What leads to low back pain?

Low back pain may be triggered by a number of factors from injuries to the effects of aging. The spinal cord is protected by the vertebrae, which are made from bone. Between each vertebra are soft disks with a ligamentous outer layer. These disks function as shock absorbers to protect the vertebra and the spinal cord. A number of the problems that cause back pain are the result of herniation and degeneration of the intervertebral disk. Degeneration is a process in which wear and tear causes degeneration of the disk. Herniations, or bulging of the disk are protrusions from the disk that compress the surrounding nerves, triggering pain or numbness.

If I have Spinal Decompression treatment, how long does it take to see effects?

The majority of patients report a reduction in pain after the first couple of sessions. Generally, notable improvement is obtained by the second week of treatment.

How much time does it take to finish Spinal Decompression treatment?

Patients remain on the system for 30-45 mins, on a daily basis for the first 2 weeks, 3 times a week for the next 2 weeks, and followed up by 2 times a week for the last 2 weeks.

Do I qualify for Spinal Decompression treatment?

Ever since I began using Spinal Decompression system, I’ have been flooded with questions from both medical professionals and patients regarding which cases it will best help. Undoubtedly proper patient selection is essential to favorable outcomes, so let me explain to you of the Inclusion and Exclusion criteria so you can make the best decision since not everyone is a candidate for Spinal Decompression therapy.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Pain due to herniated and bulging lumbar disks that is more than four weeks old
  • Reoccurring pain from a failed back surgery that is more than 6 months old.
  • Persistent pain from degenerated disk not responding to 4 weeks of treatment.
  • Patients available for four weeks of treatment protocol.
  • Patient at least eighteen years of age.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Appliances including pedicle screws and rods
  • Pregnancy
  • Prior lumbar fusion less than 6 months old
  • Metastatic cancer
  • Extreme osteoporosis
  • Spondylolisthesis (unstable).
  • Compression fracture of lumbar spine below L-1 (recent).
  • Pars defect.
  • Pathologic aortic aneurysm.
  • Abdominal or pelvic cancer.
  • Disc space infections.
  • Severe peripheral neuropathy.
  • Hemiplegia, paraplegia, or cognitive dysfunction.

Are there any negative side effects to the treatment?

The majority patients do not experience any side effects. Though, there have been some minor instances of muscle spasm for a brief period of time.

Specifically How does Spinal Decompression separate each vertebra and enable decompression at a specific level?

Decompression is attained by using a specific mix of spinal positioning and varying the degree and level of force. The key to producing this decompression is the soft pull that is generated by a logarithmic curve. When distractive forces are created on a logarithmic curve the typical proprioceptor response is avoided. Eliminating this response allows decompression to occur at the targeted area.

Are there any risks to the patient during treatment on Spinal Decompression?

Definitely No. Spinal Decompression is comfortable and absolutely safe for all patients. The system has emergency stop switches for both the patient and the operator. These switches (a requirement of the FDA) end the treatment instantly thereby avoiding any injuries.

How does Spinal Decompression therapy differ from ordinary spinal traction?

Traction is effective at treating a couple of the conditions arising from herniated or degeneration. Traction can not deal with the source of the problem. Spinal Decompression generates a negative pressure inside the disc. This effect causes the disc to pull in the herniation and the increase in negative pressure also causes the flow of blood and nutrients back into the disk allowing the body’s natural fibroblastic response to heal the injury and re-hydrate the disc. Traction and inversion tables, at best, can lower the intradiscal pressure from a +90 to a +30 mmHg. Spinal Decompression is clinically proven to decrease the intradiscal pressure to between a -150 to -200 mmHg. Traction activates the body’s normal response to stretching by creating painful muscle spasms that worsen the pain in affected area.

Can Spinal Decompression be used for people that have had spinal surgery?

Most of the times Spinal Decompression treatment is not contra-indicated for patients that have had spinal surgery. Plenty of patients have found success with Spinal Decompression after a failed back surgery.

Who is not a potential candidate for Spinal Decompression treatment?

Anybody who has recent spinal fractures, surgical fusion or metallic hardware, surgically repaired aneurysms, infection of the spine, and/or moderate to extreme osteoporosis.

Who is a potential candidate for Spinal Decompression?

Anybody who has been told they need surgery but wants to avoid it, anyone who has been advised there is nothing more provided to help, anybody who failed to substantially respond to conservative options (medications, physical therapy, injections, chiropractic, acupuncture), or anyone who still has pain but wishes to obtain the kind of care they want.

