Treating Low Back Pain With VAX-D Spinal Decompression
According to the American Chiropractic Association, over 31 million Americans experience pain in their lower back at some point. Low back pain can be debilitating, and as reported in the Lancet in 2010, as the “the single leading cause of disability worldwide.”
The sources of low back pain can be wide reaching. The symptoms too can range from mild to severe, and the frequency of pain can be sporadic or chronic, depending on the nature of the injury or illness.
If you have low back pain and diagnosis has ruled out the need for surgical intervention, you may find relief with a treatment called VAX-D Spinal Decompression.
What is VAX-D and How Can It Help Low Back Pain?
VAX-D stands for Vertebral Axial Decompression. It is most commonly used to treat patients who have chronic pain in the lower lumbar region and/or have reported pain related to sciatica. Oftentimes, low back pain is caused by herniated discs or degenerated discs that press on the nerves that radiate from the lower spine. Swelling and compression of the nerves result when the vertebrae have become compressed or misaligned as a result of injury, trauma or disease.
VAX-D Spinal Decompression is performed while the patient lies down on a special motorized table, which is a large computerized controlled machine. Over a period of 30 to 45 minutes, the spine is gently stretched to allow the affected vertebrae to relax back to a natural, non-compressed alignment. VAX-D Spinal Decompression can be used when appropriate as an alternative to surgical treatment such as laminectomy.
Does VAX-D Spinal Decompression Provide Immediate Relief?
This approach to low back pain treatment is much less invasive than surgery, and does not involve a prolonged recovery period. Patients receive a series of treatments each lasting less than one hour.
The number and frequency of treatments are based on each individual evaluation, and can be as few as two or three or as many as 20 or more. Relief from low back pain can be felt immediately, however, each patient may have a different experience.
VAX-D Spinal Decompression is an alternative treatment being offered by chiropractors in the United States, and it is growing in popularity. Patients who have been diagnosed with fractures, tumors or osteoporosis may not be good candidates for this spinal decompression.