Monday, June 30, 2008

Spinal Decompression In New York City, DRX 9000

Spinal Decompression with the DRX 9000
Technology Investment continues at Axiom Worldwide; Fifth Patent Application published!

Axiom Worldwide continues their commitment to being a leader in the field of non-surgical pain relief. On December 27, 2007 the United States Patent Office published Axiom’s fifth patent application. This application is for a method of generating electrical stimulation waveforms as a therapeutic modality. This proposed patent may be viewed at:

The company, as part of its ongoing research and development effort, continues to invest heavily in innovation and technology. To safeguard this investment, Axiom is committed to protecting its intellectual property for the benefit of its customers.

It is a lengthy process to be awarded a patent and to date, Axiom’s patent applications remain pending.

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Spinal decompression Manhattan NYC-Herniated disc Center

Sciatica and Manhattan Spinal Decompression

The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body. Inflammation of the sciatic nerve is called sciatica...which means you have pain that travels down the leg. The sciatic nerve originates in the lumbar (lower) spine. It is created by branches of lumbar nerve roots.

Here is an excerpt from the great website entitled What You Need To Know About Sciatica:

The term sciatica describes the symptoms of leg pain and possibly tingling, numbness or weakness that travels from the low back through the buttock and down the large sciatic nerve in the back of the leg. The vast majority of people who experience sciatica get better with time (usually a few weeks or months) and find pain relief with non-surgical sciatica treatment. For others, however, sciatica can be severe and debilitating is universally accepted that sciatica is usually the result of a bulging disc, herniated disc, or spinal stenosis. There are other causes also, such as piriformis syndrome, degenerative disc disease, facet syndromes, and vertebral subluxation. Sciatica is just a symptom...not the actual problem.

So, when it come to the treatment of sciatica, we need to look at correcting the problem...removing the mechanical pressure off of the sciatic nerve. Sometimes chiropractic adjustments can do this. Surgery obviously can...but what about the risks?

Well...this is where nonsurgical spinal decompression comes into play. Spinal decompression systems such as the Axiom Worldwide DRX9000 were designed and built specifically to treat neurovasclar compression syndromes such as bulging and herniated lumbar discs...a primary cause of sciatica. Sure the DRX9000
(watch DRX video) wont help every single person that does it...but nothing will.

Spinal decompression therapy has proven to be very safe and effective...and is gaining popularity every day...even amongst the medical profession.

There are very favorable preliminary research findings from spinal decompression studies currently underway at John Hopkins University, Duke University, and The Mayo Clinic (DRX9000 Special Report).

Herniated Lumbar Disc...Now What?

NYC Chiropractor and Herniated Disc Doctor Comments:

How do you know if you have a herniated disc in the low back? Well, you don't, unless you have the right tests done. Sure, you may have a lot of pain in your low may be shooting down your leg...but you still may not have a disc herniation.

Here's another may have a lumbar disc herniation and have no symptoms at all. In fact, some people live and die with disc herniations and never even knew they had them.

But...for the purpose of this article...we will be concerned about low back pain patients that DO have signs and symptoms of herniated lumbar discs, and want to know if they have one. Here are the most common signs and symptoms:

Low Back Pain (can be severe)
Sciatica (leg pain)
Antalgia (listing to one side from muscle spasms)
Numbness & Tingling in the lower extremities
Night Pain
Abnormal Gait (can be painful to walk)
Hot or Cold sensations on the skin of lower extremities
Weakness of the Lower Extremities (leg, feet, or toes)
Loss of bladder or bowel function (this is a medical emergency)
Loss of balance
There are more...but I think I covered most of them. And these are what we call subjective complaints...things that you feel and that are happening to you.

There are orthopedic tests that your doctor will do to help determine if you have a herniated disc. If these tests are positive (objective findings) she may order an x-ray or an MRI. Really, it just depends on the severity of your condition and how many subjective and objective findings point to a herniated lumbar disc. An MRI is considered the gold standard for diagnosing a disc herniation.

So, you go to your doctor, they order an MRI, the MRI comes back positive for a disc herniation...say at L5, which is the most common disc to what?

Well, this is when is gets interesting. There are so many factor to consider and so many opinions. If this is your first bout of back may just go away on it's own and never come back. But if you have been experiencing your low back pain for a long period of time, you will most likely need some form of treatment.

Personally, I would not rush to have back surgery. I would try the conservative approach first. I would visit a chiropractor. The body is an incredible machine and often times it can heal itself with a little help. Your spine may be out of alignment and some chiropractic adjustments is all you need.

Maybe you need some exercise as well...your chiropractor can help you with can a physical therapist, or personal trainer.

Even very severe cases of lumbar disc herniation and spinal degeneration will often times respond to nonsurgical spinal decompression...a high tech disc herniation treatment that really works.

Sure, some disc pain patients don't respond to anything, even spinal decompression. For these very difficult cases surgery must be considered...but in my biased opinion...only as a last resort.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Herniated disc nyc

Herniated Disk NY, Herniated Disc NYC
A spinal disc herniation, incorrectly called a "slipped disc", is a medical condition affecting the spine, in which a tear in the outer, fibrous ring of an intervertebral disc allows the soft, central portion to bulge out.

