Back Pain / Leg Pain

Spinedex Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is a modern, comprehensive Physical Therapy clinic that combine the newest treatment techniques and equipment along with cutting-edge technology to fully specialize in the rehabilitation of patients with spine problems.

Our treatment techniques are designed to specifically treat patients who have neck pain and/or back pain associated with bulging discs, herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, sciatica and facet syndrome.

We set ourselves apart from other physical therapy clinics because of our incorporation of state-of-the-art equipment into our treatments. This equipment allows for healing of the disc itself while most physical therapy techniques are only able to change the tissues around the discs (muscle, etc).

VAX-D Therapy
VAX-D is a specialized, state-of-the-art piece of medical equipment that is used to resolve and heal disc disease and injuries of the lumbar spine (low back). It is a university tested, medically accepted non-drug and non-surgical treatment for back pain. The table was invented by Allan E. Dyer, M.D., Ph.D., the former Deputy Minister of Health of Ontario, Canada and developer of the heart defibrillator.

back pain treatment phoenixVAX-D is an acronym for Vertebral Axial Decompression. VAX-D Therapy applies clinically proven principles to relieve pressure on vital structures of the lumbar spine that may be causing low back pain and peripheral pain associated with herniated lumbar discs, degenerative disc disease, sciatica, nerve compression and posterior facet syndrome. VAX-D Therapy is non surgical and is an inherently safe procedure that is not just aimed at treating symptoms but is designed to alleviate the underlying problems that cause low back pain. The table is a FDA licensed device that applies a measured amount of distraction force to the intradiscal spaces of the lumbar spine. The VAX-D table consists of two halves. The patient lies prone with his upper body supported by the fixed section. This section contains handgrips which the patient grasps to restrain movement as pressure is applied. A specially designed harness is fitted around the pelvic girdle that attaches to the end of the moveable bottom section. There is a tensionometer to measure the amount of distraction force applied attached to the bottom section. This force is preset and monitored by a physician at a nearby operation console and is graphically displayed as a function of time on recording paper which becomes part of the patients chart. The therapy consists of applying the distraction force gradually by extending the lower half of the table away from the body's midsection thus creating pressure through the pelvic harness. This force is exerted several times in a 30-minute period.

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This force gently separates the bones of the lower back. This distraction force creates a negative pressure or vacuum in the disc space. This negative pressure draws the herniated or bulging disc material back into the center of the disc. This relieves the pressure on the outer fibers on the disc. With repeated treatments over a period of time this allows for the outer fibers to heal and hold the gel-like material back in the center of the disc. Additionally, this negative pressure forces nutrients and fluid into the disc to assist with rehydration and healing of the disc.

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For further information on VAX-D and the VAX-D Therapeutic Table, please read the following articles:

1. The Journal of Neurological Research, Volume 20, April 1998. "Vertebral Axial Decompression Therapy for Pain Associated with Herniated or Degenerated Discs or Facet Syndrome: An Outcome Study." Earl E. Gose, William K. Naguszewski, and Robert K. Naguszewski.

2. Canadian Journal of Clinical Medicine, January 1999. "The Effects of Vertebral Axial Decompression on Sensory Nerve Dysfunction in Patients with Low Back Pain and Radiculopathy." Frank Tilaro, MD, Dennis Miskovich, MD.

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