Spinal Decompression Therapy

Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression – What it is all about?

Are your suffering from prolong back pain and other related symptoms? It is quite disruptive and irritating. You are finding out number of ways to get relief. And at this juncture most of the people turn towards spinal decompression therapy which can be both surgical and non-surgical.

However, at our Pain Management center we focus on Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression. This involves stretching of spine, using a traction table or similar motorized device, with the goal to relieve you from back pain or leg pain. As opposed to surgical treatments such as laminectomy and microdiscectomy this treatment works gently simply stretching the spine. This results in changing the force and position of the spine and removes pressure from the spinal disks. It is a gel-like cushion in between the bones in the spine which will create negative pressure upon the discs. This may result in herniated disks taking pressure off nerves and other structures in your spine. Finally, it helps to improve the movement of oxygen, water & other nutrient filled fluids into the disk so that they can repair quickly.

Pain Treatment Areas

  • Back or neck pains, sciatica,
  • Weakness or tingling down the leg
  • Degenerative Disk Disease
  • Herniated disks
  • Treat posterior facet syndrome or worn out spinal joints
  • Injured spinal nerve roots

Treatment Options

As per the researches done by the medical practitioners you need to establish safety and effectiveness of nonsurgical spinal decompression. Some of the options that you might use to treat with spinal decompression therapy are –

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs
  • Exercises
  • Physical Therapy
  • Rest to sore muscles
  • Use of braces or wraps
  • Steroid injections in case of advanced or severe pains
  • Chiropractic care
  • Acupuncture

Spinal Decompression Therapy – How is the whole session carried out?

During the spinal decompression therapy session especially for the lower back, the patients remain clothed and lie on a motorized table, the lower half of which can move. Now a harness is placed around the hips and is attached to the lower table just near the feet. You will find the upper part of the table to stay in a fixed position while the lower portion harnessed to patients slides back and forth to provide traction and relaxation.

Note: Spinal Decompression Therapy might vary as per the patient’s position on the table as some devices place the patient in the prone position lying face down such as VAX-D and some make them lay supine, facing upwards as in DRX9000. We make sure that the patient does not feel pain during or after the decompression therapy. However, they might feel the stretch in the spine.

Who Should Not Choose Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression as a Treatment Option?

Well, stretching of spine to relieve you from back pain may not be applicable for some patients. You need to ask a doctor whether it is a good option for you. Here are some of the fellow people who are not at all good candidates for non-surgical spinal decompression therapy, such as –

  • Pregnant women
  • Patients with a fracture or broken vertebrae
  • People with tumor
  • Patients who have spinal fusion
  • Patients who have metal implants in the spine, artificial discs etc.
  • Patients suffering from abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Suffering from advanced stage of osteoporosis
  • Patients with failed back surgery
  • Anyone who has went multiple surgeries without any pain recovery