We have a NEW treatment option that may help your condition
Information about Disc "Decompression"
Decompressor Traction System
Research has proven discs may be a primary site of back pain, as well as neck and arm pain.
The disc is damaged by "compression & flexion" ["squishing"]
The disc is avascular (it has no direct blood supply). It gets its nutrients in and waste products out by diffusion [like a sponge]. The healthier the disc the greater its' diffusion.
Over time loss of strength of the lower abdominal and low back muscles, poor posture, trauma etc. increase the "compression" on the discs, especially of the lower discs [L5/L4] and the mid-neck discs. [C5/C6].
DTS therapy stretches the spine in a safe, controlled and very specific way to open disc spaces. This decreases the pressure on the discs and allows an increase of blood flow to help reduce the inflammation and heal the area.
Research indicates in some cases bulges may be pulled or drawn in by DTS decompression and help relieve pinched nerves.
As with all therapy your adherence to the treatment advice and protocols are vital to ensure the best possible outcome. Additionally, though "Decompression" therapy can help many back conditions it is not a "cure" for everyone. Many times disc damage cannot be fully healed due to the extent of damage or the continuation of irritating activities.
Since traction works with the body's natural healing processes it does take time to gain full relief. Twelve sessions is the usual minimum number for disc injuries, especially with leg or arm radiation [ if the condition continues to improve a maintenance program may be beneficial] & don't skip rehab/exercises!
"Decompression" is a safe and comfortable treatment for most it rarely causes pain or worsens symptoms [if traction is painful it is simply discontinued]. occasionally spasms can create post treatment discomfort (ice or electric stimulation will usually relieve it). Tell us immediately if pain increases. Decompression is usually not the treat of choice for acute pain of less than one week, especially if it is difficult to move and bend
Over time, compression weakens the annulus, creating tears, inflammation and possible protrusion of the nucleus. The increase of intradiscal pressure sets the stage for annular compromise, allowing extrusion of the nucleus through the tears (herniation) and possible irritation of the nerve roots.
Negative intradiscal pressure created by "decompressive' traction therapy facilitates nutrition and diffusion into the disc improving healing. In some cases actual retraction of the protruded material may take place. However, often an improved healing response reducing inflammation is the source of pain relief.