What causes lower back pain?

Lower back pain may be caused by a several factors from injuries to the effects of aging. The spinal cord is protected by the vertebrae, which are made of bone. Between each vertebra are soft disks with a ligamentous outer layer. These disks operate as shock absorbers to guard the vertebra and the spinal cord. A lot of the problems that cause back pain are the result of herniation and degeneration of the intervertebral disc. Degeneration is a process in which wear and tear causes degeneration of the disk. Herniations, or bulging of the disk are protrusions from the disc that compress the surrounding nerves, inducing pain or numbness.

If I go through Spinal Decompression treatment, how much time does it take to see results?

Most patients see a reduction in pain after the first couple of sessions. Generally, considerable improvement is obtained by the second week of treatment.

How much time does it take to complete Spinal Decompression treatment?

Patients are on the system for 30-45 minutes, on a daily basis for the first two weeks, 3 times a week for the following two weeks, and followed up by 2 times a week for the last 2 weeks.

Do I qualify for Spinal Decompression therapy?

Since I began using Spinal Decompression spinal disc decompression system, I’ have been inundated with questions from both physicians and patients as to which instances it will best help. Undoubtedly proper patient selection is essential to favorable results, so allow me to explain to you of the Inclusion and Exclusion criteria so you can make the best decision since not everyone qualifies for Spinal Decompression treatment.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Pain caused by herniated and bulging lumbar discs that is greater than 4 weeks old
  • Reoccurring pain from a failed back surgery that is greater than six months old.
  • Persistent pain from degenerated disc not responding to four weeks of treatment.
  • Patients available for 4 weeks of therapy protocol.
  • Patient at least 18 years of age.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Appliances like pedicle screws and rods
  • Pregnancy
  • Prior lumbar fusion less than six months old
  • Metastatic cancer
  • Extreme osteoporosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Compression fracture of lumbar spine below L-1
  • Pars defect
  • Pathologic aortic aneurysm
  • Abdominal or pelvic cancer
  • Disc space infections
  • Severe peripheral neuropathy
  • Hemiplegia, paraplegia, or cognitive dysfunction

Is there any side effects to the therapy?

Most patients do not experience any side effects. Although, there have been some minor instances of muscle spasm for a short period of time.

Specifically How does Spinal Decompression separate each vertebra and permit decompression at a particular level?

Decompression is obtained by utilizing a specific combination of spinal positioning and varying the degree and level of force. The trick to producing this decompression is the gentle pull that is generated by a logarithmic curve. When distractive forces are generated on a logarithmic curve the typical proprioceptor response is avoided. Preventing this response allows decompression to occur at the targeted spot.

Is there any risk to the patient during therapy on Spinal Decompression?

Definitely No. Spinal Decompression is completely safe and comfortable for all patients. The system has emergency stop switches for both the operator and the patient. These switches (a requirement of the FDA) end the treatment immediately thereby preventing any injuries.

How does Spinal Decompression therapy differentiate from spinal traction?

Traction is helpful at treating a few of the conditions arising from herniated or degeneration. Traction can’t deal with the source of the problem. Spinal Decompression creates a negative pressure inside the disc. This effect causes the disk to pull in the herniation and the increase in negative pressure also triggers the flow of blood and nutrients back into the disc enabling the body’s natural fibroblastic response to heal the injury and re-hydrate the disc. Traction and inversion tables, at best, can lower the intradiscal pressure from a +90 to a +30 mmHg. Spinal Decompression is clinically proven to decrease the intradiscal pressure to between a -150 to -200 mmHg. Traction leads to the body’s normal response to stretching by creating painful muscle spasms that worsen the pain in affected area.

Can Spinal Decompression be utilized for individuals that have had spinal surgery?

Spinal Decompression treatment is not contra-indicated for patients that have had spinal surgery. In fact many patients have found success with Spinal Decompression after a failed back surgery.

Who is not a candidate for Spinal Decompression therapy?

Anyone who has recent spinal fractures, surgical fusion or metallic hardware, surgically repaired aneurysms, infection of the spine, and/or moderate to severe osteoporosis.

Who is a candidate for Spinal Decompression?

Anybody who has been told they need surgery but prefers to avoid it, anybody who has been advised there is nothing more available to help, anybody who failed to noticeably respond to conservative methods (medications, physical therapy, injections, chiropractic, acupuncture), or anyone who still has pain but wishes to obtain the type of care they want.


