What leads to lower back pain?
Low back pain can be triggered by a several factors from injuries to the effects of aging. The spinal cord is shielded by the vertebrae, which are made of bone. Between each vertebra are soft disks with a ligamentous outer layer. These disks work as shock absorbers to guard the vertebra and the spinal cord. Many of the problems that cause back pain are the result of herniation and degeneration of the intervertebral disc. Degeneration is a process in which wear and tear causes deterioration of the disk. Herniations, or bulging of the disc are protuberances from the disc that press on surrounding nerves, causing pain or numbness.
If I undertake Spinal Decompression therapy, how much time does it take to see results?
The majority of patients report a reduction in pain after the first couple of sessions. Typically, substantial improvement is obtained by the second week of therapy.
How long does it take to complete Spinal Decompression treatment?
Patients stay on the system for 30-45 minutes, everyday for the first 2 weeks, three times a week for the next two weeks, and followed up by 2 times a week for the last two weeks.
Do I qualify for Decompression therapy?
Since I started using Spinal Decompression device, I’ have been flooded with questions from both physicians and patients as to which instances it will best help. Undoubtedly proper patient selection is essential to favorable results, so allow me to explain to you of the Inclusion and Exclusion criteria so you can make the right decision since not everybody qualifies for Spinal Decompression therapy.
- Pain because of herniated and bulging lumbar disks that is more than 4 weeks old
- Recurring pain from a failed back surgery that is in excess of six months old.
- Persistent pain from degenerated disc not reacting to 4 weeks of therapy.
- Patients available for 4 weeks of treatment protocol.
- Patient at least 18 years old.
- Appliances including pedicle screws and rods
- Prior lumbar fusion less than six months old
- Metastatic cancer
- Severe osteoporosis
- Compression fracture of lumbar spine below L-1 (recent).
- Pars defect.
- Pathologic aortic aneurysm.
- Abdominal or pelvic cancer.
- Disc space infections.
- Severe peripheral neuropathy.
- Hemiplegia, paraplegia, or cognitive dysfunction.
Is there any adverse effects to the therapy?
Most patients do not experience any side effects. There have been some mild instances of muscle spasm for a brief amount of time.
Just How does Spinal Decompression separate each vertebra and allow decompression at a specific level?
Decompression is accomplished using a specific mix of spinal positioning and varying the degree and strength of force. The trick to producing this decompression is the gentle pull that is produced by a logarithmic curve. When distractive forces are produced on a logarithmic curve the typical proprioceptor response is prevented. Eliminating this response allows decompression to occur at the targeted area.
Are there any risks to the patient during treatment on Spinal Decompression?
Definitely No. Spinal Decompression is completely safe and comfortable for all patients. The system has emergency stop switches for both the patient and the operator. These switches (a requirement of the FDA) terminate the therapy right away thereby avoiding any injuries.
How does Spinal Decompression treatment differentiate from ordinary spinal traction?
Traction is helpful at treating some of the conditions arising from herniated or degeneration. Traction can not take care of the source of the problem. Spinal Decompression generates a negative pressure or a vacuum inside the disc. This effect causes the disk to pull in the herniation and the rise in negative pressure also induces the flow of blood and nutrients back into the disc enabling the body’s natural fibroblastic response to heal the injury and re-hydrate the disc. Traction and inversion tables, at best, can lower the intradiscal pressure from a +90 to a +30 mmHg. Spinal Decompression is clinically proven to reduce the intradiscal pressure to between a -150 to -200 mmHg. Traction activates the body’s normal response to stretching by generating painful muscle spasms that aggravate the pain in affected area.
Can Spinal Decompression be utilized for people that have had spinal surgery?
Spinal Decompression treatment is not contra-indicated for patients that have had spinal surgery. Actually many patients have found success with Spinal Decompression after a failed back surgery.
Who is not a candidate for Spinal Decompression treatment?
Anyone who has recent spinal fractures, surgical fusion or metallic hardware, surgically repaired aneurysms, infection of the spine, and/or moderate to severe osteoporosis.
Who is a candidate for Spinal Decompression?
Anyone who has been informed they need surgery but hopes to avoid it, anybody who has been advised there is nothing more available to help, anyone who failed to substantially respond to conservative options (medications, physical therapy, injections, chiropractic, acupuncture), or anyone who still has pain but wishes to obtain the kind of care they want.