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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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I have disc degeneration, loss of height, protrusion, spondylosis, disc bulge, mild stenosis on neck and lumbar. Can I use an inversion table?

I have disc degeneration, loss of height, protrusion,  spondylosis, disc bulge, mild stenosis on neck and lumbar. Can I use an inversion table?

Conservative care: Yes, I believe that all people should exhaust and utilize all conservative measures for treatment of his or her back pain first, prior to discussing surgical intervention. I tell my patients that is it is helpful then it should definately be incorporated in your treatment plan. I have had many patients say that an inversion table has helped with their neck and low back pain. ...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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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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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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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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Hi docs, would inversion table help kyphosis of lower back?

Hi docs, would inversion table help kyphosis of lower back?

May make U feel....: ...Better but will have no effect on the boney structure at all. ...Read more

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Can using a inversion table untrap pudendal nerve entrapment?

Can using a inversion table untrap pudendal nerve entrapment?

Probably not: Pudendal nerve entrapment is unlikely to be effectively treated using an inversion table although the nerve pain might feel better temporarily while inverted. ...Read more

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Dr. Austina Cho
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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more