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Introduction

The body needs the spine to stay upright, bend, move, twist, and turn to function properly. The spine is an S-shaped curve structure protected by ligaments, soft tissues, the spinal cord, and muscle tissue if the back gets injured. When the body gets injured, or a back muscle is pulled, it can affect the spine and cause the individual to be in pain. Many individuals will experience some back pain that can affect their daily activity and try to find relief for their back pain. Some therapeutic treatments can help relieve back pain and help decompress the spine to cause instant relief. This article will look at what causes chronic low back pain, why it is expensive, and how efficient spinal decompression therapy is for chronic low back pain. By referring patients to qualified and skilled providers specializing in spinal decompression therapy. To that end, and when appropriate, we advise our patients to refer to our associated medical providers based on their examination. We find that education is the key to asking valuable questions to our providers. Dr. Alex Jimenez DC provides this information as an educational service only. Disclaimer

 

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What Causes Chronic Low Back Pain?

 

Since the spine is an S-shaped curve protected by joints, ligaments, nerves, and muscles, its primary function is to provide the body with the support, strength, and flexibility it needs to move and function. Research studies have found that the low back supports the upper body’s weight, and when there is an injury to the muscles, ligaments, joints, or spinal disc, it can cause minor to severe pain to the back. When there is a significant overlap of nerves, it causes some difficulty for the brain to sense where the pain originates accurately. Other research studies have found that back pain is common due to soft tissue injury and mechanical issues that can cause low back pain to be chronic. Some of the factors that can cause chronic low back pain include:

 

Why Is It Expensive To Treat?

Since chronic low back pain is an expensive benign condition in most industrialized countries, it is often one of the most frequent reasons for many individuals to visit their primary care physicians. This will allow them to take time off from work due to sickness or short-term disability and hospital admission and surgery. Research studies have stated that chronic low back pain can range from mild to severe, making it difficult for individuals to do everyday activities. About one-third to two-thirds of adults will suffer from low back pain at some time, and the prevalence of low back pain increases with age, and women are affected more often than men.

 

What Is Discogenic Pain?

Research studies have shown that discogenic low back pain is one of the common types of chronic low back pain that causes the formation of vascularized granulation tissue to degenerate. Discogenic pain most commonly affects the lower back, buttocks, and hips. Discogenic pain also involves:

  • The degenerative changes in the intervertebral disc in the spine.
  • Causing structural defects in the spine.
  • Causing the result of biomechanical instability and inflammation of the back.

Other research studies have found that discogenic back pain is multifactorial, causing physicians to struggle to identify the source of pain coming from the back.

 


How Efficient Is The DRX9000?-Video

The DRX9000 is a spinal decompression traction machine that helps alleviate chronic lower back pain in individuals. Research studies have found that the DRX9000 uses a motor pulley that causes traction force on the spine to pull, causing it to decompress gently. The traction force from the DRX9000 allows the spine to stretch the soft tissues and separate joint surfaces causing instant relief to individuals suffering from lower back pain. Many individuals who use the DRX9000 as part of their spinal decompression therapy will begin to feel instant relief from their spine and regain their quality of life. If you want to learn more about spinal decompression therapy, this link will explain the benefits of spinal decompression and how it can alleviate low back pain symptoms.


The Efficacy Of Spinal Decompression

 

The efficacy of spinal decompression on chronic low back pain can provide immense relief to many individuals suffering from low back pain. Research studies have shown that spinal decompression therapy is effective for many individuals suffering from lumbar disc herniation as it helps with the resorption of the herniation disc back in the spine and increases the disc height. Research studies have shown that many individuals who completed an entire 6-week course of spinal decompression therapy have reported much improvement from the pain and disability they had suffered from chronic low back pain.

 

Conclusion

Chronic lower back pain is common for many individuals and can be expensive as the symptoms can range from a dull, mild ache to severe sharp, throbbing pain in the lower back. Chronic low back pain causes many individuals to go to their health care providers, allowing them to get out of work and causing early retirement for many working individuals. Incorporating spinal decompression therapy as part of chronic low back pain treatment can cause instant relief to many individuals as the spinal disc are getting the necessary beneficial nutrients back into their spine and improving their quality of life pain-free. All in all, spinal decompression utilizes gentle stretching on the spine using a traction machine, causing instant relief to many individuals that are suffering from chronic lower back pain.

 

References

Choi, Jioun, et al. “Influences of Spinal Decompression Therapy and General Traction Therapy on the Pain, Disability, and Straight Leg Raising of Patients with Intervertebral Disc Herniation.” Journal of Physical Therapy Science, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Feb. 2015, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25729196/.

Demirel, Ayunur, et al. “Regression of Lumbar Disc Herniation by Physiotherapy. Does Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy Make a Difference? Double-Blind Randomized Controlled Trial.” Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Nov. 2016, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28505956/.

Fujii, Kengo, et al. “Discogenic Back Pain: Literature Review of Definition, Diagnosis, and Treatment.” JBMR Plus, John Wiley and Sons Inc., 4 Mar. 2019, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6524679/.

Koçak, Fatmanur Aybala, et al. “Comparison of the Short-Term Effects of the Conventional Motorized Traction with Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Performed with a DRX9000 Device on Pain, Functionality, Depression, and Quality of Life in Patients with Low Back Pain Associated with Lumbar Disc Herniation: A Single-Blind Randomized-Controlled Trial.” Turkish Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Bayç?nar Medical Publishing, 16 Feb. 2017, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6709608/.

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