2006-11-01 / Health Care

Low Back Pain? Sciatica? New Treatment Offers Hope

Arevolutionary treatment called Vertebral Axial Decompression

(VAX-D) offers relief for people who suffer with low back pain and sciatica.

Almost everyone experiences back pain sometime during their lives. Usually the pain is a self-limited condition that resolves as the injured area heals itself. For some people however, low back pain and sciatica (pain down the leg) persists, requiring some type of treatment to get better. Typical treatments include pain medications, bed rest, physical therapy, chiropractic care, exercise and lifestyle changes. When these therapies fail to alleviate the pain, primary care physicians usually refer their patients to a spine specialist for further evaluation and treatment.

To discover the source of the pain, diagnostic images such as CAT Scan and MRI are obtained to get detailed anatomic pictures of the lumbar (lower) spine. These images clearly show the discs, bones (vertebrae), facet joints, and nerves, often revealing the cause of the person's painful condition. Common causes of persistent low back pain and sciatica include herniated discs, bulging discs, degenerated discs, radiculopathy (pinched nerve) and spinal stenosis. Often spine surgery is recommended to treat persistent low back pain and sciatica after other forms of conventional treatment have failed.

A revolutionary non surgical procedure called Vertebral Axial Decompression (VAXD) is now available to treat the common causes of low back pain and sciatica. VAX-D relieves pain due to herniated discs, bulging discs, degenerated discs and sciatica. Clinical studies report an impressive 70 percent success rate.

VAX-D is an FDA approved class II medical device developed and patented by Allan Dyer, M.D., who is also known for his pioneering development of the heart defibrillator. VAX-D patients lie prone on a computer controlled divided platform. A patented hand grip method is used to restrain the upper body while a pelvic harness is securely fastened to the patient and a retracting tensionometer housing at the foot end of the platform. As the VAX-D platform separates, a precisely controlled distractive force is focused along the natural anatomical lines of the lumbar spinal column. This dramatically reduces the pressure within the discs of the lumbar spine and thereby takes the pressure off pain sensitive structures of the outer disc and spinal nerves. The therapy consists of a series of daily treatments lasting 30 minutes each.

Eric Jacobson, M.D., a board certified specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation offers VAX-D treatment in his Flushing, Queens office. Dr. Jacobson says, "Most of the people I see with low back pain and sciatica have tried all other types of treatment and are still in pain. They want to avoid spine surgery or other invasive procedures such as epidural steroid injections. VAX-D has given my patients suffering with low back pain and sciatica a treatment which is highly effective, safe, and provides long lasting relief. Success with VAX-D is a welcome alternative to spine surgery for many people I treat."

In determining whether or not VAX-D is appropriate for any individual patients, Dr. Jacobson says, "It is important to remember that each person requires a complete evaluation to determine their candidacy for this procedure."

To find out if VAX-D is right for you, call Dr. Jacobson at 888-595-9575 to schedule a free consultation.

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