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Should I have lumbar traction?

PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2007 3:09 am
by LUMBAR PATIENT
[b] My internal medicine physician offers me 10 physical theaphy and I have received 6 decompression on my lumbar using a portable decompression device. I am going to have another 4 lumbar tractions. After 6 tractions, I feel the pain and sour on my hip have been reduced about 10% but my right leg starts tightness so that I could not walk smoothly. I reported it to my internal medicine physician but he does not ask me to stop lumbar traction. I reported it to theapist and she told me the leg problem was from theaphy on leg and it is not from lumbar tractions.

After reading DRX-9000 case, I start to worry about lumbar traction. The traction on lumbar might effect all spine, from neck down to tail bone. Should I stop lumbar traction until the appointment with a physical medicine & rehab. doctor referred by my internal medicine physician.

Thanks.

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Re: DRX-9000 Spinal Decompression Unit

PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2007 3:15 am
by Guest
My internal medicine physician offers me 10 physical theaphy and I have received 6 decompression on my lumbar using a portable decompression device. I am going to have another 4 lumbar tractions. After 6 tractions, I feel the pain and sour on my hip have been reduced about 10% but my right leg starts tightness so that I could not walk smoothly. I reported it to my internal medicine physician but he does not ask me to stop lumbar traction. I reported it to theapist and she told me the leg problem was from theaphy on leg and it is not from lumbar tractions.

After reading DRX-9000 case, I start to worry about lumbar traction. The traction on lumbar might effect all spine, from neck down to tail bone. Should I stop lumbar traction until the appointment with a physical medicine & rehab. doctor referred by my internal medicine physician.

Thanks


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Re: DRX-9000 Spinal Decompression Unit

PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2007 8:01 am
by Broke back mountin
Anonymous wrote: I have received 6 decompression on my lumbar using a portable decompression device. I am going to have another 4 lumbar tractions. After 6 tractions, I feel the pain and sour on my hip have been reduced about 10% but my right leg starts tightness so that I could not walk smoothly.


Not really sure what a portable traction device is. Is this a device that you use at home? Or are you going to therapy and having traction done where you lie on a table and wear a harness? Or is it traction at all? Also you don't mention any other activities, in my experience you won't just go in for traction, you will usually be performing McKenzie exercises, treadmill, stretches, etc. during your therapy. And you don't say why you are going to a doctor, is the problem a herniated disk, or just muscle strain? Or do you have another problem, like curvature of the spine? It sounds to me like if you are getting some relief from the whole process that you should consider continuing the treatments, the leg may not be used to having the hip in the correct position and may just take some time to get used to being right again, your body will adapt itself to being out of whack and when forced into the correct posture and position it may rebell at first.
Or you could just be experiencing muscle tightness from the exercises and stretches that you are not used to. It is hard to say without more info. are you usually pretty active? Or do you have a desk job and go home and veg out on the couch? When my back went sour on me, I learned that sitting puts incredible strain (Pressure) on my back, much more than if you stand, I would guess it is nearly double the pressure than when standing, and if you don't use the proper posture the problem is compounded, so be careful of sitting around too much, and walking is a very good exercise for your back, with the benefit of not putting as much strain on your lower back as sitting around, and may help build up strength in your leg and help to stretch it out. But hey what do I know, I can't even fix myself!

Re: DRX-9000 Spinal Decompression Unit

PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2007 10:55 am
by LUMBAR PATIENT
I have pain and sour on my right hip, near or at joint points of right hip and right upper leg, and the back of my right leg, tightness feeling there sometimes.

Here are a M.D. findings on 5 X-Ray films taken on my lower back.

FINDINGS:

There are bulky anterior osteophytes spanning the T11 through L3 levels. There is disc interspace narrowing at these levels. There is mild disc interspace narrowing at L4-5 and L5-S1 with associated osteophyte formation.

