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Is Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Worth The Cost

One of the questions people ask me all the time is if non-surgical spinal decompression is worth it. Obviously, it depends on your individual condition. But if you ask my patients, they will tell you it is.

 

Jonathan’s Story

 

spinal-decompression-worth-the-costMy patient, Jonathan, is a good example of this. He came in to see me recently, so I asked him how his back was doing. Six years ago, we had performed non-surgical spinal decompression on his back for a herniated disc. I was interested to see how his back was doing after this many years. He told me his back was doing great and that he was thankful that he had chosen to do non-surgical spinal decompression.

You see, Jonathan is a real estate agent who is very active. His family’s income is dependent on his ability to do his job. And, real estate agents are active people. Networking to meet potential clients, going to prospective clients’ homes to get listings, showing buyers homes, and going on inspections are just some of the things they do.

Downtime is NOT AN OPTION!

The bottom line for him was that he couldn’t afford not to work or to be “down and out” trying to recover from surgery. That is one of the reasons he chose to do spinal decompression.

Jonathan also shared with me that he has a friend who had a herniated disc in his back at the same time he did. Unfortunately, his friend had chosen not to do anything about his back, even though Jonathan had referred me to him.

As it turns out, his friend is now regretting that he didn’t have spinal decompression when he sees how Jonathan is doing. He is in pain all the time and his quality of life has been greatly impacted.

 

Who Is A Good Candidate For Non- Surgical Spinal Decompression?

 

Spinal decompression technology is typically used for the treatment of back pain due to:

  • Back Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Herniated and/or bulging discs
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Degenerative disc disease

 

While it works for most of these conditions, it is important to make sure you consult a doctor who specializes in spinal decompression about your specific situation before getting treatment. There are some people who should not undergo treatment. For instance, you should not have spinal decompression treatment if you have any of the following conditions:

  • A Tumor
  • Fractures
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • An Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Metal Implants in your spine
  • Advanced Osteoporosis
  • Pregnant women
  • You’re under the age of 18

 

Benefits of Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression

 

If you have gone to an orthopedic surgeon for back pain, you may have been recommended for surgery. While surgery is usually covered by insurance and spinal decompression is not as of yet,, it is important to consider the benefits of paying spinal decompression:

  • Faster recovery time Patients usually start feeling relief after the first couple of treatments.
  • Minimal or no time off of work Patients who are working can typically return to work the same or next day.
  • No risk of infection as with surgery There are no invasive procedures involved.
  • No anesthesia There is no risk of adverse reactions to anesthesia as it isn’t used.
  • No risk of blood clots There is no risk of blood clots as with surgery.

 

The Cost of Non-Spinal Decompression

 

On average, spinal decompression from a qualified doctor will cost approximately $4,000, and most doctors will have some sort of payment option available.

I hear stories all the time from people that come to see me that they opted to have the surgery because insurance covered it, and then regretted it when they experienced problems. That is why it is so important to do your research up front, weigh the benefits and risks and make the decision that best fits your situation.

At the end of the day, your quality of life may depend on the decision you make, so it is important that it is an informed one.

 

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As with any form of medical treatment, you should consult with your physician before embarking on any treatment plan. The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and should not be deemed accurate for the purposes of diagnosing your particular medical condition

 

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Does TV Binge Watching Cause Inflammation

Many doctors in all avenues having been sounding the alarm about the effects of sedentary behavior on our health. But recently, a team of doctors have measured the impact through a recently published study.

What the Studies Say

tv-binge-watching-inflammationAn Australian research team has linked the risk of developing inflammatory diseases to excessive hours of sitting, particularly as related to TV binge watching……….and Netflix may never be the same.

Researchers followed nearly 9,000 adults and tracked the number of hours they spent each day sitting and watching television. Every hour of sitting increased their risk of developing an inflammatory disease by 12 percent.

Naturally, those that spent more than four hours a day sitting and watching TV were at greatest risk. Patients were followed, and at 12 years after the study, about 10 percent of the subjects had died. Of those that had passed away, 130 /909 people died of inflammatory diseases.

 

Why Being Sedentary Causes Inflammation?

Under normal conditions, inflammation is a natural response to a harmful event; the body releases chemicals that help the body recover. When people are sedentary for long periods of time, these chemicals hang around for too long and can cause disease.

Doctors don’t understand all the mechanisms for why sitting causes these chemicals to hang around, but they’re learning through research.

In one study conducted in the United Kingdom, subjects were asked to self-report how much time they spent sitting during the week. Researchers used the standard International Physical Activity Questionnaire to log how much sitting and physical activity each person did.

Researchers then measured blood values of inflammation markers like leptin, C-reactive protein and interleukin-6 (IL-6). In 500 individuals, sitting time was associated with higher levels of these biomarkers. Females had significantly more biomarkers present than men did. By hanging around in the blood stream too long, these biomarkers created a situation of low-grade inflammation, particularly in women.

 

How Biomarkers Affect Your Joints

There are many diseases that are characterized as inflammatory in nature, and many of these diseases affect the bones and joints.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a global epidemic. Doctors and researchers have shifted their thinking about the disease. Once thought to be strictly caused by mechanical “wear and tear”, research now indicates that OA is really an inflammatory disease by nature.

These same biomarkers wreak havoc in the joints, creating the pain, stiffness and loss of mobility that so often characterizes OA.

