What causes lower back pain?
Lower back pain could be triggered by a number of 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 operate as shock absorbers to protect the vertebra and the spinal cord. A number of the problems that cause back pain are the result of herniation and degeneration of the intervertebral disc. Degeneration is a process whereby wear and tear causes deterioration of the disk. Herniations, or bulging of the disc are protrusions from the disk that press on surrounding nerves, causing pain or numbness.
If I undergo Spinal Decompression treatment, how much time does it take to see effects?
Most patients report a reduction in pain after the first few sessions. Normally, significant 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 mins, every day for the first 2 weeks, 3 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 therapy?
Since I started using Spinal Decompression device, I’ have been flooded with questions from both medical professionals and patients concerning which instances it will best help. Undoubtedly proper patient selection is vital to favorable results, so let me explain to you of the Inclusion and Exclusion criteria so you can make the right decision since not everybody is a candidate for Spinal Decompression therapy.
- Pain because of herniated and bulging lumbar discs that is more than 4 weeks old
- Recurrent pain from a failed back surgery that is at least 6 months old.
- Persistent pain from degenerated disc not responding to four weeks of therapy.
- Patients available for 4 weeks of treatment.
- Patient at least eighteen years old.
- Appliances like pedicle screws and rods
- Prior lumbar fusion less than 6 months old
- Metastatic cancer
- Extreme osteoporosis
- Spondylolisthesis (unstable).
- 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 adverse effects to the treatment?
Almost all patients do not experience any side effects. There have been some minor instances of muscle spasm for a quick time period.
Specifically How does Spinal Decompression separate each vertebra and permit decompression at a certain level?
Decompression is achieved using a specific combination of spinal positioning and varying the degree and strength of force. The trick 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. Eliminating this response allows decompression to occur at the targeted area.
Are there any risk to the patient during therapy on Spinal Decompression?
Absolutely Not. Spinal Decompression is entirely safe and comfortable for all subjects. The system has emergency stop switches for both the operator and the patient. These switches (a requirement of the FDA) end the treatment immediately thereby preventing any injuries.
How does Spinal Decompression therapy differ from ordinary spinal traction?
Traction is useful at treating some of the conditions arising from herniated or degeneration. Traction can not deal with the source of the problem. Spinal Decompression generates a negative pressure inside the disk. This effect causes the disk to pull in the herniation and the rise in negative pressure also causes the circulation of blood and nutrients back into the disc enabling 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 activates the body’s normal response to stretching by producing painful muscle spasms that worsen the pain in affected area.
Can Spinal Decompression be utilized for individuals that have had spinal surgery?
Spinal Decompression treatment is not contra-indicated for patients that have had spinal surgery. A lot of patients have found success with Spinal Decompression after a failed back surgery.
Who is not a potential 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 potential candidate for Spinal Decompression?
Anybody who has been told they need surgery but wants to avoid it, anybody who has been advised there is nothing more available to help, anyone 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 sort of care they want.