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

The majority of patients see a reduction in pain after the first handful of sessions. Normally, significant improvement is obtained by the second week of treatment.

How much time does it take to finish Spinal Decompression treatment?

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

Do I qualify for Spinal Decompression therapy?

Ever since I started using Spinal Decompression device, I’ have been inundated with questions from both doctors and patients concerning which cases it will best help. Obviously proper patient selection is essential to favorable results, so allow me to 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 therapy.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Pain because of herniated and bulging lumbar discs that is greater than four weeks old
  • Reoccurring pain from a failed back surgery that is at least 6 months old.
  • Consistent pain from degenerated disk not responding to 4 weeks of therapy.
  • Patients available for four weeks of therapy.
  • Patient at least 18 years of age.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Appliances such as pedicle screws and rods
  • Pregnancy
  • Prior lumbar fusion less than 6 months old
  • Metastatic cancer
  • Severe osteoporosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Compression fracture of lumbar spine below L-1
  • Pars defect.
  • Pathologic aortic aneurysm.
  • Pelvic or abdominal cancer.
  • Disc space infections.
  • Severe peripheral neuropathy.
  • Hemiplegia, paraplegia, or cognitive dysfunction.

Is there any side effects to the therapy?

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

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

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

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

NO. 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) cancel the therapy instantly thereby preventing any injuries.

How does Spinal Decompression therapy differ from ordinary spinal traction?

Traction is helpful at treating some of the conditions resulting from herniated or degeneration. Traction can’t address the source of the problem. Spinal Decompression creates a negative pressure or a vacuum inside the disk. This effect causes the disc to pull in the herniation and the rise in negative pressure also triggers the circulation of blood and nutrients back into the disc 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 shown to decrease the intradiscal pressure to between a -150 to -200 mmHg. Traction activates the body’s normal response to stretching by creating painful muscle spasms that aggravate the pain in affected area.

Can Spinal Decompression be used for individuals that have had spinal surgery?

In most cases 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 treatment?

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 potential candidate for Spinal Decompression?

Anyone who has been advised they need surgery but hopes to avoid it, anyone who has been told there is nothing more offered to help, anybody who failed to significantly respond to conservative options (medications, physical therapy, injections, chiropractic, acupuncture), or anyone who still has pain but wishes to obtain the kind of care they want.