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Leon Ricci
Leon Ricci
16:23 27 Jun 23
Dr Frank is amazing. I have been seeing him when I have issues over the course of 8 or 9 years and he is a breath of fresh air in the chiropractic space. He doesn’t force adjustments, he gently manipulates and assigns treatment based on what he feels. He doesn’t consign you to endless visits with no end date like many I have been to before I found him. It’s a quick appointment, let him know what the issue is, adjustment and discuss further treatment for a period of time, and then I feel better. His bedside manner is great and you can tell he cares about what he does and cares about who he does it for.
20:15 22 May 23
I went here about a year ago, the doctor was friendly but the woman Lynn who was working was not she was condescending and I could hear her gossiping about other workers which is very unprofessional. I haven’t and won’t be back.
R Thomas
R Thomas
19:50 10 Feb 23
Been going to Dr. Frank since 1997. Absolutely the best. Listens. Explains. Cares. Multiple herniations in my neck and back. Takes away my pains EVERYTIME. Thank you to Dr. Frank and his wonderful staff for keeping me off of pain meds and away from the surgeons knife. ❤️
Elizabeth Campbell
Elizabeth Campbell
15:20 05 Jul 22
Dr Frank Giampietro has been my chiropractor for about 15 years and I continue to recommend him. I have always found that the practitioners and staff there are professional and patient-centered.
20:15 08 Jun 22
David Penate
David Penate
16:02 20 May 22
I'm so grateful that I found this place. I walked in there with 6 herniations in my neck and a pinch nerve. The pinched nerve kept me up all night! The pain was so bad! I couldn't hug or play catch with my 7 and 8 year old boys. It was a very depressing time in my life. Dr. Giampietro was great! He said it was all backed by science and I will be 80% or better in 10 weeks. I can finally play with my kids again, sleep on my left side without it going numb, and finish a full days work with no pain. Thank you so much!
Allan Black
Allan Black
20:50 11 May 22
Best people and chiropractor around! 15+ years of great care
Daniel Rodriguez
Daniel Rodriguez
20:54 28 Mar 22
Super professional!!! Really great staff and honest. I’d rate them 7 stars ⭐️ if I could!
Sara Berke-Silva
Sara Berke-Silva
23:54 24 Mar 22
Great experience at this office! Dr. Calderone was fantastic. He took me right at my scheduled appointment time, thoroughly explained my diagnosis, and offered me a variety of treatment options (which they have plenty of). Highly recommend!
Autumn Thomas
Autumn Thomas
21:25 12 Mar 21
Great bedside manner. Every part of the process was explained to me. Extremely pleasant experience.
Mike Liebschwager
Mike Liebschwager
13:09 30 Dec 20
Dr. Barnhill is fantastic. I went in with a painful stiff neck - I could barely turn my head and sleep was impaired. Four visits later. I am pain free and have a full range of motion. The office is very well run, has very good covid protocols and you are in and out quickly. They do not try to sell you on a huge, expensive program of care like other chiropractic offices I have been to - there is no high pressure sales pitch - just care.Bravo Performance Health & Chiropractic!
Terry Gallagher
Terry Gallagher
19:06 14 Jul 20
First time patient. I felt very comfortable with Dr. and his staff. Dr Giampietro was very informative and professional as well as kind and patient. I’m looking forward to my healing program?
Barbara Gendron
Barbara Gendron
13:49 06 Jul 20
Dr. Barnhill is the BEST! He is caring and helpful and gives me the best relief. He provides helpful directions and truly cares about my wellbeing. The staff is courteous, professional and caring. I can't imagine going anywhere else.
DigitalMotionStudios .
DigitalMotionStudios .
14:18 13 Dec 19
Dr. Giampietro is awesome. My daughter has had a sports injury in her bicep for a year now. Nobody could figure out why whenever she trained, her bicep would hurt. After a couple of minutes of evaluation he knew the issue. Scar tissue! after the first treatment of adjustments, massage and laser, she could not believe the difference. Thanks doc for your professionalism, knowledge and caring to figure out what was going on with her. At 19, she weight trains hard and is in college for dietitian and sports nutrition. This was really putting a damper on her workouts and confidence and motivation. I Highly recommend Dr. Giamietro.
Tyeler Berry
Tyeler Berry
16:29 17 Jul 19
Dr. Barnhill is an amazing chiropractor who cares about getting you better. He has a lot of knowledge about injuries and helping athletes perform at a high level. He has helped me with my shoulder from throwing injuries, calves from running, back, and neck pain. Go see him if you want high quality care that gets amazing results!
Gopal Rajagopalan
Gopal Rajagopalan
11:58 26 Oct 18
Dr. Kurt Barnhill has been able to help my 83 year old mother with her back & leg pain, despite her numerous health problems including a steel plate in her leg. He's also very sensitive to her pain & is extra careful when working with her. Thank you so much. Definitely recommended.
Julian Maynard
Julian Maynard
14:24 02 Nov 16
Couldn't ask for a better staff to help me in my recovery. Thank you Dr Frank & staff!
Steve Hedrick
Steve Hedrick
00:45 12 Feb 16
Do to some unforeseen accidents ive had some sever injuries Dr Frank and his professional staff is top notch and with cutting edge technology. Shontell my physical therapist is awesome front office staff Krystal and Lynn pleasure to work with.For maintenance or rehab best around.
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