What causes low back pain?

Low back pain can be caused by a number of factors from injuries to the effects of aging.The spinal cord is protected by the vertebrae, which are made of bone. Between each vertebra are soft discs with a ligamentous outer layer. These discs function as shock absorbers to protect the vertebra and the spinal cord. Many of the problems that cause back pain are the result of herniation and degeneration of the intervertebral disc. Degeneration is a process where wear and tear causes deterioration of the disc. Herniations, or bulging of the disc are protrusions from the disc that press on surrounding nerves, causing pain or numbness.

If I undergo Spinal Decompression treatment, how long does it take to see results?

Most patients report a reduction in pain after the first few sessions. Typically, significant improvement is obtained by the second week of treatment.

How long does it take to complete Spinal Decompression treatment?

Patients remain on the system for 30-45 minutes, daily for the first 2 weeks, three times a week for the following 2 weeks, and followed up by two times a week for the last 2 weeks.

Do I qualify for Spinal Decompression treatment?

Since I began using Spinal Decompression spinal disc decompression unit, I’have been inundated with questions from both doctors and patients as to which cases it will best help. Obviously proper patient selection is essential to favorable outcomes, so let me explain to you of the Inclusion and Exclusion criteria so you may make the right decision since not everyone qualifies for Spinal Decompression treatment.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Pain due to herniated and bulging lumbar discs that is more than four weeks old
  • Recurrent pain from a failed back surgery that is more than six months old.
  • Persistent pain from degenerated disc not responding to four weeks of therapy.
  • Patients available for four weeks of treatment protocol.
  • Patient at least 18 years of age.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Appliances such as pedicle screws and rods
  • Pregnancy
  • Prior lumbar fusion less than six months old
  • Metastatic cancer
  • Severe osteoporosis
  • Spondylolisthesis (unstable)
  • Compression fracture of lumbar spine below L-1 (recent).
  • Pars defect
  • Pathologic aortic aneurysm.
  • Pelvic or abdominal cancer
  • Disc space infections
  • Severe peripheral neuropathy
  • Hemiplegia, paraplegia, or cognitive dysfunction
  • Are there any side effects to the treatment?
  • Most patients do not experience any side effects. Though, there have been some mild cases of muscle spasm for a short period of time.

How does Spinal Decompression separate each vertebra and allow for decompression at a specific level?

Decompression is achieved by using a specific combination of spinal positioning and varying the degree and intensity of force. The key to producing this decompression is the gentle pull that is created by a logarithmic curve. When distractive forces are generated on a logarithmic curve the typical proprioceptor response is avoided. Avoiding this response allows decompression to occur at the targeted area

Is there any risk to the patient during treatment on Spinal Decompression?

NO. Spinal Decompression is totally safe and comfortable for all subjects. The system has emergency stop switches for both the patient and the operator. These switches (a requirement of the FDA) terminate the treatment immediately thereby avoiding any injuries.

How does Spinal Decompression treatment differ from ordinary spinal traction?

Traction is helpful at treating some of the conditions resulting from herniated or degeneration. Traction cannot address the source of the problem. Spinal Decompression creates a negative pressure or a vacuum inside the disc. This effect causes the disc to pull in the herniation and the increase in negative pressure also causes the flow of blood and nutrients back into the disc allowing the body’s natural fibroblastic response to heal the injury and re-hydrate the disc. Traction and inversion tables, at best, can lower the intradiscal pressure from a +90 to a +30 mmHg. Spinal Decompression is clinically proven to reduce the intradiscal pressure to between a -150 to -200 mmHg. Traction triggers the body’s normal response to stretching by creating painful muscle spasms that worsen the pain in affected area.

Can Spinal Decompression be used for patients that have had spinal surgery?

In most cases Spinal Decompression treatment is not contra-indicated for patients that have had spinal surgery. In fact many patients have found success with Spinal Decompression after a failed back surgery.

Who is not a candidate for Spinal Decompression therapy?

Anyone who has recent spinal fractures, surgical fusion or metallic hardware, surgically repaired aneurysms, infection of the spine, and/or moderate to severe osteoporosis.

Who is a candidate for Spinal Decompression?

Anyone who has been told they need surgery but wishes to avoid it, anyone who has been told there is nothing more available to help, anyone who failed to significantly respond to conservative options (medications, physical therapy, injections, chiropractic, acupuncture), or anyone who still has pain but wishes to obtain the type of care they want.


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Carmen D Ringold
Carmen D Ringold
Everyone was very nice every visit I'm grateful to them all in helping with my injuries
John Matuszwski
John Matuszwski
I had an incredible experience with this chiropractor Chris and his staff! From the moment I walked in, I was greeted with warmth and professionalism from the two amazing ladies at the front desk. Chris’s expertise and care truly made a difference in my well-being. They took the time to listen to my concerns and provided effective treatments that alleviated my pain. The physical therapy team are the best at what they do and some of the nicest people you will ever meet. The entire team is not only skilled but also genuinely caring and kind-hearted. I can't recommend them enough – they are truly amazing people who have improved my quality of life. Five stars without a doubt!
Dairrian Winters
Dairrian Winters
My neck is all better 😊 thanks guys
Tara Stirk
Tara Stirk
They helped me get back to full track after being given a run around on my hand for almost a month! Dr.Chris seen me almost immediately, got me into Dr.Levy's office and they started me with Physical therapy. I can confidently go back to work now and not have to worry about "is this going to hurt my hand more?" I genuinely looked forward to my therapy every week and as well as I'm sad to be done, I'm happy to know that I'm back to where I need to be with my hand! Everyone there is super friendly, fun to talk to, and my favorite part was how genuine everyone was! I'm more than thankful for them and if I ever need physical therapy again, this is 100% where I would go! I was in P.T for my knees and shoulders at other places and genuinely dreaded it almost every time, Ohio Pain and Rehab was the complete opposite for me! I was comfortable, happy, and it felt more like working with friends than a doctor. They take the time to actually listen about what hurts and where rather than the typical "Oh, there's pain? No worries, it'll even out" rather than asking questions. Thank you to everyone at the Austintown Ohio Pain and Rehab office!
Ashley Kinter
Ashley Kinter
My son sprained his ankle on a Wednesday at school. He was on crutches and could not bare weight at all. We went to see Dr. Chris for the INDIBA treatment on Thursday and again on Friday. The swelling was down after the first treatment on Thursday and by Friday, he was walking without crutches and on Saturday he played in his flag football game with no problem! If you're looking for some new, and fast recovery options, DO IT!
scott bertrand
scott bertrand
Dr. Chris is an innovative practitioner with an exceptional compassionate staff focused on wellness and pain relief.
Jeffrey Cronk, DC, JD
Jeffrey Cronk, DC, JD
These doctors really know their stuff when it comes to spinal injuries. We have a lot of experience with this group. We would highly recommend them!!
Robert Moosally
Robert Moosally
Great service. Great staff. Comprehensive care model that helps patients navigate through the complexities of their illness and injury. The staff guides them through this process until the clinical condition improves and their overall health has made a significant term for the better.
Mohammad Hajjawi
Mohammad Hajjawi
Only the best, with just one treatment that shoulder pain was gone! Worked like magic! , friendly staff and what a humble Dr. thank you for everything.
Eric Ungaro
Eric Ungaro
Dr. Chris and the staff at Ohio Pain and Rehabilitation are a class act. I have been going for therapy and services for 3 months and I feel like a new man. The individual care and attention I receive is what sets them apart!!

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