Individuals who suffer from neck and back agony commonly experience numbness, tingling, weakness, pain, and minimized function of the upper or extremitiesmities. These symptoms can be so devastating that it impact sleep, work, and natural daily activities.
Limbs symptoms happen as the central disc material (Nucleus Pulposus) breaks through the protecting outer disc rings (Annular Fibers) of the disc and move into the area inhabited by a nerve or nerves that travel from the neck to the arm to the hand, or, from the back and down the leg to the foot or to the groin area. If you have a disc problem, you probably know how alarming these sypmtoms can be.
So what is Non-Spinal Decompression?
Does Spinal Decompression truly work? Can Spinal Decompression really keep you from having an intrusive, excruciating, and expensive spinal surgery? The answer is yes, yes, and yes...But results do vary.
Spinal Decompression is the effect of traction when negative pressure is produced inside the disc throughout traction. There are several types of traction. One familiar type of traction is Intersegmental Traction Table (IST). This is a common modality used by chiropractors and physical therapists. However, the primary point you ought to know is that 'Spinal Decompression' is technically not a therapy. Spinal Decompression is a consequence of traction.
With Intersegmental Traction, the patient is placed on their back, on a table. The table has a 'roller bar' to facilitate gently rolls up and down the spine, passively stretching the spinal joints and surrounding soft tissues. While this type of traction is benefical and feels good, it does not make spinal decompression since it does not creat a negative pressure inside the disc. Other slang names for IST are 'roller table' or 'traction table.'
The type of traction that creates Spinal Decompression (the kind that may prevent spine surgery) cannot be confused with Intersegmental Traction, or a 'roller table.' The mechanisms are totally separate and deliver completely dissimilar outcomes. To realize Spinal Decompression, this type of traction requires to be applied in long axis of extension. In other words, the spinal sections need to be gently pulled part, consistently and continuously, by a extremely technological computerized traction system.
As this method is applied, negative pressure is formed within the disc allowing for the disc material that has stirred away from the central part of the disc, andapproachinga nerve, to be 'sucked back in' and drawn back inside the disc, which takes the pressure off the nerve.Afterwardthis results in relieved neck and back pain, reduced arm and leg pain, as well as supports true healing of the disc. So, for lack of a better phrase, this type of traction is also referred to as 'Spinal Decompression' - although it's the 'traction' that causes the spine to decompress.
This calls for the question - does Spinal Decompression really work?
The respond is yes. The substitute may be surgery, drugs, PT, chiropracic. If these types of treatments have failed then you could be a candidate for Spinal Decompression.
If you are taking into consideration surgery, the part of the disc that has moved out from the midpoint of the disc and hindering with a nerve, is relieved by 'severing' or shaving part of the disc away or removing part of the vertbra to make room for the visiting part of the disc (Nucleus Pulposus of NP). A laminectomy or discetomy is performed and does cost a ample amount of money. Often times, a patient is left with their own portion of the bill, in excess of $10,000-$15,000, and sometimes more, even after insurance pays their portion. Be informed that there are occasions where surgery is the only acceptable remedy available. If a patient has tried chiropractic (not spinal decompression via traction, but manipulation), physical therapy, muscle stim, ultrasound,anti-inflam's, pain killers, and sypmtoms have not gotten better with conservative measures, then often times, surgery possibly will be the only answer. A good orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon will not cut a patient open if it is a medical necessity and/or PT, chiropractic have not worked. On the opposite side, a skilled chiropractic physician will not carry out Spinal Decompression (Traction) on a patient if it is not clinically indicated or if there are any contraindications to the patient with this type of therapy.
Investment in Spinal Decompression can be anywhere from $100-$200 per visit and it usually takes about 20-25 visits to acheive the treatment goals. Essentially, $2,000-$4,000 is the cost for Spinal Decompression. The advantages are; no surgery, no discomfort, no down time as with surgery, and the results are very good, and for much less money.
If you have tried chiropractic manipulations, physical therapy, drugs, and you are at the end of your rope and do not feel like surgery, or have experienced a unsuccessful surgery, then Spinal Decompression' may be the remedy of choice.
Remember, merely because it's non-invasive, non-surgical, does not mean there are no risks. There are certain conditions that will disqualify a patient from receiving this type of traction. An adequate physical examintion, x-rays, or even an MRI may be needed before Spinal Decompression can be performed.
As always, consult your primary care doctor ahead of initiating any treatments whether at home or in a professional's practice.
Dr. David Nahali is a licensed chiropractic physician in Orlando, FL. Dr. Nahali obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Electronic Engineering from Texas Southern University and Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from Life University in Marietta , Ga. For more information please visit: Www.Orlandospinalaid.Com
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