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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.

 

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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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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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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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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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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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