Back on Trac Spinal Decompression Answered
What causes lower back pain?
Lower back pain can be triggered by a number of factors from injuries to the effects of aging. The spinal cord is protected by the vertebrae, which are made of bone. Between each vertebra are soft discs with a ligamentous outer layer. These disks work 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 disk. Degeneration is a process in which wear and tear causes degeneration of the disk. Herniations, or bulging of the disc are protrusions from the disc that compress the surrounding nerves, causing pain or numbness.
If I have Spinal Decompression therapy, how much time does it take to see effects?
Many patients see a reduction in pain after the first couple of sessions. Usually, significant improvement is obtained by the second week of therapy.
How much time does it take to complete Spinal Decompression therapy?
Patients remain on the system for 30-45 minutes, every day for the first two 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 Spinal Decompression treatment?
Ever since I began using Spinal Decompression spinal disc decompression equipment, I’ have been inundated with questions from both doctors and patients concerning which cases 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 can make the appropriate decision since not everybody is a candidate for Spinal Decompression treatment.
- Pain caused by herniated and bulging lumbar disks that is more than four weeks old
- Recurring pain from a failed back surgery that is at least 6 months old.
- Persistent pain from degenerated disk not responding to 4 weeks of therapy.
- Patients available for 4 weeks of treatment protocol.
- Patient at least eighteen years of age.
- Appliances like pedicle screws and rods
- Prior lumbar fusion less than six months old
- Metastatic cancer
- Extreme 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.
Is there any adverse effects to the therapy?
The majority patients do not experience any side effects. Though, there have been some minor cases of muscle spasm for a short period of time.
How does Spinal Decompression separate each vertebra and allow for decompression at a particular level?
Decompression is obtained by utilizing a specific mix of spinal positioning and varying the degree and level of force. The key to producing this decompression is the soft pull that is produced by a logarithmic curve. When distractive forces are produced on a logarithmic curve the typical proprioceptor response is avoided. Eliminating this response allows decompression to occur at the targeted spot.
Are there any risks to the patient during treatment on Spinal Decompression?
Absolutely Not. Spinal Decompression is completely 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) end the therapy right away thereby preventing any injuries.
How does Spinal Decompression therapy differ from ordinary spinal traction?
Traction is effective at treating a few of the conditions resulting from herniated or degeneration. Traction can not address the source of the problem. Spinal Decompression generates a negative pressure or a vacuum 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 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 exacerbate 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. 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?
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 hopes to avoid it, anyone who has been advised there is nothing more available to help, anyone who failed to noticeably 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.