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Vertebral Distraction Pump (VDP) Therapy

Vertebral Distraction Pump Therapy (Decompression) is an Alternative to Surgery


You don't have to live in debilitating pain. Whether you have lower back pain, a pinched nerve, sciatica, neck pain, or a variety of symptoms related to damaged or degenerative disc's; the Vertebral Distraction Pump (VDP) may be for you. This gentle, state-of-the-art, non-surgical therapy can provide relief from lower back pain, sciatica pain, neck, arm and hand pain from bulging, herniated, and degenerative disc disease. We are also able to help with failed back surgery patients.

The gentle distractive forces of the VDP creates a decompression of the spine to improve blood flow, nutrient exchange, and reduce nerve pressure to the injured area. You'll experience several cycles of stretch and relaxation.

The program targets the function of the stabilization muscles as a vital part of VDP Therapy. Exercise and adjunctive therapies such as therapeutic laser, muscle stimulation, ultrasound, and cold therapy, can assist in rehabilitation of these structures. Our goal is to not only help heal the disc, but to also enhance muscular control and support of the back and neck.

Regular home exercise and periodic visits to our office will help in maintaining your spinal health and reduce the probability of re-occurrence. Clinical results of this type of therapy have been effective and most patients find long-term relief or effective management of their pain when they complete the entire program of treatments utilizing the VDP Spinal Decompression Therapy.

"One thing about Intervertebral Disc Physiology is very clear: without motion, the disc deteriorated. without good movement, many problems develop: the disc's pH increases, joints stiffen, ligaments shorten, bone density decreases, muscles become deconditioned. Recent evidence suggests that a damaged disc becomes more acidic and that the reduced pH is a mediator of spinal pain.

The adult disc is avascular and it depends on diffusion for its nutrition and exchange of waste products. Diffusion is facilitated by a PUMPING ACTION, through spinal motion. Lack of motion hinders diffusion." SOURCE: Nelson, BW, MD et al. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 1999, 80 (Jan); 20-25.

"One more thing to know about the IVD is the improved fluid exchange can reverse the unnatural state of acid pH in the painful disc. Since the IVD lacks vascularization, enhanced fluid exchange is the ONLY mechanism for improved cellular nutrition and removal of waste products. Improved hydration can ONLY be achieved by physically PUMPING water in and out of the IVD via spinal motion. Furthermore, persistent pain at an injury sited suggests inadequate fluid exchange." SOURCE: Mooney, Vert, MD Journal of Musculoskeletal Medicine 1995; Oct., 33-39

"It is evident that IVD's and Facet Joints require movement to ensure proper flow of fluid and nutrients across and through the joint surfaces. IVD nutrition is very dependent on movement. Exercise and joint movement ensure the passage of synovial fluid over articular cartilage, enabling it to be expressed and "sucked back" into cartilage." SOURCE: Twomey, PhD & Taylor, MD, PhD Spine 1995; 20(5):615-619.

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