If I undertake Spinal Decompression treatment, how much time does this take to see results?

Many patients show a decrease in pain after the first couple of sessions. Typically, substantial improvement is obtained by the second week of treatment.

How long does it take to complete Spinal Decompression treatment?

Patients remain on the system for 30-45 minutes, every day for the first two weeks, 3 times a week for the next 2 weeks, and followed up by two times a week for the last 2 weeks.

Do I qualify for Spinal Decompression therapy?

Since I began using Spinal Decompression spinal disc decompression system, I’ have been inundated with questions from both medical professionals and patients regarding which situations it will best help. Undoubtedly proper patient selection is vital to favorable results, so let me explain to you of the Inclusion and Exclusion criteria so you can make the right decision since not everyone qualifies for Spinal Decompression therapy.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Pain as a result of herniated and bulging lumbar disks that is at least 4 weeks old
  • Recurring pain from a failed back surgery that is greater than 6 months old.
  • Constant pain from degenerated disc not reacting to 4 weeks of therapy.
  • Patients available for 4 weeks of treatment.
  • 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
  • Extreme osteoporosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Compression fracture of lumbar spine below L-1
  • Pars defect.
  • Pathologic aortic aneurysm.
  • Abdominal or pelvic cancer.
  • Disc space infections.
  • Severe peripheral neuropathy.
  • Hemiplegia, paraplegia, or cognitive dysfunction.

Is there any negative side effects to the therapy?

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

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

Decompression is attained by utilizing a specific combination of spinal positioning and varying the degree and level 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 prevented. Eliminating this response allows decompression to occur at the targeted spot.

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

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

How does Spinal Decompression therapy differentiate from ordinary spinal traction?

Traction is effective at treating a couple of the conditions resulting from herniated or degeneration. Traction can not deal with the source of the problem. Spinal Decompression produces 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 triggers the circulation of blood and nutrients back into the disk allowing the body’s natural fibroblastic response to heal the injury and re-hydrate the disk. Traction and inversion tables, at best, can lower the intradiscal pressure from a +90 to a +30 mmHg. Spinal Decompression is clinically proven 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 utilized for individuals that have had spinal surgery?

Spinal Decompression treatment 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.


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