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Spinal Decompression is a non-surgical and drug-free answer for disc related syndromes of the lumbar or cervical spine. Many people across the country have found relief from the pain associated with herniated discs, bulging discs, facet syndrome, degenerative joint disease, pinched nerves, and other spinal afflictions. Spinal Disc Decompression uses computer-aided technology to apply gentle, a non-surgical decompressive force to your spine, increasing circulation into the spinal discs and joints, thus helping to relieve the symptoms that cause pain and dysfunction. We use the exclusive DRX 9000 in our Manhattan office. The best Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy in NYC is available at our SoHo office.
This FDA cleared technology relieves pain by enlarging the space between the discs. The negative pressure created by the DRX9000 releases pressure that builds on to the disc and nerves, allowing the herniated and bulging disc to eventually go back into normal position. Intervertebral disc decompression is the only treatment that is truly most effective for severe cases of herniation, degeneration, arthritis, stenosis and pressure on the nerve root. According to a clinical study performed by the Orthopedic Technological Review in 2004, said that 86% of all cases experienced spinal pain relief with disc decompression.
The FDA cleared several tables to be labeled decompressive and they all do basically the same thing some have fancier options. Some of these tables have names like the SpineMed, the Lordex machine, ABS, Extentrac, 3D Active Trac.* In my practice, I use the DRX 9000 unit because it utilizes the latest technological advances and is the most comfortable for my patients.
The DRX9000 is a spinal decompression therapy technology now available in Soho New York CityThe DRX 9000 is the only system with FDA 510K clearance enough to be called a true spinal decompression system, and it's the only system with a documented 86% success rate. The DRX 9000 offers a closed-loop feedback system, which ensures precise treatment by targeting the specific disc level based on video fluoroscopic studies.
Spinal Decompression causes the Disc material to get sucked back into the joint space and the outer layer is made stronger by stimulating the cartilage to regenerate to prevent re-injury.
Dr. Steven Shoshany is so confident that Spinal Decompression will heal your disc problems that he is offering a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. No other Chiropractor in New York City will offer this! While there are doctors office that offer similar procedures such as the DRX 9000, you will find that we have invested the most time and money in really understanding this amazing technology!
We will answer all your questions right away and give you a straight answer on time, coverage and cost.
* NASA does not endorse any equipment or table, nor do they claim that this was their discovery.
What is the difference between decompression and traction?
A spinal cord receives negative pressure to correct misalignment of the vertebrate and is found in most cases to non-surgically relieves back pain in my patients in New York CityMany clinicians specializing in lumbar spine pathology have criticized traditional traction. Traction fails in many cases because it causes muscular stretch receptors to fire, which then cause para-spinal muscles to contract. This muscular response actually causes an increase in intradiscal pressure. On the other hand, genuine decompressive (negative) pressure is achieved by gradual and calculated increases of distraction forces upon spinal structures.
A highly specialized computer must modulate the application of distraction forces in order to achieve the ideal effect. The system applies a gentle curved angle pull, which yields far greater treatment results than previous less comfortable, sharp angled, pulls. Distraction must be offset by cycles of partial relaxation.
The system continuously monitors spinal resistance and adjusts distraction forces accordingly. A specific lumbar segment can be targeted for treatment by changing the angle of distraction. This patented technique of decompression may prevent muscle spasm and patient guarding. Constant activity monitoring takes place at a rate of 10,000 times per second, making adjustments not perceived by the eye as many as 20 times per second via its fractional metering and monitoring system.
Genuine decompression also involves the use of a special pelvic harness that supports the lumbar spine during therapy. Negative pressure within the disc is maintained throughout the treatment session. With genuine decompression, the pressure within the disc space can actually be lowered to about -150 mm Hg. As a result, the damaged disc will be re-hydrated with nutrients and oxygen.
Isn´t decompression just a fancy name for a traction machine?
No traction machines are rudimentary. There is a big technological difference between traction, distraction and decompression. Traction has been around for hundreds, if not thousands of years. The problem with traction, as it is known today, is that it is not always beneficial.
In 1998, the Scientific American rated traction to be of little or no value in the examination of efficacious therapies for lower back pain. This finding is consistent with many studies that report traction can often times signal a nociceptive splinting response and put a patient's back muscles in spasm, resisting any attempts to effect a change on the disc proper.
Distraction, a term used to describe a flexion distraction technique, attempts to re-position the spine from the offending lesion. This technique has been shown to be very effective, even though potentially damaging to the person performing the technique and largely dependent on the skill of the technician. Like traction, distraction procedures are limited in the ability to reduce the intradiscal pressure, or produce a negative pressure within the disc imbibing fluid, nutrients and creating an environment for repair.
