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Is Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Worth The Cost

One of the questions people often ask me is whether having non-surgical spinal decompression treatment 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 for real estate agents!

The bottom line for him…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 had 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 this 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
  • Pregnancy
  • 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 for 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 because 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.




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



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!



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 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!




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


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.

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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!


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


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.


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.