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HEALING CHRONIC BACK, NECK AND SCIATIC PAIN
THE PUMP MECHANISM OF DISC HEALTH
ISCHEMIA IS THE FUNDAMENTAL CAUSE
Discs that are degenerated show abnormal vascularity...
ISCHEMIA LEADS TO INJURY AND DISEASE
The disc continues to degenerate without the vital fluids needed for repair. This is not part of a "Normal Aging Process", but rather a direct result of ischemia.
YOUR SPINAL CAN HEAL NATURALLY
SPINE SURGERY HAS A POOR OUTCOME
HOW TO HEAL THE SPINE
Our treatment program resolves 75% of all cases in 4 weeks and 85% in 8 weeks. In a 4 year follow up study those successful cases were still symptom free. (4, 5)
4. Efficacy of Vertebral Axial Decompression (VAX-D) on Chronic Low Back Pain: A Study of Dosage Regimen Ramos G., MD, Journal of Neurological Research, Volume 26, April 2004
5. VAX-D Reduces Chronic Discogenic Low Back Pain- 4 year Study Odell R., MD. Ph.D, Boudreau D. DO Anesthesiology News, Volume 29, Number 3 , March 2003
REPAIRING THE SPINAL DISC THROUGH ANGIOGENESIS
As scar tissue forms in the small cracks and tears (annular tears) the disc will stop leaking inflammatory chemicals. This will immediately reduce pain and you will start feeling better. We begin to see this process start in the first 2-4 weeks of treatment and it will provide some much needed pain relief but the spinal disc will require between 3-12 months before it is completely healed.
WHEN TO RESUME ACTIVITIES
Even when you feel better the disc will need just over a year to fully stabilize. Any movement that involves torque, such as golf, tennis or lawn bowling will place stress on the disc and hamper this healing process. We give patients a very specific set of instructions to follow during the healing phase so they can enjoy an active life without re-injuring the spinal disc before it is completely stable. The rule is to avoid flexion and torque (rotation). Patients ask me how long before I can do these movements? The answer is realistically, never because flexion and rotation will always place the spinal disc under stress and cause injury and degeneration 100% of the time. We encourage all patients to start walking immediately as the number one way to assist the healing. Once you are feeling better, you may add in an activity you once enjoyed doing, but only at a 10% level. Using a common sense approach, if you feel okay at a 10% level, stay at that level for a brief period of time and slowly add more in, judging it by how you feel. If you notice an increased level of pain the next day, back off from it and listen to your body. Always remember, Dr. Stokes wants you to avoid flexion and rotation as a lifestyle because those two movements damage the discs.
NON SURGICAL RESULTS OF OUR TREATMENT
IS THIS TREATMENT FOR YOU?
To qualify for our Angiogenic treatment program you will need between 1-3 months of active clinical treatment. During the first month the procedure is applied daily, Monday through Friday, approximately an hour per session. After the first 4 weeks most patients will be out of pain however depending on the initial damage treatment is continued three times per week for an additional 4 weeks to reinforce the cartilage growth. After this second month of care patients will return to normal activities, including light exercise. During this time treatment is recommended once per month, in order to maintain the stability of the repair and continue to promote healing. Once a patient gets beyond the 12 month time period the spinal disc will have reached it's maximum potential and stability. In our clinic we have a success rate over 95%, in part because of the way we promote the repair process, we use several advanced modalities including VAX-D Spinal Decompression, Pulsed Electromagnetic Therapy (PEMF), 30 Watt Class 4 Laser, and Hako-Med Bioelectrical Nerve Therapy
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