What causes lower 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 discs operate as shock absorbers to guard the vertebra and the spinal cord. A lot of the problems that cause back pain are a result of herniation and degeneration of the intervertebral disc. Degeneration is a process in which wear and tear causes deterioration of the disc. Herniations, or bulging of the disk are protrusions from the disk that compress the surrounding nerves, inducing pain or numbness.

If I go through Spinal Decompression treatment, how long does it take to see results?

Most patients report a reduction in pain after the first couple of sessions. Typically, substantial improvement is obtained by the second week of therapy.

How long does it take to finish Spinal Decompression therapy?

Patients stay on the system for 30-45 minutes, on a daily basis 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 Spinal Decompression treatment?

Since I began using Spinal Decompression system, I’ have been inundated with questions from both doctors and patients as to which cases it will best help. Undoubtedly proper patient selection is vital to favorable results, so allow me to explain to you of the Inclusion and Exclusion criteria so you can make the appropriate decision since not everybody is a candidate for Spinal Decompression therapy.

Inclusion Criteria:

Pain because of herniated and bulging lumbar discs that is greater than four weeks old
Reoccurring pain from a failed back surgery that is more than 6 months old.
Persistent pain from degenerated disc not reacting to four weeks of treatment.
Patients available for four weeks of treatment protocol.
Patient at least eighteen years of age.

Exclusion Criteria:

Appliances like pedicle screws and rods
Prior lumbar fusion less than 6 months old
Metastatic cancer
Extreme osteoporosis
Spondylolisthesis ().
Compression fracture of lumbar spine below L-1 ().
Pars defect.
Pathologic aortic aneurysm.
Pelvic or abdominal cancer.
Disc space infections.
Severe peripheral neuropathy.
Hemiplegia, paraplegia, or cognitive dysfunction.

Is there any side effects to the treatment?

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

Just How does Spinal Decompression separate each vertebra and allow for decompression at a certain level?

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

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

Definitely No. Spinal Decompression is absolutely 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) terminate the treatment immediately thereby preventing any injuries.

How does Spinal Decompression therapy differ from regular spinal traction?

Traction is effective at treating a couple of the conditions resulting from herniated or degeneration. Traction can’t take care of the source of the problem. Spinal Decompression produces a negative pressure inside the disc. This effect causes the disk to pull in the herniation and the increase in negative pressure also induces 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 sets off the body’s normal response to stretching by producing painful muscle spasms that aggravate the pain in affected area.

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

For the most part 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.

Who is not a prospect for Spinal Decompression treatment?

Anyone 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 told they need surgery but wants to avoid it, anyone who has been advised there is nothing more offered to help, anybody who failed to substantially respond to conservative options (medications, physical therapy, injections, chiropractic, acupuncture), or anyone who still has pain but wishes to obtain the sort of care they want.