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Have you been told you need neck or back surgery?

Ponte Vedra Wellness Center offers the latest technology in Spinal Decompression Therapy, an effective FDA approved non-surgical and much more affordable treatment alternative for a variety of disc-related problems. Spinal Decompression Therapy is an effective treatment for:

•Herniated Discs
•Degenerative Discs
•Facet Syndrome
•Sciatica
•Neuropathy/Radiculopathy (radiating pain down arms or legs)
•Spinal Stenosis

Do you have a herniated disc, multiple herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, facet syndrome, or any other type of spinal problem? Is you doctor suggesting surgery, pain management or physical therapy? Have you tried Chiropractic and just could not get enough relief?

Research indicates the disc is responsible for a significant number of lumbar/leg pain and neck/arm pain syndromes. Compression increases intradiscal pressure leading to annular compromise and possible extrusion of nuclear material.

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Since the disc is a relatively avascular structure, it doesn't receive fresh blood and oxygen with every beat of the heart. It requires "diffusion" created by motion and 'decompression' to restore nutrients and enhance healing.

Decompression therapy is very affordable and cheaper than surgery. Spinal Traction is highly recommended by Neurological Research. It was found that out of 778 cases of patients receiving spinal decompression 92% said that they showed improvement (Neurological Research; Volume 20, Number 3, April 1998).

Ponte Vedra Wellness Center uses the Kennedy Decompression Technique and the KDT Neural Flex Table. This particular technology allows for lumbar, side lying, cervical, carpal/wrist and hip/ankle decompression and is fully regulated by the FDA.

FAQs about Spinal Decompression

What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Spinal decompression therapy is a non-surgical, comfortable traction therapy for the relief of back and leg pain or neck and arm pain. During this procedure, by cycling through distraction and relaxation phases and by proper positioning, a spinal disc can be isolated and placed under negative pressure, causing a vacuum effect within it.

What can this vacuum effect do?

The vacuum effect accomplishes two things. From a mechanical standpoint, disc material that has protruded or herniated outside the normal confines of the disc can be pulled back within the disc by the vacuum created within the disc. Also, the vacuum within the disc stimulates in growth of blood supply, secondarily stimulating a healing response. This results in pain reduction and proper healing at the injured site.

Who can benefit from Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Spinal decompression therapy is designed to unload the spinal disc. Any back pain or neck pain caused in whole or in part by a damaged disc may be helped by spinal decompression therapy. These conditions include herniated, protruding or bulging discs, spinal stenosis, sciatica or radiculopathy (pinched nerves).

Are there conditions where Spinal Decompression is not indicated?

Spinal decompression therapy is not recommended for pregnant women,patients who have severe osteoporosis, severe obesity or severe nerve damage. Spinal surgery with instrumentation (screws, metal plates or “cages”) is also contraindicated. However, spinal decompression therapy after bone fusion or non-fusion surgery, can be performed.

How many spinal decompression sessions will be needed and are they painful?

The number of sessions needed and your specific treatment plan will be determined by the doctor after your examination.In almost all cases, the treatments are completely painless. In fact, some patients fall asleep during the spinal decompression session.

Do most patients receive therapy and rehabilitative exercises in addition to Spinal Decompression Therapy?

To reduce inflammation and assist the healing process, supporting structures are treated with passive therapies (ice/heat/muscle stimulation), chiropractic adjustments (as indicated) and/or active rehabilitation in order to strengthen the spinal musculature.

Can I benefit from Spinal Decompression Therapy and how do i get started?

Spinal decompression therapy can help almost anyone with neck or lower back pain, even those who have already experienced a failed spinal surgery.We want to make it easy for you to learn if you are a candidate for spinal decompression therapy. Just call our office at 273-2691 to arrange a consultation with one of our doctors.Please remember to bring any MRI reports so the doctor can review them and best advise you about your treatment options.