If I have Spinal Decompression treatment, how long does this take to see effects?

Many patients report a reduction in pain after the first couple of sessions. Normally, substantial improvement is obtained by the second week of treatment.

How long does it take to finish Spinal Decompression therapy?

Patients remain on the system for 30-45 mins, daily for the first two weeks, 3 times a week for the following two weeks, and followed up by two times a week for the last 2 weeks.

Do I qualify for Spinal Decompression therapy?

Since I began using Spinal Decompression device, I’ have been inundated with questions from both physicians and patients regarding which instances it will best help. Obviously proper patient selection is essential to favorable outcomes, so let me explain to you of the Inclusion and Exclusion criteria so you may make the appropriate decision since not everyone qualifies for Spinal Decompression therapy.

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Pain because of herniated and bulging lumbar disks that is in excess of 4 weeks old
  2. Recurrent pain from a failed back surgery that is in excess of six months old.
  3. Persistent pain from degenerated disc not reacting to four weeks of therapy.
  4. Patients available for four weeks of treatment protocol.
  5. Patient at least eighteen years old.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Appliances which includes pedicle screws and rods
  2. Pregnancy
  3. Prior lumbar fusion less than 6 months old
  4. Metastatic cancer
  5. Extreme osteoporosis
  6. Spondylolisthesis (unstable).
  7. Compression fracture of lumbar spine below L-1
  8. Pars defect.
  9. Pathologic aortic aneurysm.
  10. Pelvic or abdominal cancer.
  11. Disk space infections.
  12. Severe peripheral neuropathy.
  13. Hemiplegia, paraplegia, or cognitive dysfunction.

Is there any adverse effects to the therapy?

The majority of patients do not experience any side effects. However, there have been some mild cases of muscle spasm for a short time period.

How does Spinal Decompression separate each vertebra and allow decompression at a specific level?

Decompression is accomplished using a specific combination of spinal positioning and varying the degree and intensity of force. The key to producing this decompression is the soft pull that is generated by a logarithmic curve. When distractive forces are generated on a logarithmic curve the typical proprioceptor response is prevented. Eliminating this response allows decompression to occur at the targeted location.

Is there any risk to the patient during treatment on Spinal Decompression?

NO. Spinal Decompression is comfortable and totally safe for all patients. The system has emergency stop switches for both the patient and the operator. These switches (a requirement of the FDA) cancel the therapy right away thereby preventing any injuries.

How does Spinal Decompression therapy differentiate from regular spinal traction?

Traction is effective at treating a couple of the conditions resulting from herniated or degeneration. Traction can’t take care of the source of the problem. Spinal Decompression produces a negative pressure or a vacuum inside the disc. This effect causes the disk to pull in the herniation and the rise in negative pressure also causes the circulation of blood and nutrients back into the disk enabling the body’s natural fibroblastic response to heal the injury and re-hydrate the disc. Traction and inversion tables, at best, can lower the intradiscal pressure from a +90 to a +30 mmHg. Spinal Decompression is clinically shown to decrease the intradiscal pressure to between a -150 to -200 mmHg. Traction activates the body’s normal response to stretching by generating painful muscle spasms that aggravate the pain in affected area.

Can Spinal Decompression be utilized for individuals that have had spinal surgery?

In most cases Spinal Decompression therapy is not contra-indicated for patients that have had spinal surgery. In fact many patients have found success with Spinal Decompression after a failed back surgery.

Who is not a candidate for Spinal Decompression therapy?

Anybody who has recent spinal fractures, surgical fusion or metallic hardware, surgically repaired aneurysms, infection of the spine, and/or moderate to severe osteoporosis.

Who is a potential candidate for Spinal Decompression?

Anyone who has been advised they need surgery but hopes to avoid it, anybody who has been told there is nothing more available to help, anyone who failed to significantly respond to conservative options (medications, physical therapy, injections, chiropractic, acupuncture), or anyone who still has pain but wishes to obtain the kind of care they want.


Edgar Ruble, DC
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