Today, you don’t have to live with that pain anymore. Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is now available to everyone in the Sacramento California area. We are proud to be the premiere clinic offering this safe, and effective treatment for Spinal Disc disorders.
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.
Here is what we look at: Three signs on MRI to determine the problem.
When analyzing an MRI to determine whether the pump mechanism is failed, we look for three signs.
First, we look at each of the disc spaces to determine which discs have a decrease in the disc space height. This can indicate degenerative disc disease.
As you go down lumbar spine (low back), the disc should get thicker and thicker.
Note: the cervical spine is similar, but for this example we were only looking at the lumbar MRI.
Next, we look for darkening disc spaces.
The disc space in a normal, healthy disc will be plump and be shaded white. The whiteness in the disc on the MRI is telling us that the disc is full of water, oxygen, and nutrients.
When the disc begins to darken, it tells us that the disc is losing hydration, oxygen, and nutrients. This darkness is a very good indication that the disc is becoming weak and will eventually get weak enough to cause an unwanted condition, if it is not already present.
Thirdly, we look for a bulges or herniations to be present at the same level where we see the first two signs.
The surprising thing is that all of this occurs before you even know what’s happening.
First, that plump disc begins to fail. This can be due to some underlying trauma or simply repetitive stress on the disc causing the pump to fail. Either way, this failure occurs without you knowing it right off.
Second, the disc begins to lose its water, oxygen and nutrients and begins to become weak. It starts losing disc height, it begins to become weak and Bulge. A bulge can be thought of as a flattening of the disc (like taking a jelly donut and flattening it without squeezing out the jelly); a herniation is a tear in the disc (the jelly in the jelly donut squirts out).
You actually don’t start noticing that the pump has failed until symptoms occur. Once symptoms begin, the will usually never fully go away and the underlying cause gets worse and worse.. The old saying is that every big back problem started with a little back problem.
You will also notice that as it gets worse, more symptoms start to appear.
This begins a path of endless treatment. First pain killers, muscle relaxants, and anti-inflammatory medication, all designed to treat the symptom, not the cause. Then, hopefully, an MRI to see what is really going on, followed the automatic process, spinal steroid shots and surgery… But there is an alternative to back surgery and laser spine surgery:. Non-surgical spinal decompression
Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression in Sacramento. Does it really work?
Spinal Decompression has been proven effective in relieving the pain associated with bulging and herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, sciatica, and even relapse or failed back surgery.
To answer the question, “Does it Really work” I will direct you to two places:
- Our testimonial pages.. These are from real nonsurgical spinal decompression patients. In the medical literature they would call this anecdotal, meaning it’s individual peoples experience. In scientific literature most of the time, the scientist wants double blind studies. And while that’s good, and we will adjust it in a second, it’s very limited because you have to have a lot of money in time to do these studies, and you have to have someone who sponsors it. Usually in most studies on medicine it is the pharmaceutical company that makes the drug.. so they pay for the study and what do you think they expect? Makes that defined after drug works and that puts a lot of pressure on the researchers who are being paid by that company. So that’s sad I place a great deal value on individuals experiences. It’s like one of your best friends telling you they did it and it worked out great.
- Scientific studies. These do have a lot of value to. And while there’s no big pharmaceutical companies funding studies, there are still studies that have been done over the last 15 years. Come into our office for free consultation or MRI review and will make sure you leave with a few of the studies. We’ve had them printed out in nice glossy easy-to-read format so that you can see what kind of results actually happen from nonsurgical spinal decompression.
How does it work?
Let me start off by giving you a quick anatomy lesson.
The spinal disc is the cushion between the bones in your spine. There is a bone called of vertebrae above the disc and below the disc. At each level there is a pair of spinal nerves that exit between the bones at the level of the disc.
The spinal disc is what allows for flexibility in range of motion in your spine. Another important role of the spinal disk is for shock absorption.
The spinal discs are avascular. What does that mean?
That means that the disc does not have a blood supply with circulation.
The only way the disc can receive the water, oxygen, and nutrients it needs is by an inherent mechanism within each one of the discs. That mechanism is called:
”The pump mechanism of disc nutrition”
As you walk and bend and move throughout the day, the spinal discs are constantly pumping water, oxygen, and nutrients in and out of the discs at each level of the spine.
When is pump mechanism fails, what happens?
if the disc pumping mechanism fails then you have a decrease in circulation inside the disc. Whenever that happens in any type a tissue, whether it’s animal tissue or plant tissue or human tissue it begins to dehydrate (dessicate in medical terms), becomes weaker, and slowly dies.
Going back to our plant analogy from the last chapter, if the plant is not receiving the circulation (water) that it needs to survive, the plant will begin to show brown leaves and then begin to droop. This is a sign that the plant is becoming weak and dying.
In your spine, when the pump mechanism fails (let’s say it’s at L4\L5 disc), then the disc will begin to degenerate and become weak.
The weakness causes the disc to begin to bulge and then it will eventually herniate. The herniation can cause even more serious conditions and symptoms such as spinal stenosis, facet arthropathy, sciatica, numbness, tingling in the legs and feet or arms and hands, etc.
When that specific level does not heal and repair the disc above and below the herniation will begin to fail as well. This is because those discs are now having to take on the weight and shock absorption from the failed disc. Soit’s doing the job of two discs.
This is when it becomes classified as the degenerative disc disease.
The Solution to Bulging Disc Pain, Herniated Disc Pain, Degenerated Disc Pain, Sciatic Pain, and the Best Alternative Treatment To Back Surgery and Laser Spine Surgery
I can now go into detail about how our system works.
The main component of our method utilizes a highly specialized machine that allows a negative pressure to be built up inside of the disc.
This negative pressure allows the water, oxygen, and nutrients to be pulled back inside of the disk to allow disc to heal and repair.
If you have already come into our office you’ve received a folder of our information, inside that folder there should be some research articles. In one of those articles it’s states the following:
“The disc itself is active tissue that contains significant mechanisms for self- repair”
Our entire decompression practice is built on that one sentence.
If the disc itself could not heal and repair itself, then the entire decompression procedure would be useless.
Remember in when I talked about the specific mechanisms that allow discs to heal and repair? It’s called ”The Pump Mechanism of Disc Nutrition”.
If I’ve done my job right here, and you are wondering how the device that we use facilitates the negative pressure to build up inside the disc.
If That’s right, then here is your answer: The device is focused specifically on the bone above and below the disc in your spine that is unhealthy. The device pulls up on the bone above and down on the bone from below the disc. Effectively separating them and creating a negative pressure inside the disc. This creates a vacuum effect which draws water and all those essential nutrients into the disc.
All this is done without drugs, injections, or surgery!
The best part of all is that it’s painless and the only side effect besides a little soreness is that the disc gets rehydrated, and you get better.
What does all that remind you of, hopefully you thought of a pump. The decompression Machine is designed to re-create the pump mechanism that is failed within the disc, thereby allowing for water, oxygen, and all those nutrients to be pulled back inside the disc to allow the disc to heal and repair.
So we’re not only trying to fix the disc itself, but it also fix the broken pump mechanism. When the pump works, you increase the circulation to the disc, when you increases circulation to the disk this allows it to heal and repair.
This will not only help with the back pain, neck pain, sciatic pain, arm pain, etc., it will also help with restoring the normal pumping action to the disc so that your results can be long lasting, and we can slow down all the negative consequences associated with degenerative discs.