Thursday, December 18, 2008

Pain may be defined as either an acute or chronic condition that can interfere with an individual’s overall mental state and daily activities such as work, recreation, and relaxation.

Acute Back Pain

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke defines acute or short-term low back pain as generally lasting from a few days to a few weeks. Most acute back pain is the result of trauma to the lower back or from a disorder such as arthritis. Pain from trauma may be caused by a sports injury, work around the house, or a sudden jolt such as a car accident or other stress on spinal bones and tissues. Symptoms may range from muscle ache to shooting or stabbing pain, limited flexibility and range of motion, or an inability to stand straight.1

Chronic Back Pain

The Mayo Clinic defines chronic back pain as “nonspecific” long lasting, recurrent pain usually present for three months or more. Chronic back pain is nonspecific because in most cases the cause is unknown or difficult to pin down.2 The constant presence of chronic pain can not only affect a person’s physical well being, but may also affect a person’s emotional state. Chronic pain does not normally respond to the same treatments used for acute pain. Physical causes of chronic pain and symptoms such as sciatica can often be attributed to degenerative disc disease, herniated/bulging discs, and posterior facet syndrome.

1. “NINDS Back Pain Information.” National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Last Updated: April 24, 2007. Date Retrieved: May 11, 2007.

2. “Back Pain Guide.” Mayo -Tools for healthier lives. Date Created: May 12, 2006. Date Retrieved: May 11, 2007.

The DRX9000 True Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression System™ provides relief of pain and symptoms associated with herniated discs, bulging or protruding intervertebral discs, degenerative disc disease, posterior facet syndrome, and sciatica. It is a non-surgical and non-invasive therapy. The DRX9000™ works by applying forces to elongate the spine without causing the muscles guarding the spine to contract. This force is referred to as Spinal Decompression. The spinal elongation is maximized when paraspinal muscles, the muscles that guard the spine from injury, are relaxed. When paraspinal muscles relax, the DRX9000 Spinal Decompression forces spread apart the bony vertebra of the spine .

This relieves pressure on nerves and intervertebral discs. Where this spinal elongation occurs, pressure drops within the disc which facilitates movement of fluid, carrying nutrients and oxygen inside the disc.

Furthermore, the reduction in pressure can help draw in herniated disc fluids, reducing the size of the herniation. The technology required to apply spinal decompression therapy is extremely advanced.

The DRX9000 True Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression System™ utilizes high-speed treatment computers to calculate the logarithmic spinal decompression treatment curve for each patient. A servo-motor / servo amplifier takes the logarithmic curve and applies the forces to the patient. The servo-amplifier constantly checks (several thousand times per second) and corrects the servo-motor’s movement. With measurement devices inside the DRX9000™, changes in decompression forces experienced by each patient is monitored.

All of this data is constantly fed back into the treatment computers. The treatment computers continually calculate corrections and ensure the therapy is true to each patient’s logarithmic curve. This constant monitoring, measuring, and correcting process is called a Nested Closed-Loop Feedback System. This methodology is one of the hallmarks of the DRX9000™ technology.

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