IMPRESSION:

MULTILEVEL DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE

After physical theaphy on my legs and my body to make strength on my legs and release stress on my back, the physical theaphiest places a portable lumbar traction device on a flat bed and I sleep my lumbar on the device before attached 2 electrical pads on my left and right hip. She starts to electrical power control unit and I feel electricity travel around my hips area. Then she pump a small device to set the strength to 65 pounds to start the lumbar traction device for 15 minutes. After 8 minutes, she pump it again so the strength will remain 65 pounds to pull my lumbar toward my foot direction. She tells me the strength should be half of my weight so that 65 pounds to 70 pounds is the right strength to pull my lumbar and makes interspace between disc in my lumbar area longer and my body materials will fill into the extra space made by lumbar traction device.

Does it is a proper traction or it might nake my condition much worse or it has risk for injury?
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Re: DRX-9000 Spinal Decompression Unit

PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2007 5:10 pm
by Guest
LUMBAR PATIENT wrote:

Here are a M.D. findings on 5 X-Ray films taken on my lower back.

FINDINGS:

There are bulky anterior osteophytes spanning the T11 through L3 levels. There is disc interspace narrowing at these levels. There is mild disc interspace narrowing at L4-5 and L5-S1 with associated osteophyte formation.

IMPRESSION:

MULTILEVEL DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE

the physical theaphiest places a portable lumbar traction device on a flat bed and I sleep my lumbar on the device before attached 2 electrical pads on my left and right hip. She starts to electrical power control unit and I feel electricity travel around my hips area. Does it is a proper traction or it might nake my condition much worse or it has risk for injury?
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I am no doctor but I do not think that they can make a diagnosis of Degenerative disk disease with an X-ray. Now if you are referring to an MRI then yes they may determine that from multiple MRI's taken several months apart, did you lay down on a table and get put in a tube that was really noisy like being in a 55 gallon drum with someone banging on it?
What you are having done is TENS therapy which is electrical stimulation which may have some small benefit of relaxing the muscles to aid in the lumbar stretching that you are having done. Heat packs are usually done as well. As far as the traction goes, that sounds right as far as the weight and the harness etc.
But like I say if you are experiencing benefits from the procedure maybe you should consider going on with it.

If however you have any doubts what so ever! Do yourself a favor and go to another doctor and get a second opinion! Your doctor will or at least should not be so shallow as to take it personally, and you will have another expert opinion as to what is wrong and what you need. Just like taking a car to a mechanic sometimes it is easy and they all agree what is wrong and how to fix it, other problems they may have different ideas as to what is wrong and how to test for it and how to fix it as well, it is your body and you owe it to yourself to get a second opinion if you are having doubts.

Good luck
The osteophyte's that they mention are just bone spurs and the disk spacing being narrowed is what I am guessing the traction is supposed to help with, I see no mention of bulging or herniated disks, so not sure how they came up with degenerative disk disease.
If it was me I would not get the DRX-9000 traction done, what they are doing is the same thing only more gentle and less likely to hurt you and cause damage.
What made you seek out a doctor, has this been slowly been getting worse over the last 5 years, or did it come on suddenly? Is this from a car crash, fall, break dancing injury?
It almost sounds to me like what you have is a congenital condition that therapy and exercise and care should take care of. The bone spurs could be a problem as you get older especially if they are large. How old are you?

Re: DRX-9000 Spinal Decompression Unit

PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2007 5:49 pm
by LUMBAR PATIENT
It is regular X-Rays, mot MRI. I am 63 years old man. 157 lnd smf 5 feet 3 inch tall. I am trying to diet to reduce my weight to 120 lbs so that it will reduce my lumbar to support most of my weight.

I will visit a physical medicine and rehab. dictor at a spine center. I do not think Neurological Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery or Pain Medicine, these doctors at spine center, could help me. I did fax all of my doctor's findings to a doctor for Orthopaedic Surgery, USC school of medicine 1984 graduated, but his assistant tells me that the doctor can not help me.