Lumbar Spine Services
What is VAX-D?
The Non-Surgical Solution for Low Back and Neck Pain.
VAX-D, short for Vertebral Axial Decompression, is a patented, non-surgical therapy for chronic neck pain, low back pain, and sciatica. It has been shown in clinical studies to be an effective, conservative treatment for bulging, herniated, or degenerative discs, and facet syndrome. Even post-surgical patients and those suffering from certain types of stenosis (a narrowing of the spinal canal) have reported significant pain relief from VAX-D.
Over a series relaxing treatment sessions, patients experience powerful pain reduction and healing. Some even notice an improvement in their symptoms after the first few treatments!
VAX-D – not to be confused with linear traction – lengthens and decompresses the spine. High intradiscal pressures are reversed, achieving negative pressures via a patented slow ramp-up process. Negative pressure creates a vacuum inside the discs, which not only takes pressure off of pinched nerves, but helps to reposition bulging discs and pull extruded disc material back into place.
Spinal experts surmise that nutrients, oxygen, and fluids are drawn into the disc, stimulating the body’s repair mechanism to provide the building blocks necessary to mend injured discs. VAX-D’s process is the only patented treatment clinically proven to decrease disc pressures to the negative levels needed to facilitate healing!
What is Causing My Back Pain?
While only a trained medical professional can accurately diagnose your back problems and recommend appropriate treatment, a basic understanding of common causes of back pain and how VAX-D works to alleviate them, can help you in making a more informed decision concerning your treatment options.
Understanding How The Spine Works
Your spine is composed of 24 bones called vertebrae. In between each vertebra is a fibrous disc (annulus fibrosus) filled with a jelly-like substance (nucleus pulposus), which provides flexibility and cushioning to the spine. The vertebra protect the spinal cord, which runs through a tube at the back of the spine called the spinal canal. In the lower portion of the back, spinal nerves exit the spinal canal between the vertebrae and unite as they move down through the pelvis. Some of these spinal nerves join to become the sciatic verves, which travel down through the buttocks, along the backs and sides of the thighs and calves, and into the feet. With such a dense network of nerves traveling throughout the back, it is easy to see how great discomfort may be caused by the slight upset in the delicate architecture of the spine. Accidents and injury may damage discs and vertebrae, putting pressure on nerves. This results in tingling, numbness, muscle weakness, or even sharp, shooting pain.
Consider These Facts on Back Pain:
- On any given day, 6.5 million people are in bed because of back pain.
- Approximately 5.4 million Americans are disabled annually due to back pain.
- Back pain in the #2 reason for hospitalization.
- Up to 85% of the U.S. population will have back pain at some time in their life.
- After cold and flu, back pain is the next most common cause of work absence.
- Spine surgery is the second leading surgical procedure in America, with the total number in the U.S. approaching 500,000.00 per year.
- An estimated 93 million workdays are lost each year due to back pain.
Discs are located between each vertebra and provide flexibility and shock absorption for the spine. The thick, fibrous outer disc wall, known as the annulus fibrous, surrounds a jelly-like center, called the nucleus pulposus. Disc undergo tremendous amounts of stress, which can sometimes lead to a bulging disc, a weakening of the wall that causes the disc to bulge out and press painfully on surrounding nerves. A herniated disc occurs when the pressure within a disc becomes too great, tearing through the disc wall (annulus fibrous), allowing a portion of the nucleus pulposus to protrude. The escaped nucleus pulposus may then impinge painfully on nerve roots, leading also to numbness, tingling, and/or muscle weakness associated with the condition of sciatic pain. The illustration below gives a bird’s eye view of what exactly is going on when a disc bulges or herniates.
Bulging and Herniated Discs:
Discs are located between each vertebra and provide flexibility and shock absorption for the spine. The thick, fibrous outer disc wall, known as the annulus fibrosus, surrounds a jelly-like center, called the nucleus pulposus. Discs undergo tremendous amounts of stress, which can sometimes lead to a bulging disc, A weakening of the disc wall that causes the disc to bulge out and press painfully on surrounding nerves. A herniated disc occurs when the pressure within a disc becomes too great, tearing through the disc wall (annulus fibrosus), allowing a portion of the nucleus pulposus to protrude. The escaped nucleus pulposus may then impinge painfully on nerve roots, leading also to numbness, tingling, and/or muscle weakness associated with the condition of sciatic pain. The illustration below gives a bird’s eye new of what exactly is going on when a disc bulges or herniates.
Sciatica is the sensation of pain, tingling, or numbness in the buttocks and/or legs produced by an irritation of the sciatic nerve. Multiple nerve roots extend from each side of the spinal cord in the sacral area (right above your tailbone), and join to form the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve actually only exists for a short length down the buttock, after which it branches into various nerves. These small nerve branches then travel down the leg, reaching the ankle and foot. The primary causes of sciatica are herniated, bulging, or degenerated discs, which put pressure on the spinal nerve roots. Other causes include bony growths on the spine (cone spurs) or compression of the nerves through injury. In rare cases, the sciatic nerve may be irritated by conditions such as tumors, pregnancy, or piriformis syndrome.
Facets are the bony, wing-like extending from the back of the vertebrae that align with facets on the vertebrae above and below, and give the spine a more diverse range of motion. Facets function as guides for the spine and are not designed for bearing weight like vertebrae and discs. Joining adjacent facets are small ligaments called facet joints. Facet syndrome involves inflammation or the facet joints. It is one of the lesser-known but surprisingly common causes of back pain.
When a person is standing upright, the facet joints bear about 16% of the normal compressive forces of the spine. With disc height loss of 1-3 mm, the compressive load can be five times the normal amount on the facet joints. Bearing the brunt of all that weight can lead to tearing or degeneration of the ligaments, as well as inflammation of the surrounding tissues. Adhesions over the joint surface can form over time, leading to loss of mobility and breakdown of facet cartilage. An indicative symptom is a deep ache in the lower back that may extend to the buttocks, hip, and even below the knee. Facet syndrome is often associated with degenerative disc disease and soft tissue damage in the lumbar spine.