Spinal Disc Decompression Treatment
for Neck and Lower Back Pain in Venice, FL

Dr. Leslie of the Mayo Clinic Proves Spinal Decompression
to be Up to 88.9% Effective for NECK and BACK PAIN!

What is Spinal Decompression?

 Spinal decompression is a revolutionary FDA cleared, computer-aided technology that helps treat the symptoms of low back and neck pain from herniated, bulging, degenerated and slipped discs. There have been more than 10 successful research studies done on spinal decompression and there are currently more than 5,000 clinics in the U.S. and Canada that are performing spinal decompression treatments. Every day more and more clinics are adding spinal decompression as an alternative to surgery for patients suffering from herniated, bulging, degenerated, and slipped discs. Even when physical therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, pain pills and shots have failed, most patients still receive dramatic pain relief in 4 to 6 weeks of spinal decompression

How Does Spinal Decompression Work?

 Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is achieved by using a specific combination of force of pull, angle in degree of pull and varying time in order to create a negative pressure inside the discs of the spinal cord. This procedure slowly lengthens and decompresses the spine, creating negative pressures within the discs. This reversal of pressure creates a vacuum inside the discs that helps to draw in bulging discs and extruded disc material back into place, reposition bulging discs, taking pressure off pinched or irritated nerves.

 Spinal experts believe that nutrients, oxygen, and fluids are drawn into the disc to create a revitalized environment conducive to healing both herniated and degenerated discs Based on the patient’s body weight, tolerance, level of severity, and duration of symptoms your spinal decompression specialist will determine a specific treatment plan based on your individual needs. This will help to ensure the best most long lasting results.

Why is Spinal Decompression Different from Traction,
Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Manipulation?

 While traction, physical therapy, and manipulation may reduce disc pressures to as low as 40 mm Hg, only spinal decompression has been shown to achieve negative pressures within the spine. It has been clinically proven that spinal decompression creates negative pressures as low as -110 mm Hg3 within the injured disc during the treatment session. Normally, pulls exerted on the spine trigger sensory receptors in the back to tighten the muscles surrounding the vertebrae and discs in an effort to protect them from injury. Spinal Decompression bypasses this response by slowly pulling on the spine and relaxing the back over an extended period of time, allowing the discs to be repositioned without tension and without causing spasm and muscle guarding. It is important for patients to make sure that they are treated on a high quality true spinal decompression table by a physician with years of experience and not an imitation spinal decompression table.

What are the success rates and what research has been done?

 More than 10 research articles have shown success rates for spinal decompression to be up to 88.9%. John Leslie M.D. and the Mayo Clinic reported at the 18th Annual Meeting American Academy of Pain Management in Tampa Florida on September 5, 2007 the following amazing statistics:

  • Multi-center, phase II, non-randomized pilot study utilizing spinal decompression.
  • Designed to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of spinal decompression in the treatment of chronic lower back pain.
  • Patients enrolled have an average of ten years of chronic back pain.
  • After two weeks of treatments of spinal decompression – 50% reduction in pain scores.
  • Upon completion of the entire six week protocol success rate of 88.9% was documented.

Will it last?

 More than 10 research articles have shown success rates for spinal decompression to be up to 88.9% which can last for years. Some patients with more extensive discal injury may require intermittent supportive treatment to maintain lasting relief. Regular stretching exercise is recommended. Every patient is different and is treated accordingly.

How do I qualify for care?

 We provide courtesy consults to see if you condition qualifies. We recommend and require MRI’s and x-rays so that we can visually analyze the spine and disc(s). We perform focused orthopedic and neurologic tests to further evaluate your condition for success.

Can Spinal Decompression be Applied to Patients
that have had Spinal Surgery?

 In many 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 even after a failed back surgery. After a failed Laminectomy or Micro Discectomy patients may still respond favorably to spinal decompression. If a patient has had more than 3 laminectomies then the success rate of spinal decompression will go down. If a patient has had surgical fusion with rods or screws or any type of hardware then patients may not qualify for spinal decompression.

Who doesn’t qualify for Spinal Decompression Therapy?

 The following conditions might disqualify a patient for spinal decompression treatment.. Candidates that may not qualify for spinal decompression therapy include the following.

  • Extensive hardware in the spine such as screws and rods
  • Pregnancy
  • Prior lumbar fusion less than six months old
  • Metastatic cancer (cancer that has spread to the bones)
  • Grade 3 and 4 spondylolisthesis. Grade 1 or Grade 2 spondylolisthesis are treatable
  • Recent compression fracture of lumbar spine
  • Pathologic aortic aneurysm
  • Pelvic or abdominal cancer
  • Disc space infections

Are there any Side Effects to the Treatment?

Most patients do not experience any major side effects. The most common side effect is a dull, achy soreness for the first week or two as the body becomes accustomed to being stretched and decompressed. Spinal decompression stretches muscles in a lengthening direction which the body is generally not used to. Because of this patients may experience a dull, achy soreness that they often describe as “it feels like I just worked out for the first time in a long time.” Very rarely do patients have an increase in the pain that they came in with.

 Patients with acute, severe disc herniations may experience some pain during the first week or two until the herniation retracts back in taking pressure off of the nerves. Acute disc herniation patients tend to experience more “up and down” types of relief from their pain for the first 2 weeks as an acute disc herniation can be slightly unpredictable. Regardless of the mild soreness experienced in the first week or two, most patients experience 50% relief or more of their pain around the end of the second week.

 Overall Spinal Decompression Therapy is considered safe and comfortable. The system has emergency stop switches for both the patient and the operator. These switches terminate the treatment immediately if a patient experiences any increase in pain or discomfort during the treatment thereby avoiding most injuries.