What brings about low back pain?
Low back pain may be brought on by a many factors from injuries to the effects of aging. The spinal cord is protected by the vertebrae, which are composed of bone. Between each vertebra are soft disks with a ligamentous outer layer. These discs operate as shock absorbers to shield the vertebra and the spinal cord. Many of the problems that cause back pain are the result of herniation and degeneration of the intervertebral disk. Degeneration is a process where by wear and tear causes deterioration of the disc. Herniations, or bulging of the disk are protuberances from the disk that compress the surrounding nerves, triggering pain or numbness.
If I have Spinal Decompression therapy, how long does it take to see effects?
Many patients see a reduction in pain after the first couple of sessions. Normally, considerable improvement is obtained by the second week of treatment.
How much time does it take to finish Spinal Decompression treatment?
Patients remain on the system for 30-45 mins, daily for the first 2 weeks, 3 times a week for the following 2 weeks, and followed up by 2 times a week for the last 2 weeks.
Do I qualify for Spinal Decompression therapy?
Since I started using Spinal Decompression equipment, I’ have been inundated with questions from both physicians and patients regarding which situations it will best help. Undoubtedly proper patient selection is essential to favorable outcomes, so let me explain to you of the Inclusion and Exclusion criteria so you may make the best decision since not everyone is a candidate for Spinal Decompression therapy.
- Pain as a result of herniated and bulging lumbar disks that is in excess of four weeks old
- Recurrent pain from a failed back surgery that is at least six months old.
- Persistent pain from degenerated disc not responding to 4 weeks of therapy.
- Patients available for 4 weeks of therapy.
- Patient at least eighteen years of age.
- Appliances like pedicle screws and rods
- Prior lumbar fusion less than six months old
- Metastatic cancer
- Extreme osteoporosis
- Spondylolisthesis ().
- 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?
Most patients do not experience any side effects. There have been some mild instances of muscle spasm for a quick amount of time.
Specifically How does Spinal Decompression separate each vertebra and allow for decompression at a specific level?
Decompression is attained 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 produced by a logarithmic curve. When distractive forces are produced on a logarithmic curve the typical proprioceptor response is avoided. Avoiding this response allows decompression to occur at the targeted location.
Are there any risk to the patient during therapy on Spinal Decompression?
NO. Spinal Decompression is entirely safe and comfortable 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 treatment instantly thereby preventing any injuries.
How does Spinal Decompression therapy differ from spinal traction?
Traction is useful at treating some of the conditions resulting from herniated or degeneration. Traction can’t take care of the source of the problem. Spinal Decompression generates a negative pressure or a vacuum inside the disk. This effect causes the disk to pull in the herniation and the rise in negative pressure also causes the flow of blood and nutrients back into the disk allowing 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 shown 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 used for patients that have had spinal surgery?
Spinal Decompression treatment is not contra-indicated for patients that have had spinal surgery. Plenty of patients have found success with Spinal Decompression after a failed back surgery.
Who is not a potential candidate for Spinal Decompression therapy?
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?
Anybody who has been advised they need surgery but wants to avoid it, anybody who has been told there is nothing more available 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.