Axial Decompression: Non-Surgical Treatment For Disc Herniations And Spinal Stenosis.
Vertebral axial distraction/decompression is a relatively new breakthrough in the non-surgical treatment of disc, stenosis and facet problems. In the past, there were few options for the person with these problems that did not respond to physical therapy, drugs, or routine spinal manipulation. However, with the advent of axial decompression, there is a new non-surgical treatment method available and the results are excellent.
What conditions respond to axial decompression?
- Disc problems including: herniation, bulge, protrusion, degeneration
- Spinal stenosis: stenosis at all spinal levels.
- Radiculopathy secondary to disc or stenosis problems.
- Facet joint problems
How does it work?
- It uses a vacuum phenomenon to pull the disc back into it’s proper position.
- Decompression of the disc to relieve pressure on the nerve.
- Realign the joint in it’s normal position.
- Take pressure off exiting nerve roots to relieve pressure causing pain, tingling, numbness in the leg or arm.
Explain the procedure?
- The patient lies face down on this special table.
- There are no uncomfortable harnesses or posts and arms are comfortably supported at sides not over the head.
- The doctor/technician performs the procedure by hand, it is not automated, but under the control of the doctor at all times.
- The patient is “tolerance tested” to make sure that there will be no pain or discomfort.
- The doctor moves the affected spinal segments by hand with movements of the table.
- It is not automated or computer controlled, but specifically moved for each patient.
What else do I need to know?
- It is most effective when combined with a specific treatment program including therapy and exercise designed for your specific problem.
- Most people have some relief quickly and the usual treatment time is 12-15 sessions.
- Compliance with home instruction can speed healing time.
- Surgery creates a permanent instability of the area meaning that while the immediate problem is fixed, it causes excessive motion above and below the area leading to accelerated problems at those areas.
- All studies and research shows that surgery should be the last option, only if conservative care is not effective, because if surgery does not work, there are few options left!