What causes low back pain?
Lower 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 discs function as shock absorbers to protect the vertebra and the spinal cord. Most of the problems that cause back pain are the result of herniation and degeneration of the intervertebral disk. Degeneration is a process where wear and tear causes degeneration of the disk. Herniations, or bulging of the disc are protrusions from the disk that compress the surrounding nerves, causing pain or numbness.
If I have Spinal Decompression treatment, how much time does this take to see effects?
Many patients report a decrease in pain after the first handful of sessions. Generally, significant improvement is obtained by the second week of therapy.
How much time does it take to finish Spinal Decompression therapy?
Patients remain on the system for 30-45 mins, daily for the first 2 weeks, three times a week for the following 2 weeks, and followed up by two times a week for the last 2 weeks.
Do I qualify for Spinal Decompression therapy?
Ever since I began using Spinal Decompression spinal disc decompression system, I’ have been flooded with questions from both doctors and patients regarding which cases it will best help. Undoubtedly proper patient selection is vital to favorable results, so allow me to explain to you of the Inclusion and Exclusion criteria so you may make the best decision since not everyone is a candidate for Spinal Decompression therapy.
Pain because of herniated and bulging lumbar disks that is more than four weeks old
Persistent pain from a failed back surgery that is greater than 6 months old.
Constant pain from degenerated disc not responding to 4 weeks of therapy.
Patients available for four weeks of treatment protocol.
Patient at least eighteen years old.
Appliances like pedicle screws and rods
Prior lumbar fusion less than 6 months old
Compression fracture of lumbar spine below L-1 ().
Pathologic aortic aneurysm.
Pelvic or abdominal cancer.
Disk space infections.
Severe peripheral neuropathy.
Hemiplegia, paraplegia, or cognitive dysfunction.
Is there any adverse effects to the treatment?
Most patients do not experience any side effects. However, there have been some mild instances of muscle spasm for a short amount of time.
How does Spinal Decompression separate each vertebra and enable decompression at a specific level?
Decompression is obtained using a specific mix of spinal positioning and varying the degree and intensity of force. The trick to producing this decompression is the soft pull that is generated by a logarithmic curve. When distractive forces are produced on a logarithmic curve the typical proprioceptor response is avoided. Preventing this response allows decompression to occur at the targeted area.
Are there any risks to the patient during treatment on Spinal Decompression?
Absolutely Not. Spinal Decompression is comfortable and completely safe for all subjects. The system has emergency stop switches for both the operator and the patient. These switches (a requirement of the FDA) terminate the treatment immediately thereby avoiding any injuries.
How does Spinal Decompression therapy differentiate from ordinary spinal traction?
Traction is effective at treating a couple of the conditions arising from herniated or degeneration. Traction can’t take care of the source of the problem. Spinal Decompression produces a negative pressure or a vacuum inside the disk. This effect causes the disc to pull in the herniation and the increase in negative pressure also induces the circulation of blood and nutrients back into the disc allowing the body’s natural fibroblastic response to heal the injury and re-hydrate the disk. 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 triggers the body’s normal response to stretching by producing painful muscle spasms that aggravate the pain in affected area.
Can Spinal Decompression be utilized for patients that have had spinal surgery?
For the most part 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 prospect for Spinal Decompression therapy?
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?
Anybody who has been advised they need surgery but hopes to avoid it, anyone who has been informed there is nothing more provided to help, anybody who failed to dramatically 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.