What triggers low back pain?

Low back pain may be caused by a number of factors from injuries to the effects of aging. The spinal cord is shielded by the vertebrae, which are made from bone. Between each vertebra are soft discs with a ligamentous outer layer. These discs operate as shock absorbers to guard the vertebra and the spinal cord. Many of the problems that cause back pain are a result of herniation and degeneration of the intervertebral disc. Degeneration is a process where by wear and tear causes deterioration of the disk. Herniations, or bulging of the disk are protrusions from the disk that compress the surrounding nerves, resulting in pain or numbness.

If I have Spinal Decompression therapy, how much time does it take to see effects?

Most patients see a reduction in pain after the first couple of sessions. Typically, notable improvement is obtained by the second week of treatment.

How long does it take to complete Spinal Decompression therapy?

Patients are on the system for 30-45 minutes, daily for the first two 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 Decompression treatment?

Since I started using Spinal Decompression machine, I’ have been flooded with questions from both medical professionals and patients regarding which situations it will best help. Obviously proper patient selection is essential to favorable results, so let me explain to you of the Inclusion and Exclusion criteria so you can make the best decision since not everyone qualifies for Spinal Decompression therapy.

Inclusion Criteria:

Pain as a result of herniated and bulging lumbar discs that is greater than 4 weeks old
Persistent pain from a failed back surgery that is in excess of six months old.
Persisting pain from degenerated disk not responding to four weeks of therapy.
Patients available for four weeks of treatment protocol.
Patient at least eighteen years of age.

Exclusion Criteria:

Appliances such as pedicle screws and rods
Prior lumbar fusion less than 6 months old
Metastatic cancer
Extreme osteoporosis
Compression fracture of lumbar spine below L-1 (recent).
Pars defect.
Pathologic aortic aneurysm.
Pelvic or abdominal cancer.
Disk space infections.
Severe peripheral neuropathy.
Hemiplegia, paraplegia, or cognitive dysfunction.

Are there any side effects to the therapy?

Almost all patients do not experience any side effects. There have been some minor instances of muscle spasm for a quick period of time.

Just How does Spinal Decompression separate each vertebra and allow decompression at a specific level?

Decompression is obtained by using a specific combination of spinal positioning and varying the degree and intensity of force. The trick to producing this decompression is the gentle pull that is created by a logarithmic curve. When distractive forces are created on a logarithmic curve the typical proprioceptor response is prevented. Avoiding this response allows decompression to occur at the targeted location.

Is there any risk to the patient during therapy on Spinal Decompression?

No. Spinal Decompression is comfortable and totally safe for all patients. The system has emergency stop switches for both the operator and the patient. These switches (a requirement of the FDA) cancel the therapy immediately thereby avoiding any injuries.

How does Spinal Decompression treatment differ from ordinary spinal traction?

Traction is effective at treating a couple of the conditions resulting from herniated or degeneration. Traction can not 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 causes 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 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 decrease the intradiscal pressure to between a -150 to -200 mmHg. Traction leads to the body’s normal response to stretching by creating painful muscle spasms that worsen 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. Many patients have found success with Spinal Decompression after a failed back surgery.

Who is not a potential candidate 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 extreme osteoporosis.

Who is a prospect for Spinal Decompression?

Anybody who has been advised they need surgery but wishes to avoid it, anybody who has been advised there is nothing more provided to help, anyone who failed to significantly respond to conservative options (medications, physical therapy, injections, chiropractic, acupuncture), or anyone who still has pain but wishes to obtain the sort of care they want.