Fort Myers Office
6150 Diamond Centre Court, Bldg.100
Fort Myers, FL 33912
Off Metro Parkway near Gulf Coast Hospital.
Port Charlotte Office
3380 Tamiami Trail, Unit 3
Port Charlotte, FL 33952
5668 Strand Court
Naples, FL 34110
821 Oakley Seaver Drive
Clermont, FL 34711
Lady Lake Office
733 County Road 466
Lady Lake, FL 32159
Sun City Center Office
137 S. Pebble Beach Blvd, Unit 204
Sun City Center, FL 33573
600 Lakeview Rd., Suite B/C
Clearwater, FL 33776
Winter Park Office
1573 W. Fairbanks, Suite 200
Winter Park, FL 32789
What spinal conditions can be treated with VAX-D?
- Herniated Discs
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Spinal Joint Arthritis
- Work-related Injuries
- Sports-related Injuries
- Post Surgical Patients
- “Failed Back Syndrome” Patients
What is VAX-D and how does it work?
VAX-D is a non-invasive medical technology that stretches the spine and decompresses the spinal discs. VAX-D treatment is able to reduce the pressure within the spinal disc, thereby relieving the stress on inflamed and pinched nerves. In short, VAX-D breaks the cycle of pain caused by bulging and degenerated discs, and other spine related disorders, by eliminating nerve compression. By removing the cause of back pain, the body is allowed to naturally heal.
How is VAX-D different from traction or the other treatments claiming to decompress the spine?
VAX-D is a decompression device, and as such, achieves the same goal as surgical treatment of the spine, which is to relieve pressure by decompression. VAX-D, therefore, unlike the popular but relatively ineffectual traction device, more precisely addresses the physiology or reason for spinal pain. Although traction devices can stretch the lower back, they have not demonstrated the ability to decompress the lumbar and cervical discs or reduce spinal nerve compression. VAX-D works by reducing the pressure within the discs, not to zero, but to negative levels! No other device has been shown to reduce the disc pressure to these desired negative levels. It is this negative pressure that causes the disc bulging or herniation to decrease in severity. This in turn reduces pressure on the spinal nerves, which ultimately leads to less or no pain.
Why should I consider VAX-D therapy and what should I expect?
VAX-D therapy has been proven safe and effective in numerous clinical studies. Over 3000 patients per day are treated with VAX-D. The other so-called “decompression treatments” simply do not have published clinical trials proving that they can lower intradiscal pressure and result in positive clinical outcomes. VAX-D studies have been published in major, respected, reliable, and peer-reviewed medical journals, with all of them showing a marked reduction in pain and a significant increase in activity and mobility.
VAX-D is easy, convenient and painless. It is non-invasive so it does not have the pain, risks and complications that are associated with surgery, injections, and anesthesia. Patients will require an MRI prior to treatment to make sure no other serious conditions are causing their pain. Once treatment commences, many patients experience relief of their pain during the first several treatment sessions, and then a gradual reduction in symptoms as treatment progresses. The treatment duration plan is 15-25 days, while each session takes about 30-40 minutes. It’s that easy.
Do you have a problem laying on your back or stomach? No problem. With VAX-D you can be in the position that is most comfortable for you. Also, VAX-D allows most patients to perform light work while undergoing treatment.
VAX-D Premieres Dynamic Decompression…
Take The Pressure Off The Discs
Treating chronic back pain can be frustrating and challenging. VAX-D is a product that is technologically extraordinary, yet easy to use. By integrating our unique decompression protocol with state-of-the-art technology, we have achieved our vision of the perfect treatment system, the Genesis. Our treatment protocols have been progressively shaped by fifteen years of clinical research on our product.
Tension is now applied logarithmically in a smooth, gentle arc, designed to follow the natural curvatures of the spine
For Chronic Neck & Back Pain Sufferers…
Frequently Asked Questions | VAX-D
Q: What is spinal decompression therapy and how does it work?
A: Spinal decompression therapy is a medical technology that gently stretches the spine and decompresses discs. The injured disc is located and gently pulled, creating a vacuum, which allows the disc to be “pulled back in,” taking the pressure off the nerve. The pressure in a spinal disc can be as high as +180 mm of mercury during many common daily activities. Spinal decompression therapy treatment is able to reduce the pressure in the disc down to -200 mm of mercury, allowing fluids and nutrients to re-enter the disc, thus reducing swelling and relieving the pressure on irritated or pinched nerves.
