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Will a inversion table help relieve my pain. Ten years ago dr. Completely remived one of four protruding disc. Also have spinal canal stenosis.

Will a inversion table help relieve my pain. Ten years ago dr. Completely remived one of four protruding disc. Also have spinal canal stenosis.

Temporarily: Inversion table may improve your symptoms temporarily but will not cure your spinal stenosis. Additionally, if you have not had any recent neuroimaging studies of your spine, should discuss your condition and treatment options with your doctor or spine surgeon before taking up inversion table. ...Read more

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Spinal Fusion (Definition)

Surgery to cause two or more spine segments to be joined together through a growth of bone initiated by the placement of bone tissue or graft taken from the patient or from a donor source or even a manufactured source which could include: bone growth proteins and particulate structures that act as scaffolds for bone to grow on and may include implants or instrumentation ...Read more


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C5/6, C6/7, L5/S1 fusion. I have 3 thoracic herniations. T7/8, T9/10 and T3/4. No myelopathy. Constant dull pain. Can I use inversion table for therapy?

C5/6, C6/7, L5/S1 fusion. I have 3 thoracic herniations. T7/8, T9/10 and T3/4. No myelopathy. Constant dull pain. Can I use inversion table for therapy?

Sure fune: Should be fine usually temporY in complete relief is all that can be expected don't extrapolate pain theories to thoracic spine developed in other parts lumbar and cervical thoracic spine pain different genetators different list read a book by sarno before you treat axial pain with fusion again ...Read more

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Do medical devices need to be approved by the fda? Who regulates these devices such as an inversion table for example? How can I be sure they're safe?

Do medical devices need to be approved by the fda? Who regulates these devices such as an inversion table for example? How can I be sure they're safe?

Not a Medical device: Yes, actual medical devices are regulated by the fda, but I doubt an inversion table is marketed to treat anything. Most manufacturers go out of their way to be sure to state the it is not intended to treat a medical condition. So you are left with reviews and comments by other users. If the device is truly unsafe and it injures someone, they will be sued for it. ...Read more

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What's xlif spinal fusion surgery and is it safe?

What's xlif spinal fusion surgery and is it safe?

Minimally invasive: Xlif (extreme lateral interbody fusion) is a technique to fuse one or more segments of the lumbar spine. It is done from the side to access the disc and remove it and place a fusion graft. All surgeries have their risks, however when done in experienced hands this can be an excellent procedure with less blood loss, less hospital stay, and quicker returns to daily life. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take plan b 20 days before a spinal fusion for scoliosis?

Is it safe to take plan b 20 days before a spinal fusion for scoliosis?

Spinal fusion MD?: The spinal fusion MD will want to know that you are NOT pregnant before engaging in that extensive procedure. The Plan B plan is less than wise when secure contraception is available prior to surgery if you insist on sexual behavior. ...Read more

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What t type of exercise, mainly yoga is safe to do after spinal fusion from T4 to T12? I have pain or discomfort almost every day.

What t type of exercise, mainly yoga is safe to do after spinal fusion from T4 to T12? I have pain or discomfort almost every day.

Yoga & Qigong: Please get cleared by your doc and then see a certified yoga teacher. My preference is actually a Chinese practice called qigong which has less impact on the spine and data to support its usefulness. See www. Nqa. Org for teachers. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Undergone laminectomy w/ spinal fusion with implants & bone graft t9 to t 12. How many days is safe for not acquiring infection on the wound site?

Undergone laminectomy w/ spinal fusion with implants & bone graft t9 to t 12. How many days is safe for not acquiring infection on the wound site?

Couple of weeks: The most common time frame for getting post operative infection is first two weeks it is possible to get delayed infection as well occasionally one can get deep infection after 4-6 weeks post op, also but if the wound heals andr the sutures are out you are generally safe at that point. Good luck. ...Read more

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Inversion tables and scoliosis, what to do?

Inversion tables and scoliosis, what to do?

Little evidence: Two issues for adults with scoliosis include back pain and curve worsening. Not much really helps to prevent it from getting worse if the curve is already big. Back pain can be treated with avoidance of painful activities, antiinflammatory meds, and, especially, back strengthening exercises. Inversion tables may help to stretch the back and apply traction but the effect will likely be temporary. ...Read more

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Had discectomy is it ok to use an inversion table?

Had discectomy is it ok to use an inversion table?

It depends: There are a lot of factors that affect whether this is safe for you, including how long ago your surgery was. You should discuss this with your surgeon and determine the right answer for your individual situation. ...Read more

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How can I use an inversion table to relieve pain off the sciatic nerve?

How can I use an inversion table to relieve pain off the sciatic nerve?

