In clinics, lumbar and cervical pain are very frequently encountered conditions. The intervertebral disc damage is one of the main causes of back and neck pain. Indeed, “daily inactivity,” physical overexertion, prolonged sitting, bending and twisting can compress the discs or create microfissures, making them more prone to degeneration and injury.
As the disc degenerates, the gelatinous nucleus of the disc (nucleus pulposus) located in the center of the latter, loses its hydration which decreases the height of the intervertebral disc. This loss of height can result in multiple conditions, including herniated or bulging discs. Discs injured in this way can create pressure on the spinal nerves, causing sometimes intense pain as well as radiculopathy. Radiculopathy is often perceived as a “burning” type pain that begins in the lower back and travels down the back of the leg. This condition is called “lumbosciatica” or “sciatica” type pain.
The goal of SpineMED® disc (or neuro-vertebral) decompression is to reduce intradiscal pressure and thereby improve the osmotic diffusion of fluids and nutrients to the endplates, thereby enhancing the body’s natural healing abilities. Additionally, the reduction in intradiscal pressure can help decrease the compression of the nucleus pulposus on the nerve roots, thereby relieving sciatica symptoms and pain.
Who can benefit?
SpineMED® disc decompression is a conservative and effective treatment for patients with the following conditions:
- Disc bulge;
- Herniated disc;
- Degenerative disc disease;
- Chronic facet syndrome;
- Sciatic pain;
- Post-surgical pain;
- spinal stenosis;
- Low back pain or non-specific mechanical neck pain.
SpineMED® disc decompression is designed to help patients with lumbar or cervical disc disease and can be used in conjunction with other treatment options available in the clinic.
How does it work?
For lumbar procedures, the patient is in the supine position(on their back) on the SpineMED® decompression system. Patented pelvic restraints are adjusted to comfortably secure the patient’s pelvis. The thorax is stabilized to the fixed section of the table using padded straps. The pelvic section of the table electronically tilts the pelvis to precisely target the vertebral segment to be treated. Treatment begins as the intervertebral disc is gently decompressed using computer-controlled tension according to the patient’s needs.
For cervical procedures, the cervical portion of the table is first electronically tilted to the angle required to precisely target the segment of the cervical spine to be treated. The patient is then placed in the supine position on the table with the head positioned in the cervical cradle. The chiropractor then installs the patient’s head on the retainer so that the base of the skull is comfortably installed on the straps. A soft, computer-controlled distraction is then initiated.