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Spinal Decompression Surgery Recovery Time
I am highy nervous about having spinal decompression and fusion surgery. Mostly about not waking up and fusion failure. Why shouldn't I be?
You are not alone: These are major surgeries which will take many hours and complications can occur, thus your emotion/fear is not uncommon. I am sorry to hear that this is something you are about to endure. I assume you have been suffering pain/disability for quite some time now? Talk to your family/friends. Discuss your concerns/fear with doc. There is no shame in doing that. I wish you the best of luck. ...Read more
Different surgeries: Spinal decompression surgery is performed nerve root impingement-usually from bone or ligaments in the spinal canal or where the nerve roots exit-the neuroforamena. Generally called a laminectomy, it involves removing bone and ligament from the spine. A spinal fusion locks together two or more segments of the spine, usually with screws and rods. Bone is added as well to allow the bones to knit. ...Read more
I had spinal decompression surgery a year ago and I am wondering if I can now go on roller coasters?
No: Spinal decompression is not a contraindication. You should be aware this when riding the roller coaster, there is a great deal of acceleration/ deceleration activity that could lead to 'whiplash ' type injuries. Make sure that you have good strong neck and core muscles, this at least will decrease the probability of a musculoligamentous injury. ...Read more
Explanation: Time of decomposition depend on severity of condition you try to treat. Start from 15-20 min for first week and then increase for 30 min. ...Read more
Variable results: Spinal decompression machines typically apply traction to the spine. This can be a very helpful modality to relieve pain radiating into the upper and lower extremities by temporarily "decompressing" the pinched nerves. Unfortunately, sometimes the relief is only temporary. ...Read more
Undergoing drx9000 spinal decompression for a moderately degenerated disc. I read that the machines can actually further disc damage? Is that true?
With any disc manipulation you want to second and third and so on opinion.
You want to discuss this with a neurologist, a neurosurgeon, a pain specialist, a radiologist and so on.
You only have one spine. ...Read more
Some chiropractors use a machine to apply traction to the spine and they call this "decompressioin." the scientific data is not robust so far and I don't believe any insurance companies cover the treatment which can be expensive. Some patients swear that it was helpful while others not so...
"caveat emptor". ...Read more
Limited: It is a form of traction using a machine to pull on the spine, somewhat like pulling on two ends of a rope. It can give temporary relief of neck, back, arm, or leg pain. For mild cases, it might be effective. The problem of proving effectiveness is the variability of spinal problems among sufferers, and the tendency for some to get better with time (regardless or in spite of treatment). ...Read more
Surgical: If you have spinal stenosis that require surgery, then a laminectomy is usually the type of surgery that would resolve the tightness. If you have a room that is full of people, and you want to make the room bigger you take the roof off. Essentially the lamina is the roof of the spinal canal and this can be removed to make more room for the spinal nerve elements. ...Read more
Do not waste your: Money on a repackaged form of traction. If you want to try something that you can own for a fraction of the price, try an inversion table. There is no scientific literature that supports any spinal decompression system. Bulging discs are not abnormal and herniated disc symptoms may be temporarily decreased with traction. ...Read more
Yes with the: Yes, once cleared by surgeon, there should be no issues. The clearance is mainly to see that there are no post op issues like wound healing issue or infection, a lung issue including pneumonia or urinary issue including infection. Carrying or lifting baggage may be restricted for several weeks based on extent of surgical incision. If you are talking about a traction treatment, there is no issue. ...Read more
Traction: By spinal decompression I will assume that you mean traction, such as using a vax-d or similar machine. The concept of traction is to restore lost disc height, which can result in improved spinal canal diameter and reduced nerve pinching. The problem with traction is that it is often temporary - in other words, once out of traction, the spine gradually settles back to its original state. ...Read more
Relief the pressure:
Spinal decompression is a term that describes the relief of pressure on one or many pinched nerves of the spinal column.
Spinal decompression can be achieved both surgically and non-surgically and is used to treat conditions that result in chronic back pain such as disc bulge, disc herniation, sciatica, spinal stenosis, and isthmic and degenerative spondylolisthesis. ...Read more
Not validated: I am assuming that you are referencing the use of spinal decompression tables. These are suppose to work by relieving pressure &/or reducing intradiscal pressure & thereby reducing the size of disc protrusions/herniation. Today there simply are no studies of good quality to support these claims. Further objective studies are needed. At present there are few complications associated, except expense. ...Read more
Caveat emptor: The so called spinal decompression is a traction machine, pulling the spinal bones slightly apart. The science behind it is pretty soft. Some find that traction does feel good (some find it uncomfortable). If you try it and find it helpful, weigh the amount of relief (and how long it lasts) against the cost and decide if it is worth it to you. ...Read more
Non-surgical?: If you are referring to non-surgical spinal decompression employed mostly by chiropractors, there is very little evidence showing its efficacy. It is a very costly treatment that uses traction to relieve pain caused by a disc herniation and nerve root compression. It has not shown to be any different then allowing time to allow inflammation to improve. ...Read more
Is spinal decompression therapy a definite cure for degenerating disc disease or is it just a pain treatment?
Pain treatment: There is no know cure for disc degeneration. ...Read more
Will any amount of consistent spinal decompression result in the "rebuilding" of a herniated/degenerated L5 disc?
No but yes!?: I do acupuncture and adjustments and see this often. Meaning. .. The patient is really bent out of whack. Janet g. Travell who is the myofascial tissue matriarch would say that the movement of certain muscles will cause pain and nausea. It is a function of how the txmt triggers anxiety and pain. In txmt shock, u hv nausea, dizziness and sweats. Add magnesium and acupuncture! Don't fear. ...Read more
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