Non-Surgical Treatment for Herniated & Bulging Discs

Spinal Decompression Therapies

Doctors Fisher, Page and Munse work with pain management doctors, orthopedic doctors, neurosurgeons, general practitioners, and chiropractors in administering spinal decompression therapies with the only certified VAX-D® Treatment in Northern Virginia.

What is Spinal Decompression Disc Therapy

Spinal decompression therapy is used to treat bulging/herniated discs, and facet syndrome throughout the spine.  This is a non-surgical, comfortable traction therapy for the relief of back and leg pain or neck and arm pain. During this procedure, by cycling through distraction and relaxation phases and by proper positioning, a spinal disc can be isolated and placed under negative pressure, causing a vacuum effect within it.

What Can This Vacuum Affect Do?

The vacuum effect accomplishes two things. From a mechanical standpoint, disc material that has protruded or herniated outside the normal confines of the disc can be pulled back within the disc by the vacuum created within the disc. Also, the vacuum within the disc stimulates in growth of blood supply, secondarily stimulating a healing response. This results in pain reduction and proper healing at the injured site

Vertebral Axial Decompression / VAX-D®

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What Is VAX-D®?

Vertebral Axial Decompression (VAX-D®) is a non-surgical procedure developed for the treatment of painful and disabling low back disorders caused by disc herniations (subligamentous and extruded), degenerative disc disease, sciatica and posterior facet arthrosis.

Benefits Of VAX-D®

The effectiveness of the VAX-D® Treatment has been the subject of published clinical studies which highlight the following benefits achieved in the majority of patients:

Relief of acute or chronic (long term) low back pain and/or associated leg pain or numbness, generally within 1 to 2 months

Successful in over 70% of patients *

Early return to work

Non-invasive and safe

No patient hospitalization

*Earl E. Gose, William K. Naguszewski and Robert K. Naguszewski, "Vertebral axial decompression therapy for pain associated with herniated or degenerated discs or facet syndrome: An outcome study" University of Illinois at Chicago, published in The Journal of Neurological Research, Volume 20, April 1998

How Is VAX-D® Treatment Utilized?

Patients with low back pain are first examined and then evaluated in accordance with the indications for VAX-D® Treatment. Patient medical histories, x-rays and CT/MRI scans are carefully reviewed to determine whether the individual patient qualifies for the procedure. If a patient qualifies for VAX-D® Treatment, an individual treatment plan (consisting of approximately 20 treatment sessions) is developed to meet their specific needs. Each session is monitored and reviewed in order to maximize the potential benefits to the patient.

Doctors Fisher, Page and Munse work with pain management doctors, orthopedic doctors, neurosurgeons, general practioners, and chiropractors in administering the only certified VAX-D® Treatment in Northern Virginia.

Triton DTS Decompression

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Why Utilize DTS Decompression Therapy?

There are a number of spinal decompression machines presently used in the United States. After significant research, a leading physical medicine clinic has chosen to use the Triton DTS Machine for patient care.  We also offer this non-invasive approach for treatment of neck and upper back conditions.

Who Can Benefit From
DTS Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Spinal decompression therapy is designed to unload the spinal disc. Any back pain or neck pain caused in whole or in part by a damaged disc may be helped by spinal decompression therapy. These conditions include herniated, protruding or bulging discs, spinal stenosis, sciatica or radiculopathy (pinched nerves).

DTS Spinal Decompression Therapy can also be utilized for treatment of  cervical curve reversals (cervical kyphosis).  Curve reversals  may result from a variety of causes.  For example, poor workstation set up can force  one to constantly tilt one's head down, which in time, can result in cervical kyphosis.  In addition, sudden trauma to the neck caused by an auto accident or sports injury can also trigger this condition.

Many migraine sufferers also experience cervical kyphosis and are unaware of this cause and effect relationship. Only a thorough examination, including a radiological study, can determine this condition. In these types of cases, Spinal Decompression Therapy has resolved patients' complaints.