Spinal Decompression Treatment - Is It Right for You?
Posted Jan 11 2013 8:59am
Spinal decompression is a popular non-surgical treatment for back pain. However, it’s important to know if the treatment is right for you as there are some contraindications involved.
Spinal decompression treatment is a revolutionary new way to treat chronic back pain caused by sciatica, disc hernia, disc protrusion, spondylosis, radiculopathy, and other issues. The FDA-approved non-surgical treatment is also suggested as an alternative for people who have tried conventional treatments but have not gotten relief. However, if you are thinking of trying the treatment, it’s important to know if it will work for you as there are some contraindications involved.
What is Non Surgical Spinal Decompression?
Spinal decompression is a revolutionary technology used to treat disc injuries in neck and lower back by traction. The treatment is performed using a spinal decompression machine equipped with a special table. The treatment involves applying distraction forces to the spine.
The multiple cycles of distraction and partial relaxation create a vacuum effect by negative pressure, allowing the herniated or protruded disc to be pulled back, taking the pressure off the pinched nerve. This stimulates the blood supply and nutrition into the disc. Reducing the pressure on the nerves leads to reduced neck and back pain, and subsequently, complete healing of the disc.
A typical session lasts 25 minutes. The number of sessions required would depend on patient needs and treatment goals.
Who Can Benefit From This Treatment?
Spinal decompression therapy has been found very effective for treating the following conditions: • Back or neck pain and pain, weakness, or tingling that extends down the leg • Bulging or herniated disks or degenerative disk disease • Worn spinal joints (called posterior facet syndrome) • Injured or diseased spinal nerve roots (called radiculopathy)
However, like many others treatment, non surgical spinal decompression is not for everyone. It is not recommended for pregnant women, and people with fractures, tumors, abdominal aortic aneurysm, advanced osteoporosis and metal implants in the spine.
Many patients have reported the experience to be enjoyable and report relief from pain after the first treatment session. The advantages of spinal decompression treatment are
• No surgery • Minimal discomfort • No down time • Minimal risks associated with the procedure • Patients who undergo the treatments do not require medication
Treatment at a Multi-specialty Healthcare Center
To know if the treatment is right for you, find a professional multi-specialty health care center or pain management facility in your locality. A reliable center would have proper patient screening procedures in place. Your physician would first examine you to determine the exact cause of your pain and see if there are any contraindications involved. You may be asked several questions: whether you have any other medical issues, how long you have had the pain, whether your back or neck problem was caused by an injury, how far your pain disrupts your routine activities, and so on. An established multi specialty facility usually offers spinal decompression treatment in conjunction with other therapies such as myofascial release, electrical therapy, heat, soft tissue massage, ice, stretches and exercises, to ensure faster relief from pain and quick return to normalcy.