 

What You Can Do About It

Doctor Examining Male Patient With Knee PainDoctors are working to develop tests that could identify inflammation at its first stages, when it first becomes a problem, and before it becomes chronic. The rapid development and acceptance of regenerative therapy treatments like stem cell therapy and PRP can be helpful in reducing chronic pain for those already afflicted with such maladies.

Until researchers have more information, there is still a lot you can do to help yourself and your situation.

Lifestyle changes can perhaps be the first line of defense. Changing habits can include:

  • Limit the amount of time you’re sitting or otherwise sedentary.
  • Get moving!
  • Introduce daily walks into your schedule. Moderate walking for as little as 20 minutes per day can rev up your metabolism and work wonders to prevent inflammation from setting in.
  • If you’re one to watch television several hours per day, get on the treadmill and watch your favorite shows while you’re moving.
  • Control your weight by eating a healthy diet; obesity also causes inflammation biomarkers to run out of control.

Remember, small changes can have a big impact over time!

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As with any form of medical treatment, you should consult with your physician before embarking on any treatment plan. The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and should not be deemed accurate for the purposes of diagnosing your particular medical condition

 

 

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What Are The Risks Of Too Much Sitting?

Do you suffer from chronic back or neck pain?

Many people do, and while there are many acute causes that can be a source of your pain such as a traumatic accident or a sports injury, one prominent lifestyle choice is becoming a growing concern in medical circles— “too much sitting.”

too-much-sittingFrom television binge watching to computer gaming, or simply because of the change from a manufacturing economy to a service economy, Americans are sitting now more than ever……. and all of this sitting may be becoming a problem.

According to the Mayo Clinic, extended periods of sitting can have very detrimental effects on your spine and joints. Despite what you might think, sitting is not a natural position for your body to be in for long periods of time.

Is sitting the new smoking?

 

Why Sitting Is Bad for Your Health?

Sitting for long periods creates tremendous stress not only on your spine but also on your knee and hip joints. The growing body of scientific research is leading doctors to conclude that sitting is now a significant risk factor in and of itself for spinal and postural issues.

It’s harder these days not to sit because most jobs these days require extensive computer work. Numerous studies point to the detrimental effects of sitting— in addition to chronic back, neck and joint pain, it can also lead long-term health issues such as obesity, diabetes and heart problems.

What You Can Do?

It’s best to think of it in terms of what movements are not happening because you are sitting. Standing up creates a change in posture that means that your body will better interact with gravity. And that means we constantly need to be engaged in movement (not necessarily exercise movement). Of course, a structured exercise program in addition to this reaps great benefits as well.

sitting-is-the-new-smokingBasically, the key is to move and shift your position often throughout the day when you’re sitting for long periods. Our bodies were designed to stand, squat and even kneel, but not necessarily to sit.

Doctors recommend standing up over 30 times per day to counteract the effects of sitting. You don’t even need to walk around—simply stand. Frequently interrupt those long periods of sitting.

There are more opportunities to stand up throughout the day than you might think. Do housework, garden, cook, stand to peek over a cubicle and tell your co-worker “hello”.

As the NIKE ad says…Just do it!

Keep in mind that standing continuously is just as bad as sitting continuously. It is about movement and changing position throughout the day. People with jobs that require a lot of standing, like nurses and retail associates, have long talked about the joint pain and spine problems they’ve suffered from standing for long hours.

 

Get Active

The key is to try to incorporate small movements into your daily routine. Think of it as providing your body with a gravity stimulus. For the stimulus to be effective, you must stand up over 30 times a day to get the benefit.

Some people set a timer on their computer or Fitbit. When it goes off, they stand.

Some people squat and then stand to get even more movement. The important thing to keep in mind is that it is never too late to start. Try it for a week at work and see how you feel. Our bodies are amazingly resilient and you can recover from the damage of excessive sitting.

Try it! You’ll be amazed!

 

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Surgery vs Spinal Decompression - Which One Is Right For You?

If you have ever had a herniated disk, you know the pain is excruciating. The chronic pain that results from such an acute condition leaves no doubt there that you need medical intervention. And in the past surgery was generally the only option doctors had available to them that offered any remedy.

In recent years, however, therapies like spinal decompression have lessened and in some cases eliminated the need for any kind of invasive procedure at all.

 

What is a Herniated Disc?

 

herniated-discOften called a bulging disk, this is a very common spinal injury that affects many adults in the United States. A person can have a herniated disk without realizing it until a nerve becomes pinched or otherwise compromised resulting in what can often be excruciating pain, plus a loss of range of motion and many other adverse effects.

The discs in your spine serve as shock absorbers and distributors and ensure flexibility. They are essential for a person’s spine to function. Your disks are made up of a tough outer layer (annulus fibrosus) and a soft, gelatin-like center (nucleus pulposus).

Sometimes cracks occur in that outer layer and inner material of a disk begin to push out. There are numerous reasons this can occur including being overweight, poor posture, and physical injury, or being overweight.

 

What are the Symptoms of a Herniated Disc?

 

Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Arm pain
  • Leg pain
  • Stiffness
  • Tenderness of the spine

Depending on which disc is herniated, pain usually begins in the back or neck. As more gel comes out of the disc, it usually beings to put pressure on the nerve. When that occurs, pain begins to radiate down the leg or arm often accompanied by a tingling sensation or numbness.

When not treated, the pain can become severe enough to prevent getting out of bed or performing normally routine tasks.

Even something as simple as sneezing or coughing may result in shooting pains.

 

What is Spinal Decompression?

