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If any of the above statements sound like you, this report about Spinal Decompression could be one of the most important actions you take to finally figure out and fix your neck or back pain condition - permanently... and without using drugs or surgery.
Sound good? Let’s dive in, I think you’ll feel much more comfortable after reading this report once you’ve educated yourself about your body and the conditions it’s going through.
First off, what the heck is Spinal Decompression? Let’s take a look at a typical machine...
Spinal decompression works on the theory that by gently separating the vertebrae from each other, it is possible to create a space, or a vacuum, between the vertebrae.
This is referred to as negative pressure, and when successful, causes bulging or herniated disks to retract into place, thereby reducing the pressure on the nerve root that has been the source of the pain.
The actual amount of space created is minuscule in scope, but over the course of the treatment, the results can be a significant reduction in the level of pain and other symptoms. The procedure is able to stimulate the flow of water, oxygen, and nutrients into the disks, which helps to boost the healing process.
Studies support the benefits of the treatment. Dr. John Leslie, of the Mayo Clinic, conducted research that indicated non-surgical spinal disc therapy is 88.9% effective, based on a multi-center, non-randomized pilot study.
The patients included in the research had been suffering chronic back pain for an average of 10 years. Two weeks of treatment was enough to produce a 50% reduction in pain scores.
The spine and back form a complicated system and there is no one-size-fits-all diagnosis. Back and cervical pain, as well as other symptoms, can be the result of injured muscles, tendons, ligaments, or other soft tissue that lead to pressure being placed on the nerves.
This type of condition is commonly referred to as intervertebral disc syndrome and does not necessarily require an MRI to be diagnosed (though an MRI is recommended to pinpoint the exact problem area).
That being said, below are conditions that Spinal Decompression can help:
Common signs and symptoms of disc conditions are:
While traction and decompression are commonly confused by many patients, they are actually two very different forms of treatment.
In medicine, traction is defined as the application of a sustained pull on a limb or muscle, especially in order to maintain the position of a fractured bone or to correct a deformity.
Doctors who specialize in lumbar spine medicine do not generally recommend traction for back treatment, as it can actually aggravate the problem by inducing the para-spinal muscles to contract. The result is actually an increase in the pressure on the disk, rather than a lessening.
Decompression, on the other hand, is induced by gradually increasing the distraction forces in a prescribed manner in order to create the negative space mentioned above. A dedicated machine, such as the Lordex or the DOC Decompression Table, can regulate the alternating application of distraction forces offset by periods of relaxation to optimize the decompression effects.
A good decompression system is able to monitor the amount of spinal resistance and then adjust the distraction forces in response. The machine will target a specific area, such as a lumbar segment, by regulating the exact angle of distraction. Doing the procedure in this manner reduces the chances of muscle spasms, which can also prevent decompression.
These machines also use a pelvic harness that will provide support for the lumbar region of the spine during decompression. In this way, over the course of the entire process, the negative pressure is consistently maintained. By properly analyzing the area of pain and applying pressure in this calculated manner, damaged discs can be re-hydrated, allowing them to more quickly heal.
A typical treatment lasts between 25 to 30 minutes. An average patient will require between 20 and 30 treatments, although many patients report improvements after as few as 3 sessions.
The treatment length differs according to the type of ailment. Patients suffering from bulging or herniated discs will typically find relief within 20 visits.
On the other hand, those patients who have some form of degenerative disc disease may require continued treatment to deal with the pain.
As every individual responds differently to treatment, this is why we work with you extensively in the evaluation to determine the best care plan specifically for your body.
Spinal decompression therapy is a relatively new treatment. Despite its documented success, as with Lasik eye surgery and gastric bypass surgery, insurance companies are often slow to accept new treatments even when they have a proven track record.
With that being said, some insurance companies have already recognized the efficacy of decompression therapy and have begun to cover it, as have some worker compensation programs.
HOW DO WE DETERMINE IF YOU’RE A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR SPINAL DECOMPRESSION?
Not everyone unfortunately is a good candidate. Through an extensive evaluation, including orthopedic and neurologic testing, x-rays or MRIs, consultation, etc. we will be able to determine whether or not you’re a great candidate for Spinal Decompression.
Some conditions though will preclude a patient from utilizing Spinal Decompression. These include:
Are you interested in finding out if you’re a good candidate for Spinal Decompression Therapy?
If so, just call our office at (850) 641-8930 or visit us online at www.dynamicspine.us to schedule your initial evaluation.
Please keep in mind that our office is very busy so the sooner you call or schedule, the sooner we’ll be able to bring you in for an evaluation to determine if you’re a good candidate for care.
And if so, the sooner you’ll be able to get back to doing those things that you love, and that the condition you’re suffering from has taken away from you.