptomatic individuals who had NO prior history of low back pain and evaluated them using magnetic resonant imaging (MRI). They found 21 of the 67 (31%) had an identifiable disk and/or spinal canal abnormality (which is where the spinal cord and nerves run). Seven years later, this same group of non-suffering individuals were once again contacted to see if they had developed any back problems within that time frame. The goal of the study was to determine if one could “predict” who might develop low back pain based on certain abnormal imaging findings in non-suffering subjects. A questionnaire was sent to each of these individuals, of which 50 completed and returned the questionnaire. A repeat MRI scan was performed on 31 of these subjects, and two neurologists and one orthopedic spine surgeon interpreted the MRI studies using a blinded approach (without having knowledge about the subject’s symptoms or lack thereof). Each level was assessed for abnormalities including disk bulging/herniation and degeneration. Those who had initial abnormal findings were defined as “progressed” (worsened) if an increased severity of the original finding was evident or if additional or new spinal levels had become involved over the seven-year time span.

Of the 50 who returned the questionnaire, 29 (58%) had NO low back pain. Full story here

Bottom Line: It’s easy to get all caught-up in a bunch of unnecessary diagnostic testing and doctors visits. My recommendation is to make the first visit to the chiropractor…it will most likely also be your last.

To find out if you are a candidate for low back 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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What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?


carpal tunnel treatment san franciscoWe have been providing treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and related disorders in San Francisco for over 22 years now. 

Here is an excerpt from an article on the great chiropractic consumer website Chiro-trust.org entitled Carpal Tunnel Syndrome-What Is It?:

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) basically occurs when pressure is applied to the median nerve as it travels through the wrist on the palm side resulting in numbness, tingling, pain, and later, weakness of the grip and pinch functions. But, the median nerve can be pinched at many other locations as it courses down from the neck to the hand, which is why we examine and treat the CTS patient from the neck down! The median nerve has been described as the “eye of the hand,” as it is one of the three major nerves formed from the brachial plexus– that “highway” of nerves made up of the C5-T2 roots leaving the neck, merging together to eventually form the three main nerves of the arm. Because the median nerve function regulates pinch and grip strength, buttoning a shirt, writing a note, driving a car, and even sleeping are ALL affected by a median nerve pinch.

So, since the median nerve originates in the neck, and carpal tunnel symptoms are mostly in the hand, the neck-hand connection is often overlooked by doctors and therapist that do not routinely treat CTS.

Our carpal tunnel doctors in San Francisco have been treating CTS since before the dotcom boom-bust. In fact, we have successfully treated over 20,000 cases of carpal tunnel symptoms and upper extremity disorders. The secret is to ALWAYS examine and treat from the neck to the fingertips…on both sides. At our clinic we also check the entire spine and feet. A pedal imbalance such as a pronation or short leg can cause cervical muscle spams and interfere with nerve transmission to the hands. Interesting Huh?

Bottom Line:  Carpal Tunnel Symptoms are nothing to mess around with. You use your hands for everything. Patients with chronic hand pain are often depressed and have other problems such as sleeping disorders and lowered immune function. It’s a chain reaction that can overwhelm your life.

The good news is that a chiropractor that specializes in CTS can help…and results are usually seen right away.

To find out if you are a candidate for carpal tunnel 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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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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What’s The Best Treatment For Neck Pain?

neck pain treatment in san franciscoWe have been providing treatment for neck pain in San Francisco for over 22 years now. 

Neck pain is very common. About 70% of us will experience neck pain at some point in our lifetime. And once we do, relapses are common. On any given day, millions will be suffering with neck pain.

Chronic neck pain is also very common. Chronic neck pain is neck pain that persists for over 90 days. The #1 risk factor for chronic neck pain is previous neck pain.

So what’s the best treatment for neck pain?

Here is an excerpt from an article I found on the great website Chiro-Trust.org entitled Neck Pain and Chiropractic which gives a pretty good overview of what the current research says:

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 neck adjustments alone. Read full article here.

The article goes on to explain how chiropractic adjustments to the neck and upper back, as well as low tech exercises are the best treatment for neck pain…even better than medical treatment and physical therapy.

This should not come as a surprise to most chiropractors. However, when a typical person experiences neck pain,  a chiropractor is not usually the first place they go…but they should. And research supports it.

So there you go. Chiropractic seems to be the best treatment for neck pain. Chiropractic is safe, gentle, and 100% natural. It’s just a smart thing to do :-)

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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