 

spinal-decompression-in-los angelesThese treatments accomplished the same results spinal traction but are more effective and less time consuming. In this procedure, your spine is gently stretched decreasing the pressure of the disc. The process of stretching and relaxing the spine relieves pressure and promotes increased circulation. Better circulation means an increase in blood flow that carries necessary oxygen, nutrients, and water to travel a damaged disc.

When your disk is slowly stretched back into shape, a vacuum pulls oxygen, hydration, and nutrients into the disc. This process promotes healing from the inside. For long-term pain relief to occur, multiple treatments are often required.

Conservative, non-surgical spinal decompression has been shown to have positive results in alleviating the symptoms of a herniated disc in 90% of those suffering from the condition.

 

 

How Many Treatments are Required?

 

Although most people realize relief after their first treatment, a series of decompression treatments are generally recommended to ensure that lasting, internal healing takes place.

One of the advantages of spinal decompression therapy is each treatment session generally takes less than 30 minutes. Sometimes one treatment is all that is required but you may need multiple treatments over a four to eight-week period if your injury is severe.

 

Does it Always Replace Surgery?

 

Many patients who seriously considered back surgery to repair an injured disk, have been able to avoid surgery after completing a full course of spinal decompression. The treatment is approved by the FDA and often provides a viable alternative to surgery and long-term reliance on painkillers.

Each case of back pain is unique and your specialist can help you determine which good course of treatment is best for you – surgery vs spinal decompression.

There are some instances where surgery is the preferred course of treatment.

If you have had a prior surgery with metal plates and screws in the area to be treated, cancer in the area of treatment or severe osteoporosis, spinal decompression is not for you.

As with any physical condition, being proactive is always the best course of action. If you have recurring symptoms the sooner you see a specialist the better.

There is no reason to think surgery is the only option you have when it comes to severe back pain. Physicians are seeing more and more of their patients avoid surgery and resume their normal lifestyle quickly and with far less pain than ever before.

 

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What Is Regenerative Therapy?

Debilitating stiffness, throbbing achiness, swelling and redness from inflammation are some of the symptoms acute and chronic musculoskeletal sufferers endure. This includes the joints, bones and muscular system. Recent advancements in alternative regenerative therapy treatments offer new hope for pain sufferers.

Left untreated, these conditions can manifest in the form of arthritis, including osteo and rheumatoid, carpal tunnel syndrome, or knee, back, neck and shoulder pain just to name a few. Aging, genetics, trauma, obesity, repetitive actions on the job or in sports are typically the causes.

According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), “One in two Americans has a musculoskeletal condition. This adds up to a staggering $213 billion dollars for treatment, rehab and unemployment cost, stated in a report by the United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI).”

 

What You Should Know About Orthopedic Surgery

 

regenerative-therapyConditions involving the musculoskeletal system can lead to further degeneration and threaten your quality of life. Not being able to participate in the activities you once engaged in could be devastating and depressing. It is understandable that individuals experiencing excruciating pain and limited mobility would seek a physician and perhaps feel the need to schedule an appointment for invasive surgery.

But, not so fast, it would a good idea to determine if there are other options to regenerate your affected area.

In a 2017 online blog post for Reader’s Digest, 50 Secrets Surgeons Won’t Tell You, Dr. Kevin B. Jones shares one of the secrets by saying that some problems you just cannot fix well with surgery like many cases of back pain.

It is important to recognize that most doctors are encouraged to perform surgery; that is their training. Many will not even suggest alternative methods. You can find out more about the reasons here.

Fortunately for people with musculoskeletal disorders, there are Orthopedic Specialists who offer Regenerative Therapy, with proven results to provide relief for their patients.

 

What Is Regenerative Therapy?

 

In the 1990s, Regenerative Therapy gained popularity in medical circles and provided hope for those afflicted with conditions, like musculoskeletal difficulties.

You could characterize Regenerative Therapy as being able to restore damaged body parts, tissues or organs with harvested or engineered cultures from the patient’s own body.

Two groundbreaking treatments involving stem cells and platelet rich plasma have emerged that have changed the landscape of regenerative therapy.

 

Two Groundbreaking Treatments

 

These two procedures are quickly becoming sought-after treatments within the medical field. The idea that an Orthopedic Surgeon can retrieve, isolate and inject components from your own body to repair damaged areas in your system is exciting, even after being in use for a couple of decades.

Adult Stem Cells and Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) have studies backing them, which shows the benefits of these two therapies for various orthopedic problems.

In fact, one clinical trial concluded PRP injections benefited patients with osteoarthritis. The treatment proved to be safe and effective with no known side effects.

More individuals in the world of sports are rejecting the traditional method of receiving invasive surgery when they have injuries. Instead, they are going to progressive physicians using these types of rejuvenating methods.

In fact, sports figures, including Tiger Woods, Garrett Richards, Kobe Bryant, Peyton Manning and Maria Sharapova, have used stem cells and/or platelet-rich plasma with wonderful results.

 

Adult Stem Cells in Regenerative Therapy

 

adult-stem-cells-regenerative-therapyThere is a debate about when stem cells were discovered, but most people in the scientific community agree that it was in the 1960s, when scientists Ernest McCulloch and James Till detected the hematopoietic stem cell in mice.

For an element to have the classification of a stem cell, it must be able to renew itself by dividing into more cells and change into other cell types, including into the structures forming the ligaments, bone, cartilage, muscle, etc.

Currently, some health care practitioners dealing in regenerative therapy use adult stem cells and the numbers are increasing.

