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FAQs About Spinal Decompression

Frequently asked questions about Spinal Decompression in Fort Lauderdale, Plantation and Sunrise, FL




What causes low back pain?


Low back pain can be caused by a number of factors from injuries to the effects of aging. The spinal cord is protected by the vertebrae, which are made of bone. Between each vertebra are soft discs with a ligamentous outer layer. These discs function as shock absorbers to protect the vertebra and the spinal cord. Many of the problems that cause back pain are the result of herniation and degeneration of the intervertebral disc. Degeneration is a process where wear and tear causes deterioration of the disc. Herniations, or bulging of the disc are protrusions from the disc that press on surrounding nerves, causing pain or numbness.


If I undergo Spinal Decompression treatment, how long does it take to see results?


Most patients report a reduction in pain after the first few sessions. Typically, significant improvement is obtained by the second week of treatment.


How long does it take to complete Spinal Decompression treatment?


Sessions times are between 30-45 minutes, daily for 5 weeks. Though, the number of sessions may vary depending upon the severity of the condition.


Do I qualify for Spinal Decompression treatment?


Since I began using Spinal Decompression spinal disc decompression unit, I have been inundated with questions from both doctors and patients as to which cases 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 right decision since not everyone qualifies for Spinal Decompression treatment.

Inclusion Criteria:
  • Pain due to herniated and bulging lumbar discs that is more than four weeks old
  • Recurrent pain from a failed back surgery that is more than six months old.
  • Persistent pain from degenerated disc not responding to four weeks of therapy.
  • Patients available for four weeks of treatment protocol.
  • Patient at least 18 years of age.

Exclusion Criteria:
  • Appliances such as pedicle screws and rods
  • Pregnancy
  • Prior lumbar fusion less than six months old
  • Metastatic cancer
  • Severe osteoporosis
  • Spondylolisthesis (unstable)
  • Compression fracture of lumbar spine below L-1 (recent).
  • Pars defect
  • Pathologic aortic aneurysm.
  • Pelvic or abdominal cancer
  • Disc space infections
  • Severe peripheral neuropathy
  • Hemiplegia, paraplegia, or cognitive dysfunction.



Are there any side effects to the treatment?


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


What is Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)?


LLLT is the term commonly used to describe the bio-stimulating effects of laser light. LLLT stimulates the body's natural immune and pain controlling responses. Laser light has the ability to penetrate the skin surface and increase cellular activity without damaging any tissue.


Is Low Level Laser Therapy well documented?


Yes. There are thousands of published studies demonstrating the positive effects of laser therapy. There are more than 100 double blind positive studies showing the clinical efficacy of LLLT. These studies range from wound healing to musculoskeletal conditions.


What are the physiological effects of Laser Therapy?


  • Increased cellular metabolism, increased ATP production, increased cell growth.
  • Proliferation of; fibroblasts, macrophages, endothelial cells, mast cells, and more
  • Anti-inflammatory action - reducing swelling caused by bruising or the inflammation of joints.
  • Increased vascular activity.
  • Pain relief as a result of increased endorphin release.



What are the contraindications for Laser Therapy?


Pregnancy, patients with tumors, patients with pacemakers, patients with labile epilepsy.


What conditions can LLLT treat?


  • Chronic back and neck pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSI)
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Post Herpetic Neuralgia
  • Brachial Neuralgia
  • Acute and Chronic Joint Problems
  • Ligament and tendon injuries
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Chrondomalacial Patella
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Hematomas
  • Tendonitis, Tenosynovitis
  • Capsulitis
  • Bursitis
  • Myofascial Trigger Points, AhShi Points, & Deep APs
  • Skin Conditions
  • Herpes
  • Wound Healing
  • Apthous Ulcers
  • Leg Ulcers
  • Burns
  • Dermatitis
  • Acne
  • Superficial AP Stimulation and Tonification
  • Cosmetic
  • Acute Epididymitis



What are the advantages of Laser Therapy over other forms of therapy?


Laser Therapy has been shown to offer exceptional pain relieving and healing effects in comparison to various electrotherapeutic devices. It provides a practitioner a universal method of treating muscle, tendon, ligament, connective tissue, and skin tissue with one piece of equipment. Most of all, it provides the clinic with a noninvasive, drug-free treatment option.


Does it have to be a laser?


Some manufacturers produce devices with super luminous diodes (SLD) or simple light emitting diodes (LED). Monochromatic non-coherent light can be helpful for superficial wound healing, however, numerous studies have shown that lasers are far more effective due to their unique properties. Many super luminous & light emitting diode products are usually very low powered (typically 5mW-15mW), much of this energy is scattered, therefore requiring longer treatment times.


How deep into tissue can a laser penetrate?


The depth of penetration of laser light depends on the light's wavelength, the power output, and the type of driver (pulsed or continuous mode) but also the treatment technique used (scanning or contact). The higher the wavelength the deeper the penetration, however, with wavelengths greater than 930nm water within the tissue absorbs light and penetration is reduced. There is no exact limit with respect to the penetration of light. Light gets weaker the further it gets from the surface it penetrates.


How do I get started?


Contact our office at (954) 452-4600 to schedule an initial consultation with the Doctor to determine your individual situation. Medical Evaluation and Diagnostic testing procedures should be performed prior to beginning any treatment in order to determine the most effective process. After carefully studying your case history and exam findings, the Doctor will sit down and explain his recommended plan of action for you. After answering any questions you may have about the recommended plan, you may begin your care.

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