Intermittently: Basically you are stretching the spine and diminishing the bulging of the disc temporarily taking the pressure off the nerve. Some patients will use it a coupe of times per day. ...Read more

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Is it ok to us an inversion table if I have had a nissen fundoplication?

Is it ok to us an inversion table if I have had a nissen fundoplication?

Nissen activity: With your newly created lower esophageal sphincter, you should not have reflux when using an inversion table. Have fun! Enjoy life without reflux! ...Read more

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I have degenerative disc disease, would an inversion table help for the pain?

I have degenerative disc disease, would an inversion table help for the pain?

Spinal decompression: Remember, any changes that occur with traction are temporary. Once normal weight bearing is restored, all changes revert to pre-traction state. Inversion tables do exactly the same thing for about $250 total vs. Around $200 per treatment with chiropractic traction. If this treatment avoids the need for meds, it is great. No problem trying it as long as other important causes ruled out first. ...Read more

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I have had retina tears recently. Someone told me I should not use an inversion table. Is that true?

I have had retina tears recently. Someone told me I should not use an inversion table. Is that true?

No: Retinal tears are caused by vitreous traction not from outside activities. You can hang upside down if you like. ...Read more

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Can an inversion table/traction worsen a degenerated disc (disc height loss) due to the force of pull being applied to the disc?

Can an inversion table/traction worsen a degenerated disc (disc height loss) due to the force of pull being applied to the disc?

It is possible: The pain may get worse for a while and yet it may also relieve pain.

Ligaments are weak to cause that problem in the first place. Got to www. Getprolo. Com or www. Aaomed. Org to find out about proltherapy and get permanent relief. ...Read more

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After using an inversion table frequently for the past several months, I developed vertigo. Is this permanent for most likely temporary?

After using an inversion table frequently for the past several months, I developed vertigo. Is this permanent for most likely temporary?

Hard to know: If there was nothing wrong with your middle ear, and sinuses this is likely to be reversible. But if it continues over time, see an ENT doctor and get this evaluated. Hope this clears up soon. ...Read more

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An inversion table good or bad?

An inversion table good or bad?

Good: Is it good periodically to do inversion table and do this after any spinal strain or injury. The procedure to tilt can be slower if you have issues with dizziness tilt 15 degree hold for 10 minutes before tilting each 15 degree angle. ...Read more

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Is an inversion table good for anything?

Is an inversion table good for anything?

Potentially: An inversion table is a mild but generally safe way to apply traction to the lumbar spine at home. Results vary, but I do have some patients with chronic back pain that do seem to do pretty well with a home inversion table. ...Read more

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How much time to feel pain relief with inversion table.?

Inversion table: You should feel relief while on the table and every time you use it. Over time the benefits of reduced pain appear. ...Read more

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Will using an inversion table help with my spondylolisthesis?

Will using an inversion table help with my spondylolisthesis?

Possibly: It can help to take the pressure off the lower back and can help with the pain. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to use an inversion table with spondylolisthesis?

Is it possible for me to use an inversion table with spondylolisthesis?

Yes, but...: Yes, you can use an inversion table to get symptomatic relief that is temporary. However it will not solve the structural problem provided you are symptomatic from this structural problem. ...Read more

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Are there any benefits for the back and neck by using inversion tables? If so what is the best way to use them?

Are there any benefits for the back and neck by using inversion tables? If so what is the best way to use them?

Use as directed: They relieve some symptoms but do not solve any problems. Usually those who use them get temporary relief from the symptoms, but the relief is not long lasting. ...Read more

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What is your opinion on inversion tables and back pain from degenerative disk desease?

What is your opinion on inversion tables and back pain from degenerative disk desease?

Carries risks: Inversion tables can provided temporary relief from low back pain due to decreasing gravitational pressure off of the discs/nerves. Studies have not shown longterm benefit. There are serious risks involved and should not be used if you have heart disease, high blood pressure, glaucoma, are pregnant to name a few. Talk to your doctor regarding risks/benefits. ...Read more

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I'm a contortionist and for a few months, I've had lower spine pain. I have a strong back and use an inversion table often, so why does my back hurt?

I'm a contortionist and for a few months, I've had lower spine pain. I have a strong back and use an inversion table often, so why does my back hurt?

Back pain: There are many reasons for back pain: arthritis, strain, herniated disk, kidney infection or stone, sciatica among many others. See physician for evaluation., . ...Read more

Fusion (Definition)

A fusion gets rid of a joint or disk between to bones, getting the bones to join together with bone between them. If successful, it eliminates almost all the motion between the bones. Sometimes fusion simply occur as a result of disease, rarely from aging. Most of the time ...Read more