Non Surgical Spinal Decompression

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is a revolutionary new technology used primarily to treat disc injuries in the neck and in the low back. This treatment option is very safe and utilizes FDA cleared equipment to apply distraction forces to spinal structures in a precise and graduated manner. Distraction is offset by cycles of partial relaxation. This technique of spinal decompression therapy, that is, unloading due to distraction and positioning, has shown the ability to gently separate the vertebrae from each other, creating a vacuum inside the discs that we are targeting. This “vacuum effect” is also known as negative intra-discal pressure.

The negative pressure may induce the retraction of the herniated or bulging disc into the inside of the disc, and off the nerve root, thecal sac, or both. It happens only microscopically each time, but cumulatively, over four to six weeks, the results are quite dramatic.

The cycles of decompression and partial relaxation, over a series of visits, promote the diffusion of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids from the outside of the discs to the inside. These nutrients enable the torn and degenerated disc fibers to begin to heal.

For the low back, the patient lies comfortably on his/her back or stomach on the decompression table, with a set of nicely padded straps snug around the waist and another set around the lower chest. For the neck, the patient lies comfortably on his/her back with a pair of soft rubber pads behind the neck. Many patients enjoy the treatment, as it is usually quite comfortable and well tolerated.

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is very effective at treating bulging discs, herniated discs, pinched nerves, sciatica, radiating arm pain, degenerative disc disease, leg pain, and facet syndromes. Proper patient screening is imperative and only the best candidates are accepted for care. Please go to the “Find a Physician” link to find a doctor in your area. You may also want to fill out the “Web Physician Consult” form to determine whether you are a candidate for this safe and effective treatment option.


Source: article from The American Spinal Decompression Association, an affiliated group of physicians unified in their goal to bring Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression to their communities.

Choosing The Right Person To Treat Your Spine

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

One of the most essential parts of our body is our spine. It connects through the brain. A spinal disorder may affect a lot of our brain functions and may even cause our body to be paralyzed. A common complaint from medical patients related to spine is back pain. Back pain may either be severe or simple. Whether a back pain is severe or simple, it would really take time for it to heal. A simple back pain would take weeks to be treated while a severe back pain takes months or even longer. Because our spine is very sensitive and very essential for our body and brain functions, it is just reasonable for us to be very careful in choosing the right spine doctor or surgeon to treat our spinal problems or disorders.

In choosing a spine doctor or surgeon, we do not just rely on recommendations. We must bear in mind that we are going to trust them with our lives. A good spine surgeon or a spine doctor does not rush to recommending a surgical treatment for our spinal problem or back pain in order for them to earn. A spine surgeon or a spine doctor has the responsibility to educate their patients on when it is necessary to go through a spine surgery. It is their responsibility to let you go through conservative back pain treatments first before they recommend a surgical option. Their responsibility also includes helping us in making a decision whether we are going to have a surgical procedure done or not.

We also should consider a spine doctor or a spine surgeon’s experience in spine surgery. It is always better to trust a spine surgeon who has more successful surgical experiences with our lives than those who just had few experiences. This is when we may consider recommendations from those who have had successful spine surgeries already.

Most patients are also confused in choosing the right spine doctor or spine surgeon. They usually do not know who to consult, an orthopedic surgeon or a neurosurgeon. Although there are some medical practitioners who focus on spinal surgery, there are also some who handle other medical conditions other than spine disorders. In this case, if we are not able to find a spine surgeon and our choices are either orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon, we have to identify what specific disorder we have.

A neurosurgeon deals with spine surgeries related to tumors and the brain. An Orthopedic surgeon primarily deals with deformities. So before we decide who to choose, we should be able to identify what particular disorder we have. However, if there is an available spine surgeon, it is best to seek his help instead of the other two. A spine surgeon knows best the different spine surgery procedures, how and when to perform them.

Any damage done by a non-expert spine surgeon on our spine may cause a very serious medical problem. These problems would mostly be those that greatly affect our brain functions.