The process of using adult stem cells for restoring or repairing injuries in Orthopedic Medicine consists of drawing stem cell containing tissues such as bone marrow or adipose tissue (fat) from the body, this tissue is processed to isolate and concentrate the stem cells.

The stem cells are then taken and injected into the injured area, such as a knee joint which immediately encourages the body to begin the rejuvenation process.

 

Restoration With PRP

 

Platelet-rich Plasma is full of elements like proteins and peptides that promote healing of the damaged tissues.

This process begins with blood being drawn from the patient and placed in a centrifuge to separate the platelets, plasma and red blood cells.

The outcome is a concentration of platelets, growth factors and plasma, which is introduced back into the patient’s problem area. This starts the repairing of the tissues.

A combination of both therapies can be even more potent in obtaining recovery.

 

Finding the Best Physician for Regenerative Therapy

 

It is essential to select the proper medical practitioner when you want PRP or stem cell therapy. Look for one who has experience doing these procedures and is willing to let you speak to past patients.

Don’t forget to ask them about their physical experience having the injections, recovery time and results.

Often these patients will tell you that they would opt to have a regenerative therapy over traditional surgery any time.

 

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As with any form of medical treatment, you should consult with your physician before embarking on any treatment plan. The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and should not be deemed accurate for the purposes of diagnosing your particular medical condition

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Treatment Options When Recovering From An Auto Accident

Injured in an Auto Accident? Therapy not helping? Want to avoid surgery?

We have been helping people recover from auto accidents for over 30 years. Patients who have been involved in an auto accident with minor injuries do really well with therapy like Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Massage, and Physical Therapy. But those with serious trauma need surgical interventions to put the body together again. What do people do when therapy isn’t getting them back to normal but are not severe enough to justify the risks and side effects of surgery?recovering from an auto accident

Regenerative Orthopedic Clinic specializes in treating moderate to severe injuries where traditional therapies have not been successful and surgery is still trying to be avoided. Our medical treatments utilize the latest advancements in science to actually heal damage done to the body. By healing the injury not only is the pain significantly reduced, but also patients are able to get back to doing the things they love quickly.

Many auto accidents leave the neck and back injured. Non-Surgical Spinal decompression helps many of our patients, who suffer from sciatica, disc bulges, and degeneration. Chiropractic, acupuncture, and traditional therapy are good at treating the symptoms but sometimes struggle with fixing the actual problem. If you have therapy, and feel good walking out, but the pain comes back in a day or two you are most likely treating the symptoms, and not the problem. Non-surgical decompression focuses on treating the actual injury. Most of our patients experience long term relief, and high level of functionality following this treatment.

We are not a pain management clinic. Most medical facilities treating auto accident victims dispense lots of medication, inject steroids (cortisone), and want to perform epidurals to help mask the pain. Patients come to our office to resolve the problem so they can STOP taking all the pain medication, and get back to the life they had before the accident.

When injured in an auto accident typically auto insurances pay for the treatments to get you well. In some cases attorneys are involved and treatment is performed on a lien bases. Regenerative Orthopedic Clinic works with most auto insurances, and is willing to work with attorneys under lien.

If you have been injured in an auto accident, and are in pain, you need to make an appointment to meet with one of our doctors to find out if any of our non-surgical treatments can get you back to an enjoyable pain free life.

Common treatments available for Auto Accident Patients

  • Stem Cell Therapy: Use of patient’s own stem cells to regenerate tissue damage
  • PRP: Use of patient’s own platelets, and growth hormones to accelerate healing
  • PIT: Calms and treats neurogenic pain using sugar water and microinjections
  • Laser Therapy: Use of latest laser technology to repair damage and decrease pain
  • Ozone Therapy: Used around the world as a tool to accelerate healing
  • Sarapin: A natural alternative to cortisone steroid injections
  • Non-surgical spinal decompression: Computer controlled treatment for sciatica

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As with any form of medical treatment, you should consult with your physician before embarking on any treatment plan. The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and should not be deemed accurate for the purposes of diagnosing your particular medical condition

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How to Prevent Back Pain at Your Desk

Back pain is a common ailment that affects eight out of ten adults in the US, according to the National Institutes of Health. While some people only experience occasional pain, others develop chronic back pain. If you’ve been experiencing ongoing back pain that doesn’t seem to be going away, it’s easy to think poor posture or the aging process is to blame. However, your work environment could be the true culprit. Fortunately, there are ways to ease this discomfort and reduce the occurrence of back pain.

Do you know what the top 12 lower back exercises are?How to prevent back pain at your desk

Causes of Back Pain at Your Desk

Back pain at work can start out as occasional twinges that eventually turn into more severe and widespread pain, especially in the shoulders and lower back. If you spend most of your workday sitting at a desk working on a computer, you’re at risk of developing back pain resulting from spinal misalignment. In most cases, it is because their workstations are not set up correctly. Typical problems are:

1. Sitting all day affects your body in ways that can lead to back pain, such as:

  • Puts muscle strain on your lower back
  • Weakens your core muscles, which puts additional strain on your back
  • Causes poor circulation, or blood flow, to your back muscles and joints
  • Causes strain in the shoulders from trying to maintain long-term proper posture

2. Improper seating leads to the following:

  • Lack of lower back support
  • Improper pelvic tilt, putting strain on lower back
  • Sitting forward in seat with no back support
  • Slouching

3. Lack of a keyboard tray leads to:

  • Forced lifting of shoulders, causing upper back, shoulder and neck pain

4. Incorrect monitor height causes:

  • Improper head position, causing upper back , shoulder and neck pain

Importance of Ergonomics

The term “ergonomics” has been used more and more in association with back pain in the workplace. It refers to the science of making work environments more comfortable in order to minimize the risk of back pain and other medical issues. The basic principle of ergonomics is to make sure that your work environment accommodates you physically, instead of you having to adjust your body to your workspace.

adjust ergonomic chairThere are ergonomic desks, chairs and even keyboards available that have been designed to help you keep your body in the proper position. In most cases, these are worth the investment. However, if you don’t currently have these or your employer hasn’t provided them for you, there are ways for you to improve your workplace ergonomics and prevent back pain by making some slight changes to how you work.

