Do I qualify for Spinal Decompression treatment?

Ever since I started using Spinal Decompression spinal disc decompression equipment, I’ have been flooded with questions from both medical professionals and patients regarding which cases it will best help. Obviously proper patient selection is essential to favorable outcomes, so let me explain to you of the Inclusion and Exclusion criteria so you can make the appropriate decision since not everybody qualifies for Spinal Decompression treatment.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Pain caused by herniated and bulging lumbar discs that is in excess of 4 weeks old
  • Recurrent pain from a failed back surgery that is greater than 6 months old.
  • Persisting pain from degenerated disc not responding to four weeks of treatment.
  • Patients available for 4 weeks of treatment.
  • Patient at least eighteen years of age.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Appliances including 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.

If I go through Spinal Decompression therapy, how much time does this take to see effects?

The majority of patients report a reduction in pain after the first handful of sessions. Usually, considerable improvement is obtained by the second week of treatment.

How long does it take to complete Spinal Decompression therapy?

Patients are on the system for 30-45 mins, every day for the first two weeks, 3 times a week for the following two weeks, and followed up by two times a week for the last two weeks.

Are there any negative side effects to the treatment?

The majority of patients do not experience any side effects. However, there have been some mild cases of muscle spasm for a very short time period.

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

Decompression is attained using a specific combination of spinal positioning and varying the degree and level of force. The trick to producing this decompression is the soft pull that is created by a logarithmic curve. When distractive forces are generated on a logarithmic curve the typical proprioceptor response is prevented. Preventing this response allows decompression to occur at the targeted location.

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

Absolutely Not. Spinal Decompression is comfortable and absolutely safe 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 instantly thereby avoiding any injuries.

How does Spinal Decompression therapy differ from spinal traction?

Traction is effective at treating a few of the conditions arising from herniated or degeneration. Traction can not address 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 causes 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 proven to reduce the intradiscal pressure to between a -150 to -200 mmHg. Traction triggers the body’s normal response to stretching by producing painful muscle spasms that worsen 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. In fact many patients have found success with Spinal Decompression after a failed back surgery.

Who is not a potential candidate for Spinal Decompression therapy?

Anybody 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 potential candidate for Spinal Decompression?

Anybody who has been informed they need surgery but wishes to avoid it, anybody who has been told there is nothing more available 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 type of care they want.