Cox Technic for spinal stenosis is a form of chiropractic spinal decompression treatment that is performed in the hope of reducing symptoms of central vertebral canal and foraminal opening narrowing caused by some specific conditions. Cox Technic is not always indicated for treating spinal stenosis, but can be used in many case profiles when the therapy has a good chance of acting on the condition causing the decreased spinal canal patency issue.
What is Cox Technic and how can it help spinal stenosis? What does the treatment cost and how effective will it be? Most importantly, is Cox Technic right for your particular stenosis? All of these are very important questions to answer before considering the therapy.
This essay discusses Cox Technic and its specific applications for treating central and foraminal spinal stenosis.
What is Cox Technic for Spinal Stenosis?
Cox Technic is a form of nonsurgical spinal compression offered by some specially-trained and certified chiropractors. The treatment utilizes a proprietary table that is under direct control of the treating doctor, unlike the machine-controlled spinal decompression systems which have largely dominated the market, like the DRX-9000, AccuSpina, Hill DT, Antalgic Trak and VAX-D.
Cox seeks to decompress the spinal bones in the treated area, hopefully eliminating pressure on nerve tissues. Cox will rarely provide a cure for the structural changes associated with spinal stenosis of any type, but can be very effective at reducing or eliminating the symptoms of stenosis from specific causative conditions.
Cox is usually performed in addition to normal spinal adjustments several times each week. Most patients will undergo care for several weeks and care can be started anew if and when the patient requires it again in the future. Cox is generally considered safe, complementary to other therapies and does not prevent the patient from attempting any other type of care should it fail to deliver satisfying results.
Cox Technic Indications
Cox can be used to treat a wide range of back and neck issues, including central spinal stenosis and foraminal stenosis. However, when it comes to targeting stenosis, it is most effective when used for the following diagnoses:
Disc-related stenosis is the best treated using Cox Technic. The spinal discs react best to all forms of spinal decompression, since they are soft tissues. When a herniated or degenerated disc is a primary direct cause or contributor to spinal stenosis, Cox is an excellent choice when it comes to therapy options.
Facet joint degeneration might cause or contribute to foraminal stenosis. Cox is well known to be capable of relieving some degree of stenosis of the neural foramen due to facet joint pathology, making it a relatively good treatment option for select patients.
General spinal and foraminal stenosis involving arthritic changes might benefit from Cox, but treatment outcome statistics for these types of canal narrowing conditions are not as promising as the examples listed above.
Cox Technic for Spinal Stenosis Efficacy
For disc-related spinal and foraminal stenosis, therapeutic efficacy is very good. Since the treatment is more affordable compared to machine controlled spinal decompressions, demonstrates little risks and is all-natural, Cox is a great contender for optimal treatment of disc-related stenosis.
For facet joint conditions leading to pinched nerve roots, Cox offers acceptable results, although it is not clearly ideal for all patients. Since Cox has many positive attributes, it is worth of consideration, especially if the patient is set on pursuing a nonsurgical therapy.
Cox is less reliable as an effective treatment for general arthritic stenosis and even less so for specific forms of stenosis which might be related to spondylolisthesis, scoliosis, lordosis and kyphosis abnormalities and other case-specific origins of symptomology. In fact, some of these conditions might preclude patients from being indicated for Cox Technic at all.