Why do I have low back pain?
Your pain could be a result of aging, or an injury might be the source. For whatever reason your pain first began, you’re most likely experiencing it because your intervertebral discs have worn down (degenerated) or are bulging out (herniated). Simply speaking, vertebrae are the bones that protect your spinal cord, and soft discs between each vertebra serve as your spinal column’s shock absorbers. If the discs have deteriorated, the shock absorbing function isn’t working properly. If they have herniated, the bulging is pushing on nerves which results in numbness or pain.
Can treatments relieve me of my low back pain?
Yes, they can.
What is the treatment process?
Your specific treatment schedule will be determined by your doctor, but normally a treatment program takes six weeks and consists of 20 sessions lasting 30 minutes each.
When can I expect to see results from treatments?
In typical cases, patients start feeling considerable reduction in pain during the treatment’s second week.
Am I good candidate for a spinal decompression treatment program?
If your low back pain is caused by herniated lumbar discs and has lasted for more than four weeks, Non-Surgical spinal decompression treatments could be ideal for you. It may also be ideal for you if your pain is caused by degenerated discs, and you have not noticed improvement after four weeks of therapy. In addition, patients who had back surgery at least six months ago and continue to experience pain tend to respond well to spinal decompression treatments.
You should be older than 18 years of age and be available for treatments during a four-to-six week course.
What might exclude me from spinal decompression treatment treatment?
If you are pregnant, have acute osteoporosis, suffer from metastatic, pelvic or abdominal cancers, or have metal rods or appliances in your spine, spinal decompression treatment is most likely not for you.
Other factors that might exclude you from being a good candidate for this treatment are:
• recent lumbar fusion
• recent compression fracture of lumbar spine below L-1
• spondylolisthesis (unstable)
• pars defect
• pathologic aortic aneurysm
• disc space infections
• severe peripheral neuropathy
• cognitive dysfunction
Will I experience any side effects from this treatment?
Side effects are generally uncommon with spinal decompression treatments. Some patients may feel temporary, mild muscle spasms.