What triggers lower back pain?
Low back pain might be caused by a many factors from injuries to the effects of aging. The spinal cord is protected by the vertebrae, which are made from bone. Between each vertebra are soft disks with a ligamentous outer layer. These discs work as shock absorbers to shield the vertebra and the spinal cord. A lot 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 disc are protrusions from the disk that compress the surrounding nerves, triggering pain or numbness.
If I undertake Spinal Decompression treatment, how much time does it take to see results?
Many patients show a reduction in pain after the first couple of sessions. Usually, substantial improvement is obtained by the second week of therapy.
How much time does it take to complete Spinal Decompression therapy?
Patients stay on the system for 30-45 mins, daily for the first 2 weeks, three times a week for the following 2 weeks, and followed up by 2 times a week for the last two weeks.
Do I qualify for Decompression treatment?
Since I started using Spinal Decompression spinal disc decompression equipment, I’ have been inundated with questions from both medical professionals 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 appropriate decision since not everyone is a candidate for Spinal Decompression therapy.
- Pain caused by herniated and bulging lumbar disks that is greater than four weeks old
- Recurring pain from a failed back surgery that is greater than 6 months old.
- Persistent pain from degenerated disk not reacting to 4 weeks of treatment.
- Patients available for four weeks of treatment.
- Patient at least 18 years of age.
- Appliances including pedicle screws and rods
- Prior lumbar fusion less than 6 months old
- Metastatic cancer
- Severe osteoporosis
- Compression fracture of lumbar spine below L-1 (recent).
- Pars defect.
- Pathologic aortic aneurysm.
- Abdominal or pelvic cancer.
- Disk space infections.
- Severe peripheral neuropathy.
- Hemiplegia, paraplegia, or cognitive dysfunction.
Is there any adverse effects to the treatment?
The majority patients do not experience any side effects. Although, there have been some minor cases of muscle spasm for a brief amount of time.
Just How does Spinal Decompression separate each vertebra and allow decompression at a specific level?
Decompression is attained using a specific mix of spinal positioning and varying the degree and level of force. The trick to producing this decompression is the gentle pull that is created by a logarithmic curve. When distractive forces are generated on a logarithmic curve the typical proprioceptor response is prevented. Avoiding this response allows decompression to occur at the targeted area.
Is there any risk to the patient during treatment on Spinal Decompression?
Definitely No. Spinal Decompression is comfortable and totally safe for all patients. The system has emergency stop switches for both the patient and the operator. These switches (a requirement of the FDA) cancel the treatment right away thereby preventing any injuries.
How does Spinal Decompression treatment differ from regular spinal traction?
Traction is effective at treating a couple of the conditions arising from herniated or degeneration. Traction can not deal with the source of the problem. Spinal Decompression creates a negative pressure inside the disc. 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 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 sets off the body’s normal response to stretching by producing painful muscle spasms that worsen the pain in affected area.
Can Spinal Decompression be used for patients that have had spinal surgery?
In most cases 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 potential candidate 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 extreme osteoporosis.
Who is a prospect for Spinal Decompression?
Anybody who has been advised they need surgery but wishes to avoid it, anybody who has been informed there is nothing more available to help, anybody who failed to substantially 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.