Questions about our spinal decompression therapy?

questions about spinal decompression therapy
If I undergo Spinal Decompression treatment, how long does it take to see results?

Most patients report a reduction in pain after the first few sessions. Typically, significant improvement is obtained by the second week of treatment.

How long does it take to complete Spinal Decompression treatment?

Treatments last at least one hour, daily for the first 2 weeks, three times a week for the following 2 weeks, and followed up by two times a week for the last 2 weeks.

Do I qualify for Spinal Decompression treatment?

Since I began using Spinal Decompression over 9 years ago, I’have been inundated with questions from both doctors and patients as to which cases it will best help. Obviously proper patient selection is essential to favorable outcomes, so let me explain to you the Inclusion and Exclusion criteria so you may make the right decision since not everyone qualifies for Spinal Decompression treatment.

Inclusion Criteria:
Pain due to herniated and bulging lumbar discs that is more than four weeks old
Recurrent pain from a failed back surgery that is more than six months old.
Persistent pain from degenerated disc not responding to at least six weeks of therapy.
Patients available for four weeks of treatment protocol.
Patient at least 18 years of age.

Exclusion Criteria:
Appliances such as pedicle screws and rods
Pregnancy
Prior lumbar fusion less than six months old
Metastatic cancer
Severe osteoporosis
Spondylolisthesis (unstable)
Compression fracture of lumbar spine below L-1 (recent).
Pars defect
Pathologic aortic aneurysm.
Pelvic or abdominal cancer
Disc space infections
Severe peripheral neuropathy
Hemiplegia, paraplegia, or cognitive dysfunction

How long does it take to start improving?

Most patients report a reduction in pain after the first few sessions. Typically, significant improvement is obtained by the second week of treatment.

How long does it take to complete Spinal Decompression treatment?

Treatments last for at least 1 hour, daily for the first 2 weeks, three times a week for the following 2 weeks, and followed up by two times a week for the last 2 weeks.

Are there any side effects to the treatment?

Most patients do not experience any side effects. You may experience some soreness or stiffing in the area being treated. This will typically resolve in 1-3 visits.

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

Decompression is achieved by using a specific combination of spinal positioning and varying the degree and intensity of force. The key 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 avoided or minimized. Avoiding this response allows decompression to occur at the targeted area.

Is there any risk to the patient during treatment on Spinal Decompression?

NO. Spinal Decompression is totally safe and comfortable for all subjects. The system has emergency stop switches for both the patient and the operator. These switches (a requirement of the FDA) terminate the treatment immediately thereby avoiding any complications.

How does Spinal Decompression treatment differ from ordinary spinal traction?

Traction is helpful at treating some of the conditions resulting from herniated discs or spinal degeneration. Traction cannot address the source of the problem. Spinal Decompression creates a negative pressure or a vacuum inside the disc. This effect causes the disc to reduce in the herniation. The increase in negative pressure also causes 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 proven to reduce the intradiscal pressure to between a -150 to -200 mmHg. Further traction triggers the body's normal response to stretching by creating painful muscle spasms that worsen the pain in affected area.

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

In many cases Spinal Decompression treatment is not contra-indicated for patients that have had spinal surgery. In fact many patients have found success with Spinal Decompression after a failed back surgery.

Who is not a candidate for Spinal Decompression therapy?

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 candidate for Spinal Decompression?

Anyone who has been told they need surgery but wishes to avoid it. Anyone who has been told there is nothing more available to help. Anyone who failed to significantly respond to conservative options (medications, physical therapy, injections, chiropractic, acupuncture), or anyone who still has pain but wishes to obtain a new level of function and pain relief not previously achieved.