What triggers lower back pain?

Lower back pain might be caused by a number of factors from injuries to the effects of aging. The spinal cord is protected by the vertebrae, which are made from bone. Between each vertebra are soft disks with a ligamentous outer layer. These disks function as shock absorbers to guard the vertebra and the spinal cord. A number of the problems that cause back pain are a result of herniation and degeneration of the intervertebral disk. Degeneration is a process where by wear and tear causes degeneration of the disc. Herniations, or bulging of the disk are protuberances from the disk that compress the surrounding nerves, inducing pain or numbness.

If I undertake Spinal Decompression treatment, how much time does it take to see benefits?

Many patients report a reduction in pain after the first handful of sessions. Normally, substantial improvement is obtained by the second week of therapy.

How much time does it take to finish Spinal Decompression therapy?

Patients stay on the system for 30-45 mins, on a daily basis for the first two weeks, three times a week for the next two weeks, and followed up by two times a week for the last 2 weeks.

Do I qualify for Spinal Decompression therapy?

Since I started using Spinal Decompression machine, I’ have been flooded with questions from both doctors and patients as to which situations it will best help. Obviously proper patient selection is vital to favorable outcomes, so allow me to explain to you of the Inclusion and Exclusion criteria so you can make the appropriate decision since not everyone is a candidate for Spinal Decompression therapy.

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Pain because of herniated and bulging lumbar discs that is in excess of 4 weeks old
  2. Recurrent pain from a failed back surgery that is greater than six months old.
  3. Consistent pain from degenerated disk not reacting to 4 weeks of therapy.
  4. Patients available for 4 weeks of therapy protocol.
  5. Patient at least eighteen years of age.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Appliances such as pedicle screws and rods
  2. Pregnancy
  3. Prior lumbar fusion less than six months old
  4. Metastatic cancer
  5. Extreme osteoporosis
  6. Spondylolisthesis (unstable).
  7. Compression fracture of lumbar spine below L-1.
  8. Pars defect.
  9. Pathologic aortic aneurysm.
  10. Pelvic or abdominal cancer.
  11. Disk space infections.
  12. Severe peripheral neuropathy.
  13. Hemiplegia, paraplegia, or cognitive dysfunction.

Is there any negative side effects to the therapy?

The majority patients do not experience any side effects. Though, there have been some mild instances of muscle spasm for a brief time period.

How does Spinal Decompression separate each vertebra and permit decompression at a particular level?

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

Is there any risks to the patient during treatment on Spinal Decompression?

Absolutely Not. Spinal Decompression is absolutely 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 treatment right away thereby avoiding any injuries.

How does Spinal Decompression treatment differ from ordinary spinal traction?

Traction is effective at treating a few 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 disc. This effect causes the disc to pull in the herniation and the rise in negative pressure also causes the circulation 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 aggravate the pain in affected area.

Can Spinal Decompression be utilized for people that have had spinal surgery?

In most cases Spinal Decompression treatment is not contra-indicated for patients that have had spinal surgery. As a matter of fact many patients have found success with Spinal Decompression after a failed back surgery.