Adjust Your Chair

When sitting in your chair at work, both of your feet should be flat on the floor and your knees should be even with your hips. Adjust the height of your chair until you’re able to sit in this position comfortably. Use the lumbar support feature on your chair, if you have it. If not, give your lower back more support with a cushion. Your chair should also have an adjustable seat base that lets you sit up straight. If possible, take off or lower the armrests as well so that your arms form 90-degree angles.

Lower Back Treatment Options

If you have back pain or lower back pain due to poor ergonomics at your desk, there are treatment options that can help. For example:

Get the right medical treatment to stop the pain and get your body corrected so future problems don’t complicate your life!

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Top 12 Lower Back Exercises

Whether you’re lower back problems were caused by an injury, a result of sitting or standing all day at work, or simply that you’ve let yourself go and you’re now suffering the consequences. The pain and effect you’re lower back has on your daily life is enormous.

lower-back-painSerious lower back problems may need more medical treatment than simple back exercises, but even after receiving medical treatments like spinal decompression or even surgery, an exercise program will be need to employed. Increasing your strength and flexibility is very important in maintaining a healthy and strong core.

Even after years of neglecting your body by indulging in fast food and couch surfing, your lower back and overall health can be rectified by starting a simple but effective lower back exercise program.

We have put together the top 12 lower back exercises for you in an easy to use brochure with instructions on how to perform each exercise. The brochure is absolutely FREE for you to download and use.

A note of caution here! The exercise program should be performed only with the approval of your doctor!

Take the brochure with you; it will actually fold up into a Tri-fold brochure when printed out on both sides of the paper, when you visit your doctor. Here’s a little sample of the exercise you will see in the brochure:

Here are a few examples of the types of exercises you will perform.

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The key in ensuring your lower back will increase its flexibility and strength is consistency in doing the exercises. Yes, that means you have to put your effort into it.Doing the program half heartedly will not make your lower back better!

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How Does Stem Cell Therapy Work?

Stem cell therapy has become an extremely popular medical treatment, with many doctors recommending it and many patients reaping its benefits. Doctors are even recommending stem cell therapy for medical issues that once seemed as if they had no option for treatment other than surgery.

But how does this revolutionary medical treatment work? To help you answer that question, we’re going to take a look at what stem cell therapy is, how it works and how it could help you.how-stem-cell-therapy-works

What is a stem cell in the first place?

Stem cells are the body’s own repair kit. When you receive an injury, your body’s stem cells rush to the injured area and start the healing process. Sometimes your own stem cells cannot get through to the injured area due to the amount of damage from the injury or surgery. In these cases, stem cells are then harvested from your own body, concentrating them by placing them in a centrifuge, and then injecting them back into the injured part of the body. It is important not to confuse these types of stem cells with embryonic stem cells.

Where do stem cells come from?

Modern stem cell therapy techniques harvest stem cells directly from the patient’s own body. This is a quick and safe process that only involves the gathering of fat cells — also known as adipose tissue — from a patient, which are loaded with stem cells.

Once the adipose tissue has been gathered, the stem cells are separated by spinning them in a centrifuge. They are then ready to be reintroduced to the patient’s body.

What does stem cell therapy do?

Stem cell therapy is the process of using the aforementioned cells to help patients’ bodies repair damaged tissue. It can either accelerate an otherwise slow healing process or allow the body to heal tissue that would have otherwise remained damaged permanently. The medical advancements in stem cell therapy have been remarkable for the advancement of non-invasive medical treatments. Instead of opting for surgery, which is usually the only option many doctors present, patients now have safe, natural and effective alternatives for joint disorders and beyond.

It is also possible to combine PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Therapy with Stem Cell Therapy, in certain situations, to provide an additional element that helps in the healing process.

What types of problems is stem cell therapy being used for right now?

Stem cell therapy is being used for a variety of ailments, from virtually untreatable diseases to joint injuries. Here is a list of a few of the medical problems being successfully treated with stem cell therapy:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Heart disease
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Diabetes
  • Joint injuries – Knee, Hips, Shoulders, Ankles, Hands, Back, Elbows and more
  • Neurological diseases
  • Liver disease
  • Cancer
  • Retinal diseases
  • Blood disorders
  • Immune disorders
  • Metabolic disorders

There are many other medical issues that stem cell therapy can treat and this list is expanding every single day. For example, one of the newest stem cell therapies is successfully treating osteoarthritis.

How long does stem cell therapy take to undergo?

Despite the advanced nature of stem cell therapy, the process has a surprisingly short lead time. In most cases, a single treatment will only take about four hours.

What are the risks of stem cell therapy?

