Spinal Decompression FAQs
What causes lower back pain?
Injuries and aging can affect the back. The vertebrae which make up your spine surround your spinal cord, protecting your nerves. Soft discs between vertebrae are more susceptible to wear and tear. Herniation (bulging of the disc) and degeneration of the discs cause many of the problems resulting in pain.
How does spinal decompression work?
Decompression works by pulling gently on a targeted area in logarithmic curve. The curve along with careful positioning and varying the intensity of force allow the area of treatment to be targeted specifically.
How does decompression differ from traction?
Traction has the ability to treat some painful back conditions but it cannot address the source of the problem. Decompression can more radically relieve pressure while also allowing blood to reenter the disc and heal the injury.
Do I qualify for treatment?
Decompression is an ideal alternative for anyone wish to avoid surgery, or simply has not obtained relief from traditional methods. Under certain conditions the treatment may dangerous. Patients may not undergo the treatment if they are preganant, have severe osteoporosis, or suffer from pelvic or abdominal cancer. Also if they have had a lumber fusion less than six months ago or and had appliances put into their spine. Other exclusions from the treatment include disc space infections, pars defect, pathologic aortic aneurysm, ect.
How long does the treatment take?
For the first two weeks the patient must come in daily for a 30-45 minute session. After this they may lower the frequency to three times a week for two weeks and then two times a week for the final two weeks. Most patients report significant improvement with the first two weeks of treatment.
Are there any side effects?
Side effects are uncommon. Mild muscle spasms have been observed in some patients.
Is there any risk to the patient?
No. The treatment is completely safe and secure. The patient has the ability to stop the procedure whenever they wish.
Can surgery patients undergo decompression?
In most cases surgery patients can undergo the treatment. In fact, decompression may even work in instances where surgery has failed.