Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) of the spine is caused by progressive degeneration of the spinal discs. Spinal discs are soft, compressible discs that separate the interlocking bones (vertebrae) that make up the spine. The discs act as shock absorbers for the spine, allowing it to flex, bend, and twist. Degenerative disc disease can take place throughout the spine, but it most often occurs in the discs in the lower back (lumbar region) and the neck (cervical region).
Degenerative disc disease may result in back or neck pain, but this varies from person to person. Many people have no pain, while others with the same amount of disc damage have severe pain that limits their activities. Where the pain occurs depends on the location of the affected disc. An affected disc in the neck area may result in neck or arm pain, while an affected disc in the lower back may result in pain in the back, buttock, or leg. The pain often gets worse with movements such as bending over, reaching up, or twisting.
Often, degenerative disc disease can be successfully treated without surgery. One or a combination of treatments such as physical therapy, chiropractic manipulative therapy (CMT) and other chiropractic treatments, osteopathic manipulation, anti-inflammatory medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, traction, or spinal injections often provide adequate relief of these troubling symptoms.
Surgery may be recommended if the conservative treatment options do not provide relief within two to three months. If leg or back pain limits normal activity, if there is weakness or numbness in the legs, if it is difficult to walk or stand, or if medication or physical therapy is ineffective, surgery may be necessary, most often spinal fusion.
Degenerative disc disease is caused by progressive degeneration of the spinal discs. World over Degenerative disc disease s is one of the main causes of musculoskeletal disorder and Lifetime incidence of DDD is reported to be 60-90% with annual incidence of 5%. Each year, 14.3% of new patient visits to primary care physicians are for DDD, and nearly 13 million physician visits are related to complaints of chronic DDD. Current management of DDD is only for temporary symptomatic relief and neither addresses the cause of disease nor reverses the disease process. Moreover the adverse effects of medication and complication of interventions along with presence of other co-morbidities limit their use.
In spite of medical and surgical advances in treatment of DDD, outcome is still under debate. This is attributable in large part to the intrinsic biology of the disc tissue, which limits its capacity to self regenerate. Presently, targeted stimulation of endogenous repair of the disc remains an exciting avenue of research. Years of exploration of these avenues has led to pioneering Sequentially Programmed Magnetic Field (SPMF®) Therapy by Wg Cdr (Dr) VG Vasishta (Retd).This is noninvasive, safe, painless treatment, which not only stops the progress of disease but also reverses the process of disease by disc regeneration.
Before treatment patient is evaluated by x- ray and physical examination of the spine, basic blood tests and MRI Proton density planning film is taken. The affected discs are exposed to SPMF, one-hour everyday for 21 consecutive days. This is an outpatient treatment which requires the patient to spend approximately 1 to 11/2 hours daily at our center.
Most of the patients show subjective improvements and are out of pain killers by the end of the treatment. Positive results are seen three months post-treatment. Majority of patients are able to lead a normal life.
How Does It Work
In this technology, electromagnetic fields are aligned on to the target tissue i.e. the disc in case of DDD with precise command control by a device called AKTIS SOMA®.
Piezo-electric stimulus is responsible for remodeling of bones and cartilage throughout life. This stimulus is lacking in DDD. Exposure of these joints to SPMF recreates the missing physiological stimulus, which changes the proton spin inside the hydrogen atoms, thereby creating streaming potential necessary for regeneration of the disc.