If you have lingering back pain, numbness or pain in the legs? Then you know how unmanageable your life can be. You may be unable to think of little else except finding relief. What if your life could be changedwithout the use of pain medications, injections, or having to undergo surgery?Here is what you need to know to help decide whether it might be right for you.
What Is Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression?
Nonsurgical spinal decompression is a type of motorized traction that may help relieve back pain. Spinal decompression works by gently stretching the spine at varying intervals and pressures. Our spines are made up of 24 bones in total, each one separated by discs between them. These discs work as shock absorbers that cushion our spine from daily activities, running, jumping and even the stresses of walking. Picture two cups of coffee and a jelly donut in the center, the cups stand for the spinal bones and the jelly donut serve as the disc. The older you get or experience an injury, the disc can go bad, making the inner fluid (the jelly from the donut) to slip out, causing the disc (or donut) to lose its correct shape and size. When this takes place, it is called a disc bulge or herniation. From time to time, the disc can be so compressed and distorted, that it can touch the spinal nerves or the spinal cord itself. When this happens, it can create numbness, tingling, or pain that can cause pain as far down as the toes.
Doctors have used nonsurgical spinal decompression in an attempt to treat:
- Back pain, neck pain or sciatica
- Bulging or herniated discs
- Degenerative disc disease
- Worn spinal joints (commonly known as Posterior Facet Syndrome)
- Injured or diseased spinal nerve roots (commonly known as radiculopathy)
How Is Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression Done?
Once the doctor has met with you, and has decided that you would be a candidate for nonsurgical spinal decompression it is time to get the process started. All patients are completely clothed during the spinal decompression therapy. The doctor would then fit you with a harness secured around your pelvis and another harness around your midsection. Each patient would either lie face down or face up on a computer-controlled decompression table. Once you are all situated one of our doctorswould operates the computer, customizing the treatment to your specific needs.
Treatment times may vary and typically last 30 to 45 minutes and you may require a series of treatments to help relieve your pain. Before or after your decompression therapy, you may have other types of treatment, such as:
- Electrical stimulation (electric current that causes certain muscles to contract)
- Ultrasound (the use of sound waves to generate heat and promote healing)
- Heat or cold therapy
Our doctors feel that within a combination of the above treatments the patient could limit the pain medication taken, receive fewer injections and sometimes even prevent the need for surgery.