Decompressions are therefore events - a combination of restraint, angle position and equipment engineering. One can experience traction without decompressions, but not decompressions without traction.
What kind of results can I expect?
Many patients with lower back syndromes may experience pain relief as early as the third treatment session. Comparison of pre-treatment MRI´s with post-treatment MRI´s has shown a 50% reduction in the size and extent of herniation. In clinical studies, 86% of patients reported relief of back pain with the our system. Within the past five years, some private practice clinicians have reported success rates as high as 90%.
What time commitments are required by patients?
Each treatment session averages 25 to 30 minutes in duration (research has established that optimum results are achieved with sessions that incorporate 10 to 15 decompression/relaxation cycles). On average, one daily session for 20-30 treatments is necessary for patient self-healing to occur.
Herniated discs generally respond within 20 sessions, while patients with degenerated discs may need ongoing therapy at regulated intervals to remain pain free. Still other patients, due to lifestyle or occupation, may also require maintenance therapy. Patients with posterior facet syndromes may achieve complete remission with 10 or fewer sessions. Research has demonstrated that most patients achieve full remission from pain after the initial treatment regimen.
What is the typical diagnosis?
Since non-specific low back pain and cervical pain generally encompass a myriad of mechanical failures, including muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissue that encroach or produce pressure on the nerves, the term intervertebral disc syndrome can be used. This diagnosis does not necessarily require (although recommended) an MRI to confirm the presence of a disc involvement
Who can benefit from using Disc Decompression Therapy?
The following would be inclusion criteria for the Decompression Therapy (1) Pain due to herniated and bulging lumbar discs that is more than four weeks old; (2) Recurrent pain from a failed back surgery that is more than six months old; (3) Persistent pain from degenerated discs not responding to four weeks of therapy; (4) Patients available for four weeks of treatment protocol; and (5) Patient at least 18 years of age.
These indications are ideal candidates for enrollment into our program and have the potential of achieving quality outcomes in the treatment of their back pain:
- Nerve Compression
- Lumbar Disorders
- Lumbar Strains
- Sciatic Neuralgia
- Herniated Discs
- Injury of the Lumbar Nerve Root
- Degenerative Discs
- Spinal Arthritis
- Low Back Pain w/ or w/o Sciatica
- Degenerative Joint Disease
- Myofasctois Syndrome
- Disuse Atrophy
- Lumbar Instability
- Acute Low Back Pain; and
- Post-Surgical Low Back Pain.
Lastly, the system should be utilized with patients with low back pain, with or without radiculopathy who have failed conventional therapy (physiotherapy and chiropractic) and who are considering surgery. Surgery should only be considered following a reasonable trial of Decompression Therapy protocols.
What conditions are contraindicated?
Patients with the following problems or symptoms are usually excluded from using the Spinal Decompresion therapy:
- Prior lumbar surgical fusion
- Metastatic cancer
- Severe osteoporosis
- Compression fracture of lumbar spine below L-1, Pars defect
- Aortic aneurysm
- Pelvic or abdominal cancer
- Disc space infections
- Severe peripheral neuropathy
- Hemiplegia, paraplegia, or cognitive dysfunction
- Cauda Equina syndrome
- Osteod Osteoma
- Multiple myeloma, osteosarcoma, Infection, osteomyelitis, meningitis, virus, and/or HNP (sequestered/free floating fragment).
How long is each session and what is the treatment protocol?
Each session on the DRX 9000 is approximately 25-40 minutes long (45 minute sessions include set-up and take-off), accompanied by 15 minutes of stimulation, heat packs and manipulation. The patient comes for 20-30 visits over a 4-6 week period. The doctor will provide a complete copy of the non-surgical Spinal Decompression treatment protocol upon request.
How long before a patient experiences change?
Often times a patient experiences some relief within the first few (3-7) treatments. Usually by the 12th to 15th treatment all patients have reported some remission of symptoms. Patients not showing significant improvement by the 15th to 18th session may be referred for further diagnostic evaluation.
Does decompression therapy work for everyone?
Eighty-to-ninety percent of patients who have been properly selected and comply with the Spinal Disc Decompression protocol will have good-to-excellent outcomes. Patient´s conditions that do not respond quickly to the therapy are often unable to be helped by anything quickly. Patients vary in age, sex and body morphology and may require counseling in weight loss, nutrition and other lifestyle changes.
Disc herniation signs and symptoms
If you sneeze, Cough or bear down and it hurts this is usually an indication that the disc is involved. Patients can have Back pain with or without leg pain and leg pain and weakness without back pain.
