What is Spinal Decompression?
Spinal decompression is a revolutionary computer-aided technology that helps treat the symptoms of low back and neck pain from herniated, bulging, degenerated and slipped discs. Spinal decompression is FDA-cleared and has been around for more than ten years. There have been more than 10 successful research studies on spinal decompression and there are currently more than 5,000 clinics in the U.S. and Canada that are performing spinal decompression treatments.
Every day more and more clinics are adding spinal decompression as an alternative to surgery for patients suffering from herniated, bulging, degenerated, and slipped discs. Even when physical therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, pain pills and shots have failed, most patients still receive dramatic pain relief in 4 to 6 weeks of spinal decompression.
What does Spinal Decompression treat?
FDA cleared Spinal Decompression technology treats symptoms of back pain due to:
- Herniated Discs
- Bulging Discs
- Pinched Nerves
- Sciatica (leg pain)
- Degenerative Discs
- Spinal Stenosis
- Post-Surgical Pain and more...
How Does Spinal Decompression Work?
Decompression is achieved by using a specific combination of force of pull, angle in degree of pull and varying time in order to create a negative pressure inside the discs of the spinal cord. This reversal of pressure creates a vacuum inside the disc that helps to draw in bulging discs and extruded disc material back into place, taking pressure off pinched or irritated nerves. Spinal experts believe that nutrients, oxygen, and fluids are drawn into the disc to create a revitalized environment conducive to healing for both herniated and degenerated discs. Based on the patient’s body weight, tolerance, level of severity, and duration of symptoms your spinal decompression specialist will determine a specific treatment plan based on your individual needs. This helps ensure the best and longest lasting results.
What is the Typical Treatment Protocol?
A typical spinal decompression requires 35-40mins of treatment protocol consists of about 12–20 sessions over four to six weeks. Some conditions require more sessions. Many patients report relief from their pain and other symptoms during the first few treatment sessions, and most experience dramatic pain relief after completion of their prescribed treatment program.
What is the Typical Treatment Protocol?
While traction, physical therapy, inversion tables and manipulation may reduce disc pressures to as low as 40 mm Hg, only spinal decompression has been shown to achieve negative pressures within the spine. It has been clinically proven that spinal decompression creates negative pressures as low as -110 mm Hg3 within the injured disc during the treatment session. Normally, pulls exerted on the spine trigger sensory receptors in the back to tighten the muscles surrounding the vertebrae and discs in an effort to protect them from injury, a mechanism in the body known as the proprioceptor response. This typically includes muscle guarding and muscle spasms. Spinal Decompression bypasses this response by slowly pulling on the spine and relaxing the back over an extended period of time, allowing the discs to be repositioned without tension and without setting off muscle guarding and spasms. It is important for patients to make sure that they are treated on a high quality spinal decompression table by a physician with years of experience and not an imitation spinal decompression table to ensure best results.
If I Undergo Spinal Decompression Therapy, How Long Will It Take to See Results?
Based on 6 years of spinal decompression experience and thousands of patients treated we have noticed that the overall success rate is around 80%. We consider this success rate to be very good considering most of our patients have “tried everything else” with minimal or no relief, are at least a 6/10 VAS pain level and have been experiencing their pain for greater than 6 weeks. About 20% of patients will start seeing relief of pain within the first week. Around 40% of patients will have significant relief within 2–3 weeks. The remaining 20% will get significant relief between 4–6 weeks. Less than 20% will experience no relief or minimal relief.
Do I Qualify for Spinal Decompression Therapy Treatment?
The following conditions may qualify for spinal decompression treatment. Always consult your spinal decompression specialist to see if you are a candidate for spinal decompression therapy. Candidates for spinal decompression therapy include the following:
- Diagnosis of a herniated, bulging or degenerated disc
- Back pain persisting for more than three weeks
- Recurrent pain from a failed back surgery that is more than six months old
- Persistent pain from arthritis
- Patient at least 18 years of age
Who doesn’t qualify for spinal decompression therapy?
The following conditions may disqualify a patient for spinal decompression treatment. Always consult your spinal decompression specialist to see if you are a candidate for spinal decompression therapy. Candidates that may not qualify for spinal decompression therapy include the following:
- Hardware in the spine such as screws and rods
- Prior lumbar fusion less than six months old
- Metastatic cancer (cancer that has spread to the bones
- Grade 3 and 4 spondylolisthesis (Grade 1 or Grade 2 spondylolisthesis are treatable)
- Recent compression fracture of lumbar spine
- Pathologic aortic aneurysm
- Pelvic or abdominal cancer
- Disc space infections