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Do I qualify for spinal decompression treatment?
If you have any of the following conditions, you might qualify for spinal decompression treatment: 
• Herniated discs
• Bulging discs 
• Degenerative disc disease 

Additionally, if you have undergone failed back surgery, you may qualify.

The following factors may exclude you from treatment:
• Appliances such as pedicle screws and rods 
• Pregnancy 
• Prior lumbar fusion less than six months old 
• Metastatic cancer
• Severe osteoporosis spondylolisthesis (unstable) 
• Recent compression fracture of lumbar spine 
• Pars defect
• Pathologic aortic aneurysm
• Pelvic or abdominal cancer 
• Disc space infections 
• Severe peripheral neuropathy
• Hemiplegia, paraplegia, or cognitive dysfunction

How long does it take to complete spinal decompression treatment?
One session takes about 1 hour and consists of the following steps: 
• 30-minute treatment on the DRX-9000 • 15-minute IFC treatment • Cold laser therapy for 7-10 minutes 

If I undergo spinal decompression treatment, how long does it take to experience results?
Most patients experience relief within the first few sessions. Significant improvement is obtained by the second week of treatment. 

Are there any side effects to the treatment?
Most patients do not experience side effects of any kind. There have been mild cases of muscle spasms for a short period of time. 

How does spinal decompression separate each vertebra and allow for decompression at a specific level?
By using a specific combination of spinal positionings and varying the degree and intensity of force, decompression is achieved. To produce this decompression, a gentle pull is created by a logarithmic curve. When distractive forces are generated on a logarithmic curve, the typical proprioceptor response is avoided. This allows decompression to occur at the targeted area.

Is there any risk to the patient during treatment?
This treatment is very safe with limited side effects. There is also an emergency stop switch that both the patient and the operator have access to if the treatment needs to be immediately ceased.

How does spinal decompression treatment differ from ordinary spinal traction?
Spinal traction can treat some conditions resulting from herniation or degeneration, although spinal traction cannot address the source of the problem. Spinal decompression creates a negative pressure (or a vacuum) inside the disc, which causes a flow of blood and nutrients into the disc. This allows the injury to heal.

Can spinal decompression be used for patients that have had spinal surgery?
Yes, most patients turn to spinal decompression therapy after a failed back surgery. 
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