Low back pain has become one of the most significant medical problems in today’s world. The statistics on the magnitude of the problem are overwhelming, and the number of chronic back cases continues to grow each day. In fact, low back pain is the most common complaint presented to primary care physicians. Nearly one out of ten people suffer from an aching low back. Back pain is the number one reason for lost workdays in the labor industry. Today’s statistics show 31 million Americans experience low-back pain at any given time. One-half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year. Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic — meaning they are not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer.

A team of Duke Medical Center researchers has found that patients suffering from back pain consume more than $90 billion annually in healthcare expenses, with approximately $26 billion of that amount directly attributable to treating the back pain. Tremendous costs are associated with low back pain, including lost productivity and income from work, the expense of medical, rehabilitation, and surgical interventions, and the costs of disabling pain and limited daily function. Experts estimate that as much as 80 percent of the population will experience a back problem at some time in our lives.

The back is a complicated structure of bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles. You can sprain ligaments, strain muscles, rupture disks, and irritate joints, all of which can lead to back pain. While sports injuries or accidents can cause back pain, sometimes the simplest of movements — for example, picking up a pencil from the floor — can have painful results. In addition, arthritis, poor posture, obesity, and psychological stress can cause or complicate back pain.

A common misconception often cited is that 90 percent of back pain will go away on its own without treatment. However, a review published in the European Spine Journal, showed that the reported proportion of patients who still experienced pain after 12 months was 62 percent (range, 42 to 75 percent), dispelling the popular notion that up to 90 percent of low back pain episodes resolve spontaneously within one month.

There is also a large number of Americans who, after trying many standard treatments, are still left suffering with serious back pain. If you, your friends, or your family members have been told you have to learn to live with the pain, or if you have tried exercises, drugs, and/or injections, and you are still suffering, and are now being told you need surgery, then VAX-D therapy may be just what you are looking for.

VAX-D or Vertebral Axial Decompression is a safe, non-invasive and cost-effective procedure without the risks associated with drugs, surgery, injections or anesthesia. Time off work or in recovery is minimal. VAX-D treatment is backed by years of clinical research studies. It is the only back treatment that uses the patented smooth logarithmic curve method to distract the spine.

VAX-D can relieve pain associated with herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, posterior facet syndrome and radicular (nerve root) pain. Patients can avoid the merry-go-round of drugs and non-specific treatments. VAX-D has also shown to give relief to patients suffering from failed back surgery. The Journal of Neurosurgery reported that VAX-D is the only device shown in clinical research to decompress the disc to negative levels.

VAX-D is not traction. This is a common misunderstanding when it comes to treating back pain caused by a herniated disc. Decompression used by VAX-D is achieved by intricately timed series of pulls, holds, and releases administered over a period of up to 45 minutes. Tension moves through a logarithmic curve slowly ramping up, holding, and then decreasing. VAX-D utilizes a biofeedback system that adjusts the tension specifically to each patients needs. Each session is individualized treatment specific to the patients’ condition. The therapy involves three phases. They are repeated 15 times during a treatment session. The Decompression Phase slowly raises tension, lengthening the spine up to 99 pounds of tension may be exerted directly on the injured disc. This causes a negative pressure on the internal disc, thereby drawing in the herniation back relieving pressure on the nerve. The decompression helps pull disc material back into place along with nutrients, water, and oxygen to enrich the disc. During the Retraction Phase, tension slowly releases and the spine retracts slowly. A short Rest Phase follows this.

You are a candidate for VAX-D IF You Have:

• Chronic or severe back pain caused by bulging or herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, sciatica, and/or facet syndrome.

• Been diagnosed with clinically unstable low back.

• Failed back surgery syndrome.

• Been told to consider surgery.

Dr. Michael Lio graduated from New York Chiropractic College in 1990 and treats patients on the VAX-D table at Princeton VAX-D Center. He has been in practice for 25 years and utilizing this treatment for herniated disc since it was brought to New Jersey 21 years ago. Dr. Lio was involved in the first office to use this therapy back in 1994 when Dr. Dyer, a neurosurgeon from Canada, introduced VAX-D therapy to the United States. Dr. Lio is trained and in VAX-D treatment by the VAX-D Medical Technologies, now located in Florida. Dr. Lio is a trained and certified in performing nerve conduction studied to specifically locate the precise nerves causing pain. He has advanced studies from Harvard Medical and Jefferson Medical schools in neurophysiology. VAX-D therapy has been used to successfully treat hundreds of patients with low back pain, from professional and college athletes and weekend worriers.

To make an appointment to see if VAX-D therapy can help you. Call for a free consultation at 609-924-4469. The office is located at 66 Mt. Lucas Road, Suite E2 Princeton. See ad, page 14.

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