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Back Pain Cases and Remedies

The epidemic of back pain is enormous: It's a $44 billion industry, it's the leading workers' comp injury, it's the leading reason for disability for people under the age of 45, it will strike 90% of all American adults, it's the second-leading surgical procedure, and it's only getting worse.

  • Up to 85% of the US Population will have Back Pain at some time in their life
  • Most Americans will experience lower or upper back pain. In fact  orthopedic surgeons estimate 80% or more of us will suffer from back pain at least once over the course of life.
  • The lower portion of our back holds up our body's weight and is subject to much stress and strain.
  • In the United States more than 5 million people are considered disabled as a result of back pain.
  • Nearle 100 million days of work are missed from back pain.
  • A very high percent of back pain can be remedied in 6-12 weeks. Only five to ten percent of back pain falls into the chronic category.
  • Spinal surgery should be a last resort. According to statistics there are approximately 500K spinal surgeries annually in the United States. Most of these are unsuccessful.
  • Surgery is rarely successful over time. In fact only 20% of back surgeries are considered effective two years following the procedure.
  • Over 6 million people are bed ridden due to back pain each day.
  • An estimated 93 million workdays are lost each year due to back pain
  • Pain is Bad! We offer back pain relief using a combination of treatments that have proven to work.
  • Only 20% of all back surgeries are successful after 2 years

     

    Common Causes of Lower Back Pain

    Lower back pain has numerous causes and the causes can differ as a result of age of the patient. Those patients from 30-60 often experience strain from a muscle or ligament strain in the lower back from jerking quickly or lifting something too heavy for the back to handle as in too many grocery bags at one time. Other common causes include arthritis (risk often increases with age), bulging, herniated or ruptured discs, osteoporosis, and irregularities of the spine such as scoliosis.

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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.

Spinal Decompression Treatment: Expected Time to See Results
Most chiropractic back pain patients report a reduction in pain after the first few sessions. Dr. Bearden guarantees you will receive pain relief after four treatment sessions, or he will refund your money.  Week 2 of treatment typically yields significant improvement. Pain is bad and keeps you from doing the activities you enjoy. Our clinic will help you recover from it as quickly as possible. 

 

How long will I stay on the Spinal Decompression machine?

The treatment on the machine itself only requires ten minutes. Dr. Bearden will tell you how many times he recommends treatment for your specific back pain remedy plan.  


How long does it take to complete Spinal Decompression treatment?
Patients remain on the system for 10 minutes, daily for the first 2 weeks, three times a week for the following 2 weeks, and followed up by two times a week for the last 2 weeks.


Spinal Decompression Treatment
As mentioned prior spinal decompression is an alternative treatment protocol that helps patients avoid back surgery in many cases. When you visit the doctor for the first time here at Nashville Spine and Disc, he will let you know your options and design a treatment protocol that works best for you. Examples of conditions/symptoms that are often good fits for decompression include sciatica, neck pain caused by disc issues, and lower back pain. 

Side Effects of Spinal Decompresson
This is a non-invasive more natural treatment that rarely includes side effects. Some patients experience mild muscle spasms. Spinal Decompression is a safe remedy for back and neck pain and has safeguards in place so the machine will stop if the patient or administer wishes to halt it immediately if desired.

How does Spinal Decompression treatment differ from ordinary spinal traction?
Traction is helpful at treating some of the conditions resulting from herniated or degeneration. Traction cannot address the source of the problem. Spinal Decompression creates a negative pressure or a vacuum inside the disc. This effect causes the disc to pull in the herniation and the increase in negative pressure also causes the flow of blood and nutrients back into the disc allowing the body's natural fibroblastic response to heal the injury and re-hydrate the disc. Traction and inversion tables, at best, can lower the intradiscal pressure from a +90 to a +30 mmHg. Spinal Decompression is clinically proven to reduce the intradiscal pressure to between a -150 to -200 mmHg. Traction triggers the body's normal response to stretching by creating painful muscle spasms that worsen the pain in affected area.

Differences between Traction and Spinal Decompression

While traction has been shown to be effective in treating issues related to herniated or degenerative discs, it has not been shown to treat the actual source of the pain. Traction can slightly reduce the disc pressure in some cases, whereas decompression can substantially reduce such pressure. Traction can also have a side effect of producing painful muscle spasms that can actually increase pain in the area. Such spasms are not common with decompression. Spinal Decompression work by creating a vacuum-like effect inside your back or neck disc. It is an effective non-invasive remedy for back pain. This vacuum effect helps pull the herniation back in and increase  the increase blood flow, hydrate the disc, and begin the healing process. 

Does Spinal Decompression Work for Spinal Surgery Patients

Dr. Bearden has treated patients who have undergone spinal surgery. We know that failed back and neck surgeries are common. Ask Dr. Bearden about your specific situation during your first visit to the clinic.  

Can Spinal Decompression be used for patients that have had spinal surgery?
In most cases Spinal Decompression treatment is not contra-indicated for patients that have had spinal surgery. In fact many patients have found success with Spinal Decompression after a failed back surgery.

Who is not a candidate for Nashville Spine and Disc?
There are some situations in which we do not recommend decompression. Examples include patients who have experienced spinal fractures which have not had time to heal or  have undergone surgeries that involve vertebrae fusion or the placement of metal rods or plates in your neck or back. There are other situations as well. Be sure to disclose  that  who has recent spinal fractures, surgical fusion or metallic hardware, surgically repaired aneurysms, infection of the spine, and/or moderate to severe osteoporosis is not a good candidate for the treatment. Please ask our doctors about your specific condition. 

Who is a candidate for the Spinal Decompression Table?
Anyone who has been told they need surgery but wishes to avoid it, anyone who has been told there is nothing more available to help, anyone who failed to significantly respond to conservative options (medications, physical therapy, injections, chiropractic, acupuncture), or anyone who still has pain but wishes to obtain the type of care they want.


Disclosure The information provided by our chiropractors on this website is for informational purposes. Be sure to check with your doctor or other health care professional about your specific condition. Back pain and neck pain remedy results vary widely. Patients with the exact same condition will generally receive different results.  between patients, even with the same diagnosis.