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Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is a common sense treatment that addresses the root cause of the diseased disc, based on the anatomical and physiological principles of spinal mechanics. Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression relieves pressure from the disc, which, in turn, relieves pressure from the nerve.
 
Research has shown that Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression can create a negative pressure within the disc causing a "vacuum effect". This vacuum effect can literally suck the disc material back inside, thus relieving the direct pressure on the nerve root.
 

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  According to the FDA 510k papers, the definition of decompression is “unloading due to distraction and positioning”, and, “unweighting due to distraction and positioning”. This is important because the “unloading” of the injured area creates positive changes in the circulation of the disc and nerve roots. This is the only non-invasive treatment that directly affects the intervertebral discs.  
     
  In summary, Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression for herniated discs is based on the following principles.  
     
 
  • Decompression of the involved disc creates a negative intradiscal (within the disc) pressure
  • a vacuum effect which reduces the size of the herniation,  which then takes pressure off the involved nerve root
  • Reduction or elimination of extremity (leg/arm) pain and numbness, while at the same time
 
  the pumping motion caused by Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression, called, "imbibition", allows nutrients to be exchanged in the tissues of the disc, and inflammation around the nerve root to be dispersed resulting in reduction or elimination of low back pain.  
     
  EPIDURAL INJECTION  
  Epidural injections (medication injection within the epidural spaces around the spinal cord") with corticosteroids, numbing lidocaine, or opioids, have no proven benefit in treating neck or upper back symptoms—yet they are commonly performed. In the instances that people do find improvement, the effects are often temporary and require repeat injections. Several per year are not uncommon. There is also an increase in risk in contracting a spinal infection resulting in meningitis, a serious infections condition and a medical emergency. In fact, the results of a randomized, double-blind trial, published in the June 2003 issue of the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases indicated that an epidural steroid injection were no better than an epidural saline (salt water) Injection for sciatica. These findings are consistent with those of another trial presented at the last American College of Rheumatology meeting.  In short, this treatment is largely of placebo value only.  
     
  Although there have been recent advances in spinal surgery, the outcomes can still be very unpredictable. In failed back surgery, post-operative pain syndrome is a very disabling and troubling reality of any spinal surgery. According to the 2002 Johns Hopkins White Paper on “Low Back Pain and Osteoporosis “* by John P. Kostulk, M.D. and Simeon Margolis, M.D., PhD., surgery "is not the treatment of choice for most people with back pain." The report then states that “fewer than 5% of people with back pain are good candidates for surgery”. "Surgery ought to be a true last resort, when all other measures have been explored, and only if it appears that there is a strong probability that it will improve the condition." An article in Spine reviewed the outcomes and complication rates for surgical intervention in degenerative disc disease. Complication rates were as high as 55%, and included, hematoma, neurologic adjacent segment degeneration, infection, and hardware/instrumentation failure. Another study determined the effects of single-level (2 vertebrae) and 2-level (3-4 vertebrae) spinal fusion success rates reported 53% with "good" and "fair" results with single- level fusion and no "good" results with 2-level fusions.  
     
  Having read about the possible side effects relating to these “traditional” treatments, you might want to consider the drug-free, non-surgical approach that Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression has to offer. Call us at (724) 709-0667 for a free, no-obligation consultation. All you have to lose is your tough, chronic lower back pain.  
     
 
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