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DECOMPRESSION FOR CARTILAGE REGENERATION
The spinal disc gets nutrition from a mechanical process called the "Pump Mechanism". When this fails a disc is unable to heal and enters a chronic cycle of degeneration, bulging and germination eventually leading to stenosis (end stage arthritis). Injuries to the spine usually injure the delicate blood vessels feeding nutrition to the discs an therefore disrupting the pump mechanism. Without this constant supply of blood the discs become ischemic. Once the pump mechanism is reestablished, the disc can heal naturally.
YOUR SPINAL CAN HEAL NATURALLY
THE CAUSE: ISCHEMIA
Although there are many names (conditions) the physiological cause of most forms of back, neck and sciatica pain is lack of blood flow or ischemia.
By creating a negative pressure between the spinal vertebra two things happen. First, and most obvious the disc tissue is decompressed which reduces bulges and herniations thus decreasing nerve irritation. Secondly this negative pressure or vacuum places a controlled stress on the vertebral blood supply that over time results in the sprouting of new blood vessel branches into the damaged tissues, stimulating the natural healing cycle. These new pathways help prevent future injuries and degeneration much the same way that exercise keeps your muscles healthy.
ANGIOGENESIS: GROWING BLOOD VESSELS
Here we can observe the long term effects of spinal decompression therapy to the blood vessels that supply the spinal discs. The term for this natural process is angiogenesis.
OBJECTIVE RESULTS: MRI
Here is a patient who underwent 30 days of decompression therapy.
Although most of our patients will have dramatic changes in pain within a few weeks, the repair mechanism for the spinal disc, called "Glycosaminoglycan Turnover" takes around 500 days (4). So 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 reinsuring the spinal disc before it is completely stable.
In addition to spinal decompression there are other treatments that help with Angiogenesis. This include Class 4 Laser (HERE), PEMF (HERE), and Hako Med (HERE). There are many effective options to explore before surrendering to spinal surgery or pain managements recommendation of drugs and injections. Schedule a consultation at (239) 275-7575 and learn about your options.
References Quoted Above:
1. Vert Mooney, MD, Jeffery A Saal MD, Joel S Saal, MD, Clinical Symposia , Vol. 48 Number 4 1996
2. 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
3. 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
4. Nachemson, A.L The Lumbar Spine- An Orthopedic Challenge, Spine, Vol 1, No.1 (March 1976)
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