FAQ About The Neck And Back Rejuvenation System
No not at all. There are multiple safety features that occur to prevent from any injury happening. We also check our patients very well to make sure they are a candidate for this treatment program and to further assure the patients opportunity for success. Most of our patients sleep throughout their treatment time. Many times we have to awaken them prior to taking them to their next therapy. It is comical at times because most offices have a difficult time getting their patients to keep their appointments, whereas our patients cannot wait for their appointments and usually show up early. It is a good problem for us to have however, because how great a practice can you have when not only are your patients getting well, but they enjoy the process while it is occurring. Our treatment is very different from going for injections or surgery to say the least.
No there is not. We have had patients in their late 80s and early 90s that have done well, however there are certain conditions that make a patient unacceptable or not a candidate for care which we see more of in our very senior consultations. Safety of the patient and an attempt for good results are our primary goals.
Yes you may. We have had several professional athletes that have been treated in our facility while continuing their exercise programs necessary for their profession. What we do ask though is that you limit your lifting in an upright position. We say limit because we know it is virtually impossible to eliminate lifting all together. We teach that your spine is like a coil, and when you have a bad disc, it is like having a bad portion of that coil. When lifting in an upright position, you put greater pressure on that damaged coil. It is for this reason we recommend when going to the gym to do your lifting exercises, that you do them in a reclined or flat position so as not to put greater pressure on and already damaged disc.
Fluid leaves the disc usually for one of three different reasons to include: time, injury, or a combination of the two. People who are more active and enjoy activities that require a great deal of downward pressure on the disc, such as football players, high jumpers, or power weight lifters, are more prone to disc injuries. We see them at a much younger age. Others, however, are also prone simply due to time and age. By age 55, 85% of the population suffers from degenerative disc disease or dry disc disease. Just the process of everyday walking, bending, or lifting eventually wears out the disc and the fluid is lost. Hence the diagnosis of dry disc disease being the same as degenerative disc disease.
No, none at all. The computer on the Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression table is designed to create an angle of treatment that is specific to the one damaged disc we have targeted for care. The above or below discs are not put under any pressure and have no negative effects to them. To the contrary, it has been found in studies of spinal fusions, that when a segment is fused, the segments above and below have to take up the lost motion and they begin to degenerate because of their now excessive use. When we are re-hydrating a degenerative or dry disc, we are truly helping the discs above and below to have to work less now that the damaged disc is able to assist in motion becoming a working partner with the other discs.
Yes, at any given time in our practice, 15% to 20% of our patients have had what is called Failed Back Surgery Syndrome and have had a prior Laminectomy and/or Micro Discectomy that failed to decrease the patient’s pain and increase their function. This type of prior surgery does not preclude us from providing the care necessary to help the patient. As long as there is no spinal fusion, either bony or with metal, we can provide Spinal Decompression, although there are other methods of help to you even if you have had a fusion.
We pride ourselves on the fact that we give the best answers to every question asked of us by our patients, but with this question, which is one of the more common questions asked of us, there is no single answer. Every person is different from the next. With as many years as we have been doing this and with the thousands of patients we have seen, we have heard everything. We know it takes a minimum of 4 to 8 weeks to provide enough hydration to make a change, and sometimes up to 16 weeks. However with that said, each person perceives their pain differently. We have seen patients that said within the first visit they were out of pain, and we have seen patients that on the 6th week, it was like someone had thrown a switch and their pain went away. There is no rule that states the exact moment that will occur and the patient will be feeling much better, however with our very high success rate, most people will reach that level at some point, most earlier than later.
Most times the answer is no. Most of our patients continue their usual and customary duties of their employment while having to change nothing. If you are a person that is in extreme acute pain and have a career that requires heavy lifting, it may be in your best interest to try to be put on light duty while going through the treatment program. Many of our construction workers are unable to do that and we are still able to successfully treat them as well. Most of our patients have little trouble if any in going through with their program regardless of the type of work they do.
Yes you will be able to drive. There is no medication or injections that are given to you during your course of care that would make your drowsy or unable to drive your car. The only thing you will feel is very relaxed and excited about finally being able to have the cause of your problem treated, not just the symptoms.
No you should not. We advise you to discuss your medication with your Medical Doctor and once you have started to have less pain and greater function, to ask your Medical Doctor to assist you with lessening your medication. You should always follow your Doctor’s prescription for your medication and never stop without his or her advice.
With the number of different insurance companies and different plans that each insurance company has, it is impossible to make a statement that covers them all. We ask that on the day of your consultation you bring your insurance information. An insurance specialist will call and verify your insurance benefits and be able to let you know at that time what coverage there may be.
Yes it can. Many patients do not experience pain and only have loss of sensation or even loss of motor function. If we determine that you are a candidate for care and that your numbness is coming from nerve root pressure due to a bulging or herniated disc, then yes this treatment utilizing Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy can work very well to increase sensation and increase function even in the absence of pain.
Even though most people are able to receive this type of care, there are a few exceptions. Patients who have severe Osteoporosis are not able to receive this treatment. If you do have Osteoporosis though, please allow us to check and see how severe it is because commonly it is not severe enough to preclude treatment. Women that are pregnant cannot receive this treatment. Anyone with above grade 2 Spondylolisthesis is not able to have this care. Please make sure you have one of our Doctors evaluate the degree of your Spondylolisthesis. Many times it is of a lesser degree and we are still able to treat you. Anyone with a descending Aortic graft is also not able to have our care. Patients that have bone cancer also are not able to have our care. More times than not however, we find that patients seldom fall into any of the above categories and are successful in getting care at our clinic.
If appropriate for your condition, the doctor may conduct acupuncture treatments, typical in conjunction with other healing modalities. Acupuncture has an influence on most of the body’s systems – the nervous system, circulation, muscle tone, hormone outputs, antibody production and allergic responses, and the respiratory, urinary, digestive and reproductive systems.
Acupuncture stimulates the nerves in skin and muscle and increases the body’s release of endorphin and serotonin (natural painkillers) in the pain pathways of the spinal cord and the brain. Acupuncture is therefore commonly used to treat musculoskeletal pain such as back, shoulder, neck and leg. It is also successfully used to treat:
- trapped nerves
- chronic muscle strains
- sport injuries
- arthritic and rheumatic pain
Cold Laser Therapy is non-toxic, non-invasive and has generally no side effects. The doctor may well include laser therapy as a part of your treatment plan if he expects it will help your pain. Laser light can speed the process of nerve cell reconnection to bring the numb areas back to life. It can reduce inflammation and has been shown to help with a variety of pain conditions, including:
- Acute and chronic pain
- Back pain
- Carpal Tunnel
- Ligament sprains
- Muscle strain
- Soft tissue injuries
- Tennis elbow