As with any medical procedure, stem cell therapy does come with risks. However, advances in stem cell treatment have nullified many of the risks. For example, there was once a high level of concern that a patient’s immune system would reject stem cells. The fact that stem cells now come directly from the patient’s own body make this, in addition to many other risks, either negligible or nonexistent.

The biggest risk most patients undergoing stem cell therapy face is an infection from the removal of adipose tissue or the injection of stem cells.

How long does it take to recover from stem cell therapy?

The recovery time from a stem cell therapy treatment is virtually nonexistent. A stem cell therapy treatment is an outpatient procedure. Other than some minor discomfort at the injection site for a short time after the Recovery from stem cell therapytreatment, patients can return to work the next day.

This makes stem cell therapy a great treatment alternative for those who are concerned about the long recovery time associated with a surgical procedure.

What about the cost of stem cell therapy?

Stem cell therapy usually costs between 20 and 50 percent less than surgery for treatments of the same ailment; this doesn’t even account for the need for surgery revisions.

Stem cell therapy is the future of modern medicine

If you have a medical issue that you need resolved, then you should seriously consider stem cell therapy as a treatment option. It is much less invasive than most other types of treatments and it allows your body to heal the way that it was meant to.

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As with any form of medical treatment, you should consult with your physician before embarking on any treatment plan. The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and should not be deemed accurate for the purposes of diagnosing your particular medical condition.

What Is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy?

Platelet rich plasma injections have been shown to improve joint function and relieve pain resulting from a variety of conditions. Platelet rich plasma therapy has been around since 1987 and was first used after open-heart surgery.

 

What is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy?

There are many treatment options for this type of therapy, everything from vampire facials and hair restoration to sports injuries and joint disorders. Because of the regenerative properties that platelet rich plasma offers, it is fast becoming a sort after medical procedure, especially when it comes to joint pain. Joint-Pain

A person’s blood contains many components including red and white blood cells and plasma. Platelets are known for their role in blood clotting. They contain growth factors, which are proteins that aid in the healing of injuries. Studies have shown that concentrating these growth factors and injecting them into the affected area can speed up the rate at which the body heals itself.

Platelet rich plasma therapy may be used to treat conditions like:

  • Injured tendons
  • Injured ligaments and muscles
  • Tissue damage from surgery
  • Knee arthritis
  • Rotator cuff injuries

While the therapy is relatively new, it has a strong following. Many famous athletes have used platelet rich plasma therapy to help them recover from injury including basketball player Kobe Bryant and tennis’s Rafael Nadal. Both sports stars used platelet rich plasma to treat knee ailments.

 

How Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy Works

The procedure starts out with the patient getting between 40 and 60cc of their blood drawn. That blood is then placed in a machine called a centrifuge, which spins it at a high speed for between 10 and 15 minutes. The result is that the different types of blood cells that make up the blood are separated; the portion with the platelets is then extracted. The concentrated platelets are injected at the site of the injury. The doctor uses ultrasound image guidance to guide the needle to the precise point where the injection will be most helpful.

(Note: If your physician wants to use a manual approach for inserting the needle, the injection may be placed in the wrong spot and be of no benefit to you. Insist on image guidance or seek a 2nd opinion)

The PRP preparation may contain up to 10 times the amount of platelets found in blood.

Platelet rich plasma therapy or PRP as it is commonly called, may be administered as one injection or in a series. It depends on the severity of the injury and how each person’s body responds to the therapy..

 

How Safe is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy?

Since the platelet rich plasma preparation comes entirely from your blood, there will be will little risk of your body rejecting it or any other complications. Note that under normal circumstances, the body responds to soft prp is safetissue damage by sending platelets to the injury site to promote healing. PRP is merely a way of enhancing this natural reaction by sending even more platelets. The concentration of platelets results in there being more growth factors at the location of the injury, which enables faster healing.

This therapy does come with a small degree of risk. Whenever a needle pierces the skin, there is always the potential for infection. Inflammation is a common side effect; however, inflammation is a result of the body’s own healing efforts.

 

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy Compared to Joint Replacement Surgery

Surgeries to replace joints are major procedures that should be reserved for the most serious and debilitating problems. They will require a hospital stay and a long recovery period, which means that you will have to take time off work. With PRP, there will be no need to stay in a hospital and the procedure can be performed in about two hours in a doctor’s office if you allow for preparation and recovery time. In many cases, patients are able to return to work immediately after having PRP performed.

How much your therapy costs will depend on the number of injections you receive. Expect to pay around $500 for each treatment. Keep in mind that the average cost of knee replacement surgery in the United States is $49,500 and that procedure comes with a lengthy rehabilitation period during which you may be unable to work.

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As with any form of medical treatment, you should consult with your physician before embarking on any treatment plan. The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and should not be deemed accurate for the purposes of diagnosing your particular medical condition.

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Herniated Disk Therapy - Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression

If you suffer from constant pain in your neck or back, you know how distressing that can be. Your mind is always on your pain and it is difficult to concentrate on any other aspect of your life. Consider that you may be suffering from a herniated disc.

You may be postponing a trip to your medical professional in the mistaken belief that surgery will be the only option you will have for relieving your pain. In fact, non-surgical spinal decompression is a method of treatment that avoids the operating room at the same time that it provides relief of pain associated with a herniated disc.

