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VAX-D is a non-invasive treatment for patients with acute or chronic low back pain and radicular pain and symptoms (leg pain and numbness) from herniated or degenerated discs and posterior facet syndrome. Patients who have had back surgery and continue to have pain (Failed Back Syndrome) may also benefit from VAX-D.


People who suffer from severe, chronic pain know how it can utterly disrupt one’s life. Pain can make it hard to enjoy even the simplest daily activities, and make it a challenge to carry out an exercise routine and other healthy activities. Chronic pain is one of the most debilitating health conditions. Back pain is a very complicated personal experience.


The severity of pain from lower back injuries may be unrelated to the extent of the physical damage present. Many back pain sufferers live a life of compromise in their activities. Many patients find that as they grow older, episodes of low back pain become more frequent, their pain worsens in intensity and it takes longer for them to recover.


There are many different terms to describe lumbar disc pathology. The terms include: annular tears, bulging disc, disc protrusion, slipped disc, herniated disc, ruptured or extruded discs, sequestered disc, disc degeneration (or degenerative disc disease), pinched nerve, sciatica etc.


The lumbar discs are the cushions between the lumbar vertebrae. They are refer-enced as L1-L2, L2-L3, L3-L4, L4-L5 and L5-S1. Damage can occur when the disc is subjected to increased disc pressures (load) accompanied by rotation and sheer forces. Degenerative changes occur within the discs as part of the natural aging process. It is estimated that over 90% of compressive disc injuries (herniations etc) occur at L4-L5 and L5-S1.


VAX-D Therapy combines a number of patented treatment principles. The treatment is designed to relieve pressure on structures that may be causing back pain generally associated with bulging or herniated discs and degenerative disc disease. VAX-D is safe and effective without any of the risks associated with surgery, injections or anesthesia.


Patients receive an average of 20-25 treatments, once daily, a minimum of five days per week. The number of sessions needed varies depending upon the severity of the condition and the patient’s response to the treatment.


Patients with pathology at multiple levels may require more sessions. Once in remission, it is recommended that patients continue to receive one session per week for four weeks. For patients that must shorten their treatment schedule, treatments may be administered twice daily. These should be scheduled as far apart in the day as possible.


Patients are fitted with a patented ‘pelvic harness’ and then the treatments are administered on the VAX-D Table and console by a trained technician. Each session is approximately 45 minutes in duration.


Patients find VAX-D to be comfortable and relaxing. Many experience a relief of their pain and symptoms during the VAX-D sessions, and then a gradual reduction of symptoms as treatment progresses.


All patients are treated fully clothed. Two-piece clothing that separates at the waist, and that can be loosened at the wrists and neck is most comfortable. Patients should refrain from activities that significantly increase intradiscal pressure during the course of treatment (lifting, bending, certain exercises etc).


In addition, as part of the overall therapeutic protocol, patients with an inflammatory component to their condition may require the concomitant use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDs) or other medications.





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