What is Spinal Decompression
Spinal decompression therapy is a nonsurgical treatment for back and neck pain, most commonly used for disc injuries or other conditions, such as herniated or bulging discs. In this treatment, the spine is stretched and relaxed in intervals with what is called negative intra-discal pressure (a vacuum effect), which relieves pain on nearby spinal root nerves and promotes movement of the protruding material back into the disc. It also provides for better healing by allowing a greater flow of water, oxygen and other healing nutrients.
This treatment is widely indicated for:
- Bulging or herniated discs
- Degenerative disc disease
- Disuse atrophy
- Facet syndromes (worn spinal joints)
- Injured or diseased spinal nerve roots
- Leg pain (such as due from sciatica)
- Lumbar instability
- Pinched nerves
- Post-surgical lower back pain
- Radiating arm pain
- Spinal arthritis
How Spinal Decompression is Done
Among spinal decompression devices, at Spinal Rehabilitation and Wellness Center, we use the DRX9000 machine. The procedure is done by a patient lying comfortably on his/her back. When the machine is turned on, it provides a gentle stretch of the area being treated. In this state-of-the-art spinal decompression technique, padded straps and neck rest enable a relaxed and pain-free session, which lasts approximately 30 minutes. With this FDA-approved technology, and the use of highly-specialized computer modulation, these advances in treatment have enabled the use of minimal force and greater fitness in spinal decompression treatment.
There are no noted spinal decompression side effects. Patients often report feeling immediate and temporary pain relief, although this must be reinforced with sessions over time. Over an approximately four- to six-week timeframe, this process creates incremental changes which improve the condition.
Who is a Good Candidate for Spinal Decompression?
This treatment is ideal for those who fit the following criteria:
- You are 18 and over
- You have chronic pain (four weeks or longer) from a herniated or bulging spinal disc
- You have tried other therapies for a given period of time but they have been unsuccessful for chronic pain from degenerated discs
- You are contemplating surgery, but want to exhaust all nonsurgical options
- You are willing to devote the four to six weeks for treatments
Non-surgical decompression is not the right option for everyone. Those who would not be good candidates for this treatment include:
- Those with broken vertebrae
- Those who have had spinal fusion surgery
- Those with spinal implants or artificial discs
- Those with osteopenia or osteoporosis, spondylolisthesis, ankylosing spondylitis, spinal stenosis
- Those with a spinal tumor
- Those who are pregnant
Success Rates of Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression
Non-surgical spinal decompression success rates have been measured with the use of pre-treatment and post-treatment MRIs.
At least one of these studies quotes results claiming that 86 percent of patients with ruptured discs had “good or excellent” results, compared to 55 percent of those who underwent traction therapy, an older system of such treatment. Among those with facet joint osteoarthritis, 75 percent improved with spinal decompression therapy as compared to 50 percent with the use of traction.
General claims for success rates contend that patients experienced pain relief by even the third treatment session. Others claims have reported overall success rates as high as 90 percent.
Spinal Decompression at Spinal Rehabilitation and Wellness Center
At Spinal Rehabilitation and Wellness Center, spinal decompression is among the various treatments offered as one of our chiropractic techniques and procedures. Our chiropractic experts perform spinal decompression protocols and procedures in our state-of-the-art 3,000-square-foot facility and with the utmost care and patient comfort.
Whether you suffer from an acute or chronic injury or other condition, at Spinal Rehabilitation and Wellness Center, we are committed to providing treatment to alleviate your pain, promote your healing and get you back to your normal daily activities. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to determine if you are a candidate for spinal decompression.