Why doesn't insurance pay for Spinal Decompression?
As with most new procedures like Lasik eye surgery or gastric bypass the insurance companies take there time in reimbursing for these procedures. We all know that Lasik eye surgery works but most insurance still do not pay for it. Some carriers are starting to pay for Spinal Decompression. Some workers compensation authorize and pay for spinal decompression therapy and certain major medical policies like Cigna are slowly starting to recognize the value. I have been able to recently get paid my most major meds as of 11/01/07!
What is the Z-grav table? Is it better than the DRX 9000?
The Z- grav table is a table that is made by North American Medical for Spinal-Aid doctors. There is nothing better about the Z-grav table than the DRX 9000. The DRX 9000 holds more patents and is the most comfortable table on the market. The Z-grav has yet to gain FDA approval since the last time I checked. It is a good table but not superior the DRX 9000.
What about the DTS table?
Chattanooga DTS system or a.k.a as the DTS is my opinion is an inferior table compared to the DRX 9000 or the Spine-med table. I have been utilizing spinal decompression in my practice for 4 plus years longer than most chiropractors in Manhattan. Several new Chiropractors have added this table to their practice and even are offering the first five visits free. I believe that you get what you pay for and I have made a major investment in my practice and my patients health. Why settle for inexpensive equipment? The Chattanooga table is about $ 8,000 K and the DRX is about $95 K, What table do you want to be treated on? If that is the only table you have access to then it can't hurt you, but if you want top of the line spinal decompression and want to treated on the best then go with the table that has set the benchmark, the DRX 9000. I do not offer free treatments but I do offer a free consultation. If you have an MRI report or better yet the actual film I will review them and give you a second opinion. Call (212) 645-8151 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (212) 645-8151 end_of_the_skype_highlighting to speak to me directly.
Do I need a MRI?
Although a recent MRI has become the gold standard to document presence of a herniated disc ,their are abnormal types of movements that can be shown on radiographs while the patient is holding their spine in full extension and flexion. The two radiologic change that are indicative of instability, vacum sign (Knuttson's phenomenon of gas in the disc) and the "traction spur" also known as the Macnab spur. So if a recent MRI is not available the use of a radiograph can point to a lumbar instability. I recently purchased a high speed low dose digital system for use in my practice.
A slipped disc or herniated disc is different from a normal disc as it is dessicated and no longer fuctions as a proper shock absorber, causing back pain and tingling sensations down the leg or arm. Spinal decompression NYC therapy in Soho New York CityThe disc is a soft cartilaginous material that separates the spinal vertebra. We have Discs starting at the the third cervical all the way down to the lowest Lumbar vertebra L 5. The Discs middle is called the nucleus and and outer layer called the annulus.These discs act as shock absorbers and these disc after we are done growing usually around 19 years old become avascular (does not receive a good blood supply). One of the reasons that our discs give us so many problems is that it does not heal well without a good blood supply. When we break a bone it heals quickly and actually stronger than before! Our discs are avascular so if a disc is injured it continues to degenerate and does not heal properly. One of the amazing benefits of this protocol is that it heightens the disc space, and is seen to return it to normal size and function.
Decompression Therapy also causes the disc to heal because the treatment stimulates the cartilage to regenerate and act it cannot do on its own without the DRX 9000 protocol. Spinal Decompression also causes the nutrient rich blood to fill the disc space which fosters the healing response.
Dr. Steven Shoshany a New York Chiropractor will take a complete initial history, perform a physical evaluation, review all data including MRI´s to pre-qualify the patient to ensure the decompression procedures will benefit the patient. Dr. Shoshany has been expertly trained in the delivery of spinal decompression and has dedicated a large portion of his practice to the relief of severe and chronic low back pain and cervical pain and assisting the patient to return to a normal, pain free life.
To really understand what a Bulging disc I will discuss the classifications to describe the disc lesions because there is a plethora of terms commonly encountered like Disc Prolapse, Slipped Disc,ruptured disc,disk herniation.
The term Disc Herniation implies that a rupture or a tear of the annular fibers occurs allowing the migration of nucleus material beyond the verterbral margin. The nuclear material may protrude out and cause a distention of the outer annulus fibrosis or rupture through the annulus and extrude behind the posterior ligament.
Four classifications exist to describe disc lesions
- Annular bulge
- Protrusion (Herniation)
- Free Disc Fragment (Sequestration).
The annular bulge or Disc bulge is a small disc herniation that does not directly contact the nerve root and left untreated can easily progress to a larger degree of nucleus protrusion because of the loss of the annular fibers to contain the nucleus. Degeneration will predispose annular fibers to failure following trauma.
