Spinal Decompression is a relatively new, non-invasive therapy that can help to significantly reduce or eliminate chronic lower back pain or neck pain.
Athens Chiropractic Healthcare provides decompression therapy in a comfortable, private setting at our office using a Disc Force™ unit.
Spinal Decompression is a revolutionary therapy. We now can help patients that prior to Spinal Decompression would have had to live in pain for the rest of their lives. Patients come to us from all over when other treatments have failed to give them relief.
Frequently Asked Questions
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 the Spinal Decompression unit, I have been inundated with questions from both doctors and patients as to which cases it will best help.
Obviously, the 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 the DRX treatment.
- Pain due to herniated and bulging lumbar discs that are 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 a treatment protocol.
- Patient at least 14 years of age.
- Appliances such as pedicle screws and rods
- Prior lumbar fusion less than six months old
- Metastatic cancer
- Severe osteoporosis
- Spondylolisthesis (unstable)
- Compression fracture of the 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.
About Spinal Decompression
Spinal Decompression has been the most important medical advance in the non-surgical, noninvasive treatment of back pain in the past 10 years. The patented and exclusive FDA approved Spinal Decompression technology developed by Axiom Worldwide is presently being utilized by neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, chiropractic physicians, family physicians, pain specialists, and physical therapists across the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.
Thanks to the concerted efforts of a team of top physicians and medical engineers, Spinal Decompression was developed to effectively treat lower back pain and sciatica resulting from herniated or deteriorated discs.