What triggers low back pain?
Lower back pain may be triggered by a number of 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 discs with a ligamentous outer layer. These discs work 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 disk. Herniations, or bulging of the disk are protuberances from the disk that press on surrounding nerves, resulting in pain or numbness.
If I go through Spinal Decompression therapy, how long does this take to see benefits?
The majority of patients report a decrease in pain after the first few sessions. Generally, substantial improvement is obtained by the second week of treatment.
How long does it take to finish Spinal Decompression treatment?
Patients remain on the system for 30-45 mins, on a daily basis for the first two 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 Decompression treatment?
Since I started using Spinal Decompression system, I’ have been inundated with questions from both physicians 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 may make the right decision since not everybody qualifies for Spinal Decompression treatment.
- Pain as a result of herniated and bulging lumbar disks that is in excess of 4 weeks old
- Recurring pain from a failed back surgery that is greater than six months old.
- Constant pain from degenerated disk not responding to 4 weeks of therapy.
- Patients available for four weeks of therapy protocol.
- Patient at least eighteen years old.
- Appliances which includes pedicle screws and rods
- Prior lumbar fusion less than six months old
- Metastatic cancer
- Severe osteoporosis
- Compression fracture of lumbar spine below L-1
- Pars defect.
- Pathologic aortic aneurysm.
- Pelvic or abdominal cancer.
- Disk space infections.
- Severe peripheral neuropathy.
- Hemiplegia, paraplegia, or cognitive dysfunction.
Is there any adverse effects to the therapy?
The majority patients do not experience any side effects. However, there have been some mild instances of muscle spasm for a brief amount of time.
Exactly How does Spinal Decompression separate each vertebra and permit decompression at a particular level?
Decompression is obtained using a specific mix of spinal positioning and varying the degree and level of force. The key to producing this decompression is the gentle pull that is produced by a logarithmic curve. When distractive forces are generated on a logarithmic curve the typical proprioceptor response is avoided. Eliminating this response allows decompression to occur at the targeted area.
Is there any risk to the patient during therapy on Spinal Decompression?
NO. Spinal Decompression is comfortable and absolutely safe 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 therapy instantly thereby avoiding any injuries.
How does Spinal Decompression therapy differ from ordinary spinal traction?
Traction is helpful at treating a few of the conditions arising from herniated or degeneration. Traction can’t address the source of the problem. Spinal Decompression produces a negative pressure inside the disk. This effect causes the disk to pull in the herniation and the rise in negative pressure also triggers the flow of blood and nutrients back into the disc allowing 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 shown to decrease the intradiscal pressure to between a -150 to -200 mmHg. Traction leads to the body’s normal response to stretching by generating painful muscle spasms that exacerbate the pain in affected area.
Can Spinal Decompression be used for people that have had spinal surgery?
Spinal Decompression treatment 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.