What brings about lower back pain?
Lower back pain might be brought on 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 discs with a ligamentous outer layer. These disks work 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 disc. Degeneration is a process in which wear and tear causes deterioration of the disk. Herniations, or bulging of the disk are protrusions from the disc that compress the surrounding nerves, inducing pain or numbness.
If I have Spinal Decompression therapy, how long does this take to see benefits?
The majority of patients show a decrease in pain after the first handful of sessions. Typically, substantial improvement is obtained by the second week of therapy.
How long does it take to complete Spinal Decompression therapy?
Patients stay on the system for 30-45 minutes, everyday 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 two weeks.
Do I qualify for Decompression treatment?
Since I started using Spinal Decompression spinal disc decompression system, I’ have been inundated with questions from both doctors and patients concerning which situations it will best help. Undoubtedly proper patient selection is vital to favorable outcomes, so let me explain to you of the Inclusion and Exclusion criteria so you may make the right decision since not everyone is a candidate for Spinal Decompression therapy.
- 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 at least six months old.
- Consistent pain from degenerated disc not responding to four weeks of treatment.
- Available for 4 weeks of therapy protocol.
- At least 18 years old.
- Appliances including 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.
- Abdominal or pelvic cancer.
- Disc space infections.
- Severe peripheral neuropathy.
- Hemiplegia, paraplegia, or cognitive dysfunction.
Is there any negative 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 short time period.
Exactly How does Spinal Decompression separate each vertebra and permit decompression at a specific level?
Decompression is obtained by utilizing a specific mix of spinal positioning and varying the degree and intensity of force. The key 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 avoided. Eliminating this response allows decompression to occur at the targeted location.
Is there any risk to the patient during therapy on Spinal Decompression?
Definitely No. Spinal Decompression is totally 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) cancel the treatment instantly thereby preventing any injuries.
How does Spinal Decompression therapy differ from ordinary spinal traction?
Traction is useful at treating a couple of the conditions arising from herniated or degeneration. Traction can’t deal with 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 rise in negative pressure also induces 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 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 sets off the body’s normal response to stretching by generating painful muscle spasms that worsen the pain in affected area.
Can Spinal Decompression be utilized for patients that have had spinal surgery?
Most of the times Spinal Decompression therapy is not contra-indicated for patients that have had spinal surgery. Lots of patients have found success with Spinal Decompression after a failed back surgery.
Who is not a prospect 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 prospect for Spinal Decompression?
Anyone who has been advised they need surgery but wishes to avoid it, anybody who has been told there is nothing more available to help, anyone 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 kind of care they want.