A herniated disc and its causes

The spine is made up of a series of small bones called vertebrae. Between each vertebra there is a rubbery cushion, similar to a small jelly doughnut, which is called a disc. When the jelly substance of the disc begins to push itself out of the disc between the vertebrae, it is referred to as a ruptured, bulging, slipped or herniated disc.herniated disk

A herniated disc can be caused by a sudden fall or other type of accident causing injury to the spine. Commonly, there is no specific cause and it just happens as people age. Wear and tear on the back, bending inappropriately and using the back instead of the legs to lift heavy objects are also contributing factors.

Overweight people and those who have physically demanding jobs are more susceptible. Some people are predisposed genetically to having a herniated disc.

Symptoms of a herniated disc

Depending on which disc is herniated, pain will begin in the back or neck. As time goes by and more gel comes out of the disc, it usually starts to put pressure on the nerve. When this happens, pain starts to radiate down the arm or leg and you may even experience numbness and a tingling sensation. Without treatment, the pain may become so severe that it may be difficult to get out of bed or perform simple tasks. Coughing or sneezing may cause shooting pains down the limbs and muscles may gradually weaken.

Diagnostic measures for a herniated disc

Your symptoms will give the medical professional a strong indication that you are suffering from a herniated disc. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, the doctor will typically start with an x-ray to see if there is a bulge in the disc and how large it is. If the x-ray shows that there is a substantial bulge and you are in a lot of pain, the doctor will probably request an MRI to see the disc in more detail.

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy may be for you

There was a time when surgery seemed to be the only method of treatment for a herniated disc. In recent years, non-surgical spinal decompression has gained favor as a non-invasive method of alleviating pain. In simple spinal-decompression-in-los angeleswords, it takes pressure of the spine allowing the damaged disc(s) to heal.

Talk to your doctor about whether spinal decompression is for you. If you are pregnant, have a metal implant in your back, suffer from osteoporosis or have other serious medical conditions, your doctor may decide that you are not a good candidate for this type of therapy.

Spinal Decompression therapy in a nutshell

You will lie fully clothed on a computer-controlled traction table that has a motorized device attached. A harness will be put around your trunk and pelvis. The doctor will instruct you to either lie on your stomach or your back. The doctor adjusts the computer according to your specific needs, based on your examination and test results.

The traction attached to the harness will slowly and gently stretch your spine in a way that changes its position. This procedure decreases the pressure of the disc on the nerves and causes the damaged disc to retract. This eases the pain and promotes healing. When the pressure is relieved, circulation to the disc is increased and this in turn provides necessary nutrients, oxygen and water to travel into the damaged disc. The spinal decompression therapy treatment may last approximately 25-30 minutes. Depending on the severity of your condition, you may require multiple over a period of four to seven weeks.

Conservative, non-surgical spinal decompression has shown to have positive results for relieving pain and other symptoms in 90% of those who suffer from a herniated disc.

Preventing a herniated disc

Aging and a genetic predisposition may result in a herniated disc no matter what you do. You can lessen your chances of suffering from this condition by:

  • Doing exercises designed to strengthen the muscles that support your trunk.
  • Concentrating on good posture.
  • Avoid lifting heavy objects or use your leg muscles, not your back muscles, if lifting is required.
  • Keeping your weight at an appropriate level.

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As with any form of medical treatment, you should consult with your physician before embarking on any treatment plan. The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and should not be deemed accurate for the purposes of diagnosing your particular medical condition.

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Bulging Disc Problems - Why Spinal Decompression May be the Cure

Bulging discs are a common source of back pain in the United States and can be very disruptive to your lifestyle. Sometimes this type of back pain can be relieved by moderate exercise and changes to your lifestyle. But when the bulge grows to a point where these changes are no longer effective, alternative treatments need to be used. So what is the best way to treat bulging disc pain? Traditionally, doctors have gone to corticosteroid injections, but these don’t fix the existing medical problem and provide only temporary relief. The next step for a lot of doctors is surgery, but non-surgical spinal decompression is another alternative that is proving to be much more successful at treating bulging discs.

What is a Bulging Disc?bulging disc

Did you know the bones in your spine are cushioned by multiple small discs which run along your vertebrae? These discs have often been compared to a jelly donut, because they too are filled with a gel-like substance. When one of these discs becomes damaged, it may eventually start to bulge. When the disc actually ruptures it is referred to as a herniated disc, which is its commonly used medical term.

What Causes It?

Disc bulges are usually caused by age-related disc degeneration. But they can also be caused by doing a lot of heavy lifting, incorrect lifting, twisting or strenuous movements. You are particularly at risk of disc bulges if your job or lifestyle involves strenuous activity. As you begin to age, your spinal discs can lose some of their water content, in turn resulting in a loss of flexibility and an increased susceptibility to rupturing or tearing.

Symptoms and Identification

Symptoms of a bulging disc can vary depending on the person and location of the problem. Typically, if you have a bulging disc, you can expect to experience sharp pain in your lower back, pain and numbness in your buttocks and legs, and even numbness or tingling in your hands and feet. If you suspect you have a bulging disc, you must first consult with your doctor so he or she can properly identify the problem, be it a bulging disc or just a pinched nerve. An X-Ray can give the doctor an indication that you have a bulging disc, but it really needs to be identified by an MRI scan.

