If I have Spinal Decompression therapy, how long does it take to see benefits?

Most patients show a decrease in pain after the first few sessions. Normally, significant improvement is obtained by the second week of therapy.

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

Patients stay on the system for 30-45 minutes, on a daily basis 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 treatment?

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

Inclusion Criteria:

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

Exclusion Criteria:

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

Are there any adverse effects to the treatment?

Most patients do not experience any side effects. There have been some mild cases of muscle spasm for a quick time period.

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

Decompression is attained by utilizing a specific combination of spinal positioning and varying the degree and strength of force. The key 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 avoided. Eliminating this response allows decompression to occur at the targeted spot.

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

NO. Spinal Decompression is absolutely safe and comfortable for all subjects. The system has emergency stop switches for both the patient and the operator. These switches (a requirement of the FDA) end the treatment right away thereby preventing any injuries.

How does Spinal Decompression therapy differentiate from spinal traction?

Traction is helpful at treating a couple 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 disk. This effect causes the disk to pull in the herniation and the rise in negative pressure also causes the flow of blood and nutrients back into the disk enabling 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 reduce 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 exacerbate 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. As a matter of 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 potential candidate for Spinal Decompression?

Anybody who has been told they need surgery but wishes to avoid it, anyone who has been informed there is nothing more provided to help, anyone who failed to substantially respond to conservative methods (medications, physical therapy, injections, chiropractic, acupuncture), or anyone who still has pain but wishes to obtain the type of care they want.