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Cervial Decompression for Neck Pain Services
VAX-D for Neck Pain
The VAX-D cervical (neck) treatment is designed specifically for neck pain and works on the same principles as VAX-D therapy for low back pain. Pressure within a damaged disc can be reversed, drawing in fluid and the herniated disc material. This removes pressure from nerve roots and relieves pain.
The Architecture of Your Neck
The cervical spine contains and protects the spinal cord in the neck while providing support and mobility for the head. Cervical vertebrae are smaller in size compared to other vertebrae, giving the neck a more diverse range of motion and flexibility. The cervical nerve roots, join together and extend from the spinal cord into the supporting muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the neck. The nerves originating in the neck extend down into the shoulders, arms, hands, and fingers, providing muscular control and sensations to the upper extremities.
Nerve damage caused by severe pressure to the cervical nerve roots is known as cervical radiculopathy. Common causes include disc bulging or herniation, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, and facet syndrome. Symptoms are pain, numbness, tingling, and/or muscle weakness in the regions of the shoulders, arms, hands, or fingers. While an X-ray or MRI can help to rule out a serious injury, a detained medical history and physical exam can help your doctor correctly determine the precise cause of symptoms.
Whiplash in the United States and Canada
Annually, over three million whiplash injuries occur in the U.S., and 300,000 in Canada from motor vehicle collisions, with the most damaging being rear end collision. Sports injuries, falls, and sudden stops on theme park rides can also cause whiplash injuries. The extreme motions occurring during whiplash can injure practically every tissue and structure in the neck. Even low velocity auto accidents can cause extensive damage to the spine. Most whiplash injuries occur at speeds under 15 mph. In a rear end collision, a large truck or SUV going 5 mphcan do more damage to the front car occupant than a small car going 20 mph. Even in very low speed collisions (5 mph), G forces generagted by the impact can turn the wiehgt of a 10-pound head into the equivalent of a 150-pound load on the cervical spine. As the head and body are thrown in various dirctions, tremendous compressive and shear forces are exerted on the spine.
Increase Risk for Chronic Neck Pain
- Previous neck injury
- Older age
- Head turned at time of impact
- Being unprepared for impact, so neck muscles cannot ten se to immobilize the spine.
- Females: double the risk due to small musculature
- Immediate pain and/or intense pain or numbness
Recovery Prognosis: Roughly 1/3 of whiplash patients recover within three months, another 1/3 will have persisting lower levels of pain and disability, and 1/3 will have high levels of persisting pain and disability. Although symptoms usually appear within 24 to 72 hours after injury, then may not manifext for three months or longer. Intervention within two weeks of the accident helps prevent chronic pain and disability.
Nearly 40% of whiplash injuries develop into degenerative disc disease within 5-10 years. Chronic pain from whiplash is commonly due to facet and/or disc damage. Many spinal care experts are finding VAX-D cervical therapy to be a safe and effective treatment for whiplash symptoms that may include:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Upper extremity pain, weakness, numbness
- Thoracic outlet syndrome
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
You Are a Candidate for VAX-D if:
-You have chronic or severe back pain caused by bulging or herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, sciatica, and/or facet syndrome.
-You have failed back surgery syndrome.
-You have been told to consider surgery.
You Are Not a Candidate for VAX-D if:
-You have surgical hardware in the area to be treated (titanium rods or fusion cages).
-You have been diagnosed with a clinically unstable back (spondylolisthesis >50%).
-You have rare conditions such as certain spinal infections, or pelvic or abdominal cancer.
-You have a recent vertebral fracture (<6 months).
-You suffer from severe osteoporosis (DEXA T-Score of -2.5 or lower).
-You have ankylosing spondylitis.
-You have an abdominal aortic aneurysm.
-You are pregnant
Many patients report a reduction in pain after their first few VAX-D treatments. Although this is a wonderful sign that VAX-D is working, the healing process is not finished! Quitting treatment early can result in a relapse of symptoms, as well as wasted time and money. On the other hand, it may take several sessions before patients experience a noticeable remission of symptoms. Why is this? Bulging and herniated discs may need several sessions to fully reposition themselves. You can be sure that your spine is responding to VAX-D’s vacuum effect, but results are not always immediate. Using time-tested protocols, VAX-D can be a tremendous tool for eliminating back pain!
With herniated and degenerated discs, the escaped nucleus pulposus may be retracted back into the disc by the tenth session, which can result in significant pain relief. However, pain reduction does not mean the disc has fully healed. A full recovery is vital in order to prevent re-injury. Completing the entire regimen of 20-25 treatment sessions (up to 45 minutes each) is the standard treatment protocol for a single level herniation. Multiple levels of disc disorders, older or more severe injuries may require even more sessions. This may seem like a lot of treatments, but VAX-D is working with your back as it heals, and that is a process that cannot be rushed.
Follow Through for Best Results
Like all wounds, disc wall tears need time to heal. An absence of pain does not mean the tears have healed, which is crucial to preventing the newly retracted nucleus pulposus from escaping and putting pressure back on the nerves.