How Spinal Decompression can Help

Non-surgical spinal decompression therapy is a fast and effective method of treating bulging discs. It uses motorized traction to relieve tension and stretch out the spine. The force and position of the spine is gently modified, taking away some of the pressure and gradually allowing the bulging or herniated discs to retract. This usually happens during a course of around five to seven weeks, in which time the treatment will also help to improve the flow of water, oxygen and nutrients into the discs, effectively healing them.

spinal-decompression-in-los angelesSpinal decompression is a relatively easy procedure that you can experience fully clothed. You doctor will fit you with harnesses around your pelvis and trunk area, before you are asked to lie either face up or face down on a computerized table that is controlled by your doctor. The treatment will be modified to suit your therapy requirements. A typical treatment can last anywhere between 30 to 45 minutes. You may need up to 28 treatments before you experience the maximum benefits depending on your case and level of pain.

Are you a Suitable Candidate?

Spinal decompression therapy is not suitable for everyone. You will not be suitable if you are pregnant, suffering from a tumor or fracture, have advanced osteoporosis, an abdominal aortic aneurysm, or metal spinal implants. You will also not be suitable if you are under the age of 18.

If you do not have any of these conditions, it is worth looking into this alternative. Non-surgical spinal decompression allows you to repair the disc and avoid all of the risks of surgery – infection, adverse reactions to anesthesia, blood clots, lengthy recovery, and time off of work.

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As with any form of medical treatment, you should consult with your physician before embarking on any treatment plan. The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and should not be deemed accurate for the purposes of diagnosing your particular medical condition.

 

Can Spinal Decompression Work For Sciatica?

Any sort of back pain can be terribly disruptive to your daily routine, and can leave you feeling defeated and unable to do all the tasks you’d like to do. If you’re experiencing pain and discomfort due to sciatica – one of the most common back complaints in the US – you’ll probably be looking for any kind of relief that can ease your symptoms and make life more bearable.sciatica_nerve pain

You may have already heard of spinal decompression therapy, and are wondering if it might work for you. This type of therapy can either be surgical or non-surgical, so we’ll concentrate on the non-surgical version and some possible alternative treatment solutions for your sciatica.

Sciatica is a medical diagnostic term used to describe the most likely origin of the pain, but not its cause. In fact, sciatica can be caused by a plethora of different problems, and is diagnosed due to symptoms such as pain following the sciatic nerve. This type of back pain usually originates around the lower back area, and can move as low as the buttock area or even down your leg to your calve or feet. One of the central characteristics of sciatica is that it usually only occurs on one side of the body. Sciatic pain symptoms are usually caused by lumbar nerve compression, which in turn can be caused by any of the following:

  • Spinal disc herniation
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Subluxations / Misalignment
  • Tumors
  • Trauma
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Pregnancy
  • Lifestyle Habits

The good news is, if you suffer from pain caused by sciatica, the chances are it can be treated.

Treating Sciatica

If you think you are suffering from sciatica, you must first consult your chiropractor, doctor, or a back pain specialist, who can help to determine the exact cause of your sciatica. If your symptoms are shown to originate from a bulging or herniated disc, spinal arthritis, spinal stenosis, injury to the spinal nerve roots (radiculopathy) or posterior facet syndrome (worn spinal joints), it is likely that non-surgical spinal decompression is a good treatment option for you.

exercise for sciaticaThis type of therapy provides very effective, non-invasive relief for sciatica and back pain sufferers by taking a direct approach to treating damaged spinal discs. This medication-free treatment uses a kind of motorized traction to stretch the spine and relieve pressure from damaged discs, allowing for the retraction of herniation’s and uncomfortable bulges.

Non-surgical spinal decompression removes the inflammation and pressure that causes the sufferer so much pain, and neutralizes the force and position of the spine. When bulging or herniated discs retract, this helps to encourage the flow of oxygen, water and nutrient-rich fluids which allow the affected discs to heal. Other forms of treatment may have some beneficial effects on sciatica such as:

    • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
    • Physical therapy
    • Exercise
    • Bracing
    • Steroid injections
    • Limited rest
    • Chiropractic care
    • Acupuncture

However, they may only treat the symptoms and not the cause. Spinal Decompression works on the cause of your pain so that a recurrence of the problem is minimized or eliminated altogether.

How is Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Performed?

During your non-surgical spinal decompression treatment, you will be fully clothed and fitted with harnesses by your doctor. One should fit around your pelvis, and another around your trunk. You will then be asked to lie either face-up or face-down on a comfortable computerized table which is operated by your doctor, who can adjust the settings accordingly to suit your specific requirements. A typical treatment can last anywhere from 20 to 35 minutes, and the average sciatica sufferer can expect around 20 to 28 treatments during a period of five to seven weeks. Certain other treatments can also be taken around the time of treatment, including:

  • Heat or cold therapy
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Ultrasound

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Who is Not Suitable?

Although it provides an effective form of relief from sciatic pain, not everyone is suitable for non-surgical spinal decompression therapy. A consultation with your doctor will inform you whether or not you are a suitable candidate. If you are not suitable, you will be able to discuss alternative treatments. There are several other alternative treatments available, such as stem cell therapy, prp injections or prolotherapy that may be a better treatment option for your particular problem. You should not undergo treatment if you have any of the following conditions:

  • A tumor
  • Fractures
  • An abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Metal implants in your spine
  • Advanced osteoporosis
  • You’re under the age of 18

What Should You Do Next?

Get some help! Contact a doctor/clinic that specializes in back treatment programs and has several treatment options available. If you have back pain you already know the effect ti has on your life. Take action by yourself or have a family member help you, but get help. Advances in medical technology and treatment protocols have advanced a lot in recent years.

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As with any form of medical treatment, you should consult with your physician before embarking on any treatment plan. The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and should not be deemed accurate for the purposes of diagnosing your particular medical condition.

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