What induces low back pain?
Low back pain could be caused 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 disks with a ligamentous outer layer. These disks work as shock absorbers to shield the vertebra and the spinal cord. Most 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 disc are protrusions from the disc that compress the surrounding nerves, causing pain or numbness.
If I undertake Spinal Decompression treatment, how much time does this take to see benefits?
Many patients show a reduction in pain after the first few sessions. Normally, significant improvement is obtained by the second week of therapy.
How much time does it take to complete Spinal Decompression treatment?
Patients remain on the system for 30-45 mins, everyday for the first two weeks, three times a week for the following two weeks, and followed up by two times a week for the last 2 weeks.
Do I qualify for Spinal Decompression treatment?
Since I started using Spinal Decompression spinal disc decompression equipment, I’ have been flooded with questions from both doctors and patients as to which instances 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 qualifies for Spinal Decompression therapy.
- Pain due to herniated and bulging lumbar discs that is greater than four weeks old
- Recurrent pain from a failed back surgery that is in excess of 6 months old.
- Persistent pain from degenerated disk not responding to four weeks of treatment.
- Patients available for four weeks of treatment protocol.
- Patient at least 18 years old.
- Appliances such as 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.
- Abdominal or pelvic cancer.
- Disc space infections.
- Severe peripheral neuropathy.
- Hemiplegia, paraplegia, or cognitive dysfunction.
Is there any side effects to the therapy?
The majority of patients do not experience any side effects. Although, there have been some minor cases of muscle spasm for a brief amount of time.
How does Spinal Decompression separate each vertebra and allow for decompression at a particular level?
Decompression is accomplished 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 produced on a logarithmic curve the typical proprioceptor response is prevented. Avoiding this response allows decompression to occur at the targeted spot.
Are there any risks to the patient during treatment 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) terminate the therapy right away thereby preventing any injuries.
How does Spinal Decompression treatment differentiate from spinal traction?
Traction is useful at treating a couple of the conditions resulting from herniated or degeneration. Traction can not address the source of the problem. Spinal Decompression generates a negative pressure or a vacuum inside the disc. This effect causes the disc to pull in the herniation and the increase in negative pressure also triggers 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 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 producing painful muscle spasms that aggravate 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. Many patients have found success with Spinal Decompression after a failed back surgery.