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Donna Phillips
16:37 01 Nov 22
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Minera Myers
14:17 19 Aug 22
Dr. Pancake is an amazing doctor! I am so impressed by his knowledge and looking forward to being under his care. He... has a great team of folks that work with him. Thank you!read more
Jeff Neelands
Jeff Neelands
15:34 15 Aug 22
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Brenda Stinnett
13:07 10 Aug 22
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Johanna Bueno
10:58 04 Aug 22
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Darlene Miller
16:49 02 Aug 22
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Audrey Sandford
22:51 14 Jul 22
Dr. Pancake and support staff were caring, patient, and professional. Made me feel valued as a new patient!
Amber Hiatt
Amber Hiatt
18:00 17 Jun 22
I had stopped going to the chiropractor long before first visiting pancake wellness center even though I knew from... previous x-rays that my spine needed some serious help. I quit going for various reasons, but the main one being that I got the impression that I would need to keep going twice a wk, if more , better for years until hopefully my spine would mostly improve …maybe. And I had been to a couple different chiropractic places that were so similar in that way. Thankfully, I was experiencing minimal amounts of pain in my neck from time to time and I had also noticed that my shoulders were very tight. So my symptoms were also mild until one day… The pain was severe. I couldn’t even turn my head to one side. I had heard so many great things about “Dr Pancake” at this point, so I decided to give it a try. My first adjustment caused lots of new blood flow to my head, neck and shoulders for about two hrs I could feel the warmth and tingling from it… the pain also decreased significantly. My body adjusted to the new position of my atlas For about two wks where i was only a bit uncomfortable w just a fraction of the pain I had before. After those two weeks, I have had no more pain and almost full range of motion back in my neck. Also, it’s amazing to me how quickly Dr Pancake is able to correct my whole neck & spine - all my issues in such a short period of time. My health overall has also improved since starting with Dr Pancake. I wouldn’t go to any other chiropractor! He really knows what he is doing. I highly recommend!!!read more
Raymond Yee
Raymond Yee
12:29 02 May 22
I would like to thank Dr. Pancake and his friendly and professional staff for a job well done in helping me in treating... my condition so far. I was having severe pain on my lower back and left hip due to sciatica and I didn't want to have surgery and to risk infections and long recovery time. So, I consulted Dr. Pancake about my condition and he suggested lumbar decompression. To my surprise only after a few weeks of treatments, other than a little numbness on my left toes, most of my pain on my lower back have slowly disappeared.read more
Becci Godwin
Becci Godwin
14:21 29 Apr 22
The doctor takes the time to talk to his patients to find out where their issue is. Some doctors assume they know... what's best and don't listen to the patient. Dr. Pancake is thorough and explains what he's going to adjust and why.The staff is amazing and works really hard to accommodate last minute appointments. I would highly recommend this practice.read more
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Princess Ca
17:21 25 Apr 22
Dr Pancake, showed concern, and was very direct with what's going on with me, he made me feel comfortable. Staff greets... you with a smile and goes the extra to make you feel comfortable.read more
Paula Goodman
Paula Goodman
23:15 11 Apr 22
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Daniel Mora
Daniel Mora
23:12 02 Mar 22
AS expected, the attention and service get better every time I go for a visit. Dr. Pancake and his staff make you feel... at home and that you matter to them. I have recommended This office to many of my family and friends without any hesitation whatsoever.read more
A Jaquith
A Jaquith
17:06 23 Feb 22
I am really impressed with this wellness office, doctor and staff. The office is very comfortable and nicely furnished... to make you feel at home. The support is great and "no pain here" is definitely one of the goals. Highly recommend this office and their expertise!read more
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Vernon Charles
18:58 11 Feb 22
I had the most amazing experience with Dr. Pancake abs his entire staff. The most professional and cheerful staff of... any doctors office in all of my years. Dr. Pancake was very knowledgeable concerning my situation and gave me hope that things will get better for me.read more
mike Bauernfeind
mike Bauernfeind
03:27 25 Nov 21
I've only had two visits with the first one being a consultation so this review will be somewhat limited in nature.... Everyone who I have interacted with has been extremely competent , helpful and friendly! Dr Pancake is an extremely likeable individual who has a calm and knowledgeable demeanor while he goes about the business of healing. He patiently explained to me what our plan is going forward and simultaneously used visual aids to show me the cause of the problems I'm enduring. It's to early to talk about how successful the treatment is/will be but I left very confident I will have significant improvements in the next month or so.Follow up after 15 visits. The Pancake Wellness Center in Kissimmee is a top notch location with highly competent and professional staff who are also pleasant to be around. Dr Pancake has surrounded himself with individuals who help create a healing and calm environment. As far as Dr Pancake himself , his skills , knowledge and bedside manor are impeccable. He is a caring individual who strives to improve the lives of those who are fortunate enough to have found him. I definitely recommend him !read more
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Jeanne Jutras
18:26 09 Nov 21
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Charles Holt
Charles Holt
23:09 22 Oct 21
Super good experience. Great people. If you need chiro help, this is the place.. Looking forward to treatment here.... Dr. Pancake has got it all together.Delightful and very helpful staff.Many thanks to Dr.P. And staff. You made my day.Charlieread more
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Vinny Barros
16:59 18 Oct 21
The staff at pancake Wellness Center have been absolutely incredible. I was considering several different options for... my back pain including three herniated discs in my lower back. I chose pancake Wellness Center because of the way they treated my wife and I when we first went in there and I'm so glad I did not just great service but truly helping me to heal without surgery has been a miracle. Thank you to all who have been involved in my care.read more
Jessica Barnett
Jessica Barnett
16:40 23 Sep 21
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Beth Mauck
19:10 20 Sep 21
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Eliza Chung
13:50 16 Sep 21
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Jon Hansen
14:40 14 Sep 21
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Brent McGuire
22:12 30 Aug 21
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Sheila Honeycutt
Sheila Honeycutt
15:36 20 Aug 21
My appointments are always on time. When I first start seeing Dr Scott & Kat, I could not open my mouth all the way and... it was difficult for me to chew.I’m almost back to normal thanks to Dr Scott and the messages I get fro Kat help me so much and alleviate the tense muscles in my shoulders, neck & upper back. I’m so great full To the person that recommended I go to Pancake Wellness!read more
Elenie Pabon Howard
Elenie Pabon Howard
15:28 21 Jul 21
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