It is normally a further development of a previously existing disc protrusion, a condition in which the outermost layers of the fibrous ring are still intact, but can bulge when the disc is under pressure.

Some of the terms commonly used to describe the condition include herniated disc, prolapsed disc, ruptured disc, and the misleading expression "slipped disc." Other terms that are closely related include disc protrusion, bulging disc, pinched nerve, sciatica, disc disease, disc degeneration, degenerative disc disease, and black disc. The popular term "slipped disc" is quite misleading, as an intervertebral disc, being tightly sandwiched between two vertebrae to which the disc is attached, cannot actually "slip," "slide," or even get "out of place." The disc is actually grown together with the adjacent vertebrae and can be squeezed, stretched, and twisted, all in small degrees. It can also be torn, ripped, herniated, and degenerated, but it cannot "slip".

Causes of a disc herniation can include general wear and tear on the disc over time, repetitive movements, stress on the disc that occurs while twisting and lifting, or other injuries.

While the chief complaint for spinal disc herniation is lower back pain, symptoms of a herniated disc can vary depending on the location of the herniation and the types of soft tissue that become involved. They can range from little or no pain if the disc is the only tissue injured to severe and unrelenting neck or low back pain that will radiate into the regions served by an affected nerve root when it is irritated or impinged by the herniated material. Other symptoms may include sensory changes such as numbness, tingling, muscular weakness, paralysis, paresthesia, and affection of reflexes. If the herniated disk is of the Lumbar region the patient may also experience sciatica due to irritation of the sciatic nerve. Unlike a pulsating pain or pain that comes and goes, which can be caused by muscle spasm, pain from a herniated disc is usually continuous.

It is possible to have a herniated disc without any pain or noticeable symptoms, depending on its location. If the extruded nucleus pulposus material doesn't press on soft tissues or nerves, it may not cause any symptoms. It has been estimated that as many as 50% of the population have focal herniated discs in their cervical region that do not cause noticeable symptoms.

Typically, symptoms are experienced only on one side of the body. If the prolapse is very large and presses on the spinal cord or the cauda equina in the lumbar region, affection of both sides of the body may occur, often with serious consequences.

The presence of cauda equina syndrome (in which there is incontinence, weakness and genital numbness) is considered a medical emergency requiring immediate attention and possibly surgical decompression.

There are a variety of non-surgical care alternatives to treat the pain, including:
Spinal Decompression
Physical therapy
Osteopathic/chiropractic manipulations
Massage therapy
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
Oral steroids (e.g. prednisone or methyprednisolone)
Epidural (cortisone) injection
Intravenous sedation, analgesia-assisted traction therapy (IVSAAT)
If pain is severe and continuous, or if there are neurological deficits, surgery may be recommended. Surgical goals include relief of nerve compression, allowing the nerve to recover, as well as the relief of associated back pain and restoration of normal function. Classical surgery for lumbar disc herniation is carried out by using a vertical median incision over the level which has an herniation. The dorsolumbar fascia is incised about 0.5 cm laterally on the affected side. The paravertebral muscles are dissected free from underlying bony structures, namely the spinous process and laminae, and retracted laterally. The level of disc herniation is identified using C-arm fluoroscopy or palpating the sacrum. The lamina is then fenestrated with bone rongeurs after which the exposed ligamentum flavum (the yellow ligament) is excised. The epidural soft tissue and venous plexus is gently explored to find the nerve root exiting from the associated neural foramina. The herniated disc is usually found beneath the nerve root. The nerve root is protected using root retractors. The posterior longitudinal ligament is incised with a fine blade and herniated disc material and degenerated nucleus pulposus are evacuated using different kinds of disc forcepses. Meticulous control of haemostasis is employed and irrigation with warm saline is essential. The muscle layers and the fascia are repaired, generally, without using a drain. The skin wound is closed. Surgical options include:

Lumbar fusion (lumbar fusion is only indicated for recurrent lumbar disc herniations, not primary herniations)
Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (for cervical disc herniation)
Disc arthroplasty (experimental for cases of cervical disc herniation)
Dynamic stabilization (dynamic stabilization is an experimental procedure with no data supporting its use for primary disc herniations)
However treatment with the DRX 9000 spinal decompression unit is non-invasive and has a published success rate.
The DRX9000 True Non-surgical Spinal Decompression System™ was developed to provide a non-invasive option for discogenic low back pain. Researchers of a case report published in Volume 2 Issue 1 of the European Musculoskeletal Review state, “Evidence-based data that show the promising effects of DRX9000 on the safe and effective treatment of LBP [low back pain] continue to accumulate.” The report titled, “Management of Low-Back Pain with a Non-surgical Decompression System (DRX9000™) – Case Report” reveals the pre- and post-treatment MRI findings of a 69-year old male with low back pain. Prior to treatment with the DRX9000, the patient reported experiencing low back pain radiating into both legs. When asked to describe his pain intensity on a scale of 0-10, the patient rated his pain intensity at 10. The patient underwent 22 treatments over a seven-week period. Utilizing the same pain intensity scale the patient reported a pain level of 1 post-treatment. Four months after the initial visit a follow up MRI revealed decreased herniation size and increased disc height at multiple lumbar levels. The authors conclude, “This case report further builds on previous findings that have demonstrated improvements in disc morphology after treatment with the DRX9000.”