What induces low back pain?
Low back pain can be triggered by a many 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 discs with a ligamentous outer layer. These discs work as shock absorbers to shield the vertebra and the spinal cord. A lot of the problems that cause back pain are a result of herniation and degeneration of the intervertebral disk. Degeneration is a process in which wear and tear causes degeneration of the disk. Herniations, or bulging of the disc are protuberances from the disc that press on surrounding nerves, triggering pain or numbness.
If I go through Spinal Decompression treatment, how long does this take to see results?
Most patients see a reduction in pain after the first handful of sessions. Normally, considerable improvement is obtained by the second week of therapy.
How long does it take to finish Spinal Decompression therapy?
Patients stay on the system for 30-45 minutes, every day for the first two weeks, 3 times a week for the following 2 weeks, and followed up by two times a week for the last two weeks.
Do I qualify for Spinal Decompression treatment?
Ever since I started using Spinal Decompression spinal disc decompression machine, I’ have been inundated with questions from both physicians and patients as to which situations it will best help. Obviously 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 best decision since not everybody is a candidate for Spinal Decompression therapy.
Pain due to herniated and bulging lumbar disks that is more than 4 weeks old
Recurrent pain from a failed back surgery that is in excess of six months old.
Constant pain from degenerated disk not reacting to four weeks of therapy.
Patients available for four weeks of treatment.
Patient at least eighteen years old.
Appliances including pedicle screws and rods
Prior lumbar fusion less than six months old
Compression fracture of lumbar spine below L-1
Pathologic aortic aneurysm.
Pelvic or abdominal cancer.
Disc 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. There have been some minor cases of muscle spasm for a quick time period.
Just How does Spinal Decompression separate each vertebra and allow for decompression at a particular level?
Decompression is attained by utilizing a specific mix of spinal positioning and varying the degree and level of force. The key to producing this decompression is the soft pull that is created by a logarithmic curve. When distractive forces are generated on a logarithmic curve the typical proprioceptor response is prevented. Preventing this response allows decompression to occur at the targeted spot.
Are there any risks to the patient during treatment on Spinal Decompression?
NO. Spinal Decompression is totally safe and comfortable for all subjects. The system has emergency stop switches for both the patient and the operator. These switches (a requirement of the FDA) terminate the therapy immediately thereby preventing any injuries.
How does Spinal Decompression therapy differ from regular spinal traction?
Traction is useful at treating a couple of the conditions arising from herniated or degeneration. Traction can’t address the source of the problem. Spinal Decompression generates a negative pressure or a vacuum inside the disc. This effect causes the disc to pull in the herniation and the increase in negative pressure also triggers the flow of blood and nutrients back into the disk 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 decrease 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 exacerbate the pain in affected area.
Can Spinal Decompression be utilized for patients that have had spinal surgery?
In most cases Spinal Decompression treatment is not contra-indicated for patients that have had spinal surgery. In fact many patients have found success with Spinal Decompression after a failed back surgery.
Who is not a potential candidate for Spinal Decompression treatment?
Anybody 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 told they need surgery but prefers to avoid it, anyone who has been advised there is nothing more offered to help, anybody who failed to noticeably respond to conservative methods (medications, physical therapy, injections, chiropractic, acupuncture), or anyone who still has pain but wishes to obtain the sort of care they want.