Disc Protrusion (Herniation)
A Disc herniation represents a rupture of nuclear material through a defect in annulus, producing a focal extension of the disc or a broad based extension of the disc margin. Intervertebral disc herniations result in some degree from central canal or foraminal occlusion.
Disk Extrusion applies when a portion of the nucleus pulposus fibrocartilage and end plate cartilage have migrated through comprised outer annular fibers. Disc extrusions may compress the root, cord or both and can cause myeloradiculopathy (shooting pain).
Free disc Fragment (Sequestered Disc) refers to the extra-annular separation and migration of a piece of nuclear material. Cauda Equina syndrome are common with intradural migration. This is when you lose control of bowel and bladder function. This is a emergency situation and usually requires surgery to correct the problem.
The most common area is the Lower Lumbar vertebrae L5. The pressure causes the jelly material inside the disc to "bulge" or "slip" out of place .The bulge itself puts pressure on the nerves( usually the spinal nerve). The Spinal nerve is very sensitive even a small amount of pressure causes the nerve to dysfunction. The most common cervical disc to herniate is also the fifth and can cause cervico-brachial syndrome or symptoms like carpal tunnel syndrome or weakness in the arms or a burning sensation in the arms.
Disc Desiccation is when the annullar fibers degenerate due to dehydration, One preventative step is to drink as much water as can if you feel that you have or are developing a Disc Herniation.
What are herniated discs?
The 24 vertebrae of your spine are separated from one another by pads of cartilage called discs. These discs have a fairly tough outer layer with a soft interior to cushion against the shocks and strains experienced as you move and put various stresses on your spine. The discs are subject to injury, disease, and degeneration with use over time. Certain activities and types of work increase the risk of discs being damaged or deteriorating. When the soft interior material of a disc pushes out through a tear or weakening in the outer covering, the disc is said to be herniated.
Herniated discs are also called protruding, bulging, and ruptured, prolapsed, slipped, or degenerated discs. There are fine distinctions between these terms, but all really refer to a disc that is no longer in its normal condition and/or position. Herniated discs cause pain by impinging on (intruding upon, irritating, and pinching) and even injuring nerves in the spinal column.
What are some of the typical symptoms of herniated discs ?
Most disc herniation takes place in the lower back (lumbar spine). The second most common site of herniation is the neck (cervical spine). A herniated lumbar disc may send pain shooting down through your buttock and thigh into the back of your leg (sciatica). Cervical disc herniation may cause pain in the shoulder, arm, and hand. Herniated discs can cause muscle weakness, make it hard to get up when you've been sitting or lying down, cause pain when you strain to do something, even when you cough or sneeze. They sometimes produce pain in the lower right side of the abdomen. Herniated discs may also affect nerves to the bladder and bowel, causing incontinence. This symptom signals the need for immediate, emergency attention.
How does lower back injury occur ?
Injury occurs when external load exceeds the failure tolerance or strength of the tissue. In particular, low back injury has been shown to result from repetitive motion at end-range. According to McGill, it is usually a result of "a history of excessive loading which gradually but progressively reduces the tissue failure tolerance" (McGill 1998).
Disc injury has been shown to be related to three factors: first, full end-range flexion in younger spines (due to higher water content) (Adams, Hutton 1982; Adams, Hutton 1985; Adams, Muir 1976); second: repetitive end-range flexion loading motion in excess of 20-30,000 cycles (King 1993; Gordon et al., 1991); and third, epidemiological association between disc herniation and sedentary sitting occupations (Videman et al., 1990).
Certain times of the day are the most vulnerable for the back. Disc bending stresses are increased by 300% and ligaments by 80% in the early morning (Adams MA et al., 1987). McGill has reported that after just three minutes of full flexion, subjects lost half of their stiffness (McGill, 19)
Injury Prevention Advice
Tissue conditioning must occur as exposure to load increases. If rest time is inadequate, training is absent, or forces are excessive, then injury will eventually result. Too little or infrequent exposure to external load and conditioning never raises the tissue failure tolerance. In other words too much, frequent or prolonged exposure, and adaptation can't keep pace.
Knowledge of when an injury is most likely to occur can also influence what we do. Early morning or after prolonged sitting are particularly vulnerable times. Reilly et al. (Reilly et al., 1984) showed that 54% of the loss of disc height (water content) occurs in the first 30 minutes after arising. Disc bending stresses are increased significantly in the morning (Adams, et al. 1987). After even a brief period of sitting or stooping, end-range protective joint stiffness is compromised (McGill, 1999). Even after 30 minutes of rest, residual joint laxity persisted! Therefore, avoidance of high-risk activities early in the morning or after sitting or stooping in full flexion is crucial to injury or rein jury prevention.