Q: What conditions does spinal decompression therapy treat?
A: Specific conditions include: low back pain, neck pain, disc bulge, disc herniation, sciatica, referred arm pain, degenerative disc disease, spinal facet syndrome, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, disc extrusions and failed back and neck surgeries.
Q: Are there any reasons I can’t receive spinal decompression therapy?
A: There are a few individuals that can’t take advantage of this treatment. These people have conditions such as spinal tumors, spinal fractures, advanced osteoporosis, pregnancy, or certain diseases that compromise the strength of the spine and discs.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: Nationwide, the average patient’s out-of-pocket cost for Spinal Decompression Therapy is $4,000 to $6,000. However, no other office that we are aware of accepts insurance as we do, thus our cost is always much less. Any patient expense depends on the number of treatments your condition will require and your insurance benefits. We will go over any out-of-pocket expense with you after we have verified your benefits and know how many treatments your condition will require.
Q: Does insurance pay for spinal decompression therapy?
A: Some insurance companies recognize the value of spinal decompression therapy and cover it. Coverage will vary depending on your particular policy. Our insurance department will verify your insurance coverage for you and report to you what the coverage is before any treatment is started.
Q: How many treatments will I need, and how quickly can I expect to feel better?
A: The goal of each session is to remove the pressure from the nerve. This means re-educating the disc and muscles to be in a better position. The number of treatments required depends upon your diagnosis and overall severity of your condition. Treatment recommendations can range from 20-25 treatments. Relief from pain varies with each individual. Some patients begin feeling less pain after just 2-3 treatments. On the average, however, most patients have begun getting results after 2 to 4 weeks of treatments.
Q: What happens on each visit?
A: One treatment session lasts about 60-75 minutes. You will first go to the physical therapy department for specific spinal exercises to rehabilitate your spine. This is followed with spinal decompression therapy to decompress your disc and take the pressure off your spinal nerves. You end by going to electric muscle stimulation and compressed ice to reduce inflammation and soreness. As you can see, this is a very extensive program. It is this program that allows us to be able to help the majority of the patients we treat.
Q: How good are the results and are they permanent?
A: Research has shown spinal decompression therapy to be a very effective treatment for bulging and herniated disks. Typically additional treatments are not required after the completion of the treatment protocol. However, as with any treatment there are always severe cases that involve particular job and lifestyle activities that may require re-evaluations.
Q: Is there any risk doing this type of treatment?
A: No, spinal decompression therapy is safe and comfortable. In fact, most patients say it feels good and some even fall asleep. The system has emergency stop switches for both the patient and the operator. These switches are a requirement of the FDA and terminate the treatment immediately if you do feel uncomfortable.
Q: If I’ve had back or neck surgery, can I still have spinal decompression therapy?
A: Having back or neck surgery does not prevent you from having spinal decompression therapy unless you have fixed surgical hardware used to fuse the spine. In fact, clinical studies show spinal decompression therapy provides relief for patients who have had one or more surgeries.
Q: What is the difference between traction and spinal decompression therapy?
A: Although traction devices can stretch the spine, they do not have the ability to reduce intradiscal pressure and decompress the discs as spinal decompression therapy can. Traction and inversion tables, at best, can lower the intradiscal pressure from +90 to +30 mm of mercury. Spinal decompression therapy can reduce intradiscal pressure up to -200 mm of mercury, allowing nutrients to flow back into the disc and the body’s natural fibroblastic response to heal the injury and re-hydrate the disc. Traction cannot target a specific disc as spinal decompression therapy can and traction causes painful muscle spasms. Spinal decompression therapy avoids this by pulling on a logarithmic curve.
The Original Solution
In 1994, research at the Rio Grande Regional Hospital, McAllen, and Division of Neurosurgery, Health Sciences Center, University of Texas, discovered that it was possible to lower the pressure inside the disc with VAX-D treatment. This was the birth of non-surgical disc decompression. VAX-D Medical Technologies invented and patented the process, which is now utilized by more than 3000 patients a day across the US and around the world.
We have recently introduced the Genesis System, a computerized treatment system with engineering advances that represent a true ‘breakthrough’ for the treatment of cervical and Iumbar herniations and other back problems.
The equipment has a unique ability, in that the tensioning source can be programmed to move simultaneously in the horizontal plane and the vertical plane to follow the curves of the spine (in flexion or extension). The patient’s head and neck musculature can now be fully relaxed during decompression.