Staying on Course for a Full Recovery
Completing your course of therapy as determined by your doctor, according to the severity of your condition, takes time. Each session prescribed is needed to maintain a fully hydrated and oxygen-rich environment for the damaged disc. The same principles apply for those with degenerative discs. Adhering to the VAX-D protocol will allow for an enriched disc environment to speed the body’s natural healing mechanism. These last remaining VAX-D sessions are crucial and will enable the disc to heal completely.
A Doctor Who is Also A VAX-D Patient
“As well as treating patients with VAX-D, I have been a recipient of VAX-D therapy myself. A few years ago, I woke up in a hotel room in Buenos Aires after a long plane ride, with excruciating neck pian. The pain was so severe that I was contemplating foregoing our trip to Patagonia and Brazil. I performed neck exercises by hanging my head over the end of the beds we slept in until we return ed home. An MRI revealed degenerative disc disease at more than one level. My nurse treated my neck with VAX-D and my pain subsided within two weeks. I completed several treatments. My neck has been free of pain for several years now, and I jog six miles daily and play tennis regularly three times per week.” Ronald Peroff, MD-Medical Doctor.
“I was suffering with a large cervical disc herniation. This herniation caused severe pain in my shoulder and arm, and numbness in my hand and fingers. The pain had been gradually getting worse. I had tried chiropractic, massage, and various other therapies but my pain did not decrease. I wasn’t able to ride my horse or workout, and I had to decrease my hours at my job. I went many nights without sleeping due to the pain. Surgery and pain management were my only options. I did not want to have surgery. I then began the VAX-D therapy for the neck and cervical region. Within one week of VAX-D, I had a decrease of pain in my shoulder and arm. At the completion of my VAX-D treatments, I was pain free! I was back to riding my horse and going to the gym. After fearing that I would never have the active lifestyle that I had always enjoyed, VAX-D got me back to doing everything I used to do. I am so grateful to VAX-D for changing my life!” Traci R.-VAX-D Patient
“As a physical therapist, I am grateful that I found VAX=D therapy 12 years ago. I have treated over 1,000 patients with VAX-D, with amazing results. In my professional opinion, there is no treatment that compares to VAX-D as a conservative treatment for patients suffering from bulging, herniated, and degenerative discs, facet syndrome, and relapses following surgical interventions. VAX-D therapy should be the initial treatment for these patients and should always be tried prior to any surgical intervention.” Melissa Hourihan, P.T.-Physical Therapist
After 20 Years, Finallly, Relief!
“I have had back issues for more than 20 years. I went for an MRI and was diagnosed with a herniated disc. I did not want to go through having back surgery, so I underwent VAX-D therapy combined with rehabilitation instead. That was six years ago. My back problems are so much better. I have flexibility and can do things I could not do before the VAX-D treatment. I recommend this procedure to anyone who has back problems.”
– Dennis G.-VAX-D Patient
“I have had back issues for more than 20 years. I went for an MRI and ws diagnosed with a herniated disc. I did not want to go through having back surgery, so I underwent VAX-D therapy combined with rehabilitation instead. That was six years ago. My back problems are so much better. I have flexibility and can do things I could not do before the VAX-D treatment. I recommend this procedure to anyone who has back problems.”
– Dennis G.
“I hurt my back when I picked up a suitcase the wrong way. I was given traction exercises and experienced temporary relief but a few months later, I was experiencing continuous pain again, and sought out a different doctor. An MRI showed that I’d herniated my L5-S1 disc, and I started VAX-D treatment the very next day. After only the first visit I felt the pain in my lower back decrease from a 9 to 2 on a scale of 1 to 10. A month after I began the treatment I left the country for a semester abroad and had no problem with the 10 hour flight or walking all over Europe. Thanks to my doctor and the VAX-D treatment, I was able to take full advantage of my stay, without back pain.”
– Amanda I.
“I suffered from recurring low back pain for 14 years. Chiropractic adjustments had helped on occasion, but they were no longer working and I needed a new solution. An MRI showed that I had two herniated discs between L4-L5 and L5-S1. These herniations caused intense pain, which traveled from my lower back down my left leg, ending with numbness in my toes. It was very frustrating that I could no longer participate in golf, tennis, and hiking. I work in sales and had to travel on airplanes weekly and myk back made traveling miserable. I had to pay someone else to do tasks I previously did on my own. I tried to accept that this was just the way it was nd I had to deal with it, until I tried VAX-D therapy. After only on month of treatments I am back to playing tennis and golf. I have zero pain and can travel for my job without any discomfort. I have had no recurrences of pain whatsoever. VAX-D is the only way to go!”
– Thomas R.
“After having two failed spine surgeries, I was left with numbness in my toes, foot, and leg. It hurt to walk, sit, and even lie down. After six years of pain, I just wanted relief. After undergoing a complete course of VAX-D therapy, it felt like a miracle to be able to get back to doing things. Even my family doctor was amazed at my progress. I feel blessed to have found this treatment.”
– Aileen C.