Suggestions to teach workers to lift with their knees, not their backs, are overly simplistic. Most workers have learned various techniques to avoid injury which are inconsistent with this advice. Better advice is consistent with the following principles: Avoid end-range motion. Rotate jobs to vary loads. Allow frequent rest breaks. Keep loads close to the spine (McGill, Norman, 1993)
Patients begin with a simple warm-up involving the cat/camel exercise on all fours. This should be performed first thing in the morning and then prior to endurance training exercises. Between 8-10 repetitions are all that are needed. Think of the cat/camel as a limbering, rather than stretching, movement.
After performing the cat/camel, the patient is ready for simple exercises to improve the endurance of the abdominal and back muscles. Incorporated into each exercises should be a motor control component teaching "neutral spine" kinesthetic awareness. The main emphasis of rehabilitative exercise is to train "inner range" endurance. This requires kinesthetic awareness of "neutral spine" postures and regular sustained training of this motor control against a variety of challenges. Multiple reps of 5-6 second holds should be performed on a daily basis. According to Man niche et al., up to three months may be required to achieve a long-lasting beneficial effect (Man niche et al., 1991).
Manhattan's Best Non Surgical Treatment for Herniated Discs
The Sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body and it is a common problem with people and when a disc herniates it can causes Sciatica which can feel like a sharp shooting pain down the look into the buttocks or even into the toes. In extreme examples it can cause permanent numbness and loss of muscle strength.
The DRX 9000 uses state of the art technology to gradually relieve neurocompression often associated with lower back pain. The process has been proven to relieve pain by enlarging intra-discal space, reducing herniation, strengthening outer ligaments to help move herniated areas back into place, and reversing high intradiscal pressure through application of negative pressure.
What to expect with treatment on the DRX 9000
Your, DRX 9000 treatment begins with a series of daily sessions for two weeks, followed by treatments three times a week as needed. Each session consist of 30-45 minutes on the DRX 9000. Following each therapy session, a cold pack with electrical muscle stimulation is applied to help Para vertebral muscles consolidate after treatment.
An upper chest harness/ shoulder support is used to help distribute the applied forces evenly. Once in place, you are slowly reclined to a horizontal position. Following the physician's orders, the therapist localizes the pain, makes any adjustments and directs the treatment to the proper area. DRX 9000 helps to mobilize the troubled disc segment without introducing further damage to the spine.
What to expect on your first NYC spinal decompressive therapy appointment with the DRX 9000 machine.
The DRX 9000 provides a program of treatment for relief from pain for those patients suffering wit low back pain. Under physician direction each treatment consist of a prescribed treatment period on the DRX 9000 to provide intermittent cycling distraction forces to relieve pressure on structures that may be causing low back pain.
Pain associated with herniated discs, protruding discs, degenerative disc disease, posterior facet syndrome and sciatica will respond. It achieves these affects through decompression of intervertebral discs.
What results can I expect from the DRX 9000
After only three weeks of treatment, clinical studies have shown outstanding results in relieving the debilitating pain that may be caused by bulging, herniated, degenerative, or ruptured discs, as well as sciatica, posterior facet syndrome, and many failed back surgery cases.
Pre and post MRIs have shown greater that 50% reduction in the size and extent of herniations after four weeks of treatment with the DRX 9000.
In fact, during the initial clinical study more than 82% of patients report relief of back pain with the DRX 9000.
- ·Herniated/Bulging Discs
- ·Degenerative Disc Disease
- ·Sciatic Leg Pain
- ·Facet Syndrome
- ·Post Surgical Back Pain
- ·Foramenal Stenosis
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.
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.
Can the DRX 9000 be used for patients that have had spinal surgery?
In most cases the DRX 9000 treatment is not contra-indicated for patients that have had spinal surgery. In fact many patients have found success with the DRX 9000 after a failed back surgery.
Is there any risk to the patient during treatment on the DRX 9000?
NO. The DRX 9000 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.
What is the difference between the DRX9000 and the VAX-D?
The DRX is three generations past the initial VAX-D table developed years ago. Actually, the former North American distributor of VAX-D is the present manufacturer of DRX who had requested upgrades to the VAX-D unit but was refused, which explains why the VAX-D hasn't changed in twenty years. So he and other decompression spinal practitioners brainstormed the problems with VAX-D, and with the help of many engineers, the DRX 9000 unit was developed just two years ago.
The most obvious differences between the DRX9000 and the VAX-D would be their success rate and the comfort levels while a patient is being treated. Below are some side by side comparisons.