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Are you a Candidate for Spinal Decompression Therapy for your Disc Pain?

By:   |   Jul 08, 2018   |   Views: 20   |   Comments: 0

Sufferers of back, neck , arm or leg pain, salvation has come!! Spinal Decompression Therapy is a non-invasive, non-surgical, traction-based treatment that alleviates the pain associated with bulging or herniated discs.  The list of maladies this therapy is useful for includes spinal stenosis, sciatica, cervical radiculopathy and facet syndrome among many others.

This treatment creates a "negative pressure" in the disc, allowing a protruded or bulging disc to migrate back where it belongs (inside the annular fibers of the disc and not outside). According to the American Spinal Decompression Association, Spinal Decompression Therapy can help 70 percent of all individuals suffering from chronic back pain.

The discs in your spine are considered "avascular" in nature, which means that physiologically, blood supply does not reach them. This is why they often cannot and do not heal on their own.  Yet, we do have a nerve supply here, which is why we are able to feel pain.

How does Spinal Decompression Therapy differ from Traction?

Traction therapy is usually what is found at most physical therapy clinics as well as the majority of all chiropractic and orthopedic offices.  It offers an ability to separate the disc space by an axial pull (vertical pull) on the spine. There is not  enough force or time to create the "negative pressure" gradient necessary to imbibe fluids back into the disc space on a more permanent basis in regards to pain and clinical treatment of vascularizing the disc space during treatment.

Spinal Decompression Therapy works better than traction in reducing inflammation and pain by delivering blood and nutrients back into the disc area. These treatments generally last 12-15 minutes and are almost always completely painless. Most people almost fall asleep during their session.

Spinal Decompression Therapy has been approved by the FDA and has been shown to have a positive long-term effect on chronic back pain. The treatment gently stretches the spine which assists in relieving the pressure in the compressed discs and individual vertebrae. This type of therapy usually requires a series of several treatments for lasting effect.  Spinal Decompression Therapy has been around for 25 years and results vary by the individual.

Who can benefit from Spinal Decompression Therapy?

The most common back conditions treated with spinal decompression therapy are degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, facet joint syndrome, sciatica, cervical radiculopathy, and of course herniated and bulging discs. Each of these conditions benefits from releasing the pressure in the disc area, which creates further space between each focal point of the vertebrae or spine.

Our office has been specifically trained in using the Kennedy Decompression Technique developed by Dr. Jay Kennedy. He developed this table and technique after suffering from disc related pain that he felt was not being adequately addressed by the other providers of medical, physical therapy and chiropractic fields.  Thus, the table and the technique is a tried and true solution to utilize for your specific back condition if it fits into the above diagnosis.

We require an MRI of the body area (neck, mid-back or low back), a report although we will carefully review the films ourselves, and provide the most detailed analysis of your spine to get to the level of the source of the pain.  From there, we begin on getting you out of pain and back into your life.

How does it work?

Spinal Decompression Therapy requires the use of a decompression table - after careful analysis, our office has chosen the Kennedy Decompression Table.   A practitioner for the Kennedy table must undergo additional training for use of the equipment and the conditions most often treated.  The table was carefully developed utilizing the technologies of the other tables on the market, along with knowledge of comfortable and clinically significant patient positioning while on the table.

While the patient is strapped to the table, it moves in a series of one-minute intervals. The computer controls the "distraction force" and the spine is slowly stretched, creating a small vacuum between each of the vertebrae. The intention is over a series of visits to pull the spine and disc back to their normal painless positions.  Besides the patient positioning on the table, the table is known for use for all areas of the neck, mid-back and low back regions.  Most tables are only able to treat the lower back.  Between the patient positioning aspect and the ability to address multiple body regions, the Kennedy Decompression Table is unique in its approach to treating disc, facet and stenosis conditions.  That alone is worth millions when it comes to successfully being able to get you out of pain as soon as possible.

Is there anybody who should NOT have this treatment?

Pregnant women, patients with severe obesity, osteoporosis or peripheral nerve damage (diabetic neuropathies or patients who cannot feel specific body parts such as the neck or low back areas that are being treated) should not have this type of therapy.  Patients who have had spinal surgery with instrumentation (screws, metal plates or "cages") also should avoid this treatment. It can however be used on patients after bone fusion or non-fusion surgery after approximately a 9 month period of time has transpired.

Are there any studies that show the effectiveness of Spinal Decompression Therapy?

The Department of Neurosurgery and Radiology in the Rio Grande Regional Hospital and Health Sciences Center, University of Texas, completed a study that was published in Journal of Neurosurgery (vol. 81, September 1994) which showed that spinal decompression therapy creates a sufficient measurement of pressure release (100 mm Hg) and that it can help release the pressure within the spinal vertebrae.

A recent clinical study on the effects of Spinal Decompression Therapy (http://tularespine.com/uploads/Clinical_Outcomes_For_Spinal_Decompression.pdf), showed that 86% of the 219 patients that took part in the study stated their pain was reduced to a 0 or 1 based on the Oswestry Pain Scale. Each of these patients had already been diagnosed with a herniation and/or disc degenerative disease and had sought other treatment without effect.

Our fees are very affordable and you will be amazed at how fast healing can take place when the right technique is applied.  Our first goal is to analyze your history and films and see how you respond to the care for our office to optimize your results.  We also provide spinal rehabilitation, exercise therapy, ergonomic instruction (sleeping, working, leisure) and nutritional counseling as it relates to your spinal condition.

For a consultation to see if you are a candidate for Spinal Decompression Therapy, or if you have questions or need further information about this topic, please contact Dr. Lynn Kerew directly at [email protected] or visit her website at http://www.lynnkerew.com.

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