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Spinal Decompression Therapy

Written By Selinger Chiropractic on September 21, 2017

Spinal Decompression Therapy

If you suffer from chronic back pain, surgery isn't always the answer.  If you haven't had any luck with traditional treatments, you may want to consider spinal decompression therapy. 

It worked for Jared! “I came to Dr. Selinger two weeks ago in excruciating pain.  I've been doing decompression therapy and I feel amazing,” he says. “I highly recommend it and advise you to do the same thing.”

According to WebMD, “Nonsurgical spinal decompression is a type of motorized traction that may help relieve 
back pain. Spinal decompression works by gently stretching the spine. That changes the force and position of the spine. This change takes pressure off the spinal disks, which are gel-like cushions between the bones in your spine, by creating negative pressure in the disc. As a result, bulging or herniated disks may retract, taking pressure off nerves and other structures in your spine. This in turn, helps promote movement of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids into the disks so they can heal.”

Among the conditions that WebMD says have been treated using nonsurgical spinal decompression are: Back or neck painsciatica, bulging or herniated disks or degenerative disk disease, worn spinal joints (called posterior facet syndrome) and injured or diseased spinal nerve roots.

As Lake Worth chiropractor Dr. Craig Selinger, spinal decompression therapy is not for everyone. In fact, the treatment can be dangerous if you have severe osteoporosis, are pregnant, have recently had lumbar fusion surgery or have metal implants in your spine. Spinal decompression is also not recommended for patients with pelvic or abdominal cancer, disc space infections, pars defect or pathologic aortic aneurysm. Dr. Selinger, one of the leading Lake Worth chiropractors offering spinal decompression therapy, will be happy to discuss the treatment and help you decide if it is right for you.

If you suffer from shooting leg pain in Lake Worth or back or neck pain in Lake Worth and have not found relief through traditional treatments, talk to Dr. Selinger. The treatment begins with daily sessions lasting 30-45 minutes for two weeks. After that, you may only need to visit three times a week for two weeks and then two times a week for the final two weeks.  Like Jared, though, most patients report significant improvement within the first two weeks.